Beat Surrender

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"Beat Surrender"
BeatSurrender.jpg
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)"
(1982)
"Beat Surrender"
(1982)
"The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow)"
(1982)
"Beat Surrender"
(1982)

"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]

Title[edit]

The song's title was a play on words combining the title of the 1979 Anita Ward disco single Sweet Surrender with the British traditional military term of Beating Retreat signaling a withdrawal.[4]

Theme[edit]

Paul Weller, the lead vocalist/frontman of The Jam wrote the song as a valediction for the end of the band's career, which he broke up by walking away from shortly after its release. "I wanted it to be a statement, a final clarion call saying: Right, we're stopping, you take it on from here."[5]

Release format[edit]

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]

"Beat Surrender" was not included on any of the band's six studio albums. In the U.S.A., 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.[6][7]

Cover art[edit]

The sleeve for the single, including the 12" and the double single pack, featured Gill Price, Weller's girlfriend at the time.

Performances[edit]

"Beat Surrender" was previewed live on the first episode of The Tube, on 5 November 1982.[8]

References[edit]

  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". Discogs.com. 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. ^ 'Interview with Paul Weller, 'Mojo' magazine, June 2015.
  5. ^ Interview with Paul Weller, 'Mojo' magazine, June 2015.
  6. ^ "Billboard.com: The Jam Chart History". billboard.com. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Style Council, The – My Ever Changing Moods (12" vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nostalgia - TV's The Tube 30 Years On". thejournal.co.uk. 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