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This was No. 1 in the UK 25 years ago. This was the last No. 1 that The Jam would have before Paul Weller left the band and started The Style Council. (They had four: “Going Underground,” “Start,” “A Town Called Malice,” and this song.) Here, you can already see Weller transitioning into the straight R&B that became The Style Council’s trademark sound – blaring horns, doo-wop female back-up singers, jazzy, percussive piano, and Motown rhythms. And Paul Weller was approaching the peak of his hotness (which would be the “Long Hot Summer” video, if you weren’t aware).

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.