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“That one went straight to Number One. We were in America touring. We were up against it. The Jam were always up against it in America. It was a bit like The Who in the early days, we were deemed to be too British. Well, that’s unfortunate because that’s what we were!
With the States being so huge the powers that be suggested we piggybacked big acts in certain territories. We had some good moments, like being on the same bill as Thin Lizzy in Phoenix, but we also had some moments where we were supporting Blue Oyster Cult, totally the wrong billing. We were generally going down very badly out there.
The record company called us up and told us we’d gone in at Number One. We said, ‘Well, what are we doing here then?’ We jumped on the plane and went home to where people did want to hear us. We flew back on Concorde and recorded Top of The Pops.”