Catching up on forty years. 1982: Town Called Malice – The Jam

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After 10 years my list has eventually converged with that of Tremayne Crossley – see Living with…no music…for forty years.

The year was a mixed one musically – Thriller obviously appeared on the scene (wait for 1983 for more on that!), the electronic revolution continues with Yazoo, Blancmange, Tears for Fears and Human League providing some treats.  But my music tastes are all over the place by now (as they will remain for the rest of my life) with Foreigner dominating the stereo at home (juke box hero!!) courtesy of my first ever live concert at Wembley Arena.  There’s nothing like a massive inflatable juke box to turn a boy’s head.  Then there’s Ozzy and meanwhile a few 12″ singles from Imagination and Junior may also have been taken for a spin.

So why pick out The Jam?

Mainly because Town Called Malice has more than passed the test of time.  It was a far more commercial sound for Paul Weller and the boys, it certainly smashed it’s way to the top of the chart at the time but over thirty years later it still sounds fresh and exciting, dare I say it timeless.

And…it does give us the backdrop for that incredible dance scene in Billy Elliot.

 

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