Beat Surrender

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"Beat Surrender"
Single by The Jam
from the album Snap!
B-side "Shopping"
Released 22 November 1982
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Mod revival, pop soul, power pop[1]
Length 3:25
Label Polydor (UK)[2]
Songwriter(s) Paul Weller[2]
Producer(s) Peter Wilson[2]
The Jam singles chronology
"The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)"
"Beat Surrender"
"The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)"
"Beat Surrender"

"Beat Surrender" was The Jam's final single, and was released on 22 November 1982. It became the band's fourth No. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in December 1982.[3]

The 7" was backed by the B-side "Shopping". A double 7" and 12" single version was available with additional studio cover versions of The Chi-Lites' "Stoned Out of My Mind", Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up", and Edwin Starr's "War".[2] The song hinted at the more soul-based style to come with Paul Weller's next band, The Style Council.

It was not included on any of the band's six studio albums. In the USA, it appeared on the five-track EP, Beat Surrender (Polydor 810751), which peaked at No. 171 on the Billboard 200 album chart in April 1983.[4]

"Doctor Love" was also recorded by Tracie Young, a singer on Paul Weller's Respond record label, for her album, Far from the Hurting Kind. Weller was credited on the LP as Jake Fluckery, a pseudonym that he used on more than one occasion, even on his own Style Council records; most noticeably on "Spring, Summer, Autumn" on the 12" version of "My Ever Changing Moods".[5]

The sleeve for the single, including the 12" and the double single pack, featured Gill Price, Weller's girlfriend at the time. "Beat Surrender" was previewed live on the first episode of The Tube, on 5 November 1982.[6]


  1. ^ Vincent Jeffries. "The Very Best of the Jam - The Jam | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jam, The – Beat Surrender (Vinyl) at Discogs". 17 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 416. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ " The Jam Chart History". 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Style Council, The – My Ever Changing Moods (12" vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nostalgia - TV's The Tube 30 Years On". 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 

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Preceded by
"I Don't Wanna Dance" by Eddy Grant
UK number one single
4 December 1982 – 18 December 1982
Succeeded by
"Save Your Love" by Renée and Renato