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question Re: Paul Weller
« Reply #15 on: Jun 19th, 2014, 07:48am »

on Jun 19th, 2014, 04:37am, alanh wrote:
The Jam were a great band, probably one of the most exciting I have ever seen. I really couldn't understand his decision to split them up and then go on to form the blandness that was The Style Council.

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The band reunions I’d most like to see but which are never going to happen are Genesis, Rockpile, the Smiths & the Jam! sad
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 20th, 2014, 04:20am »

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I can certainly agree with you with regard to three out of the four band reunions you mention but The Smiths? I would sooner pluck out my own eyes and eat them on toast than watch that overrated bunch get together again.... just an opinion though!



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« Reply #17 on: Aug 30th, 2014, 05:40am »

The Style Council were like a more political version of Simply Red (although they got there before Mick Hucknall and co). Quite a strange combination of smooth jazz and left-wing politics.

Weller's written some good songs but he's grossly overrated in the UK. A lot of his stuff is just bland pub-rock fare. I remember Jonathan Ross playing a track of his on Radio 2 and it basically just consisted of the line "Let's go sailing in the wild blue yonder" over and over again. I remember thinking to myself: if that wasn't by Paul Weller it wouldn't get played.

He also comes over extremely badly in interviews, grumpy and self-important, a classic example of a musician who believes his own inflated publicity. I remember him slagging off Sting (who's about 15 times more successful than he is and known the world over) as having "no edge, no attitude, no nothing", which made me laugh. How edgy are you, Paul, I wondered? grin

I wouldn't want to meet him. Apparently he's best mates with Noel Gallagher. They're welcome to each other.
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 30th, 2014, 08:41am »

on Aug 30th, 2014, 05:40am, Synth Solo wrote:
I remember him slagging off Sting (who's about 15 times more successful than he is and known the world over) as having "no edge, no attitude, no nothing", which made me laugh. How edgy are you, Paul, I wondered? grin

“Down in the tube station at midnight” & “Eton Rifles” were edgy, the Style Council was anything but! cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: Aug 30th, 2014, 12:15pm »

on Aug 30th, 2014, 08:41am, boredatwork wrote:
“Down in the tube station at midnight” & “Eton Rifles” were edgy, the Style Council was anything but! cheesy


The Jam might have been slightly edgy (never got anywhere near the quality of their influences like The Who and The Kinks IMHO), but The Style Council was café music and most of Weller's solo work is dull pub-rock.

I got the impression he was dissing Sting out of pure envy, probably wishing he could have broken into the American market like he did and made the same riches.
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