Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast
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. 

Find out more with links to videos, albums and the blog at www.paulwellerfanpodcast.com

Book Tickets to see The Paul Weller Fan Podcast Recorded Live in London !

Book Tickets to see The Paul Weller Fan Podcast Recorded Live in London !

January 17, 2022

The Paul Weller Fan Podcast will be recorded live for two very special episodes at a London Theatre on Sunday 13th March

Head to my website paulwellerfanpodcast.com for more info

Sunday 13 March - The venue is The Cockpit – NW8 8EH.
Tickets are available now – Click here to book yours at thecockpit.org.uk
Full price: £12.50 Concessions: £11.50 (£1 + 3% booking fee)
Doors open 12.30pm – Show starts at 1pm – The event will end by 3.45pm

Hosted by Dan Jennings – live from The Cockpit.
A radio broadcaster who gave up a career with one big regret.
Never getting to interview his hero , the legendary British musician Paul Weller.
This podcast exists purely to solve that issue.

Welcome to Desperately Seeking Paul – Live!

Join us for a celebration from In The City to Fat Pop with everything in between.
This event will host episodes with two Weller-loving legends.

Episode 88 – Steve ‘Tufty’ Carver
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 promises plenty of stories from watching "my mates going from playing gigs in Woking to Wembley, to the World".

Episode 89 – Gary Crowley
Gary Crowley's career in music began in the late 1970s when he founded the new-wave fanzine 'The Modern World' despite still being a schoolboy at the time.
When Gary was 15, he telephoned Paul Weller's Maybury home with the hope of securing an interview with The Jam star for his fanzine.
A highly-respected music fanatic, Gary has interviewed some the biggest names in music including Oasis, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Supergrass, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, The Sex Pistols, The Clash…the list is endless!

Each episode will record for around an hour with a break in between for refreshments!

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).

Find out more at PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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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).

Find out more at PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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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”.

Find out more at PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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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.

Find out more about Camelle and his career at PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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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...
And find out more at PaulWellerFanPodcast.com

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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.

Find out more at paulwellerfanpodcast.com

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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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EP52 - Chris Green - Filmmaker -The Pebble and the Boy - “Far away in the distance, with the sun in your eyes…”

EP52 - Chris Green - Filmmaker -The Pebble and the Boy - “Far away in the distance, with the sun in your eyes…”

August 24, 2021

My latest guest is film-maker Chris Green - writer and director of The Pebble and the Boy.

Inspired by the Paul Weller album track, the film will be released in cinemas nationwide from Friday August 27, and available On Demand later in the year.

The story of a boy, his Dad's ashes, a Lambretta scooter and a journey from Manchester to Brighton, the spiritual home of the Mods.

The film features tracks from Paul Weller, The Jam, The Style Council, Secret Affair and The Chords - along with a nice surprise from our previous guest Aziz Ibrahim!

Chris lives and breathes everything Mod – and that really shows - from the music, the fashion and the scooters.

Watch The Pebble and the Boy Trailer

Find out more about the film , including cinema listings on the Facebook page

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EP51 - Aziz Ibrahim - Guitar Wizard, Master Collaborator & Composer - “Come down beside the water sit and rest”

EP51 - Aziz Ibrahim - Guitar Wizard, Master Collaborator & Composer - “Come down beside the water sit and rest”

August 17, 2021

My latest guest Aziz Ibrahim is another true delight - a creator of sound scapes, visionary sounds and guitar magic like very few people on this planet.

Founder of the ‘Desi GuitR’ & the ‘Asian Blues’ - Aziz is known for his role & work as lead guitarist for Simply RedThe Stone Roses and several internationally acclaimed bands and artists including Ian Brown, Paul Weller, Steven Wilson, Asia, Rebel MC & Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate). 

Aziz tells stories of meeting with Paul, forming a magical bond with him + Steve's White and Cradock, Mick Talbot and tales of creating fabulous music together.

