Absolute Beginners (The Jam song)

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"Absolute Beginners"
Single by The Jam
Released 24 October 1981
Genre Mod revival
Length 2:50
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Paul Weller
Producer(s) Peter Wilson and The Jam
The Jam singles chronology
"Funeral Pyre"
"Absolute Beginners"
"Town Called Malice"

"Absolute Beginners" was a single released by The Jam on 24 October 1981. Although it did not appear on any of the band's studio albums, it reached number 4 in the UK Singles chart. The song was named after the Colin MacInnes novel of the same name.

This book was one of songwriter Paul Weller's favourites, being chosen by him when he appeared on Desert Island Discs. [1]

"Tales From The Riverbank" appeared as the B-side. The band's record company Polydor later stated that they thought "Tales From The Riverbank" should have been released as the A-side.


  1. ^ "Paul Weller's Desert Island Discs". MOJO. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 

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