News of the World (song)

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"News of the World"
News of the World (song) cover.jpg
Single by The Jam
B-side "Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths)", "Innocent Man"
Released 3 March 1978
Genre Mod revival
Length 3:31
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Bruce Foxton
Producer(s) Vic Smith and Chris Parry
The Jam singles chronology
"The Modern World"
(1977)
"News of the World"
(1978)
"David Watts"
(1978)
"The Modern World"
(1977)
"News of the World"
(1978)
"David Watts"
(1978)
Music video
"News of the World" on YouTube

"News of the World" was a single by British group The Jam released on 3 March 1978. It reached No. 27 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] "Aunties And Uncles (Impulsive Youths)" and "Innocent Man" appeared as its B-side. The title refers to the disgraced British tabloid newspaper, News of the World.

It is not included on any of the band's studio albums and featured the band's bass player Bruce Foxton on lead vocals. It was also the only Jam single to be written by Foxton apart from "Funeral Pyre", which was co-written by all three Jam members: Weller/Foxton/Buckler.

The video for the single was filmed on the roof of Battersea Power Station in London.

The song is used as the theme tune for the British satirical panel game Mock the Week.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bruce Foxton, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "News of the World"   3:31
2. "Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths)" Paul Weller 2:35
3. "Innocent Man"   4:20
Total length: 10:26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Mocking the week for a decade". BBC. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.