Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast
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...

You can find more info on Dot's music in my show notes at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-92-dot-allison

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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.

You can find more info in my show notes at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/episode-91-ernie-mckone

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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.

Find out more at paulwellerfanpodcast.com/warchild-auction

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.

Visit my website for more information at paulwellerfanpodcast.com

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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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EP65 - Peter Wilson - Producer - The Jam, The Style Council - ”I play out my role, why I‘ve even been out walking”

EP65 - Peter Wilson - Producer - The Jam, The Style Council - ”I play out my role, why I‘ve even been out walking”

November 1, 2021

My latest guest is Peter Wilson - Record Producer, Recording Engineer, Arranger, Tutor and Lecturer.

Pete has producer credits on plenty of songs towards the end of The Jam's career including Funeral Pure, Absolute Beginners, Town Called Malice, Beat Surrender and their final album The Gift. He also arranged strings on The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow).

When Paul Weller split the band and created The Style Council , it was Pete who worked with them on the early singles + À Paris EP and the first two albums - Café Bleu and Our Favourite Shop.

Pete has also been responsible for pulling together live albums including Dig the New Breed and Live Jam.

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EP64 - Seckou Keita - Musician - Kora Master - Griot - Pioneer - ”A melody strong, an angel‘s voice and I find myself in awe of its truth…”

EP64 - Seckou Keita - Musician - Kora Master - Griot - Pioneer - ”A melody strong, an angel‘s voice and I find myself in awe of its truth…”

October 26, 2021

My guest in this episode is the world-class musician, griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer -  Seckou Keita - he's a rarity, seated in tradition whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of his art.

A true master of the kora - a 22 stringed West African harp - Seckou, from Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born of a line of griots and kings.

Seckou has graced the international stage since 1996, earning worldwide acclaim for his kora playing and appearing with a host of fellow artists including Paul Weller, Salif Keita, Damon Alban, Youssou N’Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

It was whilst performing as part of the Africa Express Presents The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in 2016, that he met Paul for the first time - playing a sensational version of Wild Wood as part of the concerts.

In 2019, he won 'Musician of the Year' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - whilst also picking up the award for 'Best Duo/Band' with Catrin Finch.

November 2020 saw the release of the On Sunset Remixes EP - with Seckou's beautiful remix of Rockets featuring as one of the 5 tracks.

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician - find out more about his amazing music & collaborations at seckoukeita.com

LINKS

Seckou Keita with Paul Weller on Wild Wood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb9VKNe7o_U&ab_channel=AfricaExpress

Seckou Keita / Paul Weller - Rockets Remix - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yS41iAH2xg&ab_channel=paulwellertv

Find out more about Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita here and dive in to his new album Suba recorded during lockdown with Omar Sosa, one of Cuba's most prolific jazz pianists and the astounding percussionist Gustavo Ovalles.

You can also see Africa in the Lounge featuring Seckou Keita here

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EP63 - John Wilson - Broadcaster & Journalist - ”Like a perfect stranger, you came into my life”

EP63 - John Wilson - Broadcaster & Journalist - ”Like a perfect stranger, you came into my life”

October 19, 2021

In this episode, I am joined by Broadcaster & Journalist - John Wilson

It's amazing to hear so many passionate stories of his love of The Jam (thanks Aunt Liz!) - it's an out-pouring of emotions, memories and envy inducing tales from a master story-teller!

As one of the regular presenters of Front Row - the Radio 4 arts programme, John specialised in music-related interviews for the programme with the likes of Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Kate Bush - whilst also interviewing Paul Weller on many occasions on the show.

In 2007, he worked with Paul to create the book Suburban 100 - which saw Paul share his reflections on his lyrics, offering candid insights to his writing process and the inspiration behind some of pop music's best loved songs. 

In 2012 - Paul Weller guested on his Radio 4 Music Programme Mastertapes - discussing a career-defining album in front of a live audience (Paul selected The Gift) which also featured a previous podcast guest (Teenage Waitress - Daniel J Ash)

In recent years, Paul has been a guest on John's 'These Three Songs' Podcast and John has returned the favour by interviewing him for the Making of True Meanings Documentary.

