Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast
EP113 - Little Jo Ruocco - Honorary Councillor, Drummer & Percussionist… ”I wonder how she feels today…”

EP113 - Little Jo Ruocco - Honorary Councillor, Drummer & Percussionist… ”I wonder how she feels today…”

September 20, 2022

From growing up in Long Island, USA to picking up the sticks aged 4 to guesting with the Mercer Ellington orchestra at just 13 years old, to playing with Chuck Berry and then coming to London in the 1980s - it's fair to say that Jo Ruocco has had a pretty incredible journey in life.

Her connection with Paul Weller kicks in with the final stages of The Style Council's 4th studio album Confessions of a Pop Group. At the time, Steve White had just left the band for The Jazz Renegades and Steve Sidelnyk had moved stateside (more on his incredible story in a future podcast...) - cut to a memorable answerphone message for Little Jo from Paul...

Recording shortly afterwards at Solid Bond, you can hear Jo on drums and percussion for How She Threw It All Away and on the album closer Confessions of a Pop Group.

The release of the 1234 EP in 1988 led with How She Threw It All Away for promo, but was billed as 'A Summer Quartet' - You can also hear Jo as part of The Mixed Companions playing I Do Like To Be B-Side The A-Side (written by Mick Talbot) and on Love For The First Time.

Find out more in the shownotes for this podcast at Paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-113-little-jo-ruocco

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EP112 -  Gered Mankowitz - Legendary Photographer… ”Look around this world, there’s millions to be seen…”

EP112 - Gered Mankowitz - Legendary Photographer… ”Look around this world, there’s millions to be seen…”

September 13, 2022

My guest on this episode is the absolute legend that is Gered Mankowitz - he is the photographer who created the enduring and defining image of the rock star as we know it today.

Inspired to take up photography by the comedian Peter Sellers, Gered opened his first studio in 1963. Finding himself at the centre of Swinging London, he soon established himself as one of the most prominent music photographers on the scene.
His portfolio showcases striking and beautiful photographs from the 1960s to the 2000s, encompassing the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix , Small Faces, Marianne Faithfull, P.P. Arnold, Led Zeppelin, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, Oasis and many others. Check out his collection here.

There are two links with Paul Weller. The photograph for the cover of The Jam's second album This Is The Modern World and a lovely shot for an advert for Vox Amps with The Style Council...

 

In 2016 Gered was awarded the distinction of a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society.
Find out more about Gered at mankowitz.com and check out my show notes at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-112-gered-mankowitz

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EP111 - David Pottinger - Modernist Writer, Move On Up Blog… ”Take nothing less, not even second best…”

EP111 - David Pottinger - Modernist Writer, Move On Up Blog… ”Take nothing less, not even second best…”

September 6, 2022

My guest on this episode is David Pottinger - a young Modernist from Middlesbrough and one of the fellas behind the brilliant Move on Up Blog.
The website was created with his childhood best friend Graham Barber, with a desire to contribute to the scene and write about their passions of football, clothing and music.
We chat about his love of The Jam and Paul Weller and his crazy Summer of 2015, and the events that led to a then-20-year-old-David getting to interview Paul Weller for the About The Young Idea TV Documentary!.

Find out more at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-111-david-pottinger

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EP110 - Rick Buckler - Part 2 - Drummer, The Jam, Recorded at This Is The Modern World Exhibition…

EP110 - Rick Buckler - Part 2 - Drummer, The Jam, Recorded at This Is The Modern World Exhibition…

August 30, 2022

A different kind of episode this week with The Jam drummer, Rick Buckler.
This recording was taken from a Q&A event in August 2022 at St Peters, Brighton for the This is the Modern World exhibition...

Rick was one-third of the powerhouse sound of The Jam along with Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton. The band had 18 consecutive UK Top 40 singles from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No 1 hits.

Find out more in the show notes for this podcast at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-110-rick-buckler-part2

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EP109 - Steve Pilgrim - Drummer, Singer, Songwriter, Weller Bandmate… ”To reappear so beautifully, a technicolour effigy…”

EP109 - Steve Pilgrim - Drummer, Singer, Songwriter, Weller Bandmate… ”To reappear so beautifully, a technicolour effigy…”

August 23, 2022

Steve Pilgrim - drummer, singer & songwriter joins me on this episode of the podcast.

Another huge talent from the Paul Weller band.
Paul is quoted as saying on Steve: "One of the great understated modern songsmiths. I love Pilgrims voice, his lyrics, his sense of melody. I hope people get to hear his music, it’s really something special”

Ex-The Stands, Cast, John Power and John Head, Steve joined the Paul Weller band in 2008 for the 22 Dreams tour ( following on from drumming legends Steve White and Rick Buckler when you think about it! - something that we discuss on the podcast).

Steve has been a key fixture of the band ever since. Both live behind the kit - touring the world multiple times - and on record from Wake Up The Nation through to Fat Pop.

As Andy Lewis said on the podcast, "Steve is a better singer-songwriter than he is a drummer, and he's a fantastic drummer..."

Our podcast begins with a text from Paul Weller that was the only inspiration Steve Pilgrim needed to finish the writing of his much-anticipated sixth album ‘Beautiful Blue’...

Find out more in the show notes for this podcast with a very special Pilgrim Playlist at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-109-steve-pilgrim

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EP108 - Eliza Carthy - Trad / Prog Singer, Songwriter, Musician… ”Climbing forever trying…”

EP108 - Eliza Carthy - Trad / Prog Singer, Songwriter, Musician… ”Climbing forever trying…”

August 16, 2022

On this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I chat to an incredible folk musician who is celebrating her 30th career anniversary in 2022.
Eliza Carthy MBE is, without doubt, an innovator and leading light of England's folk scene - an amazing solo artist, band member, singer, songwriter and fiddle player.

Eliza rose to prominence in the mid-1990s both as a solo artist and a member of Waterson-Carthy, the group she formed with her parents, folk icons Norma Waterson and Martin Carthy (Martin himself played with Paul on the album True Meanings in 2018).

She has covered Paul Weller's Wild Wood for her LP Angels and Cigarettes, played with him on Studio 150 and with The Imagined Village and has performed live on stage with Paul for a BBC4 session - so plenty of lovely stories to hear on this one.

Find out more in the show notes for this podcast at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-108-eliza-carthy

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EP107 - Olly Ball - Photographer, Our Favourite Shop, The Style Council… ”It shops in store where only the best buy…”

EP107 - Olly Ball - Photographer, Our Favourite Shop, The Style Council… ”It shops in store where only the best buy…”

August 9, 2022

My guest on this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast is Olly Ball, Photographer for The Style Council album cover Our Favourite Shop.

It is the band's most commercial successful album and undoubtedly one of the best album covers in Paul''s 45 year career. An immediate commercial and critical success on release with a sleeve that so many fans spent hours, day and weeks figuring out, pouring over every little detail.

I would encourage you to grab your copy of the album as we take a walk through the making of the sleeve...

