Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Jam – Strange Town

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368 – The Jam – Strange Town (1979)
Written by Paul Weller
Produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven
Label – Polydor

Paul Weller’s angry sense of alienation from the London he once loved only went to prove that he and The Jam hadn’t lost any of their creative zeal following the release of the outstanding album “All Mod Cons”. The “break it up, break it up” climax is as powerful as anything from the era and the fact that he could throw in an equally brilliant B side to this 7″ single with “The Butterfly Collector” shows a songwriter of enviable talent.

And just in case you haven’t heard “The Butterfly Collector”.

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10 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Jam – Strange Town

  1. QUITE SIMPLY THE BEST 7″ 45RPM SINGLE EVER MADE IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND ELSEWHERE.

  2. BETTER. SIMPLY BETTER, AND WATCHING THE WOKING WONDERS LAST WEEK ON TOTP 1979 WAS A TEAR-JERKING EXPERIENCE. 35 YEARS ON, STILL THE PINNACLE AT THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN OF MAGNIFICENCE.

    • I need to correct myself !!! “A Bomb…” was of course the B side of “David Watts”.

      I saw it too Kenny, and I agree it really was a magnificent single.

  3. Kenny, I have a conundrum and only you can solve it. My next song on the countdown is one or the other. I need you to pick because I can’t split them.

    Stiff Little Fingers
    “Suspect Device” or “Alternative Ulster”. Please help if you can?

    • You’re right. I’m a naughty boy and should go to my room immediately and be forced to listen to “Touch Sensitive” for a few hours.

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