The first of the singles to have Bruce Foxton on lead vocal. The third single in a row by The Jam to feature ‘World’ in the title. The first single NOT to appear on an album with the band and label shying away from lifting a second single from the critically beaten-up This Is The Modern World album.
Released on 11 March 1978, it performed reasonably well by reaching #27 in the charts.
mp3 : The Jam – News of the World
The b-side had two new songs, one of which was a Weller composition and the other being from Foxton:-
mp3 : The Jam – Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths)
mp3 : The Jam – Innocent Man
It would go onto be re-released as a 7″ single by Polydor Records on two more occasions – in 1980 and 1983 hitting #53 and #39 respectively. It’s worth noting that the 1983 chart showing was much higher than most of the other singles re-released at that time showing that newer fans were very keen to get their hands on three songs otherwise unavailable.
Just the one additional recording on offer today and it’s from the Paris Theatre in London gig on 1 June 1978 recorded for the BBC series Sight and Sound:-
mp3 : The Jam – News of the World (live)
It’s one where you can appreciate that Weller was actually a decent guitarist in the live setting….it was I’m guessing easier for him to concentrate on his playing when he wasn’t having to also sing lead vocal.