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EP106 - Yolanda Charles MBE - Musician, Bassist, Bandleader & Songwriter… ”You know I feel it,  I know you feel it too…”

EP106 - Yolanda Charles MBE - Musician, Bassist, Bandleader & Songwriter… ”You know I feel it, I know you feel it too…”

August 2, 2022

In this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by musician, bassist, bandleader and songwriter Yolanda Charles.
As a professional bassist for 30 years, she has played with the likes of Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor, Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, and of course, Paul Weller.

We'll hear how a chance encounter via Jonathan Ross led to Yolanda joining the Paul Weller Band in 1993 for the Wild Wood tour (with recordings captured for Paul's first solo live album Live Wood - released in September 1994).

She performed on the singles Hung Up, Out of the Sinking and You Do Something To Me and continued to play in the live band through the Stanley Road and Heavy Soul periods too.

In other Weller alumni connections, you can also hear Yolanda on the Talbot & White album - Off The Beaten Track, on Carleen Anderson's 1998 Weller produced LP, Blessed Burden and with Dee C. Lee on the single It's Not Over with Yolanda's band The Deep M.O.

We hear about her musical journey throughout that time period, her latest band - Project PH and even on working with Hans Zimmer on the Dune Soundtrack - which won an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for Original Score!

Yolanda was awarded an MBE for services to music in 2020.

Find out more on my website at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-106-yolanda-charles

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EP105 - Annajoy David - Co-founder of Red Wedge… ”You see things can change…”

EP105 - Annajoy David - Co-founder of Red Wedge… ”You see things can change…”

July 26, 2022

In this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, we hear the incredible story of Red Wedge from its co-founder, Annajoy David.

The podcast is packed full of tales of collaboration and a shared passion for fashion and politics that all kicked off with Paul Weller hearing a radio interview with Annajoy from a CND rally in the early 1980s.

Paul was inspired to reach out and a tight friendship and an incredible working relationship formed - leading to activity with The Jam and The Style Council and the creation of Red Wedge - an organisation dedicated to getting young people involved in politics through the popular arts.

Find out more on my website at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-105-annajoy-david

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EP104 - Guy Barker - Honorary Councillor + Bandleader, Composer, Arranger and Trumpet Player… ”If we can make time stop - and keep this feeling…”

EP104 - Guy Barker - Honorary Councillor + Bandleader, Composer, Arranger and Trumpet Player… ”If we can make time stop - and keep this feeling…”

July 19, 2022

For Episode 104 of the Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by Guy Barker - a multi-award-winning composer, band leader and trumpet player who also happens to be one of the most in-demand arrangers in the world right now.

As you'll hear during our chat, Guy has played with so many absolute legends including our podcast subject - Paul Weller via The Style Council.

In the 1980s, Guy played on TSC singles Money-Go-Round and The Lodgers, he was part of the live band in periods including the recording of the Showbiz concert film and the Home & Abroad LP.
He also plays on the 1987 album The Cost of Loving (Fairy Tales and Walking The Night) and can be heard on The Style Council Live CD playing on A Stone's Throw Away, Soul Deep, Strength of your Nature, Move on Up and Down by the Seine.

Guy was also part of the line up for the infamous final gigs - in Japan and at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Find out more in the show notes to this podcast at https://paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-104-guy-barker

 

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EP103 - P.P. Arnold -The First Lady of London Soul… ”Remember when our love could fly, we gave it wings and it took to the sky”

EP103 - P.P. Arnold -The First Lady of London Soul… ”Remember when our love could fly, we gave it wings and it took to the sky”

July 12, 2022

My latest podcast guest is the first lady of London Soul, P.P. Arnold and what an honour it was to chat with Pat on the podcast.
There have been so many 'pinch-me' moments on this audio journey - and this is right up there for me.

P.P. Arnold's story is that of a rich and varied life.

From her early musical origins in powerhouse church gospel, the talented singer's career began when she joined the Ike & Tina Turner Revue at the age of just seventeen. But little did the young Ikette know how much her world was about to be turned upside-down... 
Upon arriving in London in 1966 to support the Rolling Stones, the shy but vivacious nineteen-year-old caught the eye of frontman Mick Jagger. He would persuade her to stay in the city and record as a solo artist, ultimately leading to a five-decade career working with everyone from Jagger, Rod Stewart, the Small Faces, Eric Clapton and Nick Drake to Barry Gibb, Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters, the KLF, Primal Scream, Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller...
We'll hear all about her incredible career, her autobiography Soul Survivor, that has just been published, and how she came to create music with Paul Weller for his album A Kind Revolution (on the majestic Woo Se Mama), along with tracks for her most recent album, The New Adventures of... her first LP of new material in 51 years... which was produced, engineered and arranged by Steve Cradock.

Find out more with links to music and videos in the show notes for this podcast at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-103-pp-arnold

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EP102 - Claire Mahoney - Journalist, Broadcast, Editor on The Jam, Paul Weller & Mod… ”I’m sitting watching rainbows…”

EP102 - Claire Mahoney - Journalist, Broadcast, Editor on The Jam, Paul Weller & Mod… ”I’m sitting watching rainbows…”

July 5, 2022

For Episode 102 of the Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by journalist, editor and broadcaster Claire Mahoney - an active member and influential promoter of the Mod scene with a passion for music, fashion, art and culture.
We'll hear all about her teenage discovery of The Jam, and a love affair that has lasted a lifetime.
Claire has written extensively about the mod scene and made regular appearances on BBC Radio Wales to speak about The Jam, Paul Weller, Mod and 60s soul music.
We'll hear more about her latest project Detail Magazine - a print publication dedicated to offering a more in-depth look at the UK’s most stylish subculture – Mod and her book Welsh Mod.

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EP101 - Danny Thompson - Musician & Double Bass legend… ”Chances, chances everywhere…”

EP101 - Danny Thompson - Musician & Double Bass legend… ”Chances, chances everywhere…”

June 28, 2022

Over the past 55 years, musician Danny Thompson has been a bandleader, sideman, group member and composer.
Best known as a double-bassist, he has worked with the very best including Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Nick Drake, along with great jazz men such as Humphrey Lyttelton and Tubby Hayes as well as Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, and Kate Bush.
In recent years, he has also played with our podcast subject - Paul Weller.

Danny played double bass on two tracks for 2004's Studio 150 album, cover versions of Tim Hardin's Don't Make Promises and the Sister Sledge classic Thinking of You and on 2018's True Meanings.

Danny played double bass on the track Come Along.

In 2016, he joined Paul on stage in Brighton in a supergroup including Paul with Robert Wyatt, Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier.

The range of music that his performances have graced is hard to believe. Working with the many true"Greats" of Blues, Jazz, Folk , World and Popular music.