We hear about his solo work, which includes the lost LP Lahore To Longsight‘ and the EP ‘Middle Road‘ which both feature contributions from Paul Weller.

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To hear Aziz & Paul's Collaborations check out the links below...

Aziz Ibrahim Website

Middle Road - Lahore to Longsight

Helioscentric - (B-Side to 'He's The Keeper')

Illumination - Spring (At Last) - with Aziz on Sarod, Tambura [Electric]

Illumination - All Good Books - with Aziz on guitar

22 Dreams - God - with Aziz on vocals

Sonik Kicks - Sleep of the Serene (co written with Aziz)

Sonik Kicks - By The Waters (co written with Aziz)

EP50 - Steve Wheatley - Love Weller Live “Must be me that’s rushing by, time just lingers on the wind”

EP50 - Steve Wheatley - Love Weller Live “Must be me that’s rushing by, time just lingers on the wind”

August 10, 2021

This week I am joined by a hardcore Paul Weller Fan who is so crazy about the live experience that he has created a new initiative called Love Weller Live.

Steve Wheatley's first gig was 24 November 1979 - where The Jam had such a massive positive impact that he was hooked.

Over 150 gigs later - The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller Solo - and that never-ending feeling of anticipation for the next one hasn't gone away!

Find out more his special pin badges, mugs and more for Love Weller Live at thisisnow.design

 

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EP49 - Kathryn Williams - Singer - Songwriter - Author “When you gonna find the strength to be, clear your mind of the darkness that you see.”

EP49 - Kathryn Williams - Singer - Songwriter - Author “When you gonna find the strength to be, clear your mind of the darkness that you see.”

August 3, 2021

My latest guest is the magnificent singer-songwriter (and now published author!) Kathryn Williams.

Kathryn has released eleven full-length albums under her own name (and more with various side-projects) since her debut LP, Dog Leap Stairs, was released in 1999.

A massive Paul Weller fan herself - Kathryn's songs have also been called out by Paul as favourites over the years - with him picking the song Heart Shaped Stone in his top ten 45s in Mojo Magazine earlier this year.

Kathryn tells stories of sharing the stage with Paul, visiting Black Barn Studio and a very special upcoming collaboration too (with one of my favourite stories so far on this podcast) along with the story of her career, inspirations and techniques to create those beautiful, heart-felt, honest songs.

Check out Kathryn's amazing back catalogue at kathrynwilliams.co.uk and find her novel The Ormering Tide here

 

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EP48 - Peter Gordon (PG) - Surrey Broadcaster - “The past is our knowledge, the present our mistake…”

EP48 - Peter Gordon (PG) - Surrey Broadcaster - “The past is our knowledge, the present our mistake…”

July 27, 2021

My guest on this episode is Surrey Broadcaster / Legend - Peter Gordon AKA PG

PG shares stories of a massive impact on his youth from The Jam - a shared love of the local area with the band - and stories of spending time with Paul, Bruce and Rick over the years for interviews, live gigs, unveilings and special friendships too.

A permanent fixture on radio in the Surrey area for over 30 years, PG is probably best known for his 25 years with Eagle Radio, presenting the breakfast show and overseeing the station’s output for all that time – as well as being a director of the business.

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EP47 - Steve Trigg - Trumpet Player / Arranger / Composer - Stone Foundation…

EP47 - Steve Trigg - Trumpet Player / Arranger / Composer - Stone Foundation…

July 20, 2021

My latest guest is known by Paul Weller as The General.

Steve Trigg - Professional Trumpet Player, Performer, Arranger, Composer and Producer.

We kick off with his love of The Jam and dive in to stories with Stone Foundation and playing with Paul at the Royal Albert Hall and on the Forest Tour 2019.

