Precious (The Jam song)

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"Precious" was a song composed by Paul Weller and performed by the British band The Jam.

It appears on The Jam's 1982 album The Gift and also as a double A-Side single along with "Town Called Malice". It reached number one in the UK Singles Chart,[1] but received much less airplay than "Malice".[citation needed] It was a departure for the band from their punk and Mod roots, involving a funk like sound that the band had not previously explored. Some fans and critics have noticed the song contains similar resemblances to "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag", which was a relatively new release itself at the time. Weller himself was to admit in 1998 he had indeed used this song as part of the inspiration for Precious.[2]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Last Man Standing". 1998-05-01. Retrieved 2017-01-08.