SONG OF THE WEEK: The Jam | That’s Entertainment

Every week we’ll be posting our favourite song of the week. This won’t necessarily be a new release but rather a song we’ve heard that has stuck in our head and refused to leave.

This week we’ve chosen The Jam’s That’s Entertainment as our Song of the Week. Originally appearing on their 1980 album Sound Affects, it was never officially released as a single at the time, only being issued in 1983 (and again in 1991) after the trio had split up. Regardless, it has arguably become their best known track. Featuring acoustic guitar, bass and minimal percussion the song has a classic, timeless quality and highlights the brilliant melodic style of bassist Bruce Foxton. Paul Weller’s vocals are also key to the greatness of the song with his barked street poetry verses painting a picture of the UK at the turn of the decade, contrasting with the melodic hook heavy chorus. It was The Jam at their most simple, raw and effective.

A police car and a screaming siren
Pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete
A baby wailing, a stray dog howling
The screech of brakes and lamplights blinking

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots
An electric train and a ripped up phone booth
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tom cat
Lights going out and a kick in the balls 

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Days of speed and slow time Mondays
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday
Watching the news and not eating your tea
A freezing cold flat and damp on the walls

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol
An amateur band rehearse in a nearby yard
Watching the telly and thinking ’bout your holidays

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summers day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Two lovers kissing amongst the scream of midnight
Two lovers missing the tranquillity of solitude
Getting a cab and travelling on buses
Reading the graffiti about slashed seat affairs

I say that’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

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