Bruce Foxton (born 1 September 1955, Woking, Surrey) 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. In The Jam, he and drummer Rick Buckler played behind singer, guitarist, and songwriter Paul Weller. However, Foxton contributed greatly to transform recordings of Weller''s compositions from what was presented to the group in demo form with his melodic and innovative bass parts, which have influenced many players[who?].initially joining as guiatrist (while Weller played bass ) , the pair switched positions following the departure of guitarist Steve Brooks . 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.