Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A-Z Challenge: P - Paul Weller



 

P is for Paul Weller

I have decided to split this into two posts: 'P' and 'W' as Paul Weller really is too good to fit in just one. So for this post you have the introduction and The Jam, his first band. I am a little bit obsessed with Paul Weller. Can one be ‘a little bit obsessed’? Or is that an oxymoron? Anyway, he is one of my favourite artists, if not the favourite. He is a ROCK GOD (and has, actually, received the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards).  He's a working-class hero, an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, has won more awards that I’ve had hot dinners, has successfully reinvented himself three times and to top it off, he’s also a bit-of-alright (meaning eye-candy, sex-on-legs, yummy, get-yer-pants-off-gorgeous ... except for some really dodgy haircuts).  




The Jam was one of the most popular punk rock bands of the era, which he first started in 1972 as a sharp-suited mod. The Jam achieved massive success, with somewhere between 12 -19 albums (depending which source you go to), but Paul decided to leave the band at the height of their success 10 years later to reinvent himself. I actually went and saw The Jam live back in the day in Guildford, in the UK. They were excellent, except that the place was so hot from everyone going mad pogo-ing and getting drunk, that the condensation was dripping off the ceiling onto us sweaty, smelly things below making us even more revolting. Ewww. But all part of the punk experience at the time LOL This is my fav track of theirs.




A Town Called Malice by The Jam

In 'W' I shall tell you about The Style Council and his solo career. Unfortunately, he is not very well known over here in America so don't think I shall be seeing him here anytime soon. Oh well, off to see Gotye play live tonight in San Francisco, so can't complain.

18 comments:

  1. Loved The Jam. Curious to hear about the Gotye show.

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    1. I will let you guys know (esp as I haven't written tomorrow's blog yet - yikes!) but very excited.

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  2. I'm so jealous you got to see them live!

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    1. Yes, I have been very lucky with all the bands I've seen.

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  3. So I know Paul Weller but for some reason don't know The Jam ... Ouch, I better brush up on my Music trivia! :o) Thanks for dropping by my blog!

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    1. They were long long ago! But very good.

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  4. Heard the songs, never knew him though, guess I'm just out of touch a bit..haha

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  5. I'm a brand new fan of both Gotye and Weller. Thanks for the visit Claire

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  6. Black market jam is one if my favorite EPs...that's extended play vinyl for the youngsters...after that Mr Weller became too mainstream for my tastes, but am happy to "tap" to it...

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    1. Too mainstream?? Have you heard any of his latest stuff? I will have to force you to listen to more!!

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    2. sure...force is good...but you have to put up with my tapping!!!

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    1. Thank you Bridget - at last, someone to appreciate his genius!!

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  8. I know Paul Weller. Pretty good.

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  9. I almost thought this said Paul WALKER. Ohh and he is yummy. lol

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  10. The Jam's "That's Entertainment" = v. groovy tune! I also quite enjoy Style Council's "My Ever Changing Moods." (Some Yanks got culture, ok?) ;-)

    Some Dark Romantic

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