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The Jam — Town Called Malice
Album: The Gift
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Released: 1982
Length: 2:46
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Better stop dreaming of the quiet life
'Cause it's the one we'll never know
And quit running for the runaway bus
'Cause those rosey days are few
And...stop apologising for the things you've never done
'Cause time is short and life is cruel
But it's up to us to change
This town called Malice

Rows and rows of disused milk floats
Stand dying in the dairy yard
And a hundred lonely housewives
Clutch empty milk bottles to their hearts
Hanging out their old love letters on the line to dry
It's enough to make you stop believing
When tears come fast and furious
In a town called Malice
Yeah

Struggle after struggle, year after year
The atmosphere's a fine blend of ice
I'm almost stone cold dead
In a town called Malice
Ooh, yeah

A whole street's belief in Sunday's roast beef
Gets dashed against the co-op
To either cut down on beer or the kids' new gear
It's a big decision in a town called Malice
Ooh, yeah

Ooh
The ghost of a steam train echoes down my track
It's at the moment bound for nowhere
Just going 'round and 'round, oh
Playground kids and creaking swings
Lost laughter in the breeze
I could go on for hours and I probably will
But I'd sooner put some joy back in
This town called Malice, ooh
This town called Malice, yeah
This town called Malice
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Everytime I hear this my body moves all by itself and my head goes why...
Love my man Paul W.  This song makes me think of "Billy Elliot."  
 SmackDaddy wrote:

Stop calling it a fucking pop song. Read the lyrics. It's genius but it ain't a pop song.
 

Yeah, Dang! The song is just so be-boppity - I never paid any attention to the lyrics or even noticed the name of the song. In fact, I assumed this was an overlooked tune from the 60's.  I would have called it pop, too.
Keyboard is Poppy for sure, but lyrics are indeed dark. Why can't we all just get along...
 catnip wrote:
Two minutes and fifty-one seconds of utter genius, guaranteed to lift you from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the world.

Is there anything more you can ask of a pop song? 
 
Stop calling it a fucking pop song. Read the lyrics. It's genius but it ain't a pop song.
 catnip wrote:
Two minutes and fifty-one seconds of utter genius, guaranteed to lift you from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the world.

Is there anything more you can ask of a pop song? 
 
Wow. Pop song uh? Try reading the lyrics. This song defines irony between the music and the subject matter. 
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Thank you for your kind coments. I get slightly alarmed that after nearly three and a half decades I still get so wound up about the way politicians forget about decent hard working people. I really need to get a grip of myself!However when I look at the new breed of politicians on both side of the Atlantic I get more worried that the cures they claim to bring may be worse than the illnesses of a political class bought and paid for by the establishment.

Is the status quo better than what they promis?


 
You can bet it will be worse if we continue down the conservative path.
 mabra70 wrote:
Yeah, the king of the Mods, Godfather of Northern Soul - give us more Weller! :bananasplit:
 
Not sure that I would award him that label, he is great, but no Van!

 garyalex wrote:
Owes just a little to Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher".
 
Yes, I think that similar bassline was their nod to that song as well as Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose".
I feel like it hasn't been long since this song was played, but it doesn't matter; it's still great!
I love this song. It never gets old.
Owes just a little to Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher".
 catnip wrote:
Two minutes and fifty-one seconds of utter genius, guaranteed to lift you from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the world.

Is there anything more you can ask of a pop song? 
 
Only a small ask............where's Brian Brown?
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Released 1982. . . and Paul Weller still going strong today. 
 
And still today
 cob427uk1 wrote:
Great energy when they played this live and the crowd sweating and steaming like mad. Then the condensation dropping on you from the metal roof. Oh those were the days when I could dance to this.
 
I say you give it another try.   We're never too old.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Second song in a row that I've just upgraded from an 8 to a 9 (previous one was What is Life? by George Harrison, pop pickers).

Just a joyous sound. I don't think I understand what Weller is singing about. Not sure I care. Great pop song.
 
Ironically The Jam's Start! uses the bassline from Harrison's Taxman.
Great energy when they played this live and the crowd sweating and steaming like mad. Then the condensation dropping on you from the metal roof. Oh those were the days when I could dance to this.
Second song in a row that I've just upgraded from an 8 to a 9 (previous one was What is Life? by George Harrison, pop pickers).

Just a joyous sound. I don't think I understand what Weller is singing about. Not sure I care. Great pop song.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Not really. He moved in a different direction, a less angry direction. The Style Council wasn’t for me personally but he came back to me with his solo career. The Jam was important to me at a particular time in my life, we have both moved on since then. I’m now middle class and middle aged and a lot less angry at the world. Which is probably for the best as anger is highly corrosive for self and everyone around you.