Steve wrote, played and arranged the horn section on Paul Weller's Mother Ethiopia EP along with tracks on the Number One LPs - On Sunset ( Old Father Tyme & More) and Fat Pop (Volume 1) (True, Glad Times, Moving Canvas & Still Glides the Stream) and Fat Mix on the Deluxe version of the LP.
 
In 2016, Steve got a call to join Stone Foundation full time - just at the point that the band was about to head into the studio to record a new album produced by and featuring Paul Weller, so of course he jumped at the chance!
 
 

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EP46 - Dave Swift - Bass Player - Jools Holland - “I’ve got a song, I ain’t got no melody, I’m a gonna sing it to my friends…”

EP46 - Dave Swift - Bass Player - Jools Holland - “I’ve got a song, I ain’t got no melody, I’m a gonna sing it to my friends…”

July 13, 2021

My guest is one of the UK’s finest, high-profile bass players, Dave Swift.

He joined Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra in 1991 and his career, which expands beyond three decades, boasts a musician’s portfolio that seconds no other - playing with an array of renowned artists, from George Benson and Chaka Khan to Adele, BB King, Hall & Oates, Noel Gallagher, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon along with the main man that we're all here to talk about Paul Weller!

Paul has been on Later... with Jools Holland / Jools' Annual Hootenanny more than any other guest and many of his performances would be filed in the archive as iconic classics!

Here are just a few...

Paul Weller - Will It Go Round In Circles Jools Holland Hootenanny 1998

Dave Swift on Bass with Jools Holland backing Paul Weller "I Forgot to be your Lover"

Amy Winehouse and Paul Weller - Don't go to strangers (at Hootenanny 2006)

Listen to September in the Rain from The Golden Age of Song here

To view all that huge list of lots of artists with whom Dave Swift has performed, click here.

 

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EP45 - John Harris - Author & Journalist & Paul Weller Super-fan - ”Oh like paper caught in wind, I glide upstreet, I glide downstreet…”

EP45 - John Harris - Author & Journalist & Paul Weller Super-fan - ”Oh like paper caught in wind, I glide upstreet, I glide downstreet…”

July 6, 2021

My guest on this episode is John Harris - author, journalist and Paul Weller Super-fan!

John was a key part of the music press in 90s - working at Sounds, Melody Maker, NME & Q Magazine before being named editor of Select.

As a freelance writer John has written about music, politics and a wide variety of oher subjects for publications such as Rolling Stone, Mojo, The Independent, and New Statesmen.

He has written many books including "The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the demise of English rock"

John has written notes of boxsets of The Jam - including the 40th anniversary set 1977 along with liner notes from The Jam: The Studio Recordings an 8LP heavyweight vinyl box set released in 2013.

October 2021 sees the release of the book - The Beatles : Get Back - the first official standalone book to be released by The Beatles since international bestseller The Beatles Anthology.

Edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording, culminating in The Beatles’ historic final rooftop concert.

Find details at getback.thebeatles.com

 

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EP44 - Neil Sheasby “Brother Sheas” - Stone Foundation - “Brother to Brother, One for another…”

EP44 - Neil Sheasby “Brother Sheas” - Stone Foundation - “Brother to Brother, One for another…”

June 29, 2021

Neil Sheasby (AKA Brother Sheas) from Stone Foundation joins me for Episode 44.

Sheas formed the British Modern Soul Group with Neil Jones back in 1997 (check out episode 26 for my chat with 'Jonesy').

Putting an English spin on a strong Stax influence, the seven piece outfit from the Midlands are leaders in the British modern soul scene.

We hear all about Neil's love of The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller Solo (including nights with the Movement in the early 90s) and his take on becoming friends with, and working with Paul Weller in recent years.

We also dive in to his wonderful memoir - Boys Dreaming Soul - a touching, funny and heart-warming read that documents Neil's formative years of the 1970s to his 1980s coming-of-age, through a tale of shared musical epiphany and a soul-searching ambition to perform.

