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It was a double A-side single release featuring "Precious" as the flip side. The song has a very similar introduction and bassline to "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes. 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… read more

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Better stop dreaming of the quiet life
'Cause it's the one we'll never know
And quit running for that runaway bus
'Cause those rosy days are few

The Jam - Town Called Malice Lyrics


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  • Best Song Ever!
  • catchy as hell
  • ♫♥♫
  • the words mean something asa well!!! its a big decision in a town called MALICE!!!
  • Answer: a sock and a grin
  • Barnstormer! But the eternal question - what does a self-respecting Mod wear to bed?
  • Listen in flac or in the original album and you will completely fall in love with the bass line.
  • Not really my style, but very catchy, I like it.
  • Simply brilliant and I do not use that word often. The lyrics along with the perfect beat and harmony= FTW!!!!!

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