THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
94-The Jam-Going Underground.
1980-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 2.09.Paul Weller was known as the ‘angry young man,’it’s a shame we haven’t got an angry young man,or woman today.
‘Going Underground’ was Paul Weller’s angry outcry against Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.In particular the way it seemed more keen on spending money on nuclear weapons rather than the N.H.S.In recent years Weller has stated he has no time for politicians of any party.
The Jam’s classic lineup consisted of Paul Weller,Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler,between 1977-1982 they released six studio Albums and 19 singles of which four have been UK Number 1’s(see also best songs 670.)
In 1982 to the surprise and shock of both Foxton and Buckler,Weller decided to leave the band,stating he had other things he wanted to pursue.He went on to form The Style Council in 1983 and from 1990 has had a very successful solo career.The split caused Weller and Foxton not to speak to each other for over 20 years and Weller and Buckler not to speak to each other at all.In recent years Foxton and Buckler have formed the touring band,’From the Jam.’Weller has often stated he has no interest in The Jam ever playing together again.
‘You choose your leaders and place your trust,as their lies wash you down and their promises rust.’
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This is the 2nd highest placed song by The Jam on this countdown.