You can find the book at https://tonybeesleymodworld.co.uk/apps/webstore/products/show/7987453

Find out more about Stone Foundation Live and on Record at www.stonefoundation.co.uk

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EP43 - Daniel Rachel - Musican-turned-award-winning author - “Governments crack and systems fall, ’cause unity is powerful…”

EP43 - Daniel Rachel - Musican-turned-award-winning author - “Governments crack and systems fall, ’cause unity is powerful…”

June 22, 2021

My guest this week is the fabulous musician, turned award-winning author, Daniel Rachel.

EP42 - Rick Buckler - The Jam - Drummer “….the absolute luck is - love is in our hearts!”

EP42 - Rick Buckler - The Jam - Drummer “….the absolute luck is - love is in our hearts!”

June 15, 2021

My very special guest on this episode is Rick Buckler - drummer for The Jam!

Described as 'the big beat behind all of those great songs' and 'the perfect drummer for the perfect bands', Rick tells his story from the early days learning the instrument, to meeting Paul, Steve Brookes and Bruce Foxton at Sheerwater School in Woking.

We hear about the early days playing 50s and 60s favourites around Surrey to finding their own voice through a blend of rock, punk, mod and new wave, to signing with Polydor through to those incredible singles, albums, live performances and the personal triumphs - and ultimately how it all came to an end in 1982.

A man proud of the legacy and music that endures to this day.

You can also find out more by reading Rick's story in the book - That's Entertainment: My Life in The Jam- written with Ian Snowball - available here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thats-Entertainment-My-Life-Jam/dp/1783057947/

 

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EP41 - Martyn Goddard - Photographer - Jam Sessions - “In echoed steps you walk across an empty dream…”

EP41 - Martyn Goddard - Photographer - Jam Sessions - “In echoed steps you walk across an empty dream…”

June 8, 2021

This week, photographer Martyn Goddard takes us through his Jam archives.

For avid consumers of Jam vinyl in the late seventies and early eighties, Martyn Goddard’s photographs need little introduction. His images appear on the cover of their first album, In The City, and their fifth, Sound Affects.

In between, his photos ere used on the front covers of a flurry of picture sleeve singles: “All Around The World”,“The Modern World”, “News of The World”, “David Watts/ ‘A’ Bomb in Wardour Street”, “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, and finally “Strange Town”.

We dive into his personal recollections, and his shoot journals, where he recorded the dates of his studio sessions - and hear a bunch of memories from working with The Jam.

Find out more on Jam Sessions - Photographs by Martyn Goddard - the new limited edition book - at SnapGalleries.com

 

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EP40 - Damon Minchella - Ocean Colour Scene / Weller Band - “When we sway, we sway as one, from the floorboards up!…”

EP40 - Damon Minchella - Ocean Colour Scene / Weller Band - “When we sway, we sway as one, from the floorboards up!…”

June 1, 2021

My latest guest is described perfectly by @BritpopMemories as 'Probably the best bass player of his generation' - Damon Minchella.

As a founding member of Ocean Colour Scene for 14 years, Damon toured the world, scoring five top five albums and 15 top 20 singles (they even supported Paul at my first live Weller experience in 1992!)

From 1994-2006, he doubled up as a member of Paul Weller’s band - playing on hit albums - Heliocentric, Illumination, Studio 150 and As Is Now, along with plenty of Live LPs and DVDs.

Post Weller-Band, he has continued to work with Drummer, Steve White in three bands - Trio Valore (with Justin Shearn / Seamus Beaghen) Players (with Mick Talbot)  and The Family Silver (with Matt Deighton).

At the same time his place as one of the UK’s most talented bassists has seen him in much in demand - playing live or in the studio with such rock ’n’ roll greats as Richard Ashcroft, Paul McCartney, The Who, Jimmy Page, Dr John, Paolo Nutini and Amy Winehouse.

