Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast
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!

Buy Mojo with Paul Weller here!

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EP29 - Jill Webb & Steve Hinders - The Jam Scrapbook - “All around the world I’ve been looking for new - Youth explosion!…”

EP29 - Jill Webb & Steve Hinders - The Jam Scrapbook - “All around the world I’ve been looking for new - Youth explosion!…”

April 13, 2021

Welcome to an episode dedicated to The Jam Scrapbook - a unique project from Blogger Jill Webb from Hull, England and Steve Hinders from Ohio, USA

Listen to me play the part of Cilla Black for a very special 'Surprise Surprise' episode of the podcast.

Back in the 1980s, inspired by Paul Weller, Jill wrote and edited a music and poetry fanzine called Kindred Spirit.
In 2020, her world changed completely from a chance social media connection with Steve.
What follows are stories of a shared love of the 'best band in the f**king world!' along with some amazing tales of spending time with the Weller family, correspondence with Paul, journeys with The Jam Army, and so much more!

Have a listen to their amazing tales - and then check out the blogs to see the photos and read all about it...

THE FIRST BLOG

https://kindredspiritfanzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/paul-weller-riot-stories.html

THE JAM SCRAPBOOK PART 1

https://kindredspiritfanzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-jam-scrapbook-part-one.html

THE JAM SCRAPBOOK PART 2

https://kindredspiritfanzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/jam-scrapbook-two.html

 

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EP28 - Jeff Slate - NYC Singer / Songwriter and Journalist - “Don’t break my heart about it, things I can’t change”

EP28 - Jeff Slate - NYC Singer / Songwriter and Journalist - “Don’t break my heart about it, things I can’t change”

April 6, 2021

New York City based singer-songwriter Jeff Slate is not only an internationally recognized recording artist and music journalist...

From the discovery of The Jam in the 1970s, to a love of The Style Council and the first moments of Paul Weller Solo to now - Jeff has been there as a super-fan, a collector, master-interviewer and so much more!

Jeff has also got his copy of Fat Pop (Volume 1) so stand by for news on what Jeff calls 'the best moments of the past 5 or so records'.

Jeff co-founded the band the Mindless Thinkers in the 1980s, founded The Badge in the '90s, and has performed and worked with countless rock luminaries, including Pete Townshend of The Who, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Sheryl Crow and others.

As a music journalist, Jeff writes feature articles and conducts in-depth interviews for Rock Cellar, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The  New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, NBC and more...

READ 2020 Reappraising Paul Weller’s The Style Council

READ 2020 Paul Weller: ‘The Modfather’ Discusses Life in COVID-19 Isolation and His New Album, ‘On Sunset’

READ 2018 Searching for ‘True Meanings’ with Paul Weller

READ 2015 Weller talks Saturns Pattern

CHECK OUT JEFF SLATE'S MUSIC here

In October 2020,  Jeff released a new single, "Heartbreak" - recorded in sessions spanning the globe during the current pandemic lockdown and the first evidence of the sessions for a promised studio album in 2021 - the single featured an all-star cast of players, including his longtime collaborator Earl Slick (John Lennon, David Bowie) on guitars, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) on bass and Paul Weller's longtime drummer Ben Gordelier.

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EP27 - Steve Rapport - Rock N Roll Photographer - “The palm trees sway, as a warm breeze blew, and the sun was high”

EP27 - Steve Rapport - Rock N Roll Photographer - “The palm trees sway, as a warm breeze blew, and the sun was high”

March 30, 2021

Steve Rapport - Rock 'nRoll Photographer - documented the London music scene of the 1980s with nothing more than a pair of trusty Nikons and a passion for music with heart and soul.

Dive in to hear Steve's incredible stories of music photographer, including The Jam and The Style Council from Brixton Fair Deal, to the ICA, a key role in Red Wedge with Paul and Billy Bragg, to photography on The Lodgers and Long Hot Summer videos plus Wembley, Live Aid and so much more...

These days Steve can usually be found at his (mostly) rock 'n' roll gallery at Rockaway Beach in his home town of Pacifica, CA, which showcases his incredible work. 

