Song of the Day: The Jam – “In The City”

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of “In The City,” which was the first single from The Jam. It was also the first time many got to know Paul Weller, who of course went on to have a storied career of his own. Weller wrote this song when he was 18, influenced by The Who, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols. “I was probably 18, so it was a young man’s song, a suburbanite dreaming of the delights of London and the excitement of the city,” Weller told Q Magazine in 2011, per Songfacts. “It was an exciting time to be alive. London was coming out of its post-hippy days and there was a new generation taking over. The song captured that wide-eyed innocence of coming out of a very small community and entering a wider world, seeing all the bands, meeting people, going to the clubs, and the freedom that it held.”

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