The Butterfly Collector – The Jam (1979)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, The Butterfly Collector by The Jam. The record was released in 1979, on the Polydor record label and has been reworked into the shape of a butterfly, similar to that on the reverse of the records picture sleeve.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of The Jam, Paul Weller, Groupies, Butterflies or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: The Butterfly Collector
Media Artist/s: The Jam
Record Label: Polydor
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Mod

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Additional information about this, The Jam vinyl art.

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.

The Butterfly Collector – The Song

The Butterfly Collector appears as the B side of the single Strange own by The Jam. However, for the American release “The Butterfly Collector” was catalogued as the A-side. It was written by frontman Paul Weller.  The Butterfly Collector is supposedly about groupies and rock-star sex is is by many considered one of Jams best underrated songs. Both Noel Gallagher and Garbage have covered the song.

TheButterfly – The Shape

Butterflies are insects and are common in the British countryside.. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies have the typical four-stage insect life cycle. Winged adults lay eggs on the food plant on which their larvae, known as caterpillars, will feed. The caterpillars grow, sometimes very rapidly, and when fully developed, pupate in a chrysalis. When metamorphosis is complete, the pupal skin splits, the adult insect climbs out, and after its wings have expanded and dried, it flies off. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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1 review for The Butterfly Collector – The Jam (1979)

  1. Stephen Keogh (verified owner)

    Very interesting way to use an old vinyl 7″

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