Just when you thought there was no way the The Jam could top the majesty of All Mod Cons they only go and release an incredible new single and arguably an even better b-side on 9 March 1979:-
mp3 : The Jam – Strange Town
mp3 : The Jam – The Butterfly Collector
A #15 hit on its initial release it too would be issued by Polydor Records on two more occasions – in 1980 and 1983 hitting #44 and #42 respectively.
Now I know from hearing both songs in concert during the six times that I saw the band (five times at the Glasgow Apollo and once at Edinburgh Ingliston – all between November 79 and November 82) that there are live versions of these songs floating around. I just don’t have any to hand….so instead here’s a solo version from many years later:-
mp3 : Paul Weller – The Butterfly Collector (live)
And I’ve also dug out a track only made available on the 1997 boxset. It was an unreleased demo, recorded back in 1978, with Paul Weller tinkling away on the ivories. It’s a song whose verse didn’t warrant a proper recording and release, but have a listen to the bridge section and you’ll quickly clock on to where some of it ended up:-
mp3 : The Jam – Worlds Apart