Monday, March 11, 2019

Our Own Manifesto

The Jam : Strange Town

On March 11, 1979 The Jam's "Strange Town" b/w "The Butterfly Collector", entered the U.K. charts at #30. It would peak at U.K.#15. In a 2015 interview Paul Weller said "Strange Town" was one of the three best songs he'd written in his entire career ( the other two being "Wings of Speed" from Stanley Road and "Going My Way" from his 2015 album Saturn's Patterns. )

Coming from the London suburb of Woking, Weller and his bandmates were considered yokels by the record labels. Even with six Top 40 hits under his belt, Weller must have felt out of place in the wealthy parts of central London, like Oxford Street."You can't be weird in a strange town /You'll be betrayed by your accent and manners".

The B side is reportedly a song about Soo Catwoman, one of the best known hangers-on of the Bromley Contingent. It's a strong rebuke."There's tarts and whores/ But you're much more...Cause you've got no pride/ It's just a face on your pillowcase /That thrills you".

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