“That was The Jam’s first single. It was the start of very exciting times. It’s what most bands dream of and want to achieve – being heard. I joined The Jam in 74/75 and we started to play the pub circuit while punk was emerging. We got spotted by Polydor and were signed up immediately.
The thrill of getting one of our songs on a piece of seven inch vinyl was amazing. I remember going in what was Rick [Buckler, drums], Paul [Weller, guitar] and myself’s local pub and as we walked in our mates were pointing at the speakers and ‘In The City’ was blaring out. It was a real buzz.
“That album was pretty much our live set. All of the songs were there, played in and unbelievably fast. We went in and all the tracks were recorded live. Having left it alone for 35 years, you can hear that it’s played live because it speeds up. But that doesn’t matter, it captured the excitement. The album was done and dusted in ten days.”