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Start! (album by Sound Affects).jpg
Single by The Jam
from the album Sound Affects
B-side"Liza Radley"
Released15 August 1980
Format7" vinyl
GenreMod revival, power pop
LabelPolydor (UK)
Songwriter(s)Paul Weller
Producer(s)Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and The Jam
The Jam singles chronology
"Going Underground” / "Dreams of Children"
"That's Entertainment"
Alternative cover
Start!, back of single cover
Start!, back of single cover

"Start!" is the eleventh UK single release by the band The Jam and their second number-one, following "Going Underground"/"Dreams of Children".[1] Upon its release on 15 August 1980, it debuted at number three, and two weeks later reached number one for one week.[2] Written by Paul Weller and produced by Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and The Jam, "Start!" was the lead single from the band's fifth album Sound Affects. The single's B-side is "Liza Radley".

"Start!" is based on both the main guitar riff and bass riff of the Beatles' 1966 song "Taxman" from the album Revolver, written by George Harrison.[3] "Liza Radley" also utilises the "Taxman" bassline as does "Dreams of Children", B-side to "Going Underground", played then as a lead guitar riff.

The album version of the song runs at 2:30 and features trumpets in the final section. The single version, also featured on the Snap! compilation, is edited and slightly remixed, and omits the trumpets.[citation needed]

Other versions and sampling[edit]

Beastie Boys covered the song on their 1999 single, "Alive".

808 State sampled the song on their 1993 single, "10 X 10".

Manfred Mann's Earth Band covered the song on their 1987 album, "Masque" under the name "What You Give Is What You Get (Start)".


  • Martin Roach (ed) (2008) The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles, Virgin Books, London.


  1. ^ Martin Roach (ed) (2008) The Virgin Book of British Hit Singles, Virgin Books, London
  2. ^ "Jam - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Music – Review of The Jam – Sound Affects". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 29 March 2014.

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