THE JAM "TOWN CALLED MALICE" (1982)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
If you were a fan, then you don't need me to tell you that 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" entered the charts at No.1 in the UK (the band's third chart-topper) and remained on top for three weeks, with "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers at No.2 for the first two weeks (they must have been pretty annoyed at never reaching #1), and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by Tight Fit at No.2 during the third week. Tight Fit reached #1 on 28th Feb when The Jam slipped to #3.
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