A founding member of influential folk-jazz group Pentangle from 1967-1973 (along with its subsequent reunions and re-versionings) - he has also had a critically acclaimed successful solo career - winning two lifetime achievement awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Find more information on Danny , including our special playlist , at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-101-danny-thompson

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EP100 - Ann Weller - Podcast Centenary Celebration! - ”In the warmth of your smile, lighting up my day…”

EP100 - Ann Weller - Podcast Centenary Celebration! - ”In the warmth of your smile, lighting up my day…”

June 21, 2022

So here we are - Episode 100 of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast - who would have thought it?
Firstly - thanks to you for your support , your shares and your thoughts - its all helped to get us to number one on iTunes and to grow listeners to the podcast over the past 18 months.
Thanks to my wife and family for letting me do this thing - evenings, weekends and holidays spent creating something I hope is truly unique and special to fans of Paul Weller.

To all the guests from past and future - it would be nothing without you - your honesty, warmth, stories and generosity is hugely appreciated.

And of course thanks to Paul Weller! For the music - the live gigs - the story arc of 50 years from the creation of The Jam with Steve Brookes to now - and here's hoping for some time with Paul in the future for what will undoubtably be an epic interview at some point in the future right ?

Episode 100 - takes us to Ripley - the Surrey village that is home to Paul’s studio Black Barn - and also home for Paul’s mum - Ann Weller.
I always had Ann in mind as our centenary episode guest as was absolutely delighted to get a YES to my request - INCREDIBLE!
Ann is not just Paul's mum - but she has been a key player in his story from The Jam to now - together with John, her dear late husband , Paul and Nicky’s father, who managed The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Solo for over 30 years, until his sad passing in 2009.
This was an absolute honour to spend time with Ann chatting over a cuppa and scone and a very special chat…

I hope you enjoy - and thanks again for listening to our journey so far...

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EP99 - Chris Bangs - Co-Producer of Above The Clouds + DJ, Producer & Composer… ”Must be me that’s rushing by, time just lingers on the wind”

EP99 - Chris Bangs - Co-Producer of Above The Clouds + DJ, Producer & Composer… ”Must be me that’s rushing by, time just lingers on the wind”

June 14, 2022

Chris Bangs has been a pioneering and inspirational figure in the British underground dance scene and helped to light up the burgeoning black music dance scene of the early eighties. 

Towards the end of the 80s, Chris really hit pay dirt as a musical trend-setter with the invention of Acid Jazz genre and as a producer and artist responsible for many early recordings on Eddie Piller's Acid Jazz label and Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud (producing Galliano's celebrated debut album).

His talents were soon spotted outside of the acid jazz scene with Paul Weller utilising Chris' production skills on one of the stand out tracks from his debut solo album - Above The Clouds.
The song is a favourite of so many fans, and Paul still features it on current tours.

This liaison led to a partnership with Paul's former Style Council-er Mick Talbot as Yada Yada AKA SoundscapeUK - one of a whole range of projects marked by the Bangs stamp that have secured commercial and critical acclaim from the USA, Japan, Europe and Australia.

Have a listen to our podcast chat with a surprise special guest popping up during our conversation too!

Find out more in the show notes for this podcast at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-99-chris-bangs

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EP98 - Den Davis - The Jam Archivist / Collector / Superfan… ”To me you’re still a collector…”

EP98 - Den Davis - The Jam Archivist / Collector / Superfan… ”To me you’re still a collector…”

June 7, 2022

In 1979, twelve-year-old Den Davis went to see The Jam play at Manchester Apollo and his world changed forever.
As we hear on this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, a few months later when Den started a Sunday morning paper round, he struck a deal with the shop to save every magazine and paper that mentioned The Jam, and Den would deliver the papers for free. It didn’t matter to Den if they were the cool music press like the NME and Melody Maker or the likes of Jackie and Look In. He wanted them all.
So began the start of his journey to collecting anything and everything about the band fronted by Paul Weller, amassing the largest collection of vinyl and memorabilia in the world.

We talk about that collection, and how he had to rebuild after the 1996 Manchester bombing, and hear all about The Jam: Cover Stars - Den's new and exclusive exhibition of original and iconic Magazine and Music Press covers from around the world that show The Jam throughout their amazing six-year career from 1977 to 1982.

Den saw The Jam 39 times between then and end of December 1982 - the final tour, he first met the band in 1981, started The Jam Tapes Collection service in April 1982, saw The Style Council 52 times live and Paul Weller solo over 100 times!.

Find out more in the show notes for this podcast at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-98-den-davis

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EP97 - Shane Juson - SuperFan - The Jam to now… ”Life is timeless, days are long when you’re young…”

EP97 - Shane Juson - SuperFan - The Jam to now… ”Life is timeless, days are long when you’re young…”

May 31, 2022

As much as I love talking to the musicians, the singers and the songwriters, the producers and engineers, the music industry promoters, tour managers, road crew, band members, journalists and others, who have worked and collaborated with Paul Weller, this podcast was always intended to be a voice for the fans to share their memories of The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller…

So many of these fans are just great story-tellers with great stories to tell, able to paint a picture on what the man and his music has meant to them over the years.

This is another one of those very special episodes - with a man who is a regular in the front row at Weller gigs, on the forums and at events.

My latest podcast guest is Shane Juson.
We'll hear about his discovery of The Jam in 1979 - singles albums, live gigs, soundchecks, band meetings and more... We'll hear about his love of The Style Council and Paul Weller solo - from the early Movement gigs in 1990 and front-row adventures on every tour since (he's even got the t-shirts to prove it!).

We'll also hear about some pretty wonderful and bizarre moments too.

For example, watching Paul Weller's reactions at Black Barn, whilst listening to some of On Sunset on the day after the final recordings to having his photo taken by Paul next to the famous Stanley Road jukebox and being driven round the corner by Paul in his mini, for a tea and scone at The Nest with Charles Rees, Tom Van Heel & another superfan, Keiko Egawa…

You can find photos that tie in to our conversation on my website, and join here for Shane's Facebook Group - Absolute Beginners The Jam.

Another very special episode. Have a listen - share on your social media channels - and leave a 5-star review wherever you get your podcasts...

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EP96 - Debsey Wykes - Dolly Mixture - Respond Records…

EP96 - Debsey Wykes - Dolly Mixture - Respond Records…

May 24, 2022

What a blast to be joined by singer, songwriter, musician Debsey Wykes on this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast.
In 1978, she formed the British post-punk pop-band Dolly Mixture with guitarist, Rachel Bor and drummer, Hester Smith.
We'll hear about their journey from complete amateurs to John Peel sessions, to supporting The Jam in the Summer of 1980 and signing to Paul Weller's Respond Record label...
They were part of the initial label line up with The Rimshots , The Questions and Tracie!
Whilst on the label, they released two singles, Been Teen in 1981 and Everything and More in 1982 - both produced by Captain Sensible and Paul Gray from The Damned...

We also hear how, in 1982, something rather odd happened as Captain Sensible unexpectedly had a huge summer feelgood hit with a cover of the South Pacific song, Happy Talk - which featured Dolly Mixture on backing vocals.

Find more information , including a playlist of the music that we talked about at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-96-debsey-wykes

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EP95 - Phil Veacock - Brass Arranger & Sax Player… ”When I hear that sound, it goes to my heart, straight to my soul…”!