You can order Steve's new book here - Modfather: Paul Weller, The Jam & The Style Council

And check out his portfolio of incredible photography

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EP26 - Neil Jones - Stone Foundation - “Moved by an action that changes the pattern of things…”

EP26 - Neil Jones - Stone Foundation - “Moved by an action that changes the pattern of things…”

March 23, 2021

Neil Jones from Stone Foundation joins me for Episode 26.

Neil formed the Midlands-based Soul band with Neil Sheasby in 1997.

A band that continue to raise the bar with every release - and a band who have worked so collaboratively with Paul Weller in recent years.

2017's breakthrough LP, Street Rituals was produced by Paul, who also features on all the tracks (piano, guitar & vocal including lead vocal on ‘Your Balloon Is Rising’). Two songs - ‘The Limit of a Man’ & ‘Colour Of’ - are co-writes with a Jones/Sheasby/Weller credit.

Everybody, Anyone in 2018, featured 11 new songs and a sprinkling of guest musicians including Kathryn Williams, Dr Robert, Mick Talbot, Steve White, & The Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart, and unable to stay away, Paul Weller sneaks back in with a bit of piano, guitar and BVs on a couple of tracks.

Is Love Enough? was again recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and continues their fruitful collaboration with another killer collaboration with Deeper Love. Paul also provides backing vocals on ‘Picture A Life’ and joins the band and plays guitar on ‘Af-Ri-Ka’, ‘Help Me’, and ‘Love’s Interlude (II)’. 

The band have also supported Paul on tour + Mr Weller has joined them on stage at their gigs too.

Check out some Stone Foundation with Paul Weller below

Back in the Game

Your Balloon is Rising

Deeper Love

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EP25 - Billy Chapman - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Take nothing less than the supreme best”

EP25 - Billy Chapman - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Take nothing less than the supreme best”

March 21, 2021

Saxophonist & Song-writer, Billy Chapman played with The Style Council alongside his own band, Animal Nightlife.

You can hear him on TSC tracks 'Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse', 'Me Ship Came In!' from Café Bleu, along with the single 'With Everything To Lose' and 'Heavens Above' from The Cost of Loving LP.

You can also hear him live on Home & Abroad LP, Style Council in Concert and watch on Far East & Far Out - Council Meeting In Japan.

Plus check out Animal Nightlife albums - Shangri-La (1985) + Lush Life (1988)

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EP24 - Ashley Slater - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “You can be all that you want to be…”

EP24 - Ashley Slater - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “You can be all that you want to be…”

March 20, 2021

Grammy nominatted singer, songwriter, producer and trombonist, Ashley Slater joins us on Episode 24 - (6 out of of 7 special Honorary Councillor podcasts)

Ashley emigrated to England in 1977, where he joined the regimental band of the Royal Scots - serving in the army for 6 1/2 years - before joining the jazz orchestral collective Loose Tubes

As an Honorary Councillor, he played on the single version of The Lodgers 'A newly recorded version presented to you by public demand' which featured The Style Council's biggest studio entourage to date plus The Orange Album (The Cost of Loving LP) on tracks Walking The Night and Fairy Tales.

In 1993, he began working with Norman Cook on the now seminal band, Freak Power. They had a Europe-wide number 1 hit in 1995, following use of their tune "Turn on, Tune in, Cop Out". 

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EP23 - Jaye Ella-Ruth - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Keep on diving til I reach the ends”

EP23 - Jaye Ella-Ruth - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Keep on diving til I reach the ends”

March 19, 2021

We have a proper exclusive for Episode 23 as my guest is Jaye Ella-Ruth, formally known as Jaye Williamson.

Jaye toured the world with The Style Council in 1984, performing as an Honorary Councillor on BBC Sight and Sound In Concert, and the Far East And Far Out Live video. 

You can also hear her vocals on the Groovin’ EP and 1998's LP 'The Style Council in Concert'. 

You're in for a real treat as Jaye has never spoken about her time working with Paul Weller and The Style Council!

Post TSC, she was a member of The Brand New Heavies, recording their first album and single, and original member of Yes No People (who later became Stomp).  

Jaye toured and recorded with many artists, such as Imagination, Curiosity Killed The Cat, Michael McDonald, Jermaine Stuart, Whitney Houston, Donny Osmond, Ce-Ce Penniston, Talk Talk & Errol Brown...

