Within the framework of songs that form the entire bulk of the Jam's work to date lie two recurring themes. Theme One concerns itself with the documentation of the Great British Animal and its times. It's a line that can be followed through the lifestyles of such characters as the "London Girl" and "Mr. Clean", as well as taking in the pastimes ("Here Comes the Weekend"), violence ("A-Bomb In Wardour Street") and aspirations of (male) British working-class youth.
Theme Two is a bit more complex, and has surfaced in such songs as "Away From The Numbers", "Life From A Window" and "In The Crowd". It's the punk problem of balancing both the enforced isolation that craft and success demand, while...
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