“Start!” by The Jam
It’s here again! Weller Wednesday! The day we Listen to, Learn about, and Turn Up the Volume to the Quintessential Music of Paul Weller, in all of his many Musical incarnations. This Week’s Weller Wednesday we take a Look and Listen to, a Track that was number 1 on the UK Singles Chart today, in 1980. Happy 37th birthday to “Start!” by The Jam, this week’s Weller Wednesday Track!
“Start!” by The Jam
from the album, Sound Affects (1980)
“And what you give is what you get.”
“Start!” is the 11th UK Single released by The Jam, and it is their 2nd #1, following “Going Underground”/”Dreams of Children”. Upon its release, in August of 1980, “Start!” debuted at #3, and then 2-weeks later it reached #1 – in just one week!
The song was written by Paul Weller and produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven, along with The Jam. It was the lead single from the band’s 5th album, Sound Affects. The B-Side to “Start!” is “Liza Radley”.
“Liza Radley” by The Jam
“Start!” is based on both the main guitar riff and bass riff of the Beatles’ 1966 song “Taxman” from the album Revolver, written by George Harrison.
The Jam has expressed their surprise that there was never a court case for the “borrowed” main guitar and bass riffs.
“I thought it was all a bit stupid, the riff thing doesn’t bother me at all. I use anything and I don’t really care whether people think it’s credible or not, or if I’m credible to do it. If it suits me I do it.”
“Taxman” by The Beatles
The album version of the song runs at 2:30 and features trumpets in the final section. The single version also featured on the Snap! compilation is edited and slightly remixed, and omits the trumpets.
Have you heard the Beastie Boys cover of “Start!”?
“Start!” by Beastie Boys
Or 808 State’s sampling of “Start!”?
“10 x 10” by 808 State
Paul Weller has stated that he got the idea for the song’s lyrics after reading George Orwell’s book Homage to Catatonia, which is set in the Spanish Civil War.
In 1,000 UK Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Weller is quoted as saying:
“There is a lot of talk of an egalitarian society where all people are equal but this was it, actually in existence, which, for me, is something that is very hard to imagine.”
“Start!” (live) by The Jam
What do you think of “Start!”? What do you think of the live version? What do you think of the Beastie Boys cover, and the 808 State sampling?
Do you hear “Taxman” in the song?
We’d Love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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