Watch Far East Far Out - Council Meeting in Japan and the Big Boss Groove Video

Find out more about From The Style Council

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EP22 - Kevin Miller - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “The gift you gave is desire, The match that started my fire…”

EP22 - Kevin Miller - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “The gift you gave is desire, The match that started my fire…”

March 18, 2021

Our Style Council Celebration continues with Kevin Miller

Part of Tracie Young's Soul Squad - signed to Paul's Respond Record Label - he was musical director and played bass guitar -  Kevin toured the world supporting TSC.

He also played bass on the Groovin' EP - 'You're The Best Thing' , 'Big Boss Groove' and 'Shout to the Top'.

Kevin also worked with Spandau Ballet’ (whilst the absent Kemp brothers were making the film The Krays) and then on to record an album in Los Angeles with ‘Tony Hadley’ after Tony and the band had parted company.

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EP21 - Anthony Harty - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Time here today is life tomorrow”

EP21 - Anthony Harty - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Time here today is life tomorrow”

March 17, 2021

Our Style Council Celebration continues with bass player - Anthony Harty

Anthony joined The Style Council straight out of school in 1983.

As an Honorary Councillor, he went on to tour the World with Paul, Mick and the band until 1985 before going on to work with over 100 bands and artists includingThe Truth, The Specials, The Beat, The Selecter, Badfinger, The Primitives, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Hazel O’Connor, Steve Ellis (Love Affair).

He even bagged himself a Grammy from work with Lee Scratch Perry!

You can catch Anthony live with From The Style Council

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EP20 - Zeke Manyika - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Gather every man, Gather every woman…”

EP20 - Zeke Manyika - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Gather every man, Gather every woman…”

March 16, 2021

Our Style Council Celebration continues with drummer, percussonist & singer - Zeke Manyika

Winning the accolade of 1st Honorary Councillor - listed on the back of the 'Speak Like a Child' sleeve with Tracie Young - Zeke was part of The Style Council before it even existed - working with Paul and Mick on 3 of the first 4 singles.

As part of Orange Juice, Zeke tour up the charts in the early 80s before working with The The, The Zeros, Route 66, Mark Almond and more recently Faze Action.

In the early 90s, it was Zeke that Paul Weller turned to to enhance the sound of The Paul Weller Movement - his first solo venture after the break of The Style Council.

Check out Zeke on Spotify here

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EP19 - Hilary Robertson - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Peace in my mind, I’m so happy to find”

EP19 - Hilary Robertson - Honorary Councillor (The Style Council) - “Peace in my mind, I’m so happy to find”

March 15, 2021

7 Podcasts - 7 Days - 7 Honorary Councillors!
We kick off a celebration of The Style Council with Hilary Robertson (or Seabrook if you're checking your sleeve notes).

Now days, she's a creative working with words - online, in print and on air - but in the 1980s, she played Sax in The Style Council heading out on UK and European Tours in 1983...

You can also hear her on record on 'My Every Changing Moods' (listen to the podcast to hear which version!) and 'Headstart for Happiness' and 'A Gospel' from Cafe Bleu.

Hilary's Blog - hilaryrobertson.blogspot.com

Hilary's Podcast - Search for 'Harmonious World' 

Check out the band with Hilary in some TV Shows too

The Tube

Top of The Pops

Saturday Superstore

Headstart for Happiness

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EP18 - Alan McGee - Music Man - It’s Creation Baby - “What you give is what you get!”

EP18 - Alan McGee - Music Man - It’s Creation Baby - “What you give is what you get!”

March 9, 2021

In this episode, I'm joined by the legend that is Alan McGee

A man with a passion for music and an entrepreneurial streak who became one of the biggest music moguls in the business - discovering Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Happy Mondays and so many more.

It all started with a love for The Jam - and Creation Records may never have existed without Paul Weller.

Find out how is this incredible conversation - as Alan chats about his love of his music in depth for the very first time.

You can watch biopic, Creation Stories on Sky Cinema from March 20th. Watch the Trailer.

And check out Alan's new record label - It's Creation Baby.