EP95 - Phil Veacock - Brass Arranger & Sax Player… ”When I hear that sound, it goes to my heart, straight to my soul…”!

May 17, 2022

In this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I'm joined by Phil Veacock - best-known as the main arranger, musical director and tenor saxophonist of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Phil has multiple connections and credits with Paul Weller with arrangements and performances on every Weller album since 2017's A Kind Revolution, right through to 2021's number one LP, Fat Pop (Volume 1).

They'd actually played together before then with Paul's multiple appearances on Jools Holland's TV Shows - Later... and Hootenanny. Plus in 2012, in honour of Sir Paul McCartney turning 70, Paul covered 'Birthday' by The Beatles and made it available to download for one day only - as you'll hear in our chat Phil played on that version of the song.
And we shouldn't forget the stunning cover of September in the Rain for a Jools Holland album in the same year, for which Phil led on arrangements working closely with Paul Weller throughout.

A huge fan of soul music - Phil has worked with THE greatest names in the genre. Legends like: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Al Green, Pops & Mavis Staples, Booker T, Candi Staton, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Solomon Burke, Barry White, Sam Moore, Edwin Starr and Eddie Floyd.

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BONUS - Nicky Weller on Brighton Exhibition - This is the Modern World - The ultimate exhibition of previously unseen The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia…

BONUS - Nicky Weller on Brighton Exhibition - This is the Modern World - The ultimate exhibition of previously unseen The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia…

May 12, 2022

Nicky Weller joins The Paul Weller Fan Podcast for a bonus episode to share the latest news regarding the This Is The Modern World exhibition in Brighton this Summer.

It promises to be the biggest ever collection of previously unseen The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia, launches in its spiritual home of Brighton on Saturday 30th July 2022 and runs through until Monday 31st August 2022.

Expect to witness the band's formative years in the 'Stanley Road room', including Paul's own school books and archive family photo's from the early years. Each room will include iconic items from each year of the band's career with the ultimate vinyl collections together with a mass of memorabilia and the band's instruments, including Paul's iconic Whaaam! guitar and stunning mod-wear flanked by customised Jam scooters.

Nicky Weller comments, "If you're a Jam fan there's every single thing you can possibly imagine, if you're not a fan it's still interesting as far as social history goes. If you're just a music fan it's just a noisy fun exhibition".

She continues, "I'm so excited that we will be taking “This Is The Modern World" to Brighton this year with the biggest collection of previously unseen The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia on show - just a stones throw from the last ever live gig at the Brighton centre in 1982".

Get your tickets at thisisthemodernworld.net

This Is The Modern World - the ultimate exhibition for The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia.

Produced by AGMP and sponsored by Visit Brighton.

EP94 - Tim Parsons - Legendary MCP Concert Promoter… ”Not a thing I’d change if I could, I’m happy here in my neighborhood…”

EP94 - Tim Parsons - Legendary MCP Concert Promoter… ”Not a thing I’d change if I could, I’m happy here in my neighborhood…”

May 10, 2022

My latest guest is the former music mogul and legendary concert promoter Tim Parsons.
It was a real joy to hear his stories from starting out as a "humper" (someone to move equipment) at an ELO gig to promoting Jasper Carrott, punk bands and heavy metal and the mighty Midland Concert Promotions which started in started in January 1978 with Tim and Maurice Jones.

It as part of MCP, that Tim worked closely with both The Jam and The Style Council along with the likes of U2, INXS, Simply Red, The Police, Dire Straits, The Boomtown Rats, Oasis and Bon Jovi.
We hear about his respect and love for John Weller (Paul's dad and manager ), we hear about the characters in the set up - the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liddle (Guitar Tech), Ian Harvey (Production Manager) and Ray 'Rat' Salter (Monitor Desk).

From the mid-80s to mid-90s, MCP were undoubtedly the biggest in the business.
At the height of their success they were putting on hundreds of shows each year, including open air shows in the summer and annual festivals such as Monsters of Rock.

We also talk about his involvement in Live Aid in 1985, Oasis at Knebworth in 1996 and much more...

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EP93 - Rod Argent - The Zombies + Argent + True Meanings… ”J’suis the Grand Zombie…”

EP93 - Rod Argent - The Zombies + Argent + True Meanings… ”J’suis the Grand Zombie…”

May 3, 2022

I'm delighted to be joined by musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer - Rod Argent.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Rod is the keyboardist, founder and leader of the English rock band The Zombies.

Their second album Odessey and Oracle is often mentioned by Paul Weller as his all time favourite.

Rod has had an incredible career - continuing to perform live and release new music with The Zombies - he was also once part of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band and has recorded with The Who, Chris Rea, Roger Daltrey, Paul Carrack and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He's also been producer for the likes of Gilbert O'Sullivan, Tanita Tikaram and Nanci Griffith.

In 2018, Paul Weller released his 14th solo album True Meanings, with Rod Argent contributing to two stand out tracks (on an album full of stand out tracks!) - he plays Hammond organ on The Soul Searchers and Mellotron & Piano on White Horses.

You can find more info on Rod's music in my show notes at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-92-rod-argent

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EP92 - Dot Allison - Singer-Songwriter… ”Steady as rocks, two halves of one we cling”

EP92 - Dot Allison - Singer-Songwriter… ”Steady as rocks, two halves of one we cling”

April 26, 2022

My latest podcast guest - Scottish singer and songwriter, Dot Allison made a welcome return to music in 2021, after taking some time out to raise a family, with the beautifully brilliant Heart-Shaped Scars - an album which included "Very special thanks" to a wide variety of people including our podcast subject matter - Paul Weller!

Her new album featured in Paul's list of favourites from 2021, and also has a few stunning string arrangements & conducting from Weller alumni (and Podcast Episode 57 guest) Hannah Peel, which is another lovely connection that we dig into during our chat.

Our podcast conversation hears how she first connected with Paul via a text out of the blue... "‘I’m with Bobby Gillespie. He’s given me your number. He says you’re good, do you fancy writing a song together?" and the collaboration that followed was a song called Love's Got Me Crazy - recorded at Black Barn Studio (Paul Weller HQ) for Dot's album Room 7½ in 2009.

We also dive into her career, her return to music, we talk nature (and human destruction) and so much more...

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EP91 - Ernie McKone - Bass Player & Producer… ”It’s a question of priority and I think that you would still be here for me”

EP91 - Ernie McKone - Bass Player & Producer… ”It’s a question of priority and I think that you would still be here for me”

April 19, 2022

Ernie McKone is a UK-based bass player, producer and tutor whose speciality is jazz, funk, Latin and soul.
With so many connections to Paul Weller and the likes of Mick Talbot, Steve White, Carleen Anderson, Jacko Peake and Matt Deighton over the past 30 plus years - there are some great stories to dig into.

In 1997, Ernie joined the Paul Weller live band - taking over from Yolanda Charles - and he toured Europe and the UK for a couple of years around the release of the album Heavy Soul.

