Absolute Beginners (The Jam song)

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This article is about the song by The Jam. For the song by David Bowie, see Absolute Beginners (David Bowie song).
"Absolute Beginners"
Single by The Jam
B-side "Tales From the Riverbank"
Released 16 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"
Music video
"Absolute Beginners" on YouTube

"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.[1] 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. [2]

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.[3]

The song also appeared on the soundtrack for the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank.[4]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Paul Weller's Desert Island Discs". MOJO. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ That's Entertainment: My Life in the Jam pp. 151-152
  4. ^ IMDB.com: Grosse Pointe Blank

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