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The Jam – The Artist
The Jam were an English mod revival/punk rock band during the 1970s and early 1980s, which formed in 1972 at Sheerwater Secondary School in Woking, in the county of Surrey. The group consisted of Paul Weller on bass and lead vocals, guitarist Steve Brookes and drummer Rick Buckler. While it shared the “angry young man” outlook and fast tempo of the contemporary mid-1970s’ British Punk Rock movement, in contrast with it the band wore smartly tailored suits reminiscent of English pop-bands in the early 1960s, and incorporated mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences into its sound, particularly from The Who’s work of that period, and also drew influence from the work of The Kinks and the music of American Motown. This placed the act at the forefront of the 1970s/1980s nascent Mod revival movement.
Funeral Pyre – The Song
“Funeral Pyre” is The Jam’s thirteenth single released in 1981. Backed by the B-side “Disguises”, a cover of a Who track, it reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. Funeral Pyre is the only single co-written by the band, and only the second song which has writing credits for all three members, the other being “Music for the Last Couple” which features on the Sound Affects album. The song begins as a studio jam between drummer Rick Buckler and bassist Bruce Foxton, with Paul Weller’s contribution coming later. The song does not appear on any of the band’s studio albums. Nowadays it is remembered by many Jam fans due to the strong drumming.
The Funeral Pyre – The Shape
Modelled into a silhouette of a man being engulfed in flames form a Funeral Pyre. A pyre also known as a funeral pyre, is a structure, usually made of wood, for burning a body as part of a funeral rite or execution. As a form of cremation, a body is placed upon or under the pyre, which is then set on fire.
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