The Return of Friday Tuneage: This Is The Modern World
It's been a long time but Friday Tuneage is back - it occurred to me yesterday while listening to The Jam that among all of the early 1980s bands that were hugely influential, The Jam seems to get short shrift. I never hear them referenced, and yet they were flippin awesome, and still insanely listenable.
Perhaps I'm jaded by The Quake, the single most important radio station in the Bay Area during my high school years, what broke "alternative" music to me and so many others. As part of their call sign, they'd play the six chord guitar strum and then you'd hear Paul Weller yell, 'THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD!'
Take a listen, with lyrics below:
Sweet. Here are the lyrics, with the verse that every teenager found beyond awesome in bold:
This is the modern worldThis is the modern worldWhat kind of fool do you think I am?To think I know nothing of the modern worldAll my life it's been the sameI've learnt to live by hate and painIt's my inspiration driveI've learnt more than you'll ever knowEven at school I felt quite sureThat one day I would be on topAnd I'd look down upon the mapThe teachers who said I'd be nothingThis is the modern world that I've learnt aboutThis is the modern world we don't need no oneTo tell us what's right or wrongThis is the modern worldSay what you like 'cause I don't careI know where I am and going toIt's somewhere I won't previewDon't have to explain myself to youI don't give two fucks about your reviewThis is the modern world that I've learnt aboutThis is the modern world we don't need no oneTo tell us what's right or wrongModern world, this is, this is, this isThis is, this is, this is, this isHey, we don't need no oneTo tell us what's right or wrongThis is the modern worldThis is the modern world