Bruce Foxton

 

With his patented plectrum prowess as purveyed on a Rickenbacker, and later a Fender Precision, the oft airborne Bruce Foxton was the key to The Jam’s overwhelming power and cohesion as a musical unit.

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Fox anchored this remarkable triumvirate which, to my ears, updated Brill Building pop and ‘60s British beat and expanded the language of punk with their yen for soul and rhythm & blues.  

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When Weller folded this iconic trio – much too soon – Bruce put out a woefully underappreciated solo slab Touch Sensitive (1984), and plied his craft with Stiff Little Fingers.

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In recent times, Bruce appeared on Weller’s brilliant Wake Up the Nation (2010) and the Mod Father returned the favor for Foxton’s stellar Back in the Room (2012). 

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