The Victoria Park gig of 1998 has been captured on film (YouTube link below) and the audio was released as a limited edition bonus Live Classics CD with Paul's first solo greatest hits - Modern Classics.

More recently Ernie has remixed one of the many stand out tracks from the Paul Weller album Fat Pop - with October 2021 seeing the release of Glad Times (Soul Steppers) - Remixed by Boogie Back. He also did a stonking version of Stone Foundation's Deeper Love (which featured Paul on vocals) with a Late Night Jazz Funk Mix.

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Ernie’s track record also includes work with Sister Sledge, Galliano, Incognito, PUSH, Seal, Leon Ware, Reuben Wilson, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marlena Shaw, Urban Species, Reel People and Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band.

Ernie also runs Boogie Back Records - an underground label that releases jazz funk and street soul. Artists who have appeared on the label include Omar, The Valentine Brothers, Vivienne McKone (his sister who also played keys with The Style Council for a time), Max Beesley, Mica Paris and more...

Ernie played with Galliano in the early nineties - performing on the brilliant albums In Pursuit of the 13th Note, A Joyful Noise unto the Creator and The Plot Thickens.
In 1993, he played bass on the Talbot & White album - United States of Mind.

 

EP90 - Barrie Cadogan AKA Little Barrie… ”I get consumed by your fire and grace…”

EP90 - Barrie Cadogan AKA Little Barrie… ”I get consumed by your fire and grace…”

April 12, 2022

Barrie Cadogan is not only one of the most talented and well-respected guitarists around, having played with Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, The The, Steve Mason, Texas and, of course, Paul Weller - he also fronts his own band - Little Barrie.

A classic British power trio in the lineage of Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Little Barrie started off as a solo guise for Barrie, using the nickname given to him aged 14 by a mate’s dad in Nottingham. 

The band first supported Paul Weller in 2002 - with gigs including the Birmingham NEC and Hyde Park's Route of Kings. He's played on 22 Dreams, Wake Up The Nation and True Meanings whilst also joining the Weller live line up on numerous occasions for gigs and radio sessions.

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EP89 - Steve ’Tufty’ Carver - Recorded Live at The Cockpit… ”Long live the weekend, the weekend is here…”

EP89 - Steve ’Tufty’ Carver - Recorded Live at The Cockpit… ”Long live the weekend, the weekend is here…”

April 5, 2022

Steve ‘Tufty’ Carver is my very special guest on this episode - recorded in front of a live audience at London's Cockpit Theatre.
Woking born and bred, Steve has been friends with Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler for over 45 years.

Known to everyone as Tufty - he calls himself ‘a friend, fan and eventually a "roadie" with The Jam’, and shares plenty of stories - from watching his mates going from playing gigs in Woking to Wembley, to the World.

To quote Tufty "I will never every say that is was nothing really. It was everything. Life changing moments!"

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EP88 - Gary Crowley - Broadcaster & DJ - Recorded Live at The Cockpit… ”I’m just taking in the view…”

EP88 - Gary Crowley - Broadcaster & DJ - Recorded Live at The Cockpit… ”I’m just taking in the view…”

March 29, 2022

In this episode, recorded in front of a live audience at London's Cockpit Theatre, my guest is the Legendary broadcaster, TV presenter, journalist, A&R man, promoter and DJ - Gary Crowley.
We dig in to his love of The Jam as a teenager to the creation of his own fanzine, interviews with Paul and Mick for The Style Council to Capital, GLR & XFM studio sessions and plenty of stories from his 40 year long radio & TV career.

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BONUS - Andy Crofts talks The Resistance - his artwork to raise money for War Child - PLUS upcoming tour…

BONUS - Andy Crofts talks The Resistance - his artwork to raise money for War Child - PLUS upcoming tour…

March 24, 2022

Hear my exclusive chat with musician Andy Crofts from the Paul Weller Band just hours ahead of their support slot with Madness at London's Royal Albert Hall and days before they head out on tour across England & Scotland.

We also chat about the beautiful abstract painting that he has created, in light of the crisis in Ukraine, and the auction to raise money for War Child.
Entitled, The Resistance, the piece is painted on a 1.5m x 1m framed canvas using acrylic and draws on the Ukrainian flag as inspiration.

Growing up as an only child in Northampton, Andy was drawn into his own imagination and has also been painting and creating art his whole life.

Now, the musician has set up an online auction for ‘The Resistance’ and is encouraging art lovers who connect with the piece to throw their support behind it.

All proceeds will go to War Child’s work with children affected by recent events in Ukraine.

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EP87 - Tom Van Heel - Musician & Keys Player in Paul Weller Band… ”Looks like you’re the next blessed in town…”

EP87 - Tom Van Heel - Musician & Keys Player in Paul Weller Band… ”Looks like you’re the next blessed in town…”

March 21, 2022

With Paul Weller and his band heading out on their latest tour in a matter of days, it's a real delight to be joined by one of the current line up - singer-songwriter, musician & keys player for PW - Tom Van Heel.

Tom's entry into the crew is one of my favourite stories yet - what a magical experience he's had so far.
We chat Saturns Pattern through to Fat Pop - live in the U.K., Europe, USA, Canada and Australia…

Find out more with links to songs and videos that Tom has played on - including his own band - Higher Peaks on my website www.paulwellerfanpodcast.com

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EP86 - Martin Hopewell - Booking Agent - The Jam, The Style Council, Paul Weller Solo - ”Climbing, forever trying…”

EP86 - Martin Hopewell - Booking Agent - The Jam, The Style Council, Paul Weller Solo - ”Climbing, forever trying…”

March 14, 2022

Episode 86 hears from legendary booking agent Martin Hopewell - a man who was a key part of the Weller set up for 28 years from The Jam in 1977 to The Style Council to Weller solo - right through to Studio 150.

From smaller boutique agency Cowbell through to World Service which became part of the mega super agency Primary Talent…

Listen for some amazing stories from the chaos of a punk festival in Paris to life on the road with gigs around the U.K. and Europe - to Japan and Australia - and a massive appreciation of Paul’s incredible work ethic.

We also hear about his huge love and appreciation for the Weller family and special memories of John Weller, Paul's dad and manager who sadly passed away in 2009.

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EP85 - Max Beesley - Actor & Musician - ”Into the stars and always up”

EP85 - Max Beesley - Actor & Musician - ”Into the stars and always up”

March 8, 2022

It was a sheer delight to welcome actor and musician, Max Beesley onto The Paul Weller Fan Podcast.
What a talent! - piano, vibes, drums and percussion - song-writing - production - and a successful TV & movie acting career to boot!.

The Paul Weller Movement kicks off...

Even though he was just 18 at the time, Max played a key part in those early days of Paul's solo career with The Paul Weller Movement. He performed live as part of the band across the UK and Europe in 1990/91.
Surely I'm not the only one who managed to wear out a VHS copy of the Brixton Academy show because I played it so often?!.
I've posted a link to that gig below as it's so very special to me - amazing songs and performances all round. Funky as hell too!.
It was recorded on 20th April 1991, a whole year before Paul's first solo album was released in Japan (18 months in the UK). The gig features Steve White on drums, Jacko Peake on saxophone and flute, Henry Thomas on bass and Max Beesley on keys and vibes.

