The Jam Was Moving

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"The Jam Was Moving"
Debbie Harry - The Jam Was Moving.jpg
Single by Debbie Harry
from the album KooKoo
B-side "Chrome"
"Inner City Spillover"
Released 1981
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1981
Genre Pop
Length 2:58 (7" Mix)
5:03 (12" Mix)
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards
Debbie Harry singles chronology
"The Jam Was Moving"
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"Island of Lost Souls"
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"The Jam Was Moving" was the second single from Debbie Harry's debut solo album, KooKoo. It was released in 1981 with no video and little promotion after Harry's debut solo single, "Backfired", failed to become a big hit.


The single peaked at #82 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the US,[1] but made no appearance on any other major chart.

The 7" Mix of "The Jam Was Moving" (featuring additional guitars during the intro) appears on the Chrysalis Records/EMI compilation Most of All - The Best of Deborah Harry. The original 1981 12" mix of "The Jam Was Moving" was also included as a bonus track on Chrysalis Records/EMI UK's 1994 CD re-issue of the KooKoo album, the extended version of the album track "Inner City Spillover" was released by Gold Legion Records in 2011 (the 30th anniversary of the album's release).

In 1988, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein remixed "The Jam Was Moving" for inclusion on the Blondie/Debbie Harry remix compilation Once More into the Bleach.

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Jam Was Moving (7" Mix)" Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards 2:58
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chrome" Debbie Harry, Chris Stein 4:13

12" vinyl[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Jam Was Moving" (12" Mix)" Rodgers, Edwards 5:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Inner City Spillover (12" Mix)" Harry, Stein 6:00
2. "Chrome" Harry, Stein 4:16

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
US 82


  1. ^ "allmusic - Debbie Harry > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Retrieved February 26, 2009 (2009-02-26).  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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