 

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EP17 - Pete Paphides - Music Journalist, Radio Host, Vinyl Collector & ‘Broken Greek’ author - “Flying high, never come down”

EP17 - Pete Paphides - Music Journalist, Radio Host, Vinyl Collector & ‘Broken Greek’ author - “Flying high, never come down”

March 2, 2021

My guest this week is the fabulous, Pete Paphides 

Pete started his career in music journalism at Melody Maker before going on to write for Time Outthe Guardian, Mojo, Q, Observer Music Monthly and The Times, where he spent five years as their Chief Music Critic.

Not only is Pete a massive Weller fan but he has spent time with Paul in his studio and on tour - and has some incredible stories to tell - including the best kebab tale you will ever hear!

.Since 2015, Pete has hosted a weekly music show for Soho Radio - Listen here

In 2020, Quercus published his first book, a memoir about childhood and music entitled ‘Broken Greek’ - Check it out here  (It's brilliant!)

Oh and finally, Pete mentioned his Weller Spotify playlist so check that out here too.

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EP16 - Dennis Munday - on The Jam, The Style Council & Life at Polydor - “Oh baby I’m dreaming of Monday…”

EP16 - Dennis Munday - on The Jam, The Style Council & Life at Polydor - “Oh baby I’m dreaming of Monday…”

February 23, 2021

My guest is Former Record Industry Executive, Dennis Munday.

Working for Polydor, Dennis effectively became an honorary member of both The Jam and The Style Council - often being the vital link between Paul Weller and record company, Polydor.

Dennis takes us on a journey from a love of Jazz to working with the best f***ing band in the world - The Jam.

We hear incredible tales of recording those hit songs and albums, a link to The Beatles that you may not know about, to the band on tour plus how Paul split the band and created The Style Council with Mick Talbot, how Dennis discovered Drummer, Steve White, the success of Cafe Bleu & Our Favourite Shop to the rejected final album.

We even touch on the Weller comeback in the early 90s and what is left in the magical archive!

It's an incredible story so strap in for an amazing ride.

NB: Dennis now lives in Italy - where the internet is less than fabulous so the audio quality on this one isn't outstanding - I hope you enjoy!

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EP15 - Craig Hassall - CEO - Royal Albert Hall - “Singing high, singing low - Send an arrow to your heart”

EP15 - Craig Hassall - CEO - Royal Albert Hall - “Singing high, singing low - Send an arrow to your heart”

February 19, 2021

My guest on Episode 15, Craig Hassall - CEO of London's Iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Plug in for stories of a love of The Style Council from Down Under, getting the gig at RAH, Teenage Cancer Trust's epic nights with Mr Weller and inside info on one of the World's most treasured music venues.

Paul Weller has played RAH over 40 times - including the famous (on this podcast at least) 5 nights in a row in 2010.

Find out more about the Royal Albert Hall at www.royalalberthall.com

And see / buy the Sir Peter Black mural that we talk about here

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EP14 - Trevor Neal - Comedy Legend - “Didn’t we have a nice time? Oh wasn’t it such a fine time?”

EP14 - Trevor Neal - Comedy Legend - “Didn’t we have a nice time? Oh wasn’t it such a fine time?”

February 16, 2021

BAFTA winning writer & comedian, Trevor Neal is best known as one half of British comedy duo,  Trevor and Simon - rocking our Saturday Morning TV worlds for a decade on Going Live! (1987-1993), and Live and Kicking (1993-1997).

Trevor is a massive Paul Weller fan - from discovering punk as a teenager and a shared love of The Jam through to performing on the same bill in the 90s - and rocking out to Weller Solo on Jools Holland.

In fact he has more in common with Paul than you could ever imagine.

Share the love on Twitter - twitter.com/trevorneal

You can find crowd-funded comedy audio drama - Strangeness in Space at strangenessinspace.com/

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EP13 - James Curran - Absolute Radio & Magic Radio - “When I hear that sound, It goes to my heart…”

EP13 - James Curran - Absolute Radio & Magic Radio - “When I hear that sound, It goes to my heart…”

February 11, 2021

Absolute Radio & Magic Radio are two of the biggest radio stations in the UK - attracting millions of listeners every week.