You can find out more about Minchella & Manning here - https://www.minchellamanning.com/

 

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EP39 - Bill Smith - The Jam Art Director + Cover Stories… “I’ve climbed the highest peaks, caught the wild wind home…”

EP39 - Bill Smith - The Jam Art Director + Cover Stories… “I’ve climbed the highest peaks, caught the wild wind home…”

May 25, 2021

In this episode, I chat to former Polydor Art Director, Bill Smith.

Not only did Bill create that famous spray-paint The Jam logo that lives on today but he also created the covers for 5 of their albums and 16 of their singles!

Across five decades, Bill Smith Studio has worked with more than 200 bands and artists, creating hundreds of album covers, singles bags, and CD covers. You may not know it, but if you bought records over the past forty years, you’ve probably bought a number of theirs.

Bill Smith Studio worked with some of the world’s best photographers, illustrators and painters on covers for, among others, The Jam, The Cure, Kate Bush, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, Eric Clapton, Toyah, Johnny Thunders, Genesis, Queen and Mike Oldfield.

In his new book 'Cover Stories' you’ll find the stories of 70 plus albums including contributions from the bands, the artists, photographers and painters involved. 

Find out more and order your copy here - https://redplanetmusicbooks.com/products/cover-stories

EP38 - Matt Deighton - Overshadowed - Paul Weller Band - Mother Earth - Family Silver… “We’re words upon a window, written there in steam…”

EP38 - Matt Deighton - Overshadowed - Paul Weller Band - Mother Earth - Family Silver… “We’re words upon a window, written there in steam…”

May 18, 2021

2021 finally sees the reemergence of British folk’s most enigmatic lost son - and I can't quite believe that the mighty Matt Deighton is joining me on the podcast!

You may recognize Matt Deighton from his time fronting Acid Jazz heroes Mother Earth or as Paul Weller’s guitarist in the late 90’s when he joined the band for the Heavy Soul Tour.

And my goodness me - he has some fabulous stories to share!

For almost two decades, the man they keep calling the natural successor to Nick Drake, Davey Graham and John Martyn has been himself more of a rumour – a murmur among musicians, songwriters and diehard music lovers who proudly display his rare vinyl releases like trophies.

Matt’s is a story of genuinely great musicianship and songwriting; but most of all, of the beauty and fragility of one of Britain’s greatest lost talents and how life around him has sometimes shaped a fate beyond his control; but who has come back with something more beautiful every time the storm abated.

Find out more about Matt Deighton - Overshadowed - the intimate documentary at www.mattdeightonmovie.com and check out his tunes at www.mattdeighton.co.uk

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EP37 - Fat Pop Special - Paul Weller Fans on the day of release… “Who’s always there when you really need them? Ah, Fat Pop!”

EP37 - Fat Pop Special - Paul Weller Fans on the day of release… “Who’s always there when you really need them? Ah, Fat Pop!”

May 14, 2021

Celebrate the release of Fat Pop (Volume 1) from Paul Weller with some lovely fans!

Including The Magic Mod (Ben Taylor), Trevor Neal (Trevor & Simon), Broadcaster Peter Gordon (PG)

Plus Super-Fans, Tony Christmas, Aarjen Schilt, Peter Nagle, Sandy Mackinnon, Jordan Cartmell, Dan Spackman and David Gordon.

All recorded over lunchtime on Friday 14th May 2021 - Fat Pop Day!

EP36 - Alex Borg AKA The Stereo Typist - Fat Pop Album Artist + Pop Art… “Say what you want, ‘cos this is a new art school”

EP36 - Alex Borg AKA The Stereo Typist - Fat Pop Album Artist + Pop Art… “Say what you want, ‘cos this is a new art school”

May 13, 2021

My Guest on this episode is Alex Borg AKA The Stereo Typist 

This podcast is published on the eve of the release of Paul Weller's 16th Solo album - Fat Pop (Volume 1) so who better to chat to than the man who created the wonderful album cover artwork!

