Skip to main content

Paul Weller & Adele - Hub Session


Paul Weller and Adele tell us about their unique session for 6 Music

05 December 2008 - Paul Weller and Adele linked up at the Maida Vale studios last night (4 December) for a special 6 Music session.

The pair sang Weller's You Do Something To Me together and then a version of the song Need Your Love So Bad.

Weller told us why they decided to perform that song: “It was Adele’s idea, which was a very good choice as well. It’s an old blues tune, which most people probably know from Fleetwood Mac but I think it goes beyond that.”

However, it could have been quite different, as Adele told 6 Music: “Initially I chose I’m Gonna Make You Love Me by Diana Ross and The Supremes with the Temptations.

“I hadn’t really heard it for a good couple of years and I got home from Amsterdam and thought, ‘Oh God, that Temptations part is too high, I don’t think Paul will be able to sing it.

“And then Diana Ross comes in. You know how there’s certain artists that can get away with talking on the song, saying like, ‘Hey Baby’. I’m not one of them.”

A fan of Adele


Adele admitted that she was apprehensive when it came to meeting Weller.

“I was really nervous,” she said. “I went to go meet him at the first Brixton Academy show he did last Monday but straight away, he was so normal.

“Not that I thought that he would be awkward or anything, but he’s just the nicest man. He made me a cup of tea so straight away and put me at ease.”

"I’m a massive fan of Chasing Pavements. It was one of my big records of last year, so I was more than happy to do it."

And the former The Jam frontman explained that he didn’t have to think hard about collaborating with the young, Mercury nominated, soul singer.

“I’m up for working with anyone really, who is any good,” said Weller. “It was suggested to me and I’m a massive fan of Chasing Pavements. It was one of my big records of last year, so I was more than happy to do it.”

Weller also said he was excited to be recording at the BBC studios at Maida Vale: “These studios are so great and they’ve got so much history and such a good sound in them. It’s nice to have a proper studio to work in and we’ve got a string quartet.”

The session is being broadcast in George Lamb’s show between 10am and 1pm today (5 December) and you will be able to listen again to that for a week after.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

John Weller Obituary From The Independent...

For thirty years, John Weller managed the career of his son Paul, through the salad days and success of The Jam in the Seventies and early Eighties, the ups and downs of The Style Council and Paul’s re-emergence as a solo artist in the Nineties. Theirs was a unique father-son relationship in the music industry, built on John’s unwavering belief in Paul’s talent and shared values like hard work and pragmatism.

John could be blunt, and once refused to have lunch in a record company’s executive dining room, remarking to the managing director: “I didn’t come here to eat, I came to do business.” But his bark was worse than his bite.

John’s success was all the more remarkable since he started in his forties after years working in factories, on building sites and driving a taxi. When The Jam signed to Polydor in February 1977, for a £6,000 advance and a six per cent royalty rate, John admitted he didn’t have a bank account and asked for cash instead of a cheque. A&R man Chris Parry duly we…

Paul Weller's Son, Natt Gives A Candid Taxi Interview

Where else to meet the musician son of the agelessly groovy Modfather but at London’s trendy Met Bar? And there’s more than a hint of moody Mod style about the Japanese parka that Paul Weller’s eldest child Natt has slung over his Vivienne Westwood top.

Yet there all similarity ends, for singer-guitarist Natt has inherited the exotic beauty of his mother – former Wham! and Style Council backing singer Dee C Lee – rather than the famously angular features of his father.

‘Everybody always goes, “Luckily he took after his mum…”’ laughs Natt, whose mother is from France and St Lucia and whose great-great grandma was Japanese. Hence Natt’s fascination for Japan, where he moved in 2006 for a year to learn the language.

To pay for his studies, he modelled and deejayed, ‘I felt like an outsized monster,’ confides Natt, 21, a 6ft 1in beanpole. He returned a fan of Japan’s popular culture – from manga cartoons to punk-goth music – and with a different spelling to his name, which now features two ‘…

Paul Weller Makes Guest Appearance At Blues Fest In London With Ronnie Wood!

Paul Weller joined Ronnie Wood and Friends at the Royal Albert Hall for Blues Fest! Along with Mick Taylor, Paul and Ronnie paid tribute to Mississippi's Jimmy Reed with a performance of the Blues classic, "Shame, Shame, Shame."