Jam Tribute Bands: The Underground Jam

The Underground Jam are one of the UK’s top Jam tribute bands. They capture the authentic raw energy and sound of the Jam’s early punk roots in addition to playing a full range of songs from their back catalogue.

The Undergraound Jam perform all of the Jam’s biggest hits as well as many album tracks and ‘B’ sides, thereby catering to die hard Jam fans and those in the audience who are only familiar with their hits.

Band Members:

Johnny Mack – Guitar and Vocals

Gear: Rickenbacker 330 Jetglo, Epiphone Maestro SG, Ovation/Applause Electro Acoustic, Marshall and Alden Amps, Vox Tonelab Guitar FX

Favourite Jam Album: All Mod Cons

Favourite Jam Song: Hard to pick one. Used to be “A Bomb” . . . But at the moment . . . “Scrape Away”

How and when did he get into the Jam?
John has been into the Jam since the mod revival days, he loved the mod image, clothes, music, scooters, etc and still does. Although he experimented with different types of music over the years, The Jam were untouchable and there hasn’t been a band since who’ve had such an impact on him.

Best Jam Memory:
John was too young to see the The Jam live on stage, he was only 12 years old when they split and a 25 mile trip to Glasgow Apollo on the final tour was a strictly no-go area according to his parents. He has met all three members on separate occasions but, Paul Weller buying him a pint and taking his name for the guest list for the gig that evening takes some beating.

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Steph Brown – Drums

Gear: Mapex Drums, Zildjian Cymbals

Favourite Jam Album: All Mod Cons

Favourite Jam Song: Too Many To Mention

How and when did you get into the Jam?
Steph got into The Jam after his brother bought the News of The World single. The following week he bought the ‘In The City’ album, that was back in 1978. He’s still a huge Jam fan to this very day.

Best Jam Memory:
Saturday 8th December 1979, Setting Sons Tour at the Glasgow Apollo – The first time he ever saw The Jam live.

Their music, image and lyrics had a huge influence on him. In fact, they were the main reason he started playing the drums. Steph is from a generation that grew up with The Jam and they are still a massive part of his life.

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Alasdair (Ally) MacLean – Keyboards

Gear: Roland VK7, Yamaha P80

How and when did you get into the Jam?
Alasdair was into 2 Tone around the revival time but was always aware of The Jam and liked them from the sidelines. He had only bought a few singles up to the time when he started seeing a Mod girl called Christine. She played their albums constantly and rather than put him off, it made him appreciate them even more. He started buying their back catalogue and continued to buy anything new that came out.

Best Jam Memory: Meeting Rick Buckler

The band he was in ‘THE GOLDENHOUR’ supported The Gift in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Rick was a true gentlemen.

Favourite Jam Album: All Mod Cons
For a keyboard player it might sound surprising since it doesnt have much in the way of keys on it but along with the sound affects it carried a lot of growing-up memories. Aside from those memories, musically, he still loved every second of it. It was the first Jam album he actually bought and he copied it onto cassette for portable listening and just about wore the tape out completely.

Favourite Jam Song: English Rose
Again, no keyboard and not even really in keeping with the rest of the album, let alone the rest of The Jam’s actual output up until then, but he still found the simplicity and atmosphere of the recording totally haunting, the hairs on the back of his neck still stand up when he listens to it through headphones.

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Jim Morrison – Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals

Gear: Rickenbacker 4003 Bass, 1978 Marshall Superbass Head on a 4×12 Marshall Cab

Favourite Jam Album: All Mod Cons

Favourite Jam Song: Too Hard To Pick One

How and when did you get into the Jam?
Jim first heard about The Jam in 1979 through some of his mates at school. As soon as he heard their first album, he was totally hooked.

Best Jam Memory: Seeing The Jam for the first time at the Glasgow Apollo

Jam Tribute Bands: The Underground Jam
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