Absolute Beginners (The Jam song)
|Single by The Jam|
|B-side||"Tales From the Riverbank"|
|Released||16 October 1981|
|Producer(s)||Peter Wilson and The Jam|
|The Jam singles chronology|
"Absolute Beginners" was a single released by The Jam on 16 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. The book was one of songwriter Paul Weller's favourites, being chosen by him when he appeared on Desert Island Discs. 
Tales From The Riverbank appeared as the B-side. The band's record company Polydor later stated that they believed Tales From The Riverbank should have been released as the A-side. The music video to the song was filmed in the vicinity of Nomis studios, Shepherd's Bush.