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Old 24-08-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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For anyone who doesn't know Paul Weller is an English songwriter, musician who has had about a 35 year career so far and has been popular, at times worshipped, sometimes hated (but not much) in the UK throughout that time.

His musical career started with a band called 'The Jam' who had their first record released in 1977 at the height of the Punk movement. In the early 80's he disbanded the Jam and formed 'the Style Council', a band which lasted until about 1990. He's basically been a solo artist under his own name since then, but if you look at the Jam and the Style Council they are basically Paul Weller's bands...and have his stamp and charisma right across them.

The reason he deseves his own thread on here is because not only is he a great musician in every sense, but his songs have often especially in his early career had a strong anti-establishment theme and a moral compass which was spot-on in my opinion.

So please post anything you love by Paul, lyrics would be appreciated also.

What better place to start than right at the very beginning, the first single by The Jam, 1977;

The Jam- In The City


In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you
But whenever I approach you, you make me look a fool
I wanna say, I wanna tell you
About the young ideas
But you turn them into fears
In the city there's a thousand faces all shining bright
And those golden faces are under 25
They wanna say, they gonna tell ya
About the young idea
You better listen now you've said your bit-a
And I know what you're thinking
You still think I am crap
But you'd better listen man
Because the kids know where it's at
In the city there's a thousand men in uniforms
And I've heard they now have the right to kill a man
We wanna say, we gonna tell ya
About the young idea
And if it don't work, at least we said we've tried
In the city, in the city
In the city there's a thousand things I want to say to you

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Old 24-08-2011, 10:38 PM   #2
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a if not the mod farther, just a class act. one of my faves
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Old 24-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #3
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He's not done a lot wrong in a long and productive career.

One of my fave Weller moments.
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Old 24-08-2011, 10:59 PM   #4
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I love Paul Weller, anything he has something to do with. I put together some music for my Mom recently and included...I think it was Wild Wood? She's going to love it, I know she will. There's something for everybody in his catalogue.

We need more musicians like Paul Weller and less musicians like whoever is on the radio now. I don't even know any more.
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Old 24-08-2011, 11:08 PM   #6
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We need more musicians like Paul Weller and less musicians like whoever is on the radio now. I don't even know any more.
That's good and you dont care, that's good, because it's mostly a load of shit!
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Old 24-08-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
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This is Paul in deeply political / anti-establishment mode...he still manages to make it a great tune though, something not many artists can do.

Style Council- A Stones Throw


For liberty there is a cost - it's broken skulls and leather cosh,
From the boys in uniform - now you know whose side their on -
With backing - with blessing,
From earthly gods not heaven,
A stones throw away from it all.
Whatever pleasures those who get - from stripping skin with rhino whip,
Are the kind that must be stopped - before their kind take all we've got -
With loving - with caring,
They take great pride in working,
The stones throw away from it all.

Whenever honesty persists - you'll hear the snap of broken ribs,
Of anyone who'll take no more - of the lying bastards roar -
In Chile - In Poland,
Johannesburg - South Yorkshire,
A stones throw away: Now we're there.
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Old 25-08-2011, 04:24 PM   #8
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Old 25-08-2011, 06:48 PM   #9
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Good one! I was watching some stuff on Youtube last night and came across an interview with Noel Gallagher where he talks about the white Rickenbacker guitar that Paul Weller's playing there...he gave it to Noel for a 30th birthday present! Pretty generous I would say...

Here's another one with some lyrics most people on here would understand; Check em out.

Style Council-Money Go Round


It's no good praying to the powers that be
'cause they won't shake the roots of the money tree
No good praying to the pristine alters
Waiting for the blessing with holy water
They like the same old wealth in the same old hands
Means the same old people stay old people stay in command
Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
They got it wrapped up tight, they got it safe and sound
Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
As you fall from grace and hit the ground

Too much money in too few places
Only puts a smile on particular faces
Said too much power in not enough hands
Makes me think "get rich quick; take all I can"
They're too busy spending on the means of destruction
To ever spend a penny on some real construction

Watch the money-go-round; watch the money-go-round
They amuse themselves as they fool around
Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
Do like they say, make them vulnerable

No good looking to the empire corners,
"civilization" built on slaughter
Carrying hopes and carrying maps
The spinless ones fall in their laps
The brave and the bold are the ones to be fooled
With a diet of lies by the kipling school

Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
But I just can't help being cynical
Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
Do like I say, make me wonderful

Their morals are clean and their clear
They bend your arm and they bend your ear
Said they bend your mind as you talk in circles
Bend over forwards, this won't hurt you
Till there's blood in your lap; blood on your hands
Watch the money-go-round; watch the money-go-round
Come spend a penny, go out with a pound
Watch the money-go-round; watch the money-go-round
As you fall from grace and hit the ground

