Paul Weller: 'You've got to be willing to upset people' From The Guardian
By: Dave Simpson
It was the 2007 Glastonbury festival, and Paul Weller was pondering three decades of success. He felt restless, dissatisfied with much of his output in the first decade of the new century. He was still touring his album of two years earlier, As Is Now, which he liked but which hadn't found the wide audience he wanted. For the first time since Polydor refused to release the Style Council's house music album in 1989, Weller questioned his own relevance. Where once people had hailed his guitar classicism as the inspiration behind Britpop, they now called his music "Dadrock". He was nearly 50. Worse, he hadn't written a song in two years.
"I felt creatively empty," he says. "I realised I couldn't take the 'Weller sound' or whatever you wanna call it any further." Nor was he happy with the traditional cliche of the musician with the dw…
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Paul Weller talks about being at the cutting edge of British music.
9:30am Sunday 1st August 2010
By: Nick Churchill
From: The Daily Echo
WE live in funny times. Of course it’s only right and proper for the young to hold dominion over pop music, but what happens when some of the most challenging, affecting and downright edgy music of the moment is being made by people in their 50s?
Paul Weller has been a fixture on our musical landscape since the late-1970s, first with The Jam, then the much maligned Style Council and, since 1990, as a solo artist.
The beauty of music is that you can never say you’ve learnt everything. You’ll go to your deathbed still not knowing what else is out there...
He’s never shied from his influences – The Beatles, Small Faces, vintage soul and funk; he even turned in an album of house music in 1989. It cost him his record deal.
In the mid-1990s he was labelled The Modfather, the godfather of Britpop, but by the end of the decade he was being unfairly dismisse…
This ran in the US magazine, "Entertainment Weekly" in 2005.
Paul Weller's 12 MUST HAVE Albums!
1 THE ZOMBIES Odessey & Oracle 1968 (Rhino) ''It was completely unheralded at the time. Every track's great. It's very English, with wistful, autumnal melodies on it. In terms of strength of melody, this has definitely been an influence on me.''
2 STEVIE WONDER Innervisions 1973 (Motown) ''This word genius gets thrown around quite a lot these days, but I think he's worthy of that accolade. He was in full flight around this time.''
3 MARVIN GAYE What's Going On 1971 (Motown) ''I probably heard this at the end of the '70s or early '80s, but it was a real revelation. Marvin is one of my all-time favorite singers.''
4 JOHN COLTRANE A Love Supreme 1964 (Impulse!) ''It was his prayer, really, and it just has a very spiritual sound. Its greatness inspires me.''