Talk:Paul Weller

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Untitled[edit]

The new album "As Is Now" entered the charts at no. 4 on 16-10-2005


Rewrite[edit]

I'm currently attempting a full rewrite of the article as there's lots of good information in here but it's quite sporadically laid out. I'm doing quite a bit of research for it and will add references in time where necessary. So if anyone has any points they feel should be included, (such as Respond Records/Red Wedge etc.) feel free to mention it here and I'll add it in. Tom58l (talk) 17:09, 23 February 2009 (UTC

Respond Records[edit]

Nothing about his Respond Records label? Could someone who knows about it, add it, please? --Bonalaw 19:45, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

In 1983 Paul Weller helped set up Respond Records in an attempt to promote a number of young artists who had not yet been signed up by other record companies. An album called "Love the Reason" featuring artists such as Tracie, N.D.Moffat and young bands namely, Big Sound Authority and Glasgow based band The Questions. A single was released, "The House That Jack Built" (Tracie)was taken from the album and released charting in the UK top 40. The album was produced by Brian Robson,Paul Weller and The Questions. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Rickypent (talkcontribs) 11:04, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

politics[edit]

he was always a pretty vocal bloke - red wedge, miners benefits etc - must be worth mentioning I'd have thought Belboid 23:10, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

personal life[edit]

"In October 2000, Weller was accused of rape." - Do we really need this included? He was cleared of all charges and there appears to be no reason to justify its inclusion on here. Any strong objections?

Agreed! Why on earth include this when it is unfounded? Looks unprofessional on the part of Wiki if nothing else. I mean if it had gone to trial or something I'd understand (even if he was found innocent, but this didn't even go to the DPP, never mind trial. So some drunken slapper decides to try to get famous/rich off the back of a star, basically get's told to wise up and go away, yet Wiki still deem it appropriate to include this - please have a re-think.

Also agreed - is Wiki now a gossip rag? Totally unacceptable to include something like this unless there is evidence. Shocking. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.214.138.83 (talk) 17:04, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Bassline[edit]

Isn't the "Malice" bassline taken from Booker T and the MGs "Uptight"???

mortgage[edit]

Did he actually say "mortgage"? For What? The Taj Mahal?

The "mortgage and a kid" line comes from a track Weller wrote at age 18. It doesn't belong in the "Wild Wood" section so I have removed it.

Tears for Fears quote[edit]

"Kick out the style, bring back the jam" in their song Sowing the Seeds of Love was a quote from Thatcher when she was leader of the then minority Conservative Party. It was meant to brand the Labour government ineffectual in their economic policy - more concerned with style than substance, and caring more for loyalty to ideals than the people's general welfare. The quote in the Tears for Fears song comes at the end of a series of sentences critical of Thatcher and it's doutbful that it refers to The Jam. --HaakonV 18:35, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

The Tears For Fears fansite claims that Roland Orzabal "admitted it was about The Jam/Style Council". I can find no direct quote to back this up however.

Slight confusion[edit]

I am slightly confused by the following quote: "A popular story has it that hitting the charts at all was in fact an accident for "Going Underground": it was supposed to be a double A side with "Dreams of Children", a less-remembered song, but a mistake at a French pressing plant meant "Going Underground" was given 'A' status on the label. " Was this supposed to read that the record was meant to be a double "B" side record?

Chembike 03:38, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

I think the intention was that GU was to be B-side to DoC, the mistake made it a double-A and GU dominated. -- Beardo (talk) 15:34, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

Move plz[edit]

Paul Weller redirects to Paul Weller (singer). What's the point of that? Why doesn't this article just exist at Paul Weller? Can someone with the abilities to, move it there please? 91.110.209.139 (talk) 23:29, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

There's an Australian politician called Paul Weller, so I believe this one needs to be marked singer to differentiate between them. Tom58l (talk) 17:01, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Moved; this is a clear case where WP:PRIMARYTOPIC applies. Nevertheless, if anyone disagrees, please feel free to start a move discussion or leave a note at WP:RM. Fvasconcellos (t·c) 14:38, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Style Council error![edit]

On Weller's bio, it says that, after 1985, The Style Council never again had a top 20 hit. This is inaccurate. "It Didn't Matter" reached number nine in 1987 when released as a single. That was actually their very last top ten hit.92.235.168.144 (talk) 19:51, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Paul Weller, a veteran British rocker inspired by many eras, led a tour of rock history at the Best Buy Theater[edit]

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/09/arts/music/09weller.html?ref=arts

Mr. Weller’s music has broadened since the 1970s. He followed his revivalist instincts toward soul and disco with his 1980s band, the Style Council, and into a solo career since the 1990s that has had him delving into garage-rock, psychedelia, American-style roots-rock and wherever else his tastes led him. Those tastes veered away from what American radio wanted, perhaps because he was an Englishman trying styles already available from American musicians. But Mr. Weller’s 10 solo albums since 1992 have all reached the British top 10, and in 2009 he won the Brit Award, the British equivalent of the Grammy, as best male solo artist.

The songs didn’t always escape the shadows of their models. But they were connected by the fine-toothed rasp of Mr. Weller’s voice and by a particularly British pugnacity that runs through the lyrics: recognizing the inevitability of disappointment, vowing to persist anyway. It spanned the Jam’s bitter media critique, “That’s Entertainment,” and a new song, “That Dangerous Age,” about comfortable grown-ups longing for excitement. The grown-up Mr. Weller has his thrills: in the fourth decade of his career he’s still an unregenerate rocker. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 216.250.155.34 (talk) 20:19, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Dee C Lee[edit]

Weller was married to Dee C Lee for 10 years not 6. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.9.206.30 (talk) 21:50, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Listen to the lyrics, Paul Weller[edit]

'He was referenced in a 1984 performance on the BBC's Top of the Pops by the downhearted hippie Neil Wheedon Watkins Pye (played by Nigel Planer) from the sitcom The Young Ones, who during his cover of the Traffic classic "Hole in My Shoe" directly asked Paul Weller to "listen to the lyrics!".'

This line is quoted a lot elsewhere, quite a number of people think it's hilarious and, put simply, I don't think I get it. Could anyone maybe add a clarifying sentence to that paragraph, explaining this jab/reference to people who are not familiar with the goings-on of this particular era and music scene? --129.132.62.57 (talk) 13:49, 28 November 2014 (UTC)