(on the money-go-round, you wanna get on but it won't slow down)

The need your votes and you know where to send 'em
Be we don't get the choice of a public referendum
On all the real issues that affect our lives
Like the usa base to which we play midwife
Take a cruise and forget this scene
Said come back later when the slates wiped clean

Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
Born of woman, killed by man
Watch the money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
Do like they pray, make it wonderful

The good and righteous sing their hymns
The crimpoline dresses who have no sins
Christians by day, killers in war
The hypocrites who know what they're fighting for
Killing for peace, freedom and truth
But they're too old to go so they send the youth

Watch the money-go-round, watch the money-go-round
I don't think he was an astronaut
Watch the money-go-round, watch the money-go-round
I must insist - he was a socialist!

Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
They got it wrapped up tight, they got it safe and sound
Watch your money-go-round; watch your money-go-round
As you fall from grace and hit the ground
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Old 25-08-2011, 07:13 PM   #10
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No matter where I roam
I will return to my English rose
For no bonds can ever tempt me from she
I've sailed the seven seas,
Flown the whole blue sky.
But I've returned with haste to where my
Love does lie.
No matter where I go I will come back to my English Rose
For nothing, could ever tempt me from she.

I've searched the secret mists -
I've climbed the highest peaks
Caught the wild wind home
To hear her soft voice speak
No matter where I roam
I will return to my English Rose
For no bonds can ever keep me from she.

I've been to ancient worlds
I've scoured the whole universe
And caught the first train home
To be at her side.
No matter where I roam
I will return to my English Rose
For no bonds, can ever keep me from she

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Old 25-08-2011, 07:18 PM   #11
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Of to dig out my Jam albums, and possibly some Levellers too
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Old 25-08-2011, 08:43 PM   #12
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Good to see this thread....

Very chilled out musically but a most powerful message.


The lords and ladies pass a ruling
That sons and girls go hand in land
From good stock and the best breeding
Paid for by the servile class
Who have been told all lie in state
To bow down forth and face their fate
It’s so easy.
So, so easy

All righteousness did build thy arrow
To shoot it straight into their lies
Who would expect the mighty sparrow
Could rid our world of all their kind?

Rising up and taking back
The property of every man
Oh it’s easy.
So, so easy

Rising up to break this thing
From family trees the dukes do swing
Just one blow to scratch the itch
The law’s made for and by the rich
It would be easy.
So, so easy.
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I really liked the Style Council, their earlier singles like Solid Bond in Your Heart & Speak Like a Child were particularly neat.
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Good to see this thread....

Very chilled out musically but a most powerful message.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tRj9UssQUI

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'The Whole Point of No Return', nice one Imani.

This one isn't a political one just a great tune I've always liked;

Style Council-A Solid Bond in Your Heart

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Old 25-08-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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I really liked the Style Council, their earlier singles like Solid Bond in Your Heart & Speak Like a Child were particularly neat.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IKVTq55v9E
Bit of synchronicity there mate!
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Old 27-08-2011, 04:17 AM   #16
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I posted this one before on a different thread, but check the lyrics...talk about hitting the nail on the head!

The Jam-Little Boy Soldiers+ lyrics

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Old 30-08-2011, 12:26 AM   #17
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The Jam-Going Underground


Some people might say my life is in a rut,
But I'm quite happy living with what I got
People might say that I should strive for more,
But I'm so happy I can't see the point.
Somethings happening here today
A show of strength with your boy's brigade and,
I'm so happy and you're so kind
You want more money - of course I don't mind
To buy nuclear textbooks for atomic crimes

And the public gets what the public wants
But I want nothing this society's got -
I'm going underground, (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground, (going underground)
Well let the boys all sing and the boys all shout for tomorrow

Some people might get some pleasure out of hate
Me, I've enough already on my plate
People might need some tension to relax
[Me?] I'm too busy dodging between the flak

What you see is what you get
You've made your bed, you better lie in it
You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies put you down and their promises bust
You'll see kidney machine replaced by rockets and guns

And the public wants what the public gets
But I don't get what this society wants
I'm going underground, (going underground)
Well the brass bands play and feet start to pound
Going underground, (going underground)
[So] let the boys all sing and let the boys all shout for tomorrow

We talk and we talk until my head explodes
I turn on the news and my body froze
Braying sheep on my TV screen
Make this boy shout, make this boy scream!

Going underground, I'm going underground!
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The Jam-Eton Rifles (With Lyrics)

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