 
Willie - from another Willie I heartily concur with your erudite summary of the early years. There was a lot to be angry about, until we now realise it wasn't worth getting angry about. And I'd bet pounds to a pinch that every generation arrives at the same conclusion.
Weller ventured into the Style Council with a clear sense of anger at the facile nature of music during his time. This included The Jam so perhaps his middle-age maturation started a little earlier. Be sure his anger remained and was directed at all corners if his Style Council lyrics are anything to go by. Me personally, I thought the Style Council were tremendous and helped me to realise you can still carry healthy scepticism but parcel it into something that is sumptuous; a release of a very deep breath.
 kcar wrote:

Can't answer your question about the political class, I'm afraid...

Did you feel pissed off or betrayed by the end of The Jam and Weller's completely different musical direction with The Style Council? As I remember it, a lot of his followers felt stiffed... 
 

Not really. He moved in a different direction, a less angry direction. The Style Council wasn’t for me personally but he came back to me with his solo career. The Jam was important to me at a particular time in my life, we have both moved on since then. I’m now middle class and middle aged and a lot less angry at the world. Which is probably for the best as anger is highly corrosive for self and everyone around you.


9! 
Sorry, a big step down from the last track, but I suppose we have to be charitable to Jam lovers
 
I love to hear The Jam or Paul Weller. I wish other songs were played instead of the same couple repeatedly, there are many. How about Bitterest Pill for example?
 oppositelock wrote:

Rejected: The Jam - Absolute Beginners

Rejected: The Jam - Beat Surrender

Rejected: The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

Rejected: The Jam - English Rose

Rejected: The Jam - Ghosts

Rejected: The Jam - Going Underground

Rejected: The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

Rejected: The Jam - Private Hell (Live)

Reviewing: The Jam - So Sad About Us

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Tales From The Riverbank

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment (Live)

Rejected: The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever H..

Rejected: The Jam - The Dreams Of Children

Rejected: The Jam - The Eton Rifles



 
and a kick in the balls!
Had to utilize the "standing" part of my sitting/standing cubicle set-up at work for this!
 kcar wrote:

I'm assuming you're from the UK or knew it well back then...

What was the idea of the Jam? Working-class angry young men? A reference to the Mods from the 60s? 

 
Nah, I was still in NYC in those years; but I'd followed The Jam and Paul Weller since the late '70s.  I think by 1982, Weller felt he'd taken the punk/mod thing as far as it could go and moved to a more "refined" approach. Stephen_Phillips posted a better explanation as to their "idea".
Image result for billy elliot gif
 wade44 wrote:
Misheard lyrics: "Backdoor malice" {#No}

Or maybe "backdoor Alice"

 
Malice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
 kcar wrote:

I'm assuming you're from the UK or knew it well back then...

What was the idea of the Jam? Working-class angry young men? A reference to the Mods from the 60s? 

 
One thing I should explain to those on the other side of the pond... is that the Jam were "London Centric" and so was the Mods fashion and style.  London to Brighton was the route and playground of Mods in the 1960's and The Jam associated with that albeit with a 1970's punk flavour.

There was not much interest in Mods outside London if I remember, other than a few individuals - certainly not a prevailing culture.

So The Jam are forever associated with London (pronounced "Lan-den" by them) with flavours of London Mod culture interwoven. 

What was their point - no point really, it was just music that some people thought was a political movement for change. 

Like the Summer of '68 and the Hippie "movement" - it was all vapourware.

 
Thinkastrihtchreleal.
 Proclivities wrote:

Weller's transition wasn't as sudden as it it may seem.  Their material was progressively getting more melodic and complex, really in their last three albums.  I liked The Style Council albums when they came out and didn't feel betrayed at his change of direction.  It seemed like the idea of "The Jam" was wearing thin after this album came out.  To me, their peak was "Sound Affects" in a lot of ways.

 
I'm assuming you're from the UK or knew it well back then...

What was the idea of the Jam? Working-class angry young men? A reference to the Mods from the 60s? 
 wade44 wrote:
Misheard lyrics: "Backdoor malice" {#No}

Or maybe "backdoor Alice"

 
no, it's a Tramp Called Alice
Loved this band - and this song - back in the day. Still sounds good.
 kcar wrote:

Can't answer your question about the political class, I'm afraid...

