The Jam singles

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Best Three Jam singles

In the City
13
10%
All Around the World
3
2%
This is the Modern World
3
2%
News of the World
1
1%
David Watts/ 'A' Bomb in Wardour Street
3
2%
Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
20
16%
Strange Town
8
6%
When You're Young
2
2%
Eton Rifles
12
9%
Going Underground/Dreams of Children
22
17%
Start!
8
6%
Funeral Pyre
3
2%
Absolute Beginners
4
3%
Town Called Malice/Precious
17
13%
The Bitterest Pill
5
4%
Beat Surrender
4
3%
 
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Re: The Jam singles

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 13:50

NMB wrote:Tube Station, Going Underground / Dreams of Children , and David Watts / "A" Bomb in Wardour Street. I'm pretty sure that was a double A-side as well and I'm picking it for "A" Bomb.


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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Rayge » 09 Nov 2017, 13:53

The Modernist wrote:
NMB wrote:Tube Station, Going Underground / Dreams of Children , and David Watts / "A" Bomb in Wardour Street. I'm pretty sure that was a double A-side as well and I'm picking it for "A" Bomb.


Yeah I think you're right.

Ah, I forgot that. I know that as the a-side – never liked David Watts – and would have voted for it above In The City.
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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Diamond Dog » 09 Nov 2017, 14:07

I'd totally forgotten that "The Butterfly Collector" backed "Strange Town" so that makes its inclusion ever more important.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Your Friendly Neighbourhood Postman » 09 Nov 2017, 14:28

I had to leave out Going Underground!

Dreadful!

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby toomanyhatz » 09 Nov 2017, 16:23

"Dreams of Children" is their greatest song, and that's their greatest single (like the A side a lot as well) by a mile.

I also voted "Tube Station" and "Malice." They were really not a great singles band, were they? The last two are particularly weak.
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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Mike Boom » 09 Nov 2017, 16:57

toomanyhatz wrote:"Dreams of Children" is their greatest song, and that's their greatest single (like the A side a lot as well) by a mile.


Definitely, their two greatest songs on one 45

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby The Prof » 09 Nov 2017, 17:08

In the City / Strange Town and a toss up between Tube Station and Going Underground.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Nov 2017, 17:28

toomanyhatz wrote:I also voted "Tube Station" and "Malice." They were really not a great singles band, were they? The last two are particularly weak.

To me they were only really a singles band, but I agree with you about their last two. Might well have signposted the kind of drivel Weller was about to release with The Style Council.
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Postby Rayge » 09 Nov 2017, 17:30

Darkness_Fish wrote:
toomanyhatz wrote:I also voted "Tube Station" and "Malice." They were really not a great singles band, were they? The last two are particularly weak.

To me they were only really a singles band, but I agree with you about their last two. Might well have signposted the kind of drivel Weller was about to release with The Style Council.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby northernsky » 09 Nov 2017, 17:49

In the city / tube station / bitterest pill

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Ranking Ted » 09 Nov 2017, 18:51

The last two are fab, of course and that's an almost faultless catalogue.

Anyway, for me: ST, ER and GU/DoC. They were a fantastic band.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Nov 2017, 19:05

Rayge wrote:
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toomanyhatz wrote:I also voted "Tube Station" and "Malice." They were really not a great singles band, were they? The last two are particularly weak.

To me they were only really a singles band, but I agree with you about their last two. Might well have signposted the kind of drivel Weller was about to release with The Style Council.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Positive Passion » 09 Nov 2017, 20:52

Tube station is by far the best, but a lot are very good.my faves though are bitterest pill and going underground.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 22:22

Strange Town is being undervalued here.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 22:25

Rayge wrote:
Darkness_Fish wrote:
toomanyhatz wrote:I also voted "Tube Station" and "Malice." They were really not a great singles band, were they? The last two are particularly weak.

To me they were only really a singles band, but I agree with you about their last two. Might well have signposted the kind of drivel Weller was about to release with The Style Council.

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby echolalia » 09 Nov 2017, 22:43

Darryl Strawberry wrote:Malice/Pill/Surrender

I like later period Jam.

Me too. Not that I don’t like early and middle.

Bitterest Pill is over-wordy Weller but has a great melody.
Absolute Beginners – so much better than the dodgy Bowie song of the same name.
I’ve got a soft spot for News of the World. What were they up to with all those "world" singles?

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby trans-chigley express » 10 Nov 2017, 13:21

I’m surprised That’s Entertainment was never a single. I always assumed it was.

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Postby Moleskin » 10 Nov 2017, 13:39

trans-chigley express wrote:I’m surprised That’s Entertainment was never a single. I always assumed it was.


It was released as a single in Europe and charted in the UK on import iirc. Like 'Just Who Is The 5 o'clock Hero?'
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Re: The Jam singles

Postby trans-chigley express » 11 Nov 2017, 09:47

Moleskin wrote:
trans-chigley express wrote:I’m surprised That’s Entertainment was never a single. I always assumed it was.


It was released as a single in Europe and charted in the UK on import iirc. Like 'Just Who Is The 5 o'clock Hero?'

I see, I didn’t realise they were import only. Just who is the 5 o’clock hero was a pretty big hit too iirc. Surprising for an import only single

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Re: The Jam singles

Postby Butch Manly » 11 Nov 2017, 09:52

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I thin they're astonishing at times.

I voted for When You're Young, Start! (same reason as Moley) and Town Called Malice.
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