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Single by The Jam
from the album Sound Affects
B-side "Liza Radley"
Released 15 August 1980
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Mod revival
Length 2:16
Label Polydor (UK)
Writer(s) Paul Weller
Producer(s) Vic Coppersmith-Heaven and The Jam
The Jam singles chronology
"Going Underground"
"That's Entertainment"
Start!, back of single cover

"Start!" is the eleventh UK single release by punk rock 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] Likewise, The Jam's "Dreams of Children" had featured the same "Taxman" bassline, 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, which appears on their 1999 single, "Alive".

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


  • 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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Preceded by
"Ashes to Ashes" by David Bowie
UK number-one single
6 September 1980 – 12 September 1980
Succeeded by
"Feels Like I'm in Love" by Kelly Marie