The Jags

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"The Jags" is also the nickname of Partick Thistle F.C., Tay Thistle (Perthshire Amateur Football Team) and of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags
Origin North Yorkshire, England
Genres Rock, power pop,[1] new wave[2]
Years active 1978–1982
Labels Island
Past members Nick Watkinson
John Alder
Steve Prudence
Alex Baird
Michael Cotton
Patrick O'Toole
Neil Whittaker

The Jags were a British rock band formed in 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)



  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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