Did you feel pissed off or betrayed by the end of The Jam and Weller's completely different musical direction with The Style Council? As I remember it, a lot of his followers felt stiffed... 

 
Weller's transition wasn't as sudden as it it may seem.  Their material was progressively getting more melodic and complex, really in their last three albums.  I liked The Style Council albums when they came out and didn't feel betrayed at his change of direction.  It seemed like the idea of "The Jam" was wearing thin after this album came out.  To me, their peak was "Sound Affects" in a lot of ways.
Misheard lyrics: "Backdoor malice" {#No}

Or maybe "backdoor Alice"
 kcar wrote:
Did you feel pissed off or betrayed by the end of The Jam and Weller's completely different musical direction with The Style Council?

As I remember it, a lot of his followers felt stiffed... 


 
Yes, I'm raising my hand right over here.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Thank you for your kind coments. I get slightly alarmed that after nearly three and a half decades I still get so wound up about the way politicians forget about decent hard working people. I really need to get a grip of myself!

However when I look at the new breed of politicians on both side of the Atlantic I get more worried that the cures they claim to bring may be worse than the illnesses of a political class bought and paid for by the establishment.

Is the status quo better than what they promis?



 
Can't answer your question about the political class, I'm afraid...

Did you feel pissed off or betrayed by the end of The Jam and Weller's completely different musical direction with The Style Council? As I remember it, a lot of his followers felt stiffed... 
 hayduke2 wrote:

Cheers ScottishWillie!!! Best wishes : )

Love the comments as a history board for strong music, often made during hard lived times (I'm also a daily reader of obituaries checking on recently passed people, good or bad, trying for some perspective in this wacked out stew of life : )

 
Thank you for your kind coments. I get slightly alarmed that after nearly three and a half decades I still get so wound up about the way politicians forget about decent hard working people. I really need to get a grip of myself!

However when I look at the new breed of politicians on both side of the Atlantic I get more worried that the cures they claim to bring may be worse than the illnesses of a political class bought and paid for by the establishment.

Is the status quo better than what they promis?


I was flying from Auckland to San Francisco last month and they had great hour long documentary on the Jam.  I need to find out if it has come out here in the US so I can get a copy.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://ultimateclassicrock.com/files/2013/05/The-Police-Synchronicity.jpg

 
I wonder if both labels used the same designer.  This album came about a year before Synchonicity.
Saw Weller a few months ago at Hardly Strictly (the whole reason I went) and he was so on. Pity the set was abbreviated, as they all are there. Great stuff.
{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}
 ScottishWillie wrote:
For many years I was devoted to The Jam. Much of this came from my belief that they reflected the fury I felt at my life in Thatchers Britain. Yuppies boasted about their money while all the people in my life worked all the hours we could, in shit dead end jobs, just survive. The Jam was about anger, mine and the other victims of Thatcherite economics. While I feel Billy Elliot was an entertaining feel good movie I, to this day, feel it misrepresented what The Jam was about.

Bill this song has become tainted, play any of the songs in 'oppositelock' list and feel the bands anger at the injustice of what a powerful and greedy elite can do to decent hard working people. 
 
Cheers ScottishWillie!!! Best wishes : )

Love the comments as a history board for strong music, often made during hard lived times (I'm also a daily reader of obituaries checking on recently passed people, good or bad, trying for some perspective in this wacked out stew of life : )
 ScottishWillie wrote:
For many years I was devoted to The Jam. Much of this came from my belief that they reflected the fury I felt at my life in Thatchers Britain. Yuppies boasted about their money while all the people in my life worked all the hours we could, in shit dead end jobs, just survive. The Jam was about anger, mine and the other victims of Thatcherite economics. While I feel Billy Elliot was an entertaining feel good movie I, to this day, feel it misrepresented what The Jam was about.

Bill this song has become tainted, play any of the songs in 'oppositelock' list and feel the bands anger at the injustice of what a powerful and greedy elite can do to decent hard working people. 
 
Very nicely done! {#Clap}
https://ultimateclassicrock.com/files/2013/05/The-Police-Synchronicity.jpg
For many years I was devoted to The Jam. Much of this came from my belief that they reflected the fury I felt at my life in Thatchers Britain. Yuppies boasted about their money while all the people in my life worked all the hours we could, in shit dead end jobs, just survive. The Jam was about anger, mine and the other victims of Thatcherite economics. While I feel Billy Elliot was an entertaining feel good movie I, to this day, feel it misrepresented what The Jam was about.