We hear how it all came about, stories of meetings at Black Barn / Paul Weller HQ along with Alex's love of vinyl, graphic design, bright colours, Pop Art and making music with his band - Moonlight Parade.

Find out more here

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EP35 - Mick Talbot - The Style Council Co-Founder - “Good Morning day, how do you do?”

EP35 - Mick Talbot - The Style Council Co-Founder - “Good Morning day, how do you do?”

May 11, 2021

Mick's Up!

My Guest is The Style Council Legend - Mick Talbot - keyboardist, songwriter, singer, composer and record producer.

On 1st March 1983, Paul Weller officially pulled the wraps off his new project, to be called The Style Council.

Following the split of The Jam, Paul had re-signed to Polydor as a solo artist, and soon recruited former Merton Parkas, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Bureau keyboardist, Mick Talbot who remained his soul brother and sounding board for the next seven years.

We talk about performing with The Jam, forming The Style Council and those incredible singles, EPs, albums, videos and live dates including Tokyo, Glastonbury, Live Aid and so much more!

Post-TSC, Mick has worked with Paul on his first 3 solo albums (Paul Weller, Wild Wood and Stanley Road) and more recently for On Sunset (Baptiste, Village & Walkin').

You'll also find Mick's amazing musical skills on albums with former Style Council member Steve White, under the name Talbot/White and The Players (with the addition of former Ocean Colour Scene bassist Damon Minchella), in the jazz/funk band The Players.

He played keyboards in Galliano, on the 1991 Young Disciples album Road to Freedom, and on recent LPs from Stone Foundation and even co-wrote & produced Dexy's 2012 LP One Day I'm Going to Soar

2020 saw him appear on the Monks Road Social album with the likes of Dr Robert, Matt Deighton, Neil Jones and Kathryn Williams.

My thanks to Mick for giving up his time for this very special episode - and for Nicky Weller for helping to arrange it all.

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Oh... and here's Júníus Meyvant that Mick mentions at the end too!!! https://juniusmeyvant.com/

 

 

EP34 - Polly Birkbeck - PR Guru (for Paul Weller and others!) - “I fumble for change and pull out the Queen, smiling, beguiling…”

EP34 - Polly Birkbeck - PR Guru (for Paul Weller and others!) - “I fumble for change and pull out the Queen, smiling, beguiling…”

May 7, 2021

On this episode I'm joined by PR Guru, Polly Birkbeck (the lady who looks after press for the main man - Mr Paul Weller!)

Polly started her career as A&R assistant in the early 90s at Food Records (label for Blur, Jesus Jones, Diesel Park West and others) before heading over to Savage & Best PR where she was Head of Press working with the likes of Pulp, Suede, Elastica and Menswear during the crazy days of BritPop!

She moved to v2 Records in 2000 and has worked with Paul Weller ever since - including for the past 15 years on her own venture, Complete Control PR

Polly has loads of lovely stories of working with Paul, and even a nice surprise about the Black Barn crew and this little podcast thing!

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EP33 - Paul Francis - Bassist - Paul Weller Movement 1990 - “Freedoms truth is the only truth to save the day and pave the route…”

EP33 - Paul Francis - Bassist - Paul Weller Movement 1990 - “Freedoms truth is the only truth to save the day and pave the route…”

May 4, 2021

In this episode, I chat with Paul Francis - bass player with The Paul Weller Movement in 1990.

In 1989, Paul Weller found himself without a band and recording deal for the first time since he was 18.

After taking time off for most of 1990, he returned to the road in Nov / Dec, touring as "The Paul Weller Movement" with drummer Steve White, Max Beesley (now Hollywood star!), Crispin Taylor, Jacko Peake, Damon Brown, Chris Lawrence and Paul Francis on bass.

Dive in to hear how it all happened - links with Galliano, Whitey, Mick Talbot and so much more...

