This Is the Modern World

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This Is the Modern World
The Jam - This is the Modern World.jpg
Studio album by The Jam
Released 18 November 1977
Recorded August-September 1977
Studio Basing Street Studios, London
Length 31:19
Label Polydor
The Jam chronology
In the City
(1977)In the City1977
This Is the Modern World
All Mod Cons
(1978)All Mod Cons1978
Singles from This Is the Modern World
  1. "The Modern World"
    Released: 28 October 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 6/10[5]
The Village Voice B+[6]

This Is the Modern World is the second studio album by British band The Jam, released in November 1977. The album was released less than seven months after their debut album, In the City.[7] The front cover photography was by Gered Mankowitz.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Weller, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "The Modern World"
  2. "London Traffic" (Bruce Foxton)
  3. "Standards"
  4. "Life from a Window"
  5. "The Combine"
  6. "Don't Tell Them You're Sane" (Bruce Foxton)
  7. "In the Street Today" (Paul Weller, Dave Waller)
  8. "London Girl"
  9. "I Need You (For Someone)"
  10. "Here Comes the Weekend"
  11. "Tonight at Noon"
  12. "In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett)

Original US release[edit]

  1. "The Modern World"
  2. "All Around the World"
  3. "I Need You (For Someone)"
  4. "London Traffic" (Bruce Foxton)
  5. "Standards"
  6. "Life from a Window"
  7. "In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett)
  8. "In the Street, Today" (Paul Weller, Dave Waller)
  9. "London Girl"
  10. "Here Comes the Weekend"
  11. "The Combine"
  12. "Tonight at Noon"
  13. "Don't Tell Them You're Sane" (Bruce Foxton)

The US release had a different track order, included the "censored" single version of "The Modern World", and added the single "All Around the World" which was released in the UK between their first two albums. "All Around the World" had been their biggest UK hit to date, peaking at No. 13, a placement they would not match until 1979 when "The Eton Rifles" peaked at No. 3.[8] Thereafter, no domestically released single by The Jam would ever reach a peak position lower than No. 4.[8]

The only single from the album was the censored version of "The Modern World", peaking at No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart.[8]


The Jam
  • Bill Smith – art direction, design
  • Gered Mankowitz – front cover photography


  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris. "This Is the Modern World – The Jam". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2005. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (20 October 2017). "The Jam: In the City / This Is the Modern World / The Polydor Demos: February 1977 / Live 1977 + John Peel Sessions". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Jam". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 416–17. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 January 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 27 February 2012.  Relevant portion also posted at "The Jam: This Is the Modern World". Retrieved 27 October 2005. 
  7. ^ "Last Man Standing". 1 May 1998. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.