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“Going Underground” is the first British number-one chart single by The Jam, released in March 1980. It went straight in at number one, a rare feat at the time, and spent three weeks at the top. It was the first of three instant chart-toppers for the group.
“Going Underground” was not released on any of the band’s six studio albums, although it has appeared on many compilations and rereleases since then. The single’s B-side was “Dreams of Children”, which had originally been intended to be the A-side; following a mix-up at the pressing plant, the single became a double-A-side, and DJs tended to choose the more melodic “Going Underground” to play on the radio.
In March 2005, Q magazine placed “Going Underground” at number 73 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and in October 2006 placed it at number 98 in their list of the 100 Greatest Songs Ever.
Bruce Foxton (born 1 September 1955, Woking, Surrey) is an English rock and roll musician who is best known as the bass player in punk rock bands The Jam and Stiff Little Fingers.