Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Jam - Town Called Malice

The Jam were on the verge of impolding when they released this stomper. Paul Weller's mod revival had always hinted at his love for Northern Soul, but "Town Called Malice" was his tribute to the genre. Weller's tale of overcoming the struggles of life in an impoverished town is backed by Rick Buckler's pounding snare and Bruce Foxton's syrupy bass line (which bears a striking resemblance to "You Can't Hurry Love"). This has been a personal favorite for 10 years and never fails to put a smile on my face.

The song was also used to great effect in the film Billy Elliot.

Sadly our file host has gone down. So while I am in the process of securing a new home for our mp3's, enjoy the video for one of my all-time favorite joints.


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