Funeral Pyre

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"Funeral Pyre" is The Jam's
The Jam
The Jam were an English punk rock/New Wave/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey. While they shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore smartly tailored suits rather than ripped...

 thirteenth single released on 6 June 1981. Backed by the B-side "Disguises", a cover of a Who
The Who
The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey , Pete Townshend , John Entwistle and Keith Moon . They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction...

 track, it reached #4 in the UK Singles chart.

The song begins as a studio jam between drummer Rick Buckler
Rick Buckler
Rick Buckler , is the former drummer of The Jam, an English rock band that enjoyed considerable success in the United Kingdom from 1977 until disbanding in 1982...

 and bassist Bruce Foxton
Bruce Foxton
Bruce Foxton is an English rock and roll musician who is best known as the bass player in punk rock bands The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.-Biography:...

, with Paul Weller's contribution coming later.

The song does not appear on any of the band's studio albums. In the U.S., it appeared on the five-track EP The Jam (Polydor PX-1-503), which peaked at #176 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists...

album chart.

External links

  • http://www.thejam.org.uk/jams13.html - Information/lyrics for "Funeral Pyre"/"Disguises"
  • http://www.paulweller.com/index.php Paul Weller - Official site