Town Called Malice
|"Town Called Malice"|
|Single by the Jam|
|from the album The Gift|
|Released||29 January 1982|
|Producer(s)||Peter Wilson and The Jam|
|the Jam singles chronology|
The title is a play on words of the 1950 Nevil Shute novel A Town Like Alice, although Paul Weller says he had not read the book at the time. It was a double A-side single release featuring "Precious" as the flip side. A 12" version was also available with a live version of "Town Called Malice" backed by an extended version of "Precious".
Released as the first single from the album on 29 January 1982, it entered the chart at number one on the British music charts, staying at the top for three weeks, and preventing "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers from reaching number one. EMI, the Stranglers record company, objected to the sales of both versions of "Town Called Malice" being aggregated, arguing that Jam fans were buying both and thus preventing their band from reaching the top of the chart.
"Town Called Malice" was the band's third number-one single in the UK. It was the band's sole chart entry onto any American chart (although this single and "Start!" both appeared in the low-rungs of the Billboard Dance/Club Play charts) when it hit No. 31 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1982.
In popular culture
"Town Called Malice" was featured prominently in the 1985 comedy film National Lampoon's European Vacation, provided the soundtrack for a key scene in the 2000 drama Billy Elliot, and was the opening track to the 2005 film The Matador. It also appeared in the opening sequence of the third episode of the seventh season of The Walking Dead. It is played before every Millwall F.C. home game and is also played before the second half of Woking F.C. games when they play at their home ground Kingfield Stadium.. The song was used in the opening scene of a season six episode of the CBS series Elementary titled "The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz". It was also used in a minor scene in the 2019 superhero movie Spider-Man: Far From Home.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||15|
|Canadian Singles Chart||19|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Recorded Music NZ||14|
|US Billboard Mainstream Rock||31|
|US Billboard Dance Club Songs||45|
The song has been variously re-recorded as cover versions by several artists spanning a number of genres:
- In September 2007, McFly recorded a cover version of the song as part of Radio 1 Established 1967.
- It was also covered by Amy Macdonald for Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 and features on the album A Curious Thing.
- Olly Murs sang the song on his Right Place Right Time Tour in 2013.
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