CLASSIC – THE JAM’s First Ever No 1 Hit In The UK… ‘GOING UNDERGROUND’

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22 March 2018

One of the best firecrackers of one of the best bands ever in my book. THE JAM scored their first UK numero uno with flaming single GOING UNDERGROUND on 22 March 1980. 38 years ago today. It went straight to the top spot on release and stayed there for three weeks. Actually, it was a lucky shot as B-side ‘Dreams of Children‘ was planned to be the
A-side, following a mistake at the pressing plant so it was finally released as a double-AA. As many radio DJ’s preferred ‘Going Underground‘, they played it on repeat and the rest is history. Here’s living legend ‘Paul Weller‘ and his former mates going really sharp…

Some people might say my life is in a rut
But I’m quite happy with what I got
People might say that I should strive for more
But I’m so happy I can’t see the point
Somethings happening here today
A show of strength with your boys brigade
And I’m so happy and you’re so kind
You want more money of course I don’t mind
To buy nuclear textbooks for atomic crimes
And the public gets what the public wants
But I want nothing this society’s got
I’m going underground (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
Well let the boys all sing and the boys all shout for tomorrow
Some people might get some pleasure out of hate
Me, I’ve enough already on my plate
People might need some tension to relax
Me, I’m too busy dodging between the flak
What you see is what you get
You’ve made your bed, you better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You’ll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets
But I don’t get what this society wants
I’m going underground (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
So let the boys all sing and the boys all shout for tomorrow
We talk and talk until my head explodes
I turn on the news and my body froze
The braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!
Going underground
Going underground!
I’m going underground!
I’m going underground!
These braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout
Going underground (going underground)
Well, let the brass bands play and feet go pow, pow, pow
Going underground (going underground)
So let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout for tomorrow

THE JAM: Biography – Discography


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