Rick Buckler

Paul Richard "Rick" Buckler (born 6 December 1955) is an English musician, and former drummer of The Jam.

Rick Buckler
Rick Buckler performing in 2006 at the Islington Academy.
Rick Buckler performing in 2006 at the Islington Academy.
Background information
Birth namePaul Richard Buckler
Born (1955-12-06) 6 December 1955 (age 65)
OriginWoking, Surrey, England
  • Drummer
  • percussionist
  • songwriter
  • producer
Years active1972–1995, 2005–present
Associated acts

Early yearsEdit

Buckler was born in the town of Woking in the county of Surrey, England. He received his education at Sheerwater Secondary School, in Woking. Whilst there in the early 1970s, he joined other pupils in a newly formed band named The Jam.[1]

The JamEdit

He was the drummer for The Jam from its formation in the early 1970s through to its break up in the early 1980s, during which time it became a critically acclaimed and commercially successful pop band with an original sound as part of the mod revival movement in England's music and fashion scenes of the period.[2]

Although the band's creative output came to be attributed primarily to its singer/guitarist Paul Weller, its rhythm section of Buckler and Bruce Foxton (bass guitar) were integral to its sound, and in retrospect Buckler felt that Weller had been given undue credit for the band's song catalogue to the detriment of its other members' contributions.[3]

The band broke up at the behest of Weller in 1982, and Buckler and Weller - apart from a brief greeting exchanged in passing at a chance meeting - have not spoken to one another since.[4]

Later careerEdit

In 1983, Buckler set up a new band entitled Time UK, featuring himself on drums, Jimmy Edwards and Ray Simone, Danny Kustow, and the bassist Martin Gordon. Gordon's tenure was brief – he recorded demos and performed only one gig with the band before being replaced by Nick South. Time UK sold nearly 60,000 copies of their first single release "The Cabaret".

In the mid-1980s, Buckler briefly reunited with his former Jam bandmate Bruce Foxton, and with Jimmy Edwards they performed in a new band called Sharp, recording some new songs for the short-lived Unicorn record label. These recordings were subsequently reissued on a Time UK anthology release.

After Time UK broke up, Buckler moved into production, running a studio in Islington, working on the album Bound for Glory by The Highliners (which he also drummed for briefly in 1990). He was also involved in the production of the debut album of The Family Cat, Tell 'Em We're Surfin (1989).[5]

In the mid-1990s, Buckler abandoned professional music and went into business as a carpenter making cabinets and restoring antique furniture in Woking, Surrey.[6][4]

In November 2005, Buckler re-entered professional music when he set up a new band called The Gift, named after the final album release by The Jam, with Russell Hastings (lead vocals/guitar) and Dave Moore (Bass), with himself on drums, playing exclusively old material from The Jam's back catalogue. In 2007, Buckler's old ex-Jam bandmate Bruce Foxton joined as the bass-player (Moore moving to rhythm guitar and keyboards) and the new band began touring under the name of From the Jam. After four years of touring, Buckler quit From the Jam in September 2009, being replaced by Mark Brzezicki. Criticism of the new act from a distance by Paul Weller confirmed that it was not going to be a means of a reformation of the original band,[7] and Buckler felt that to continue performing with it without Weller, ran the risk of him and Foxton finding themselves in the curious situation of becoming a Jam tribute band.[4]

In 2011, Buckler joined a short-lived new band named 'If' as its drummer, with Tim V from Sham 69 on vocals, and Ian Whitewood on 'second drums', Tony Feedback on guitar and Al Campbell on bass.

In July 2012, Buckler ceremonially unveiled an oak wood abstract art sculpture by Richard Heys, entitled "The Space Between", on the Guildford Road in Woking, commissioned at a cost of £45,000 by Woking Borough Council to commemorate The Jam in the band's home town.[8]

In 2013, Buckler moved into a management consultancy role for number of new musical acts, including singer-guitarist Sarah Jane, and the band 'The Brompton Mix'.[9]

Buckler's autobiography, entitled That's Entertainment: My Life in The Jam, was published in 2015 by Omnibus Press.[10][11]

Personal lifeEdit

Buckler and his wife Lesley live in Woking, with two children, Jason (born 1986) and Holly (born 1993).[12] Since leaving The Jam he has authored several publications upon the act's history.


  • The Jam: Our Story (1994)
  • The Jam Unseen (2007)
  • That's Entertainment: My Life in The Jam (2015)
  • Dead Straight Guide to The Jam (2017)
  • The Start to '77 (2017)
  • This Day in Music's Guide to The Jam (2018)


  1. ^ "Break-up of The Jam was bitterest pill for Rick Buckler". Woking News and Mail. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  2. ^ The Jam: Sounds from the Street, by Graham Willmott (Pub. Reynolds & Hearn, 2003), ISBN 978-1903111666
  3. ^ Lyng, Eoghan (4 February 2019). "Catching Up With The Jam's Rick Buckler". Culturesonar.com.
  4. ^ a b c "Break-up of The Jam was bitterest pill for Rick Buckler". Woking News and Mail. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Time for Truth – the Rick Buckler interview". Writewyattuk.com. 2 April 2015.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ "Rick Buckler (The Jam) talks about 'Mad, Bad and Dangerous'". YouTube. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Coming in 2015: Rick Buckler – Autobiography on Omnibus Press". Modculture.co.uk. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  11. ^ Cole, Angela (3 March 2015). "Former drummer with The Jam, Rick Buckler, will be in Maidstone in June to promote his autobiography". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  12. ^ [4][dead link]

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