Paul Weller claimed that the Style Council were going to be entirely different from the Jam, but when their first single, "Speak Like a Child," came out in early 1983, it was clearly just a continuation of the '60s soul obsession Weller had first shown off with this classic single the year before. Kicking off with a bass line directly lifted from Motown's James Jamerson (coincidentally the same bass line Elvis Costello had nicked to open "Love for Tender" on 1980's Get Happy!) before adding a thumping load of hand percussion on the downbeats and an organ part inspired by the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'," "A Town Called Malice" is like a Northern soul primer for would-be '80s mods. The lyrics are yet more of Weller's social commentary typical of the era, with a hint of cheerleading in the face of apathy brought on by the realities of life in Thatcher's Britain. Derivative though it is, "A Town Called Malice" is easily one of the most musically thrilling singles from its era, which is no doubt why it regularly appears in films set in early-'80s Great Britain.