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Modfather, firebrand and Style Councillor Paul Weller is a master of reinvention. But one constant over 35 years of music-making is a serious, even intense, approach to his craft.
This value-for-money career retrospective (17 songs!) opens with a whippet-thin Weller fronting his lean-and-mean three piece in 1977. He led the Jam, with bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, through a five-year flurry of visceral, laddish hits.
The snarl and suits were replaced with the soul and casualwear of the Style Council; the angry young man looked more of a Paris boulevardier. A brassier sound and retro-borrowings made for another hit-packed period.
Then, as the 80s expired, Paul’s ever changing moods gave way to solo introspection. It’s a thrilling journey. The tempo may have dipped but Weller’s ardour hasn’t, nor have his canny musical moves: his poignant take on Don’t Go to Strangers with Amy Winehouse is an absolute beauty.
A compilation of performances tracking the career of singer-songwriter Paul Weller. Footage spanning the last 35 years reveals how he evolved from his beginnings in mod-punk trio the Jam to the more soulful sound of the Style Council and finally on to his solo career. The programme also features Weller duetting with Noel Gallagher on That's Entertainment, and with Amy Winehouse on Etta Jones' Don't Go to Strangers.
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