Down Town

Gospel singers, Petula Clark samples, Scottish raps – Down Town has it all.

Music magazines were eager to point out in their reviews that, unlike with previous JAMs singles, this time all the samples had been cleared – much to the surprise of a bemused King Boy D.

We were surprised to read in the papers that Pet Clarke [sic] had given her permission for us to sample her classic Downtown on our record of the same name. When we attempted to contact her, at her Swiss home, to do just this thing, we didn’t get further than her refusing to accept our transfer charge.Bill Drummond, KLF Info Sheet, 22 Jan 1988


The Jamms may not be the hippest, sanest, or sweetest band to stalk the Earth this year but they’re certainly the most imaginative. Sampling every artist from the MC5 to Abba to Sam Fox and now Petula Clark they’ve fired a musical trail so shocking they couldn’t have kept you more on your toes if they’d stuffed a handgrenade up your ass and sent you out to tap dance in a pair of stilettos!
NME, 28 Nov 1987 (Single Of The Week)

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