"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.
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"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.
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The song includes several indictments of the British policy on arms, and challenges its relative emphasis compared with social provision. It also points a telling finger at the "public" (i.e. electorate).You want more money of course I don't mind / To buy nuclear textbooks for Atomic crimes
The song also blasts the idea of using money, that could be spent on healthcare, on weapons:
The name of the song is also a name of a Stand in "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part8 - Jojolion".
The song is played at the end of the film The Football Factory (2004).
American rock band Buffalo Tom covered the song for the 2000 tribute album Fire and Skill: The Songs of the Jam. Issued as a double A-sided single, with Liam Gallagher and Steve Cradock's cover version of "Carnation", it reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1999.
It is featured in the video game Rock Band as of September 1st, 2009.
It was featured in the episode "Funhouse" (3x09) of the television program Lie to Me.
The song was featured in the playlist for the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
It is the namesake for a Japanese Rock Band of the same name (Going Under Ground).