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
Released18 November 1977
Recorded25 August – 21 September 1977
StudioBasing Street Studios, London
The Jam chronology
In the City
This Is the Modern World
All Mod Cons
Singles from This Is the Modern World
  1. "The Modern World"
    Released: 28 October 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide6/10[5]
The Village VoiceB+[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] and reached No. 22 in the UK Albums Chart.

Although generally met with negative reviews by music critics upon release, This Is the Modern World has been described as being an album "with far more light and shade" than the band's debut album.[8]

The photography for this album was taken by Gered Mankowitz and David Redfearns. The front cover depicts the band standing beneath London's Westway.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Paul Weller except where noted.

Side one
1."The Modern World"2:31
2."London Traffic" (Bruce Foxton)1:49
4."Life from a Window"2:52
5."The Combine"2:20
6."Don't Tell Them You're Sane" (Bruce Foxton)3:40
Side two
1."In the Street Today" (Paul Weller, Dave Waller)1:31
2."London Girl"2:40
3."I Need You (For Someone)"2:41
4."Here Comes the Weekend"3:30
5."Tonight at Noon"3:01
6."In the Midnight Hour" (Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett)1:54
Total length:31:19

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.[9] Thereafter, no domestically released single by The Jam would ever reach a peak position lower than No. 4.[9]

The only single from the album was the censored version of "The Modern World", peaking at No. 36 in the UK Singles Chart.[9]


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 (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). 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. ^ Sleeve notes for 1997 Polydor CD re-issue of This is the Modern World, penned by John Reed.
  9. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.