Bruce Foxton

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Bruce Foxton
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Bruce Foxton playing with "From The Jam" at the Glasgow Carling Academy in 2007
Background information
Birth name Bruce Douglas Foxton
Born (1955-09-01) 1 September 1955 (age 59)
Origin Woking, Surrey, England
Genres Punk rock, rock and roll
Occupation(s) Bass player
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Associated acts The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers, Casbah Club, From The Jam
Website www.brucefoxton.com
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 4001
Fender Precision Bass

Bruce Foxton (born 1 September 1955) is an English rock and roll musician who is best known as the bass player in punk rock bands The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.

Biography[edit]

Bruce Foxton was born in Woking, Surrey. Together with drummer Rick Buckler he formed the rhythm section for The Jam, which was fronted by singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. Foxton initially joined the group as lead guitarist (Weller played bass), but the pair switched positions following the departure of guitarist Steve Brookes. During his time with the band Foxton performed lead vocals on several tracks, most notably the singles "David Watts" (a cover of a Kinks track) and "News of the World", which was his own composition. Foxton also penned a number of other tracks, the most notable being "Smithers-Jones", done as a straightforward rock take for the B-side of "When You're Young" and later reworked with strings for the Setting Sons album. After Foxton joined Stiff Little Fingers in 1990 the band would regularly perform the song live.

Whilst in The Jam, Foxton discovered The Vapors and co-managed the group with John Weller, Paul's father. The Vapors enjoyed greater success in the US than The Jam, with the Top 40 single "Turning Japanese", but broke up shortly thereafter.

After The Jam split in 1982, Foxton pursued a brief solo career, and released the album Touch Sensitive (UK #68).[1] He had minor UK hits in 1983 and 1984 with the singles "Freak", "This Is The Way" and "It Makes Me Wonder",[1] and played in several less well known groups, including Sharp, until he joined Stiff Little Fingers.

He stayed with Stiff Little Fingers for fifteen years, during which time they recorded five albums, namely, Flags and Emblems, Get a Life, Tinderbox, Hope Street, and Guitar and Drum. During his time with the band, he wrote and co-wrote several tracks and, along with lead singer Jake Burns, managed the group for a while after Russel Emmanuel relinquished the role.

In 1994, Foxton and Buckler collaborated on Our Story, a biography of their years in The Jam. It was around this time he became a source of fascination for comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring on their BBC Radio 1 music shows.

In 2006, Foxton toured with Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki and Simon Townshend as The Casbah Club. When this band supported The Who in Britain, Foxton encountered Paul Weller backstage for the first time in nearly 25 years.

In February 2007, Foxton and Buckler announced they would be touring again as From The Jam, with members of Buckler's Jam tribute band The Gift.[2] In March 2008, they toured Australia[3] and New Zealand – a first for Foxton and Buckler. A complete concert (recorded at the London Astoria in December 2007) was released on DVD in 2008 through the London-based indie label Invisible Hands Music.[4]

Sadly Foxton's wife of 25 years Pat, who had worked in PR for United Artists and CBS, died in early 2009 from breast cancer.[5] On 5 May 2009, Foxton attended the funeral of Paul Weller's father John, who was instrumental in The Jam's success.[6] Foxton played bass and contributed backing vocals on the songs "Fast Car/Slow Traffic" and "She Speaks" included on Weller's Wake Up the Nation album, released in April 2010. On 25 May 2010, at the Royal Albert Hall, Foxton joined Weller onstage for the first time in twenty-eight years, to perform three songs, "Fast Car/Slow Traffic", "Eton Rifles", and "The Butterfly Collector".

On 1 October 2012, Foxton released Back in the Room, his first album in 30 years. It was funded by fans through PledgeMusic and released on Absolute via Universal.[7] Co-written with From The Jam singer Russell Hastings and featuring drummer Mark Brzezicki, guest musicians included Paul Weller. The so called Modfather performed on three tracks, the single "Number Six", "Window Shopping" and "Coming On Strong".

As 2013 marked the 35th anniversary of The Jam's seminal album All Mod Cons, Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings' group From The Jam played the complete album on selected tour dates. The bands 2014 tour dates sees a similar tribute being paid to Setting Sons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 211. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "The Jam To Play Australia – Without Frontman". ABC "Dig Radio". 11 December 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "From The Jam 2007 tour". Noble PR. 2007. Archived from the original on 24 July 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
  5. ^ "Jam star wife's funeral draws mourners including PM's wife Sarah Brown and Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Photographic press agency and picture library". Rex Features. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Back in the Room – Bruce Foxton : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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Preceded by
Ali McMordie
Bassist for Stiff Little Fingers
1990–2006
Succeeded by
Ali McMordie