The Jags

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"The Jags" is also the nickname of Partick Thistle F.C., Tay Thistle (Perthshire Amateur Football Team) and of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags were a British rock band formed in North Yorkshire in 1978, and composed of Nick Watkinson (vocals), John Alder (guitar/backing vocals), Steve Prudence (bass), firstly Neil Whittaker and then Alex Baird (drums), Michael Cotton (bass/backing vocals) and Patrick O'Toole (piano/keyboard).


They signed to Island Records in July 1978 and initially released a four-track EP.

On 8 September 1979, the power pop single "Back of My Hand", written by Watkinson and left-handed guitarist Alder, entered the UK Singles Chart. It had a chart life of 10 weeks and peaked at Number 17.[1] "Back of My Hand" was included on their debut album Evening Standards, which was released the following year. Their follow-up single "Woman's World" entered the UK Chart on 2 February 1980 at Number 75 - dropping out the next week.[1]

1981 saw the release of their second, and what proved to be, final album, No Tie Like a Present. The Jags disbanded in 1982.



  • "Back Of My Hand" (1979) - UK No. 17
  • "Woman's World" (1980) - UK No. 75
  • "Party Games" (1980)



  • Evening Standards (1980) (US No. 205)
  • No Tie Like a Present (1981)


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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