Paul's time in the band was also captured live for BBC Radio, in a concert that features on Paul Weller Live at the BBC

We also chat about Capricorn 1 - an instrumental band project, built from the remnants of his days with Paul Weller, JTQ and Galliano and his musical relationship with drummer Harbans Shrih (JTQ, The Funky Muchachos) and Mick Talbot from The Style Council.

You can hear it here

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EP32 - Chris Difford - Squeeze - Lyricist, Musician, Producer *Legend* - “Dreams, schemes and everythings…”

EP32 - Chris Difford - Squeeze - Lyricist, Musician, Producer *Legend* - “Dreams, schemes and everythings…”

April 30, 2021

My guest on this episode is the fabulous Chris Difford - singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer - founding member of Squeeze with Glenn Tilbrook.

His musical journey has run parallel to Paul Weller - from starting his first band in 1972 - to hitting the big time in 1978 - and a legacy of magnificent songs like Cool for Cats, Up The Junction, Is That Love, Some Fantastic Place - and at times their story has crossed over too - most notably with Paul recording his 2000 LP at Chris' studio Heliocentric (the album was named after the studio!)

A master of the smart, pithy lyricism - Chris has also written songs for Jools Holland, Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Helen Shapiro, Billy Bremner and Elvis Costello - been the manager of Bryan Ferry and The Strypes, and released four brilliant solo albums.

Chris published his autobiography in 2018 - Some Fantastic Place - which charts his life from childhood in south London to becoming a member of one of Britain's greatest bands and beyond. Along the way Chris reveals the inspiration and stories behind Squeeze's best-known songs, and his greatest highs and lows from over four decades of making music.

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EP31 - Le SuperHomard AKA Christophe Vaillant - French Musician & Weller Remixer - “Oh heavenly thing, please cleanse my soul…”

EP31 - Le SuperHomard AKA Christophe Vaillant - French Musician & Weller Remixer - “Oh heavenly thing, please cleanse my soul…”

April 27, 2021

This week, we head across the English Channel to the South of France for a chat with LE SUPERHOMARD AKA Christophe Vaillant.

A french musician with a history of mod-styled formations, like the band The Strawberry Smell and Pony Taylor - and a love of the music of Paul Weller!

In early 2019, his debut album Meadow Lane Park was not only dreamlike and enchanting, but the critics loved it - and it you read any interview with Paul Weller at the time - he was likely to be raving about it too!

He even included the song 'Black Diamond' in his ten favourite songs of 2018 for UNCUT.

Their musical chemistry doesn’t end there, as LE SUPERHOMARD went on to remix ON SUNSET for the 2020 EP featuring new versions of songs from Paul Weller's Number One LP!

Christophe Vaillant is back with a new album - available from 30th April 2021 = Maxwell Farrington & Le SuperHomard - ‘Once’ - a timeless collection of sophisticated orchestral pop.

EP30 - Danny Eccleston - Mojo on Paul Weller Guest Editor - “We’re dashing our seconds on the rocks of a lifetime”

EP30 - Danny Eccleston - Mojo on Paul Weller Guest Editor - “We’re dashing our seconds on the rocks of a lifetime”

April 20, 2021

Mojo Magazine - Senior Editor, Danny Eccleston talks Paul Weller Edits MOJO!

Paul Weller has been a reader since Issue #1 and a MOJO cover star 11 times. Qualifications that make him an ideal MOJO Guest Editor (their sixth). He asked for features on Paul McCartney, The Coral, CSNY, My Bloody Valentine and Funkadelic, gave the lowdown on his new LP, and recommended new bands and buried treasures for you to check out.

Danny shares stories of interviews with Paul from Wild Wood to now, along with a love of The Jam, Style Council and Solo music, and even takes us through this month's covermount CD - curated and compiled by Paul Weller.

Titled Into Tomorrow, it features 15 tracks including songs by Richard Hawley, Durand Jones, Third Ear Band, Declan O’Rourke, Teenage Waitress, Marvin Powell and a Weller rarity!

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