THE JAM SINGLES (10)

GoingUnderground
The first of the singles to hit #1 in the week of its release in March 1980.

There are still some who claim it only did so thanks to the initial 100,000 copies coming with a free live EP and while that was a factor in getting the single off the shelves and into homes very quickly there is a case to be made that the then rarely achieved feat was simply reflecting the fact that The Jam were by far the most popular post-punk band in the UK at the time and there was huge demand for this the first new songs since the release of the Setting Sons album.  And it shouldn’t be forgotten that the two songs which made up the double-A side 45 were great bits of music:-

mp3 : The Jam – Going Underground
mp3 : The Jam – The Dreams Of Children

The free EP contained three live tracks from a concert at the Rainbow in London in November 1979, two of which (The Modern World and Down In The Tube Station At Midnight he already featured in this series. Here’s the third:-

mp3 : The Jam – Away From The Numbers (live)

There’s a couple of very special (for me anyway) live versions on offer today.  They’re lifted from Dig The New Breed the post break-up release that featured 14 recordings captured over the best part of a five-year period:-

mp3 : The Jam – Going Underground/The Dreams Of Children (live)

The record makes it sound as if the songs were played back-to-back but I know different as I was part of the audience as the recording dates from 8 April 1982 at the Glasgow Apollo.  This was the second of the two nights at the famous old (and long demolished) venue as part of the what was called The Trans Global Express tour  – it was also the conclusion of what must have been a gruelling tour which had seen 25 gigs in 28 nights right across the UK. And t’internet confirms that Going Underground was the fourth song of the evening while Dreams was the eighth track aired.  Looking back at the full set list I can see how privileged I was:-

Pretty Green; Carnation; Happy Together; Going Underground; Ghosts; Town Called Malice; Just Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?; Dreams Of Children; That’s Entertainment; Tales From The Riverbank; Precious; Move On Up; In The Crowd; Running On The Spot; Trans Global Express; Private Hell; The Gift; The Butterfly Collector; Start!; Strange Town; The Eton Rifles.

Enjoy.

8 thoughts on “THE JAM SINGLES (10)

  1. I remember getting the bus into town after school with some mates, all of us hoping we would be among that first 100,000 to buy this. We were – and I’m sure the shop had plenty left after we’d gone. I think I bought The Vapors’ “Turning Japanese” at the same time.

  2. Dig The New Breed was played constantly at our youth club as we played indoor football with last years mods who were this years casuals. That segue triggered the memory and I haven’t heard it in 31years. Fuck.

  3. Nah, Jc you are right, the Jam were on the cusp of greatness, this seemed like the crystallisation of their sound, the 24 carat gold stone classic single they had been building up to and the point where the general public cottoned on.

    in my book success of this totally down to 2 factors only, their ever growing fan base and the merits of the track.

    I read someone somewhere describe this as a No 1 with no tune!!!!! No accounting for taste.

  4. The Trans-Global Express Tour date at NYC’s Palladium in May ’82 was pretty much the same set. I think we got Scrape Away from Sound Effects, but as amazing as it was, I felt like I didn’t hear as many of the tracks I wanted to hear at the time. The best Jam show I saw was two years earlier at The Palladium.

  5. I’d agree with you Echorich that the shows from 1980 were really special; t’internet provides details of the setlist from the Glasgow Apollo show on 30 October:-

    DREAMTIME; THICK AS THIEVES; BOY ABOUT TOWN; MONDAY; GOING UNDERGROUND; PRETTY GREEN; THE MAN IN THE CORNER SHOP; SET THE HOUSE ABLAZE; PRIVATE HELL; LIZA RADLEY; THE DREAMS OF CHILDREN; THE MODERN WORLD; LITTLE BOY SOLDIERS; BUT I’M DIFFERENT NOW; START!; SCRAPE AWAY; STRANGE TOWN; WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG; THE ETON RIFLES; BILLY HUNT; DOWN IN THE TUBESTATION…;TO BE SOMEONE…; ‘A’ BOMB IN WARDOUR STREET; DAVID WATTS

    Three encores if memory serves me right……

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