Bill this song has become tainted, play any of the songs in 'oppositelock' list and feel the bands anger at the injustice of what a powerful and greedy elite can do to decent hard working people. 
 Stranglersfan wrote:

Indeed the Jam wrote dozens and dozens of unbelievable songs.
Town Called Malice is not one of the greats, however it did obviously get some commercial recognition.

 
It would be nice to hear some tracks from "Sound Affects".
I like most Weller, but not much Jam.  This however, is a 10 without any doubt.
A little thin for me.
 aspicer wrote:

WOW?!?!?!?  That is a bit pathetic - several CLASSIC tunes here.  Bill?!?!?!?.....

 
Going Underground and That's Entertainment are now on RP, thankfully. 
Only 5 songs uploaded for the Jam.  There are so many more.
 
I do not like this song. 
it is played much too often {#Undecided}
Paul Weller played here last weeked and per a friend it was a great gig.

Such a great bassline!
 
Remember buying this on 7 and 12" the day it came out....still have them....most excellent.
We need more of The Jam
dancing in my chair here... good way to start the day...
 tiler wrote:
ba ba baba ba ba ba ba
Jam on it I know I'm missing a few ba ba bas. 
 

The Modfather at his best
ba ba baba ba ba ba ba
Jam on it
 aspicer wrote:

WOW?!?!?!?  That is a bit pathetic - several CLASSIC tunes here.  Bill?!?!?!?.....

 
Indeed the Jam wrote dozens and dozens of unbelievable songs.
Town Called Malice is not one of the greats, however it did obviously get some commercial recognition.


 TJS wrote:

Bill only includes the songs HE likes, methinks. 


oppositelock wrote:

Rejected: The Jam - Absolute Beginners

Rejected: The Jam - Beat Surrender

Rejected: The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

Rejected: The Jam - English Rose

Rejected: The Jam - Ghosts

Rejected: The Jam - Going Underground

Rejected: The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

Rejected: The Jam - Private Hell (Live)

Reviewing: The Jam - So Sad About Us

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Tales From The Riverbank

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment (Live)

Rejected: The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever H..

Rejected: The Jam - The Dreams Of Children

Rejected: The Jam - The Eton Rifles



 

 
WOW?!?!?!?  That is a bit pathetic - several CLASSIC tunes here.  Bill?!?!?!?.....
and the volume hast been cranked up... all the way up!!!

The Modfather earned his cred.  Classic tune!


I have always LOVED this track. An instant classic, though The Jam had better songs from earlier in their career. A band that was so full of angst, aggression, intelligence and love. The Jam was one of my absolute faves from the early 80's.
 oppositelock wrote:

Rejected: The Jam - Absolute Beginners

Rejected: The Jam - Beat Surrender

Rejected: The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

Rejected: The Jam - English Rose

Rejected: The Jam - Ghosts

Rejected: The Jam - Going Underground

Rejected: The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

Rejected: The Jam - Private Hell (Live)

Reviewing: The Jam - So Sad About Us

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Tales From The Riverbank

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment (Live)

Rejected: The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever H..

Rejected: The Jam - The Dreams Of Children

Rejected: The Jam - The Eton Rifles



 
Sad result--I like all those cuts a bunch except The Bitterest Pill (where Weller seemed to start dabbling into his Style Council sound, which didn't work for me as well).

Bill only includes the songs HE likes, methinks. 


oppositelock wrote:

Rejected: The Jam - Absolute Beginners

Rejected: The Jam - Beat Surrender

Rejected: The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

Rejected: The Jam - English Rose

Rejected: The Jam - Ghosts

Rejected: The Jam - Going Underground

Rejected: The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

Rejected: The Jam - Private Hell (Live)

Reviewing: The Jam - So Sad About Us

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Tales From The Riverbank

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment (Live)

Rejected: The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever H..

Rejected: The Jam - The Dreams Of Children

Rejected: The Jam - The Eton Rifles



 
From Wikipidea:

Released as the first single from the album on 29 January 1982, it entered the chart at number one on the British music charts, staying at the top for three weeks, and preventing "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers from reaching number one.
 gemtag wrote:
Love this shite!!!

If those guys on the cover aren't brits I don't know who is. 


 
I am, but I'm not on the cover.  I love this shite, too!!

This came out last fall, and I pretty much devoured it sitting in airports while waiting for planes to come and go.  Pick it up for all the great Jam info., and you'll also get more insight into The Style Council & Weller as a solo artist than you thought ever existed!

  
And I thought they were a one-hit-wonder.  Must have had my head in the sand.

