InThe City (polydor)
First release from the New Wave's finest band, The Jam, and the title cut from Itheir soon-to-be-released album. 'In The City' is the most convincing British-penned teenage anthem I've heard in a Very Long Time - perhaps since the halcyon days of the '60s. The song shows The Jam to have been influenced by The Who, and the Townshendesque power chords Paul Weller wrenches from his Rickenbacker back up the npression. But that's like saying The Beatles were never influenced by Motown - everyone has to start somewhere - and The Who never played with the same urgency as this. A huge hit and a record those narrow minded reactionaries who control our radio will have to play.
Steve Clarke NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS (23RD APRIL 1977)