THE JAM "TOWN CALLED MALICE" (1982)
By Mark Nobes
The song was penned by Paul Weller and produced by Peter Wilson and the band. It was lifted from the 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.
Released on 29th January 1982, "Town Called Malice" entered the official singles chart at No.1 in the UK on 7the February, becoming the band's third chart-topper. It remained on top for three weeks. During this time, "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers was at No.2 for the first two weeks, 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.
1982 7" vinyl sleeve (Polydor)
UK 7 Inch Vinyl - Polydor - POSP 400
A1. "Town Called Malice"
UK 12 Inch Vinyl - POSPX 400
A1. "Town Called Malice" (Recorded live at the Hammersmith Palais, Dec 14th 1981)
A2. "Precious" (Extended Version)
The 12" vinyl
Paul Weller on the cover of Zig Zag in March 1982