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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:50 am

Woking's finest, has been making records for more than 4 decades, first in The Jam, then in The Style Council, and on his todd from 1991. He's inspired and irritated a generation or more. Here are some of his best moments:

A Town Called Malice - The Jam

Walls Come Tumbling Down! - The Style Council

Sunflower - Paul Weller

From The Floorboards Up - Paul Weller

That Dangerous Age - Paul Weller

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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:07 am

Paul Weller at the BBC / BBC Four Sessions: Paul Weller
The former culled clips from across his career, whilst the latter was a more recent staged concert which mostly contained his solo work, though he did please the crowd with a bash at 'The Eton Rifles'. He remains a fine musical force and probably doesn't garner the respect which he probably doesn't care much for anyway.

Heyday TV: Punk Icons - The Jam
Graham McTavish presented this rundown of the 6-year career of the Woking Wonder's first chart foray, how they built slowly in their first few albums, until 'The Eton Rifles' catapulted them right into the heart of the charts. Also notable were the inclusion of two journos I have a lot of time for, spiky-haired John Robb, and Garry "This Is Uncool" Mulholland. Some nice archive clips and comments on less familiar areas too.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:15 am

Paul Weller @ Glastonbury
One of many on the Pyramid stage on Sunday, he delivered a spirited set for an hour, covering his own solo career (now running into its 25th year) with a few selections from the Jam. But the Style Council might as well not have ever happened. Surely on a balmy summer's evening he could have done "Long Hot Summer" or "You're The Best Thing"? But no. Great stuff otherwise.

The Jam: About The Young Idea
An all-new major documentary which actually gets Paul Weller talking happily and fondly about his first band success, and Rick & Bruce are also included (Rick's recent book was mentioned). Various fans and associates spoke happily of the 5-year arc of the band's fame. A new exhibition was the main peg to hang this on, too.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:18 am

Rockpalast: The Jam
From the Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, November 30, 1980, a lengthy show with 2 encores, mixing hit singles with lesser remembered material. Despite the band's best efforts, about halfway through the crowd start chanting for "Eton Rifles" whenever there's a gap between songs. Once they play it in the 2nd chorus, it doesn't seem to placate them, either.

Discovering: Paul Weller
A young starter, supported by his Dad, slowly got the Jam together, and showed prolixity. After 6 Jam LPs, he broke up the band and went into the Style Council, to much critical chagrin. Proved popular in America, but after his record company refused to release their 4th LP, he broke that band up too. Starting again as a solo act in 1991, he built up a new catalogue of material and reclaimed his critical fanbase. He continues to write, record, release and tour, and shows no signs of slowing down or stopping.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:56 am

Video Killed the Radio Star: Paul Weller
Paul himself talked with Tim Pope, who directed most if not all of the Style Council videos, it seems. Paul seemed fond of those days, even if he clearly has no interest in reviving that music. Many silly video ideas were excused simply because the band project was a reaction against the Jam, and if dressing up and pratting about was what was called for, then there it was.

BBC Radio 2 In Concert: Paul Weller
He's got a new album out, and this was an agreeable way of promotion. He did some Style Council numbers for once, and was unafraid to serve up less familiar stuff than some might have expected.


Paul Weller - Live at the Royal Albert Hall - May Love Travel With You
He's really plugging this latest, acoustic album. Here he worked with the London Metropolitan Orchestra, under the guidance of Hannah Peel. Lucy Rose helped out on vocals, which is a good rub for her.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:50 am

Paul Weller: The Changing Man, by Paolo Hewitt
2007 tome from journo and long-time friend, looking at Paul's story by reflecting on 68 of the man's songs from across his career. Amusingly, Hewitt had recently seen that friendship closed off by Weller, which becomes a running sub-text. It's an impressive work all the same.
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