The Jags, a mod revival fueled new wave/power pop band, was formed in 1978 by the Yorkshire-based songwriting team of Nick Watkinson (vocals) and John Alder (guitar), with Steve Prudence (bass) and Alex Baird (drums). In July 1978, they signed to Island Records and released a promising four-track EP. Their 1980 debut LP, 'Evening Standards', included a highly derivative though memorable single called "Back of My Hand", which had reached the U.K. Top 40 the previous fall. Breaking through into the rock mainstream in a big way, the band seemed set for success, even preforming on 'Top of the Pops'.
However, the follow-up single, "Woman's World", barely scraped its way on to the charts. Though 'Evening Standards' featured a really solid set of punchy power pop songs, critics focused instead on Watkinson's heavily Elvis Costello-like delivery, writing the band off as merely mimics. As steam ran out of the Anglo-American power pop craze, the band attempted to change their sound a bit. 1981's 'No Tie Like the Present' featured a slightly new direction, but it was generally overlooked.
By 1982, the Jags had disbanded for good, saddled with the 'one hit wonder label. Still, "Back of My Hand" had a revival of sorts in the 90s that has since continued, appearing on several compilations. Besides being cherished by many underground rock fans, it's also been included in the soundtrack of the American comedy film 'You, Me And Dupree'.
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