Paul Weller, singer, songwriter
Singer ~ Songwriter
The Jam ~ The Style Council
birth name: John William Weller

Paul Weller

May 25, 1958, Woking, England

Despite widespread critical recognition, Weller has remained a national rather than an international star, and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture. He is also the principal figure of the 1970s and 80s mod revival and is often referred to as the Modfather. ~ Wikipedia: Paul Weller ~ retrieved June 29, 2013 © Wikipedia

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May 25, 1985 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (9) Tears For Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World ~ #2 (1) Simple Minds, Don't You Forget About Me ~ #1 (4) Wham!, Everything She Wants


Paul Weller ~ Named one of the Guardian 50 Best Dressed Over 50 in 2013 ~ Because Bradley Wiggins did not invent sideburns, despite what today’s young people may think. And because it’s only when you notice how ridiculous this look is when done badly (hello, Liam Gallagher) that you begin to realise how well Weller does it. ~ 2013 © The Guardian

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Peter Gabriel ~ Peter Gabriel 3 (1980) ~ Ranked #46 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ It is the social and psychological issues explored on Gabriel's third solo album that make it such a chilling work. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The Jam

Next to the Clash, the Jam are considered one of the most enduring bands to emerge from the British punk scene. Gradually earning the respect and admiration of the British press, a huge following in the United Kingdom and Europe, and a cult following in the United States, the Jam were eventually dubbed by Vic Garbarini of Musician “the British pop phenomenon of the early 80s.” Contemplating the group's rise to prominence, Paul Weller commented in an April 1979 interview with Ian Birch of Melody Maker, “It's taken four years of hard work and believing in ourselves and not listening to other people saying we're shit or something. It's a question of maturing, growing up fast,” asserted the songwriter. ~ Musicianguide: The Jam ~ retrieved August 11, 2013 © Musicianguide

The Jam ~ Eton Rifles ~ Ranked #128 NME 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time in 2014 ~ In a career not exactly lacking in seething, righteous charges, this Oi-punk rally against class inequality is the most seething, righteous charge Paul Weller ever made. ~ 2014 © NME

The Style Council

The band showed a diversity of musical styles. Singles Speak Like a Child (with its loud soul-influenced style), the extended funk of Money-Go-Round, and the synth-ballad Long Hot Summer all featured Talbot on keyboards and organ. Near the end of 1983, these songs were compiled on Introducing The Style Council, a mini-album initially released in Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, and the US only. The Dutch version was heavily imported to the United Kingdom. In 1984, the single My Ever-Changing Moods backed with the Hammond organ instrumental Mick's Company reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song remains Weller's greatest success in the US (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist), while the group reached the peak of its success in the UK with the 1985 album Our Favourite Shop. ~ Wikipedia: The Style Council ~ retrieved June 1, 2013 © Wikipedia

The Style Council ~ Café Blue (1984) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

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