PAUL WELLER’S WAKE UP THE NATION WINS UNCUT MUSIC AWARD 2010 Uncut magazine today announcesPaul Weller’sWake Up The Nation album winner of theUncut Music Award 2010.
Wake Up The Nation was chosen by judges from a long list of 25 albums, and then a shortlist of eight, as the most exciting, inspirational and rewarding album of the last 12 months.
Chaired byUncuteditorAllan Jones, the 10-strong judging panel includedHayden Thorpe, frontman of one of our favourite new British bands of recent years, Wild Beasts; eminent broadcastersBob Harris,Danny Kelly andChristian O’Connell;Mark Cooper, BBC’s creative head of music entertainment; andTony Wadsworth, chair of the BPI.
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes (2008 winner) helped choose his successor, joining the judging panel this year alongside one of Britain’s finest guitarists and core member of Roxy Music,Phil Manzanera, and one of our most notable songwriters,Chris Difford of Squeeze.
Paul Weller - Windsor Hall, BIC
10:23am Monday 29th November 2010
By Nick Churchill
THERE are plenty of great performers and a fair few can still cut the mustard deep into middle age, but how many are making music every bit as vital and exciting – perhaps even more so – as they did as teenagers?
Paul Weller is one such. He’s been up and down more times than a window cleaner’s chamois – sometimes hitting a sweet spot, other times missing by a mile, but always reaching just beyond his grasp.
He’s very definitely on an up at the moment. His last two albums, the sprawling 22 Dreams and this year’s pared-down Wake Up the Nation, have found him exercising his passion for a sometimes dizzying range of music.
Sunday night’s set drew on every stage of his career, including Art School from The Jam’s 1977 debut album, The Style Council’s Shout to the Top, an edgy trip hop reading of Wild Wood and a brand new song, That Dangerous Age, which channels The Who’s I Can’t Explain.
Music Review: Paul Weller, Cardiff International Arena Nov 29 2010 David Owens, South Wales Echo
EVEN by his lofty standards 2010 has been a spectacular year for Paul Weller.
Wake Up The Nation lived up to the rallying cry of its title by doing just that - causing mighty ripples in the music buying populace. Widely revered as his best album for a decade by critics and fans alike it propelled him to the cool climes of a Mercury Music prize award nomination and the curious inquisition of a younger audience.
Right now the ever stylish 52-year-old modernist icon is at the height of his powers, mining a rich seam of creative inspiration. It’s a midas touch that has translated to his live shows.
There’s always a joyful sense of communion about a Weller gathering and his thousands of devoted acolytes turned this worshipful service into an occasion that transcended a normal gig. This was something special.
Opening up with the propulsive joys of Moonshine he then hurtled into the staccato strut…
Paul Weller – The Olympia, Dublin
By Philip Cummins on Monday, 22 November 2010 From The State
Swaggering on stage to a Northern Soul compilation, Paul Weller and his Merry Men open with ‘Aim High’, an energetic and soulful ballad from his latest record, Wake Up the Nation, which, along with it’s predecessor 22 Dreams, is universally considered a return to form for The Modfather. His streamlined band effortlessly injects so much rhythm and soul into the track without overloading on backup singers and unnecessary percussionists that it’s hard to believe that there are only five musicians on stage. From ‘Aim High’ right through to live staples ‘The Changing Man’, The Jam’s ‘That’s Entertainment’ and The Style Council’s ‘Shout to the Top!’ is a groove of songs that are ferocious and exhilarating, rendering Weller and his band as a force of nature. Weller moves from guitar to piano for the Dr. John-esque ‘Trees’ and the wary, late night feel of ‘Invisible’, which brings the tempo right dow…
Raw Honesty From Man They Call Modfather
Paul Weller still has a fire burning in his belly, decades after his ballads woke up two nations, says Barry Egan
Sunday November 14, 2010
'PUT an end to all your doubts," he sings. "Has my fire really gone out?"
Profligate with the raw honesty, council estate balladeer Paul Weller still has a fire burning in his 52-year-old belly. At times he comes across like the gruff Victor Meldrew of his era -- with one Gucci brogue in the grave. But there's a universality to the Modfather's lyrics that resonates with just about everyone over 18 who realises Jedward are perhaps not the future. Weller has the real 'x factor'. In all in his four decades writing great moments of music, he has never erected a protective screen between his emotions and the listener.
Songs like Town Called Malice, That's Entertainment, My Ever Changing Moods, A Man of Great Promise, Changing Man, You Do Something to Me, Pebbles on a Beach ,…
British rock icon Paul Weller is known for fronting the influential bands The Jam and The Style Council, as well as a decades-long solo career. He recently released a new album "Wake Up The Nation," a return to the short, energetic style of his early years. He joins us live in the studio.
02. Aim High
06. All On Misty Morning
MINI has teamed-up with mod rock legend Paul Weller to give birth to a one off vehicle that will be auctioned at a live event, with all the proceeds set to go to charity.
The project follows Weller’s headline performance at MINI’s 50th Birthday party at Silverstone in 2009.
We are talking about a unique MINI Cooper, which was designed by the artist, built in Oxford, and hand-painted by MINI specialists. The car will be auctioned for one month from November 11, in order to raise money for charities Nordoff Robins and War Child.
Image From Tessy Schulz Set List Provided By Ryan aka Changingman 72! Cheers!!! Peacock Suit 7 & 3 Is the Striker's Name Moonshine From The Floorboards Up Pretty Green 22 Dreams Andromeda Aim High No Tears To Cry Up the Dosage Shout to the Top! Trees Empty Ring Let It Be Me One Bright Star Pieces of a Dream Strange Town Woodcutter's Son That Dangerous Age STaRt! Fast Car/Slow Traffic Echoes Round the Sun Wild Wood - - - Broken Stones Wake Up The Nation Art School Come On/Let's Go - - - The Changingman Porcelain Gods That's Entertainment
“Paul Weller was at his most interesting and rewarding with the Style Council, wasn’t he?”
So wrote a friend of mine on his facebook wall a few weeks back. It’s a statement which would probably have many a Weller fan up in arms; demanding that the entire period that Weller spent flanked by Mick Talbot, D. C. Lee & Steve White was a dark time, and should be erased from memory. This was a time of Red Wedge, of videos containing Paul & Mick all but relaxing the gentleman’s way together while punting, of (would you believe it?) chart-friendly pop.
But, let’s be honest, my mate has a point. This was also the time of Weller embracing soul, of Weller dipping his toe into new genres (Hip-hop! House!), and of chart-friendly pop which still stands up today. ‘Speak Like A Child’ should win the argument alone.
Yes, The Style Council were bang on. As I write this post, I’m reacquainting myself with some of the tracks I’ve just not ta…