Into Tomorrow, Kosmos & playing on the Wild Wood LP

Cast your mind back to 6th May 1991.
The first solo single… Into Tomorrow was released - and Paul was back!.
Recorded at Solid Bond in February, this absolute banger has Weller on vocals, bass, guitars and percussion. Steve White is on drums, Dr. Robert (The Blow Monkeys) on guitar (and BV) with Max on the organ.
He also mentions on the podcast about recording Kosmos during that session too.

Next time you are digging in to your Weller albums - check out Wild Wood to hear Max performing extra vocals with Marco Nelson on Has My Fire Really Gone Out? and playing wurlitzer on Moon on Your Pyjamas (a song that Paul wrote for his eldest son, Nat).

New Music - Song for Sabrina + Omar + Weller Solo?

As you'll hear during our chat, Max has been working with Paul again in recent years.
We hear about a very special collaboration called Song for Sabrina on his own soon-to-be-released solo album - The Groove Spectrum, working with his old Guildhall mate (and previous podcast guest) Omar in Paul's studio for his new LP and even recording some late night grooves with Paul at Black Barn that will hopefully turn up in the future.

What a Roll Call...

As a session musician, Max played, toured or recorded with the likes of Incognito, Jamiroquai, Robbie Williams, Omar, Brand New Heavies, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, The JB's and Zero7.

As an actor, he has starred in many hugely successful TV series - The History of Tom Jones, Bodies, Hotel Babylon, Mad Dogs, Jamestown and The Outsider.

In 2022, you'll be able to see Max starring alongside Keeley Hawes in Sky TV sci-fi thriller The Midwich Cuckoos and in Guy Ritchie's new movie Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre with Hugh Grant, Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza and Josh Hartnett.

Spoiler alert, you can also see Max on screen during the Paul Weller video On Sunset - with a little cameo appearance at the end on the promo film.

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EP84 - Rhoda Dakar - Singer, Musician, Red Wedge… ”You see things can change…”

EP84 - Rhoda Dakar - Singer, Musician, Red Wedge… ”You see things can change…”

March 1, 2022

On Episode 84 of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by singer, musician, activist & campaigner, Rhoda Dakar.

We hear how her career began as lead vocalist with all female 2Tone band, The Bodysnatchers in 1979 and kick off the podcast with a great Paul Weller connection through The Jam and Rhoda being banned from seeing them live in concert in the late 70s / early 80s!.

We hear about Red Wedge in the mid-eighties where Rhoda became Chair of the Steering Group, whilst making guest appearances on stage alongside the likes of Paul Weller, Billy Bragg, Dr, Robert, Lorna Gee, Junior Giscombe and The Communards.

Rhoda also reveals all about recording a brilliant EP of songs at Black Barn (PW HQ) in 2017 called The LoTek Four, Vol I.
Heck, we even hear another angle on the famous 'Mick Talbot gets left at motorway service station' story!

Find more about Rhoda's music on Bandcamp here and live dates & tickets for Rhoda on tour here

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EP83 - Tracie Young - Pop Singer + Respond Records… ”I will learn, I will grow and for my pain, my strength shall show”

EP83 - Tracie Young - Pop Singer + Respond Records… ”I will learn, I will grow and for my pain, my strength shall show”

February 22, 2022

My latest podcast guest is Tracie! AKA Tracie Young.
The singer, 80s popstar, TV Presenter & Radio Broadcaster talks about 80s hairdos, The Jam, The Style Council, Respond Records, her solo career, touring and recording with Paul Weller along with the truth behind the second album that lay in the vaults for over 25 years.

Big thanks to Mr Cool's Dream - Iain Munn for his great book for help with the research too.

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EP82 - Omar Lye-Fook MBE - Soul Music Legend + The Style Council / Weller Solo - ”Hello-Hurray - what a nice day!”

EP82 - Omar Lye-Fook MBE - Soul Music Legend + The Style Council / Weller Solo - ”Hello-Hurray - what a nice day!”

February 15, 2022

Omar is without doubt, one of the greatest soul music talents the UK has produced in the last 35 years.
He's a genuinely unique artist, with a sound of his own that is so immediately identifiable, that you will know you are hearing an Omar track within seconds - the stamp of true originality.

In this latest episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, we hear about his musical DNA, the special letters that now sit after his name (MBE FGS!), we talk about how it all began with his first single in 1985, Mr Postman (recorded when he was just 16 years old !) to an invite from Paul Weller to join The Style Council for shows in Japan and at the Royal Albert Hall, and the track that changed everything for Omar when re-released in 1990 - There's Nothing Like This.

We also hear about the making of his new album - including tracks created with Paul Weller at Black Barn Studio (music that’s going to make you want to buy a parka and a Vespa!).

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EP81 - Roger Nowell - Head Roadie / Guitar Tech… ”I don’t need a ship to sail in stormy weather…”

EP81 - Roger Nowell - Head Roadie / Guitar Tech… ”I don’t need a ship to sail in stormy weather…”

February 8, 2022

My latest guest is Roger Nowell, Head Roadie / Guitar Tech for Paul Weller, a man who has been part of the crew since 1999.

We talk about The Jam, playing with Paul on record, and travelling all over the world looking after his guitars and those live performances.

Incredibly, I joined Roger at Paul Weller HQ - Black Barn Studio in Surrey - at the end of their 2021 tour - a tour that came to an early close, due to Covid, back in December 2021.

You can also hear Roger in his own band Skeletal Family, who were one of the most influential groups of the eighties Gothic era, with a worldwide fan base spanning all ages and on Paul Weller releases playing Synth Bass on the WUTN track Andromeda and Bass on Sonik Kicks track Around the Lake.

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EP80 - Nicole Nodland - Photographer - Paul Weller & Prince… ”Come and rock my dreams but take the chance for me”

EP80 - Nicole Nodland - Photographer - Paul Weller & Prince… ”Come and rock my dreams but take the chance for me”

February 1, 2022

On this episode I’m joined by the fabulous force of nature that is Nicole Nodland.

Not only was she personal photographer to global superstar - Prince - living at Paisley Park, touring the world with the band and documenting his life on photo and film - but her portfolio including icons such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, George Clinton and more recent artists such as Lana Del Ray, Sam Smith and Dua Lipa.

Nicole entered the world of Paul Weller around True Meanings, taking that super cool shot for the album cover and she worked with Paul through Other Aspects and On Sunset… we talk about that and of course the mega talent that was Prince…
Her clients include Gucci, Vogue, Elle, Billboard, Virgin Records, Sony, Universal, and Warner Music to name a few.

Her photography has featured in the British Journal of Photography, Zoo and Graphics International.

