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Song of the day – 70: The Style Council

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I’ve lost my well-documented antipathy towards Paul Weller now. (“If it was any other line of business I’d punch the cunt out,” Paul Weller on Everett True.)

Now I’m just grateful he recorded so many awesome, incredible songs that helped – for better or worse – shape my late teens and early 20s. I bow to no man or woman in my love for The Jam’s third, fourth and fifth albums: I’m pretty much word-perfect on the entire canon. And I know it sounds trite now, but tears of rage really did run down my face when I heard those lines from ‘When You’re Young’ while I was working on the production line at Cundell’s corrugated cardboard factory in Chelmsford, having been turned down by nine universities, and thinking I had no way out, no future. Paul Weller was clearly one of the main points of connection during my brief, tempestuous friendship with Alan McGee.

And I fucking LOVED the early Style Council singles, especially this one. Mick Talbot’s organ is dynamite. Weller’s voice has rarely sounded more on fire. Beautiful brass, and killer dynamics and harmonies too. This is the record that The Redskins (another band I loved) spent their entire career trying – and failing – to make.

0 Responses to Song of the day – 70: The Style Council

  1. eightball April 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    couldn't agree more… i was a weller fan from the moment i bought a cassette copy of "in the city", until his jumping-the-shark album "heliocentric"… classic stuff that informed my musical pallete and introduced me to a lot of other artists!

  2. C May 4, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Total respect to him for the reasons mentioned above, also for his general politics and his other less documented bits and bobs as a musician (as opposed to songwriter) with like likes of Robert Wyatt which have been really beautiful too.

  3. Jerry May 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

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    Rick Matias, Jeff Tartakov and 2 others like this.

    Simon Price
    Great track. The Style Council were life-changing for me. But I'd give the Redskins credit for making something just as inspiring with "Keep On Keepin' On". Every time I listen to that, even now, I get goose pimples thinking of the a-rush-and-a-push-and-the-land-is-ours optimism of the early days of the Miners' Strike.
    29 April at 16:42 ·

    Everett True
    yeah, I didn't mean to slag the Redskins there – they were inspirational to me too. I just felt they never quite managed to reach these heights. Incredible live band, tho
    29 April at 16:54 ·

    Tony Judge
    Lev Bronstein Lev Bronstein Lev Bronstein
    29 April at 17:59 ·

  4. Jerry May 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

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    Deniz Martinez and Monica Mirzynska like this.

    Kevin Pearce
    And the funny thing is ET how popular The Jam/SC were. Same with Dexys. Number one without all the nonsense.
    29 April at 19:23 ·

    Tae Won Yu
    yes and yes
    29 April at 21:46 ·

    Grant Cogswell
    And yes and yes.
    30 April at 00:57 ·

    Lyall Bush
    Yeah.
    30 April at 05:15 ·

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