On August 11, 1978, The Jam released their "David Watts" b/w "A Bomb in Wardour Street" single. It was our first taste of the upcoming All Mod Cons album. Although the Bruce Foxton sung A side witnessed the band blasting their way through a Kinks cover ( and we'd be looking for more Ray Davies influences in the years to come) , the B side was a sure sign that Paul Weller had overcome any writer's block.
That's drummer Rick Buckler on cowbell. At least The Jam learned something touring America with Blue Oyster Cult. And do we hear another bit of Ray Davies? The Changing Man author Paolo Hewitt detects a lift from The Kinks "The Hard Way" for the man riff and from "Last of Steam Powered Trains" for the way the song ends.
The single reached No 25 in the UK, beating the band’s previous single, "News Of The World", by two places. The Jam had turned the corner. A golden age had dawned.