LINKS

This Cultural Life - Radio 4 - with John Wilson

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010fl4

Paul Weller - Radio 4 - MasterTapes with John Wilson

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ntfw1

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nxh35

These Three Songs Podcast - Paul Weller

https://shows.acast.com/thesethree/episodes/paulweller

John Wilson with Paul Weller - The Jam Exhibition 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02vmtkr

True Meanings - In Conversation with John Wilson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY06Ic-xZTE

 

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EP62 - Jon Abnett - Designer / Author - From the Floorboards Up - ”When we play, we play, we play!”

EP62 - Jon Abnett - Designer / Author - From the Floorboards Up - ”When we play, we play, we play!”

October 14, 2021

My latest guest is life-long Weller fan Jon Abnett. Known as Mr Jam - he has contributed to the band's boxset releases and designed for some great band related books over the years including Thick As Thieves, In The Crowd and The Jam Unseen.

His new book is From the Floorboards Up! A unique fans’ perspective photographic book following the icon that is Paul Weller.

All the photos in this new book are from live events in the UK and overseas, taken from 1990 to 2019. Containing many unseen shots all taken by the fans! It’s a very unique book, with narrative by Pat Gilbert (MOJO), interviews with fans and reflections from some bands lucky enough to have supported Paul on tour during those 30 years.

You can order at https://thisdayinmusicbooks.com/product/from-the-floorboards-up/

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EP61 - Neil ‘Twink‘ Tinnings - Photographer - Mental Health Ambassador - ”I‘ve got the gift of life can‘t you see it in the twinkle of my eye?”

EP61 - Neil ‘Twink‘ Tinnings - Photographer - Mental Health Ambassador - ”I‘ve got the gift of life can‘t you see it in the twinkle of my eye?”

October 12, 2021

In this episode, we hear from Neil 'Twink' Tinnings.

Commissioned by The Jam to be their official photographer in 1981, he not only captured them on stage, but also their life out of the public eye.

To quote the band "Twink was the ideal photographer for The Jam. For him, it was more than just a job. His passion for the music and the whole vibe of that period made for a perfect working relationship. We knew him, he was easy to get along with and, importantly for us, Twink knew exactly what to look for. When we needed a photographer to come on the road with us – someone who could ‘access all areas’ and take candid fly-on-the-wall shots – we had no doubt that he was our man.

Twink’s photographs appeared on the cover of The Jam’s platinum-selling final studio album The Gift.

After photographing the band for press and promotional activity in their final, most successful year, Twink put his camera down for two decades.

A sufferer of bi-polar disorder, Twink’s main occupation later in life has been as an ambassador for mental health awareness in the press and media, using his photography to de-stigmatise mental health issues. 

You can watch his film - One Last Saloon - here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbA5T9z2PEg

And more about The Wellcome Trust here - https://wellcome.org/

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EP60 - Declan O‘Rourke - Singer-Songwriter - ”He went off, like a rocket touched…”

EP60 - Declan O‘Rourke - Singer-Songwriter - ”He went off, like a rocket touched…”

October 5, 2021

Declan O'Rourke has been a favourite of mine since hearing a recommendation from Paul Weller for the song Galileo (Someone Like You) and the debut album, Since Kyabram back in 2004.

In our chat, we dig in to some incredible stories behind his songs and process from the move to Australia as a young man to his return to Ireland aged 24 and how he landed in the middle of a fiercely creative music scene in Dublin that was the fertile breeding ground for the likes of Glen Hansard/The Frames, Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, and many more.

It was a real highlight to also properly chat about his magical new LP - Arrivals - which was released in April 2021.

The most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career, was recorded over six days at Paul Weller's HQ - Black Barn studios in Surrey, with Weller producing (‘he was there every moment, before, during and long after, discussing ideas about this and that, even down to the artwork. It was hugely impressive…’).

The sound is stripped back to Declan’s soulful and resonant voice, the virtuosic acoustic guitar playing for which he’s renowned and only the occasional sparse arrangement of strings and late-night drums bringing colour and light to the LP’s 10 songs. Paul also adds his multi-instrumental abilities to the recordings, including a beautiful piano accompaniment to the closing track.