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EP79 - Eddie Piller - MD of Acid Jazz Records - The Modcast - ”Like a gun, gonna shoot my best shot baby”

EP79 - Eddie Piller - MD of Acid Jazz Records - The Modcast - ”Like a gun, gonna shoot my best shot baby”

January 25, 2022

On this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by another music industry legend Eddie Piller.
Not only is he the Founder & MD of the magnificent Acid Jazz Records but he's also a Radio Presenter, Writer, DJ, Podcaster, Producer, Manager and Festival Curator.

A legendary figure in the Mod scene and beyond, he was also the man that Paul Weller turned to play records at his fiftieth birthday party!.

In this episode, we kick off the conversation with his discovery of punk and The Jam via chicken pox. Eddie would go on to see the band over 50 times live, following them all over the country and even overseas whilst still a teenager.

We'll hear about the mod explosion of the late 70s and 80s, interviews with Paul, a shared love of music, clothes and Mod and other connections over the years from the controversial King Truman Project, to a missed opportunity to bring him to his record label and how he secured the big one - that two part 2019 Modcast Interview with PW.

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EP78 - Junior Giscombe - Soul Music Legend - The Council Collective - Red Wedge - ”There’s brother against brother, there’s fathers against sons, Let’s change that, let’s fight back!”

EP78 - Junior Giscombe - Soul Music Legend - The Council Collective - Red Wedge - ”There’s brother against brother, there’s fathers against sons, Let’s change that, let’s fight back!”

January 18, 2022

In this episode I’m joined by Grammy Award winner, Singer, Songwriter, Producer - one of the pioneers of U.K. soul music - Junior Giscombe

We dig in to some great Weller connections from The Council Collective single Soul Deep to Red Wedge to joining The Style Council at Wembley and his own impressive back catalogue. 

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EP77 - Tom Doyle - White Label + Music Journalist - ”Tuesday’s slow, I just don’t know what’s happening here at all…”

EP77 - Tom Doyle - White Label + Music Journalist - ”Tuesday’s slow, I just don’t know what’s happening here at all…”

January 11, 2022

Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author, and long-standing contributor to music magazines Mojo and Q.
His work has also appeared in Billboard, The Guardian, The Times, and Sound on Sound.
Over the years, he has been responsible for some great interviews with Paul Weller along with key magazine profiles of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, U2, Madonna, Kate Bush, and R.E.M., among many other artists.
As part of White Label - he has collaborated with Paul on various special releases over the past 6 years.

We'll hear about remixes for tracks off the album's Saturns Pattern and A Kind Revolution along with co-writes for a song on each of the albums - True Meanings and Fat Pop (Volume 1).

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EP76 - Chris Parry - The man who signed The Jam + Record Producer + Boss - ”All around the world I’ve been looking for new, ooh, ooh”

EP76 - Chris Parry - The man who signed The Jam + Record Producer + Boss - ”All around the world I’ve been looking for new, ooh, ooh”

January 4, 2022

Chris Parry was, once, the drummer of New Zealand band The Fourmyula who went on to work for Polydor in the UK - going on to sign The Jam in February 1977.

Chris first saw the band on 22nd January 1977, where they supported Bearded Lady at The Marquee in London (after Shane MacGowan had told him to check them out!). The band were signed for a £6,000 advance and 6% royalty rate which initially covered only the group's first single, but Polydor quickly exercised an option to extend the contract to four years and four albums.

Chris has co-producer credits with Vic Smith on the first 2 albums along with the singles that came outside those album cycles - All around the World in 1977 and News of the World in 1978.
For All Mod Cons - the 3rd Album - Chris had Associate Producer credits on To Be Someone (Didn't We Have A Nice Time), David Watts, It's Too Bad and 'A' Bomb in Wardour Street.

In 1978, he left The Jam set up to create and run his own record label - Fiction Records - and signed The Cure (after hearing a demos of ‘10.15 on Saturday Night’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’). He managed The Cure until 1988 and Fiction released their music until 2001, when he sold the label to Universal Records.

Another couple of nice Weller related connections - in 1984, Chris produced an album by Tim Pope - Director of multiple music videos for The Style Council and was also MD of Radio Station - XFM from 1992-1998 with an amazing line up including Steve Lamacq, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, Zane Lowe and Gary Crowley Session (Paul did a session on that show in 1997).

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EP75 - Barbara Snow - Honorary Councillor - ”Daylight turns to moonlight, and I’m at my best…”

EP75 - Barbara Snow - Honorary Councillor - ”Daylight turns to moonlight, and I’m at my best…”

December 30, 2021

My latest guest is Honorary Councillor - Barbara Snow - a widely respected and popular vocalist, trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, who has also established a significant reputation as an educator of some note. She now teaches the piano at Royal Russell School, Croydon.

Barbara played trumpet in the live band for the debut tour in October 1983 - small venues in Europe as warm ups prior to bringing it over to the UK - also playing trumpet on the single version of My Ever Changing Moods and on the Café Bleu LP for four tracks - Me Ship Came In, Dropping Bombs on the Whitehouse, A Gospel and Headstart for Happiness.

Barbara studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and has played in African, reggae and salsa bands; jazz and orchestral styles, and in between tours and recording has built up a teaching reputation with both piano and trumpet. She has devised a way to teach piano to very young children, which has been described as “revolutionary”.

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EP74 - Chris Bostock - Honorary Councillor + JoBoxers - ”They need the little bit extra, they don’t mind if it’s only conjecture…”

EP74 - Chris Bostock - Honorary Councillor + JoBoxers - ”They need the little bit extra, they don’t mind if it’s only conjecture…”

December 29, 2021

My latest guest is Chris Bostock - a musician, songwriter and music producer, known for his work with JoBoxers, Subway Sect, Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys, The Style Council, Spear of Destiny, The X-Certs and The Stingrays. 

As a Honorary Councillor, he played on Café Bleu - the official debut album released by The Style Council - playing on Here’s One That Got Away and double bass on The Paris Match with Tracey Thorn on vocals.

After 35 years off the scene - JoBoxers are back with plenty of live dates in 2022 - I've added all the info to my website PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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EP73 - Camelle Hinds - Honorary Councillor + Paul Weller Solo - ”Dry your eyes, they will call, sure is sure, we’ll be one…”

EP73 - Camelle Hinds - Honorary Councillor + Paul Weller Solo - ”Dry your eyes, they will call, sure is sure, we’ll be one…”

December 28, 2021

My latest podcast guest - Camelle Hinds was an Honorary Councillor from January 1985 - playing bass in The Style Council band on tour and on the LPs from Our Favourite Shop through to the final rejected Modernism LP.

We'll hear about special memories of that time - including Live Aid and the famous 3 nights at Wembley, with a 15 piece string section, that was captured on film for the Showbiz video.

When Paul Weller returned as a solo artist, Camelle joined the live band - and also contributed to a couple of songs on the first LP with credits on Round & Round and Kosmos (Backing Vocals). He also played on the recording of All Year Round (Live) which was the B-Side to Above the Clouds.

