That's Entertainment

Album: Beat Surrender (1981)
Charted: 21

Songfacts®:

  • This sarcastic, acoustic punk song finds Paul Weller brooding over the heartaches of everyday working-class life. Speaking to Mojo magazine about the tune in 2015, the former Jam frontman said: "It's one of those list songs really. It was so easy to write. I came back from the pub, drunk, and just wrote it quick. I probably had more verses, which I cut."

    "It was just everything that was around me y'know. My little flat in Pimlico did have damp on the walls and it was f--king freezing."

    "I was doing a fanzine called December Child and Paul Drew wrote a poem called 'That's Entertainment.' It wasn't close to my song, but it kind of inspired me to write this anyway. I wrote to him saying, Look is it all right if I nick a bit of your idea, man? And he said, It's fine, yeah."
  • This song is number 306 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs. According to the magazine, Weller claims he wrote this in 10 minutes after "Coming home pissed from the pub" (in England, "pissed" means drunk). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Erik - Catonsville, MD
  • This reached #21 in the UK despite only being available at the time as a German import. At the time it was the biggest-selling import release and record high chart placing.
  • The song appeared in the 2006 movie Stranger than Fiction, when Will Ferrell's character Harold Crick is on a bus.

Comments: 7

  • Kwami from Washington Dc, Dc"Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were far away." I always loved that line. Great song by a great, and completely forgotten, band. What a shame, they could've been as big as the Clash with better management and support from their label.
  • Chris from Leeds, United KingdomThe story goes that Paul Weller wrote this drunk after coming home from the pub. It originally had an extra verse, but it got cut at recording.

    At the time Parolophone's German branch decided to release the record in Germany, but the UK company declined. Such was the fervour of the Jam's fans they bought the imported version in such numbers is reached #21 in the charts. This happened again with another Jam song "Just Who is The 5'o Clock Hero"
  • Jeff from Liverpool, Englandthis song was never going to be released in the uk, but a mix up at german record label metronome meant that it was released in the uk but only on their record label although it did reach uk#21
  • Michael from Indianapolis, InThis song was used in the movie "Stranger than Fiction". When Will Ferrell's character Harold Crick was on a bus near the end.
  • Ben from London, EnglandThis song shows exactly what it was like growing up in the 70s (and now) in a housing estate.
  • Jack from Belfast, IrelandI was told he wrote it after he got home from the oub and was a bit drunk and he wrote it in ten minutes.
  • Erik from Catonsville, MdGreat song. Paul Weller wrote this while riding a bus through the city at night.
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