Town Called Malice by The Jam (1982)
The Jam were a top quality Punk/Mod revival band fronted by Paul Weller, and were active during the late 1970s and early
1980s. They achieved no less than 18 UK chart hit singles.
Released on 29th January 1982, Town Called Malice reached No.1 in the UK, and was released as a double A-side with Precious. The lyrics (written by Paul Weller) reflect upon the issues of the early 80's such as unemployment, alcoholism and trying to survive in a town with no work or facilities under a Tory government - they're still just as relevant today then!
The song was lifted from the band's sixth and final studio album The Gift which topped the UK album charts. At under 33 minutes long, The Gift was a relatively short album featuring funk and bass influences.
Paul Weller on the cover of Zig Zag in March 1982