Find out more about Declan - including tour dates, LP releases, newsletter sign up and his first novel - The Pawn Brokers Reward on his website declanorourke.com

Enjoy the podcast - share it on social media - and then dive in to his sensational back-catalogue.

2004 - Since Kyabram
2007 - Big Bad Beautiful World
2011 - Mag Pai Zai
2015 - Gold Bars in the Sun
2016 - In Full Colour 
2017 - Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine 
2021 - Arrivals

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EP59 - The Jam Tarts - Jane, Jackie & Rachel - ”Thick as thieves us, we‘d stick together for all time”

EP59 - The Jam Tarts - Jane, Jackie & Rachel - ”Thick as thieves us, we‘d stick together for all time”

September 30, 2021

In this episode I am joined by three Paul Weller Super-fans - collectively known as The Jam Tarts.

Jane Griffiths, Jackie Pearce and Rachel Phillips (AKA Lady P) have a shared love of Paul's music and plenty of stories to tell from their discovery of the songs, to live performance, band meetings, Weller family connections and social media madness!

You'll find them hanging out in the Weller of Woking Facebook Group here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/924166814731259

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EP58 - Dylan Jones OBE - Journalist, Author, GQ, Fashion - ”I dress myself for the part…”

EP58 - Dylan Jones OBE - Journalist, Author, GQ, Fashion - ”I dress myself for the part…”

September 28, 2021

My guest this week is journalist and author Dylan Jones OBE who served as editor of the UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ from 1999-2021 - interviewing Paul Weller on many occasions.

He created the annual GQ Men of the Year awards - which Paul won in 2018 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the publishing and British fashion industries.

As Chairman of the British Fashion Council for menswear he's spearheae the launch of 

Dylan has written many books including  The Eighties: One Day, One Decade, which charts the story of the Eighties through Live Aid in 1985 - along with his 2021 publication "Shiny and New - Ten Moments of Pop Genius that Defined the '80s"

MORE CONTENT

In Conversation With Paul Weller - A brand new three-part podcast exploring life, music, fashion, politics & more - featuring GQ editor Dylan Jones.

Paul Weller in conversation with Mary McCartney by Dylan Jones

Paul Weller - Sunspel Interview by Dylan Jones

Paul Weller - 2020 Interview by Dylan Jones

Paul Weller - Royal Festival Hall Review - by Dylan Jones

 

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EP57 - Hannah Peel - Award-winning Composer, Artist, Musican - ”Dancing through the fire, just to catch a flame…”

EP57 - Hannah Peel - Award-winning Composer, Artist, Musican - ”Dancing through the fire, just to catch a flame…”

September 21, 2021

My special guest this week is Hannah Peel - composer, artist, musician, arranger, producer, late night broadcaster and synth-pop pioneer!

Not only is her own work an inspiring and ambitious blend of projects that will blow your musical mind but she also added her orchestration skills to Paul Weller's incredible recent albums True Meanings, On Sunset and Fat Pop.

PLUS who can forget those incredible two gigs at Royal Festival Hall in 2018 that turned into the magnificent Other Aspects Live album? WOW!

Find Hannah Peel's website at hannahpeel.com and her back catalogue to buy here 

The Unfolding - Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra with Charles Hazlewood in Bristol on 1st October - tickets available - limited availability - here

You can also listen on Spotify

  • 2011: The Broken Wave
  • 2016: Awake but Always Dreaming
  • 2017: Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
  • 2018: Particles in Space
  • 2019: Chalk Hill Blue
  • 2019: Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch
  • 2020: The Deceived
  • 2021: Fir Wave

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EP56 - Jacko Peake - Flutist and Sax Player - ”Let‘s throw out the past and get something back…”

EP56 - Jacko Peake - Flutist and Sax Player - ”Let‘s throw out the past and get something back…”

September 14, 2021

My latest special guest is the multi talented flutist and Sax player Jacko Peake.

