A strange band in that I really like a few of their songs, but only when not heard too frequently. I don't know if it's their ubiquity, or something slightly wearying about the songs. I could happily never hear Going Underground ever again, but I don't really dislike it.
Think I missed this at the time, but I've just found a lovely John Harris Guardian article on the Jam. It really encapsulates well what made them so special and how Weller became this guiding figure to a generation.
I picked 8 - City, A Bomb, Strange Town, Eton, Underground, Children, Funeral Pyre, Beat Surrender ( my shout for their most underrated single, what a great single to sign off with).
If I could only pick one, I'd go with 'Eton Rifles'.
Fully agree on Beat Surrender!
My friend, I seem to grow more and more bewildered. Your observations are wholly incomprehensible to me. Cannot you simplify them in some way? At first I thought perhaps I understood you, but I grope now. Would it not expedite matters if you restricted yourself to categorical statements of fact unencumbered with obstructing accumulations of metaphor and allegory?