James Curran is the man behind the music - working with labels, artists, DJs, presenters to shape the sound of these award-winning radio stations as Director of Music...

Not only does he love MUSIC - love LIVE GIGS - love RADIO - he also happens to be a Big Paul Weller fan - arranging sessions and interviews with Paul throughout his career.

Listen to Absolute Radio here

Listen to Magic Radio here

And if you want to request Weller (whilst giving the podcast a little mention) then you can get in touch with the team here...

Magic Request Show - Sundays 10am  - Get your requests in on hello@magic.co.uk, or text MAGIC followed by your message to 61054 or fill in the form here

Absolute Radio Request Show - Sundays 6pm - To get your song on-air tweet @AbsoluteRadio with #RequestShow or text 81215 (50p + n/wrk rate).

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EP12 - Nicky Weller (with a Hello from Ann Weller) - About The Young Idea

EP12 - Nicky Weller (with a Hello from Ann Weller) - About The Young Idea

February 9, 2021

Episode 12 of the podcast, and I've already been invited in to the Weller family home!

Special guest, Nicky Weller - the blood, sweat and tears behind both The Jam and The Style Council Fan Clubs - along with the fabulous About The Young Idea - Jam Exhibition.

Nicky also happens to be sister to Mr Paul Weller (our end goal for this podcast series!).

Download to hear Nicky talking family life, what Paul is watching on Netflix, the early days in Stanley Road, Woking and The Jam, TSC, Solo + On Sunset and so much more... We even help their mum, Ann to find her knitting!

You can find links to 'Stinger - The Book' here

and Nicky is also fundraising for Romney House Cat Rescue - please chuck a few quid their way if you enjoy our chat.

romneyhousecatrescue.org.uk

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EP11 - Andy Lewis - Musician, DJ & Producer - ”From Blow Up! to Thunderclouds”

EP11 - Andy Lewis - Musician, DJ & Producer - ”From Blow Up! to Thunderclouds”

February 2, 2021

In this episode, I am joined by musician, record producer and DJ - Andy Lewis.

Andy was part of The Paul Weller Band - from 22 Dreams to A Kind Revolution - playing to millions all over the globe.

He has released two albums as a solo artist, on Acid Jazz Records: Billion Pound Project in September 2005 and You Should Be Hearing Something Now! in October 2007.

He made his name as one of the prime movers behind the Brit Pop explosion of the mid-90's thanks to his DJ sets at Blow Up and on Blur's Parklife tour.

In 2017, he released Summer Dancing - a critically acclaimed album with folk legend, Judy Dyble.

In 2020, he played bass on the magnificent album 'Thunderclouds' by Louis Philippe & The Night Mail.

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EP10 - Timothy Shepard - 22 Dreams Artist - “And all the pictures on the wall, serve only to remind you of it all”

EP10 - Timothy Shepard - 22 Dreams Artist - “And all the pictures on the wall, serve only to remind you of it all”

January 26, 2021

WHAT A THRILL!

My guest on Episode 10 is Timothy Shepard - an incredible collage artist working with paper, photography, cine film and music.

Tim created the artwork for the album cover on Paul Weller’s masterpiece - 22 Dreams (2008)

He has also filmed and directed a number of music videos including for Kevin Ayers, The Go-Betweens, and Bandante (George Vjestica - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds).

We find out more about working and walking with Paul, how he created the magical album cover, along with sessions at Black Barn Studio and so much more!

Find out more here - www.timshepard.co.uk and the full artwork here 

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EP09 - Pat Gilbert - Mojo Collectors Series “Your mojo will have no effect…”

EP09 - Pat Gilbert - Mojo Collectors Series “Your mojo will have no effect…”

January 19, 2021

Paul Weller once sang "Your mojo will have no effect - as we head into tomorrow"

Clearly he hadn't read Mojo's Collectors Series - from my special guest, Pat Gilbert.

Journalist, author, broadcaster and a man who has Paul Weller on speed dial - Pat shares a love of The Jam, stories of many meetings with Paul and exclusive interviews.