Dive in for stories of a love of The Jam to playing with Paul in the final days of The Style Council and the early 90s with The Paul Weller Movement to that incredible first solo album through to Wild Wood and playing live at various points over the years since then with Studio 150 and As Is Now.

It was a lovely surprise to see Jacko back with the band for 2020's MID-SOMMER MUSIK - so we'll hear how that came about too!

Listen to the podcast and then put on that swirling sax solo from Above The Clouds or the flute on Sunflower through to the beautiful sax & flute of Testify and Still Glides The Stream from 2021 LP - Fat Pop!

Man oh Man - What a player!

Watch Paul Weller - That Pleasure - Sunday Sessions here

Watch Paul Weller - In Better Times with Jacko Peake and Josh McClorey here

Studio 150 Live here

Paul Weller Movement here

 

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EP55 - Sam Brown - Musician, Singer, Songwriter - ”We talk and we talk until my head explodes”

EP55 - Sam Brown - Musician, Singer, Songwriter - ”We talk and we talk until my head explodes”

September 7, 2021

My special guest in this episode is musician / singer-songwriter Sam Brown!

Sam has enjoyed huge international success as a solo artist since crashing the Top 10 with her song 'Stop' in the late 80s.  She's worked with some of the world's biggest music stars including Deep Purple, Gary Moore, George Harrison, Small Faces, Nick Cave and Tina Turner.

Sam performed with Paul Weller at the Ronnie Lane: One for the Road Memorial Concert in 2001 and sang on his Studio 150 LP in 2004 and with Jools & Paul on the recording of Will It Go Round in Circles.

In July 2006 Sam started to experience problems with her voice and her music career veered off in a completely different direction. Sam now teaches ukulele. She has over 150 pupils and teaches in Oxfordshire, under the Umbrella name of The Fabulous Ukulele Club.

Links to Songs

Jools & Sam with Paul Weller on Will It Go Round in CirclesLink Here

Paul Weller - Studio 150 - Sam sings on All Along The Watchtower and Birds - Link here 

Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert - The Poacher - Ooh La La - Spiritual Babe

You can also find links to Sam Brown on Spotify here and Homespun here

 

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EP54 - Shaun Hand - Pop Art Poems - The Music of The Jam ”Kid walks down the street - Bumps into emptiness - Pow!”

EP54 - Shaun Hand - Pop Art Poems - The Music of The Jam ”Kid walks down the street - Bumps into emptiness - Pow!”

September 6, 2021

My latest guest is author Shaun Hand - the man behind the book - Pop Arts Poems - The Music of The Jam

We learn about a lifetime's love affair with the band - kicking off in his teens in 1991 via their Greatest Hits LP.

We take a trip through their albums as Shaun shares memories of tracing their evolution song-by-song - from pre-Polydor compositions to the classics that we know and love.

Along the way we discover more about one of the most important bands of their time.

Find out more - along with the link to the Weller Jukebox - at shaunpatrickhand.wordpress.com

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EP53 - Steve Brookes - Singer, Songwriter - The Jam Co-Founder - ”Take me back there again, let me feel the same way…”

EP53 - Steve Brookes - Singer, Songwriter - The Jam Co-Founder - ”Take me back there again, let me feel the same way…”

August 31, 2021

My latest guest is Steve Brookes - co-founder of The Jam with his childhood best mate Paul Weller.

We talk about those early days of The Jam - writing songs, recording demos and gigging around Surrey.

We find out why he left the band in September 1975 and took a long break from music and performing before his return in 2008.

We chat about Steve's approach to music, his friendship with Paul and their work together in recent years.

You can hear Steve playing on Paul's albums - 22 Dreams, Wake Up the Nation, Saturns Pattern, Jawbone, True Meanings, On Sunset and Fat Pop (Volume 1) so dive back in to those to spot his work!

Order the new Steve Brookes CD - Tread Gently - which features Paul Weller & Ben Gordelier here

2017's Voodoo Zoo - here

2014's Vintage Troubadour - here

The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe LIVE with Paul Weller and Steve Brookes on YouTube here

Plus Steve's Channel on YouTube

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