 

ncollingridge wrote:

Another vote for this. Can't believe that such a significant (and musical!) band as the Jam is so under-recognised on my favourite radio station!

 


 treatment_bound wrote:


And they cranked out 6 great albums in 6 years, but for some reason, we're still stuck with only 4 songs to play from The Jam here at Radio Paradise.

Can we please EXPAND THE PLAYLIST HERE FOR THE JAM?

 
Another vote for this. Can't believe that such a significant (and musical!) band as the Jam is so under-recognised on my favourite radio station!
 oppositelock wrote:


I have all their albums and songs and this is my least favorite.  Still not bad but there are so many more better songs from the Jam.
 
C'mon...  your least favorite?  I agree Bill should mix it up a bit more, however this song swings!!!!!!!!!!

{#Dancingbanana}
 oppositelock wrote:

Rejected: The Jam - Absolute Beginners

Rejected: The Jam - Beat Surrender

Rejected: The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

Rejected: The Jam - English Rose

Rejected: The Jam - Ghosts

Rejected: The Jam - Going Underground

Rejected: The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

Rejected: The Jam - Private Hell (Live)

Reviewing: The Jam - So Sad About Us

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Tales From The Riverbank

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment (Live)

Rejected: The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever H..

Rejected: The Jam - The Dreams Of Children

Rejected: The Jam - The Eton Rifles

 
Wow - that's just sad...  We used to have a sticker on our turntable in an apt I shared "The Jam:  The Only Band That Matters"

Rejected: The Jam - Absolute Beginners

Rejected: The Jam - Beat Surrender

Rejected: The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight

Rejected: The Jam - English Rose

Rejected: The Jam - Ghosts

Rejected: The Jam - Going Underground

Rejected: The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

Rejected: The Jam - Private Hell (Live)

Reviewing: The Jam - So Sad About Us

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Start!

Rejected: The Jam - Tales From The Riverbank

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment

Rejected: The Jam - That's Entertainment (Live)

Rejected: The Jam - The Bitterest Pill (I Ever H..

Rejected: The Jam - The Dreams Of Children

Rejected: The Jam - The Eton Rifles


Kick out the Style Bring back the Jam!! (funny just after Tears for Fears)
4:07 amThe Jam Town Called MaliceThe Sound of the Jam7.5
 
4:04 amVelvet Underground There She Goes AgainThe Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)7
 
4:00 amTears For Fears Head Over HeelsSongs from the Big Chair (1985)

 lemmoth wrote:


100% agreed - 4 songs from these guys is ridiculously low. 
 

I have all their albums and songs and this is my least favorite.  Still not bad but there are so many more better songs from the Jam.
 treatment_bound wrote:


And they cranked out 6 great albums in 6 years, but for some reason, we're still stuck with only 4 songs to play from The Jam here at Radio Paradise.

Can we please EXPAND THE PLAYLIST HERE FOR THE JAM?
 

100% agreed - 4 songs from these guys is ridiculously low. 
Two minutes and fifty-one seconds of utter genius, guaranteed to lift you from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the world.

Is there anything more you can ask of a pop song? 
 Stranglersfan wrote:
These guys never made a bad song.
 

And they cranked out 6 great albums in 6 years, but for some reason, we're still stuck with only 4 songs to play from The Jam here at Radio Paradise.

Can we please EXPAND THE PLAYLIST HERE FOR THE JAM?
this is the most fabulous scene in the whole movie!  {#Jump}

 
juanos wrote:
This is a great song that makes me remember Billy Elliot, it has a great scene where the kid is all annoyed and piss off with his old man and brother and shakes it off dancing with this song as a background. unbelievable!
 


These guys never made a bad song.
This is a great song that makes me remember Billy Elliot, it has a great scene where the kid is all annoyed and piss off with his old man and brother and shakes it off dancing with this song as a background. unbelievable!
Excelent, i saw them live at the tower theater in Phily. 1979
Fantastic sound from another fantastic British group!!! {#Angel}
 socalhol wrote:

Have you even seen the movie?!  It's about more than that.....  Wikipedia says:  Paul Weller (of The Jam) has said that it was written about his hometown Woking as a result of his teenage experiences there.  The lyrics seem very appropriate for the town where Billy Elliot is growing up in the movie.
 
When I was growing up in Luton (an unprepossessing satellite town of London) I related to this song easily enough, as it sounded like he was singing about Luton and Lutonians. It could be about any small town with small town mentality, whose inhabitants have the consciousness of lobotomised snails and whose get up and go has got up and gone.

