#762: 1981, The Jam, That’s Entertainment

by Ray_North on September 20, 2013


I’m in the mood for confessions, here goes – when I was 11 years old, there was a poetry competition in my school, I copied out the lyrics of That’s Entertainment and submitted them as my own – amazingly, I came third. Third! What? This is one the greatest songs ever written. The lyrics are just fantastic perhaps the greatest still snapshot of suburban life captured through the eyes of a teenager you’ll ever get. It is why I have always loved and will always love Paul Weller – there is so much going on in this song.

We’ve been arguing about London all day on the blog – it’s been mainly tongue in cheek, often incoherent and very entertaining. But the truth remains, we who write on this blog are all, for better or for worse, British – and whether your Britishness was defined in the South, in Scotland, in the North West or in Wales – the words of Paul Weller resonate, take this:

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol
An amateur band rehearse in a nearby yard
Watching the telly and thinking ’bout your holidays

That’s entertainment, that’s entertainment

Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume
A hot summers day and sticky black tarmac
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away

It is a celebration of Britishness. It is unique. It is brilliant. The only question is why has it taken 761 songs before we posted it on our blog?

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George_East September 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

And it is, of course, heavily influenced by that great Londoner, Ray Davies.

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Charlie_East_West September 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

“Waterloo Sunset” to become the National Anthem of an Independent London?

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