If there was a classification for -1000 deg C it would be labelled ‘Paul Weller’
From the Jam to the Style Council, and onwards to a hugely successful solo career Paul Weller has never compromised, following his on lead no matter what anyone else thought.
It’s this single-mindedness, combined with a sense of style that makes every other man look like they’ve just ram-raided the M & S Blue Harbour range, which makes this institution of a man stand out.
Songs such as the politically motivated ode to the council estate ‘That’s Entertainment’ and the thumping, soul inspired, ‘A Town called Malice’ gripped a generation of working class males looking for something to identify with in the post-punk era.
And when it all went a bit 80s, he slipped on the slacks and loafers for a more serene jazz inspired sound with the Style Council. However, a shift to a solo career provided the biggest platform for his talents, switching from the folk inspired ‘Wild Wood’ album, to the retro-soul soaked ‘Stanley Road’ and the eclectic ‘22 Dreams’ - all allowing this driven individual to exercise his talent and influences, and all done on his own terms.
For further proof that ‘The Modfather’ is a one off see him live, where the phrase ‘giving it his all’ truly has meaning.
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