Excellent instrumental segue from Jet — Are You Gonna Be My Girl, the start of which is very Jam-esque. Nice on, Bill :)
Brilliant.
 drife wrote:
There is a great use of this song for an angry dance scene in the movie Billy Elliot.
 
They say you shouldn't pass judgement without seeing something but Billy Elliot?  I'm pretty sure that movie is going to totally suck with the exception of the angry dance scene if you shut your eyes for it.
 MannAudioltd wrote:

this song is not about boy ballet dancers

 
Have you even seen the movie?!  It's about more than that.....  Wikipedia says:  Paul Weller (of The Jam) has said that it was written about his hometown Woking as a result of his teenage experiences there.  The lyrics seem very appropriate for the town where Billy Elliot is growing up in the movie.
There is a great use of this song for an angry dance scene in the movie Billy Elliot.
 sirdroseph wrote:

This is terrible! It's not bad though.

 

Are you sure about that?  {#Lol}
We liked this song so much that my band decided to play it way back in 1983. It was a crowd pleaser that was fun to dance (a.k.a. thrash) to. I still remember the lyrics.
Top tune from a great band,thanks Bill😄
 sirdroseph wrote:

This is terrible! It's not bad though.

 
Cool
 SweTex wrote:
Damn they were good.....
 
{#Yes} Oh yeah. They were my favorite band at a time when I needed intelligent — and often angry — alternative music that grooved. I always memorized all the lyrics and sang along at the top of my voice. The Jam were always a great band to crank up LOUD.

Love this shite!!!

If those guys on the cover aren't brits I don't know who is. 

7.5? Are you serious? 9-10 minimum

 jt1 wrote:
Cool song. I don't think I really appreciated the Jam back then...maybe I've finally started to grow up?

I'm still trying to remember which Phil Collins song the intro reminds me of though!
  
 {#Stop}  Jeez; did you have to bring that guy up?  I had almost exorcised him from my memory.  Anyhow, I think it's his soulless cover of The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" that you're reminded of.

God, this song brings back some memories... Murray State, some of the best friends I ever had, love won and lost, and just by-God living the life. It seems a thousand years ago. Thanks for playing this, Bill. You know how to spin a tune, ol' buddy! {#Dancingbanana}
GREAT SONG - overplayed or not.
Love this part in Billy Elliot!
The Jam - Town Called Malice
Velvet Underground - There She Goes Again

Great pairing of two of the most influential groups led by two giants of rock and roll.
What a GREAT F'n SONG!!!!
5:57 am    The Jam - Town Called Malice
5:53 am    Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
5:50 am    Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady

Great bass-line centric set Bill! Thanks from an aspiring bassist.  {#Bananajam}
Great song.  Love these guys.  
Cool song. I don't think I really appreciated the Jam back then...maybe I've finally started to grow up?

I'm still trying to remember which Phil Collins song the intro reminds me of though!

This is terrible! It's not bad though.


 madebytim wrote:
yeeeehhh yeeehhh yeeahharrrrgggghhhh...
 

what HE said... {#Dancingbanana_2}


yeeeehhh yeeehhh yeeahharrrrgggghhhh...
 Tunyfish wrote:

They got plenty of airplay on radio it was on the far left side. 92 on down

 
Well, that's where the "new music" and/or college stations were - and it depended on where one lived.

 Papernapkin wrote:

Yeah, same old crap.
 
Geez - YOU'RE still around? Just like the same old crap about which you bitch. *hugs you* I happen to like this song because I live in bumf*ck Nevada and I don't get much variety in music when I don't have computer-access. I'm jaded in SO many other areas, but not in music. Yet...

 Proclivities wrote:

The Jam didn't get much radio play in the US (outside of a handful of "new music" stations), back then or now.
 

Yeah, that's very true. I mean I listened to "album rock" stations all the time and never heard any Jam on there. I only learned about them from reading about them in my College Newspaper back in the day and even then did not actually listen to them until much later. My loss, definitely.
 anabel wrote:
overplayed.
 
Yeah, same old crap.
overplayed.
This song will always kick ass, and I will never get sick of it! {#Guitarist}
 fingerpin wrote:

Neither was the movie.

 


Seems only a few of us caught that

 crockydile wrote:
I find this song really annoying. 3—> 2.
 

concur

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 MannAudioltd wrote:

this song is not about boy ballet dancers

 
Neither was the movie.

 MannAudioltd wrote:

this song is not about boy ballet dancers

 
{#Roflol}