Bruce Foxton is a part of the English Rock and Roll establishment. A musician (born 1/9/1955 Woking, Surrey) who is most commonly recognised as the bass player in legendary bands The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.
In The Jam, he and drummer Rick Buckler were the driving force, power and rhythm section behind singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. Bruce’s versatility is evident, taking lead vocals on “David Watts” (The Kinks) and “News Of The World”, which was one from his catalogue of own compositions. Foxton’s most notable work being “Smithers-Jones”, done with bass/guitar/drums for the B-side of “When You’re Young” and later reworked with strings for the Setting Sons LP.
After The Jam split in ‘82, Foxton pursued a solo career. He had a hit with the single “Freak” and collaborated with other musicians, until he got the call from Stiff Little Fingers’ Jake Burns, staying with with SLF for fifteen years, recording four albums, namely, Flags and Emblems, Get a Life, Tinderbox, and Guitar and Drum.
In 1994, Rick and Bruce collaborated on Our Story, a biography of their eventful and cherished years in The Jam. Bruce toured with Bruce Watson, Mark Brzezicki (Big Country) and Simon Townshend (The Who) in 2006 as The Casbah Club supporting The Who in the U.K and Europe promoting their album “Venustraphobia.” The Gift (Rick Buckler, Russell Hastings and David Moore) and The Casbah Club were on the same bill when Bruce was asked to guest for a couple of songs teaming up once again with Rick Buckler. From The Jam was born. In May 2007 From The Jam toured the UK to sold out venues. Since then they have toured the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand as well as some dates in Europe.
2009 was a turbulent year personally and for From The Jam , in May Bruce lost his wife to cancer which meant a break on the professional front. In the second half of the year the band were back out performing. Rick Buckler decided to leave the band and Bruce’s former band mate Mark Brzezicki took over the sticks for the remaining dates and the UK winter tour.
Bruce is again friends with Paul Weller which he emphasises is more important than music. Having said that Paul asked Bruce to perform on his Wake Up The Nation album which is due out in 2010.