Plus a sneak preview on 2021's upcoming new album - Fat Pop Volume 1

Mojo: The Collectors Series: Paul Weller - Edition 1

Mojo: The Collectors Series: Paul Weller - Edition 2

Pat Gilbert Online

Pat Gilbert On Twitter

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EP08 -Teenage Waitress AKA Daniel J. Ash - Love & Chemicals

EP08 -Teenage Waitress AKA Daniel J. Ash - Love & Chemicals

January 14, 2021

Singer / songwriter Teenage Waitress aka Daniel J. Ash joins us for Episode 8

A huge Weller fan with tales of meeting his hero, supporting Paul on tour, creating at Black Barn and so much more!

Daniel also treats us to a special Lockdown3.0 bedroom session playing "The Mess You Made Me Make"

Check out the debut album from Teenage Waitress - Love & Chemicals

And here for more info about Colorama Records

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EP07 - Ian Snowball - Sounds from the Studio

EP07 - Ian Snowball - Sounds from the Studio

January 12, 2021

My guest on Episode 7 is Ian Snowball (Snowy)

Author of multiple books on The Jam, Style Council and Paul Weller including Sounds From The StudioThick As Thieves: Personal Situations with The Jam and the 2021 publication of Soul Deep - Adventures of the Style Council (with my guest from Episode 1, Stuart Deabill)

Ian also collaborated with The Jam's Rick Buckler on his auto-biography That's Entertainment: My Life in the Jam

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EP06 - The Magic Mod AKA Ben Taylor

EP06 - The Magic Mod AKA Ben Taylor

January 5, 2021

This week, I am joined by Ben Taylor, AKA 'The Magic Mod' - not only is he Rock n' Roll's favourite magician - Ben is a massive Paul Weller fan - who has accompanied Paul and the band on tour and in the studio at Black Barn.

https://www.instagram.com/the_magic_mod/

Celebrating the modern world subculture, Liam Gallagher claims, “he is the best dressed magician about.”

Being the only magician to tour with various bands and artists, Ben has made The Magic Mod a well known name around the indie music scene. Having accompanied the likes of the Libertines, Pete Doherty, Paul Weller and Reverend and the makers at sold out gigs and festivals (namely, Isle of Wight festival), performing a well-received show to thousands at any one time.

As well as having numerous TV appearances under his belt, Ben also has a documentary made about his journey through magic. The documentary features famous supporters such as Vicky McClure (This is England), Johnny Owen, Martin Freeman and The Magic Mods’ biggest supporter, Paul Weller.

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EP05 - Lee Cogswell - Making Films with Paul - Mono Media Films

EP05 - Lee Cogswell - Making Films with Paul - Mono Media Films

December 29, 2020

Episode 5 sees Dan chat to film-maker Lee Cogswell about his work with Paul Weller.

From mini-documentaries on albums from Kind Revolution, to True Meanings and On Sunset through to Style Council Documentary "Long Hot Summers"

Lee has even created music videos for Paul for 'White Horses' and 'Movin' On'

Find out more at Mono Media Films

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EP04 - Ric Blaxill - The Changing Man… “Paul returns to primetime TV LIVE!”

EP04 - Ric Blaxill - The Changing Man… “Paul returns to primetime TV LIVE!”

December 22, 2020

Episode 4 - and I'm joined by Weller Fan and Radio Boss, Ric Blaxill.

Ric has an incredible CV, working across radio and TV, collaborating with some of the biggest names in the business.

From BBC Radio 1, Capital Radio and BBC 6 Music to Top of the Pops - and Paul Weller's return to primetime TV in the nineties.

Ric currently works for Bauer Media as the music and content director for its radio division looking after Planet Rock, Kerrang Radio, Heat! and Scala Radio.

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EP03 - Russell Hastings - From The Jam

EP03 - Russell Hastings - From The Jam

December 15, 2020

Episode 3's guest is Singer / Songwriter Russell Hastings (From The Jam)

The only frontman to work with both Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton since Paul Weller split The Jam in 1982.

His work with Bruce has also seen him also work alongside Paul Weller, Wilko Johnson and Steve Cropper to name just a few

As a genuine Jam fan, his passion and understanding of The Jam's history is second to none and has toured the world playing to packed houses of Jam fans for years.

Russell was also co writer on Bruce Foxton's last album "Back In The Room" which reached Number 21 in the Independent album charts and was received with great acclaim.

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