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Paul Weller Week On!

It's Paul Weller Week on this week...

Since the early incendiary days of the Jam, through to his incorporation of soul, r'n'b and jazz styles into his music with The Style Council and a hugely successful solo career, penning sensitive ballads and forthright "tunes" that mix and recall many of his previous musical incarnations, whilst further pushing his musical boundaries, he's been one of the leading lights of British music scene.

Responsible for tracks such as A Town Called Malice, Going Underground, Shout To The Top, Wild Wood, The Changingman, You Do Something To Me and inspiring and influencing many from his and subsequent generations, not least of all a couple of Gallagher's from Manchester.

As his tenth solo album is released this week, he'll be picking our Track of the Days from tomorrow, ever the musical chameleon, all we'll say is they're not necessarily what you might predict... later in the week we'll have a freshly chosen Spotify playlist of his "Late 60's Luvlies", hand-picked by the man himself.

Plus we'll have an exclusive new interview with him about his tenth solo album, Wake Up The Nation, which is an invective take on the current state of society, politics and the effects of technology as well as containing the heartfelt and sensitive love songs that display both sides of the man.

Expect to read about the making the album, the re-kindling of his friendship and subsequent recording with Bruce Foxton of the Jam (he's on two tracks on the new album), his views on reality Tv/talent shows, politics and the monarchy, the demise of Oasis and a touching tribute to his late father and manager, John Weller. Not to mention where he thinks he's going next musically, well, he's not one for sitting still is he?

We hope you'll enjoy the week as much as we've enjoyed the man's new record (Full review in Q Magazine Q286, the current issue with Liam Gallagher on the slipcase).



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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 ‘…

Nominate Photographer Stefan Duerr For Best Vinyl Art 2010 Award!

Photographer Stefan Duerr has designed art work and photographed a wide range of musicians such as Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Steve Cradock, The Vals, Marner Brown and The Moons. His design of Steve Cradock's solo debut, The Kundalini Target is eligible for the Best Art Vinyl 2010 Award!

Stefan is a very good friend of Paul Weller News and we would like to ask for our reader's support in helping Stefan win this award. In conjunction with industry experts, the award is also voted on by the public. So, please follow the instructions below and lend your support to Stefan and his craft. It will only take a few moments.

Go to:
Just enter Steve Cradock / The Kundalini Target in the first box,  and then vote for two other albums you like.
All three records on your list must be different, and you can only vote once. Voting closes at midnight 12th December.

Stefan Duerr Photography
Stefan and Paul Weller News kindly thank you …