The Jam ‎– David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street

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David Watts
"A" Bomb In Wardour Street

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, M/Print) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1978 Sell This Version
DPQ6109 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Promo) Polydor DPQ6109 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
DPQ 6109 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single) Polydor DPQ 6109 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single) Polydor 2059 054 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single) Polydor 2059 054 Ireland 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, Lar) Polydor 2059 054 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, M/Print) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, Pap) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, Pap) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single) Polydor 2059 054 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 DJ The Jam David Watts(7", Single, M/Print, Promo) Polydor 2059 054 DJ UK 1978 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, RE) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1980 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, RE) Polydor 2059 054 UK 1983 Sell This Version
2059 054 The Jam David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street(7", Single, RP) Polydor 2059 054 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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jammyspur

jammyspur

February 24, 2019
referencing David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street, 7", Single, DPQ 6109
The David Watts track is credited to Ray Davis not Davies!
wilberforce

wilberforce

June 30, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
referencing David Watts / "A" Bomb In Wardour Street, 7", Single, M/Print, 2059 054
When I was first exposed to the Jam's version of “David Watts” as a teenager, I was aware it was a cover of an old Kinks song. But as they were “before my time” I only had familiarity with their big hits, and certainly not this obscurity. Unlike many of my peers I’ve never had much time for the “Modfather”, so I filed it away in my head as one of his better shout-a-longs and then pretty much forgot about it.

It wasn’t until many years later when I finally heard the Kinks’ original that I felt the urge to re-evaluate this tale of teenage angst, sparking my own memories of the human jungle that was schooldays. I don’t know how much of it is autobiographic (I suspect it’s an exaggerated version of Ray Davies’ persona), but Ray's fey delivery perfectly encapsulates the girlfriend-less picked-on wimp who can only look on from afar and dream of having the eponymous character’s charisma, athleticism and popularity - especially with the girls.

In contrast, Weller’s belligerent approach more than suggests a third completely different schoolboy stereotype: the hard-nut that sits at the back of the class with his cronies and who has no interest in academic or sporting achievement, yet effortlessly attracts an equal amount of female attention - albeit of a different kind. Therefore it is unlikely he would actually want to be like David Watts, who he would view as a bit of a goody-goody… which kind-of defeats the whole point of singing the song really!