The Jags

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The Jags
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Background information
OriginScarborough, England
GenresPower pop,[1] new wave[2]
Years active1978–1982
Past membersNick Watkinson
John Alder
Steve Prudence
Alex Baird
Michael Cotton
Patrick O'Toole
Neil Whittaker
Richard Mazda

The Jags were a British rock band formed in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in 1978, composed of Nick Watkinson (vocals), John Alder (guitar/backing vocals), Steve Prudence (bass), firstly Neil Whittaker and then Alex Baird (drums), Michael Cotton (bass/backing vocals) and Patrick O'Toole (piano/keyboard).


They signed to Island Records in July 1978 and initially released a four-track EP.

On 8 September 1979, the power pop single "Back of My Hand", written by Watkinson and left-handed guitarist Alder, entered the UK Singles Chart. It had a chart life of 10 weeks and peaked at number 17.[3] "Back of My Hand" was included on their debut album Evening Standards, which was released the following year. Their follow-up single "Woman's World" entered the UK chart on 2 February 1980 at number 75 - dropping out the next week.[3]

1981 saw the release of their second, and what proved to be, final album, No Tie Like a Present. The Jags disbanded in 1982.



  • Evening Standards (1980) (US No. 205)
  • No Tie Like a Present (1981)


  • "Back of My Hand" (1979) - UK No. 17
  • "Woman's World" (1980) - UK No. 75
  • "Party Games" (1980)
  • "I Never Was A Beachboy" (1980)[3]


  1. ^ Chris Woodstra. "Jags - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "The Jags: Power Goes Pop".
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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