Bruce Foxton

Born 1 September 1955.

Biography

Bruce Foxton (born 1 September 1955) 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.

Foxton was born in Woking, Surrey. In The Jam, he and drummer Rick Buckler played with singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. Foxton initially joined as lead guitarist (while Weller played bass), but the pair switched positions following the departure of guitarist Steve Brookes. Foxton also took lead vocals on a few tracks, most notably the singles "David Watts" (a cover of a Kinks track) and "News of the World", which was his own composition. Foxton also penned other tracks, possibly the most notable being "Smithers-Jones", done as a straightforward rock take for the B-side of "When You're Young" and later reworked with strings for the Setting Sons album. Stiff Little Fingers would regularly perform the song live after Foxton joined.

Whilst in The Jam, Foxton discovered The Vapors and co-managed the group with John Weller, Paul's father. Ironically, The Vapors enjoyed greater success in the U.S. than The Jam would ever have with the Top 40 single "Turning Japanese", but broke up shortly thereafter.

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