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EP72 - Derek D‘Souza - Photographer - The Jam, Paul Weller Solo - ”True it‘s a dream mixed with nostalgia but it‘s a dream that I‘ll always hang on to…”

EP72 - Derek D‘Souza - Photographer - The Jam, Paul Weller Solo - ”True it‘s a dream mixed with nostalgia but it‘s a dream that I‘ll always hang on to…”

December 21, 2021

Derek D Souza started taking photos of Paul Weller over 40 years ago – snapping The Jam at various gigs and soundchecks before the famous shoot at Chiswick House in London.
Attending concerts across London, he would smuggle his kit in and take photos at every opportunity, sending the best ones in to their fan club. His photographs, taken with a low-budget, manual camera from the midst of crowds in low-lit venues, caught the attention of Paul Weller. Two years later, Paul’s mum, Ann contacted Derek and he was commissioned to take photos for the band’s 1981 single “Absolute Beginners”.
One of Derek’s images from that day has even been added to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Take a listen to hear about his love of The Jam and how he captured photographs of the band from the viewpoint of the crowd...
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EP71 - Villagers - Conor O‘Brien - Singer-Songwriter — ”Here‘s one for the Searching soul in the moonlight, it‘s alright…”

EP71 - Villagers - Conor O‘Brien - Singer-Songwriter — ”Here‘s one for the Searching soul in the moonlight, it‘s alright…”

December 14, 2021

My latest very special guest is Conor O Brien, otherwise known as the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter behind the band Villagers.

We dig in to a love of Paul's music (and vice-versa) along with collaborations over the years from US tour support to The Black Barn Sessions and writing together for True Meanings - and even their recent performance together at The Roundhouse in London.
Villagers latest LP - Fever Dreams - is an amazing piece of work too - well worth checking out.

Find out more with links to the back catalogue, videos with Paul Weller and my blog about Villagers at PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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EP70 - Kenny Wheeler - Tour Manager - ”I tell ya that‘s entertainment, that‘s entertainment”

EP70 - Kenny Wheeler - Tour Manager - ”I tell ya that‘s entertainment, that‘s entertainment”

December 7, 2021

I know... I can't believe it either! Kenny Wheeler has joined The Paul Weller Fan Podcast. What an absolute honour.
A man who has been part of the Weller team for over 40 years now.
First credited on album sleeve notes with The Jam on the Sound Affects LP (Special thanks to Ken for playing pool) - Kenny has been a constant with Paul from 1978 with The Jam to The Style Council and Weller solo - moving to credits as Tour Manager & PA by Heavy Soul and continuing through to now with 2021's Fat Pop.
Kenny has never been interviewed by anyone before - so it's a real honour to be able to feature some of his stories on this podcast series. 
We chat about the tours, the important of the fans, memorable gigs, travelling the world, the bands, the music business, friendships made, and of course - Paul and John Weller.

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EP69 - Steve Ellis - Love Affair - Boom Bang Twang! - ”Yes, it feels like it‘s gonna last…”

EP69 - Steve Ellis - Love Affair - Boom Bang Twang! - ”Yes, it feels like it‘s gonna last…”

November 30, 2021

My latest special guest is British Soul Singer / Legend - Steve Ellis.

As lead singer with the 1960’s chart-topping Mod-Soul outfit Love Affair, Steve’s vocals had the kind of powerhouse range that made you sit up and notice.
We'll hear stories from across his career along with performances with Paul Weller, and their great friendship (Steve talks about Paul being like a Brother to him, Paul says 'He's my mate and I love him dearly") and how they came to create an album together called Boom Bang Twang!
Released in 2018 - it was a mix of new songs and covers, recorded at Black Barn (Weller HQ) with guests and long-time friends including Paul (who also produced the album) along for the ride.

The album also has loads of lovely Weller connections - with band-members Andy Crofts, Ben Gordelier, Steve Pilgrim, Steve Cradock and Charles Rees (Black Barn Engineer) all playing on the LP.

Dive in to the podcast to hear all about it - and head to my new website at paulwellerfanpodcast.com to find out more, with links to the songs, videos and album that we talk about in the podcast.

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EP68 - Sonja Phillips - Award-winning Writer & Director - Broken Stones / You Do Something To Me - ”Mixing my emotions, throws me back again”

EP68 - Sonja Phillips - Award-winning Writer & Director - Broken Stones / You Do Something To Me - ”Mixing my emotions, throws me back again”

November 23, 2021

My latest guest is the multi-award-winning writer and director, Sonja Phillips.

Based in London and Los Angeles, her work encompasses short drama, documentaries, as well as a variety of commercial and promo films, working on large and small screen, and covering a diverse range of subjects, from the natural world to fashion.

Back in 1995, with Paul Weller back at the top of the charts with the Stanley Road LP, Sonja directed two music videos that would go on to be amongst his most watched - You Do Something To Me and Broken Stones.

Find out more about Sonja and her work on my new website at paulwellerfanpodcast.com

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EP67 - Andy Crofts - Musician - Weller Bandmate - The Moons - ”I‘ve been travelling through a tunnel of time now I need to break away…”

EP67 - Andy Crofts - Musician - Weller Bandmate - The Moons - ”I‘ve been travelling through a tunnel of time now I need to break away…”

November 16, 2021

This episode was a massive thrill to record as I'm joined by Andy Crofts - a who has been part of the Paul Weller band since 2008!. Musician, singer-songwriter, photographer, he's got a weekly radio show, he's a record label boss, heck he's even made music videos for Paul and created an outstanding Weller film-documentary called One.

Andy is also the founding member of the fabulous indie-band The Moons who released their own fabulous album - Pocket Melodies - in 2020 too.

Back in September Andy announced that he would have to stay home this winter to care for his family rather than head out on tour with Paul and co.

MORE INFO

BOOK - Paul Weller: Photographs by Andy Crofts - thisdayinmusicbooks.com/product/paul-weller

PHOTOS - andycroftsphotography.com

COLORAMA RECORDS - www.coloramarecords.com/releases

ONE - PAUL WELLER - Documentary - On YouTube

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EP66 - David Lines -The Modfather - My Life with Paul Weller - ”Got a pen in my pocket, does it make me a writer? Putting on gloves don‘t make me a fighter…”

EP66 - David Lines -The Modfather - My Life with Paul Weller - ”Got a pen in my pocket, does it make me a writer? Putting on gloves don‘t make me a fighter…”

November 9, 2021

Episode 66 hears from the fabulous David Lines - writer and creator of the brilliant book - Modfather - My Life with Paul Weller

When David first heard This is the Modern World by The Jam, it sparked off a love affair that continues to this day.

Paul Weller became the blueprint for David's life, and he followed his music and his style with the fervour of a truly devoted fan - to the bemusement of his long-suffering family.

In this episode, we hear stories behind the book's creation, including the Weller quote on the cover, along with his journey from The Jam to The Style Council to Paul Weller Solo and connections a plenty.

Order the book online here 

You can also discover more about Parasol - By David Lines and David Lawrie at parasolthealbum.com

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