Paul Weller
English Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Paul Weller
Paul Weller is an English musician and singer-songwriter. Starting with the band The Jam (1976–1982), Weller went on to branch out musically to a more soulful style with The Style Council (1983–1989). In 1991 he established himself as a successful solo artist, and continues to remain a respected singer, lyricist and guitarist.
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KEXP Presents: Paul Weller
NPR - over 1 year
KEXP felt truly blessed to be in the presence of "The Modfather." » EMail This
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'I'm no rock star', says The Jam and Style Council's Weller - over 1 year
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British musician Paul Weller has been writing hits such as "Town Called Malice" and "That's Entertainment" for nearly 40 years - but the former frontman for The Jam and The Style Council member says he has never thought of himself as a rock star.
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Gig guide
Dispatch - almost 2 years
Thursday, May 14 The Pyschedelic Warloads, playing music of Hawkwind. The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield. New Orleans Heat play at The Unwin Club, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Ricky Graham. Coronation Club, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Friday, May 15 The Modfathers, playing songs of Paul Weller. The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Skyscraper, rock band. Warsop Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
Dan Ashley. Black Market Venue, Warsop. Vagas, male duo. The Bentinck, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Saturday, May 16 The Stones, playing hits of Rolling Stones, supported by Dirty Lion. The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Chris Rave, vocalist. The Triple S Snooker Club, Skegby. Corporation. The Bentinck, Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Tony Marx. Coronation Club, Kirby-in-Ashfield. Sebastian, singer. The Jokers (Selston WM Club), Selston. Sunday, May 17 Moonlight Serenade Orchestra. The Diamond, Sutton-in-Ashfield. Martin Gregory, guitar/vocalist. Warsop Ex-Servicemen’s Club. Most Ugly Child and Blind Fever Band. Black Market Venue ...
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Amid UK election, Paul Weller says he's fed up with politics
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
LONDON (AP) — Paul Weller once peddled passionate political pop, writing lyrics that captured working-class frustrations and urged the toppling of Margaret Thatcher's government.
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Paul Weller to play Dalby Forest as part of Forestry Commission gigs tour
Birdlington Free Pass - about 3 years
Paul Weller has confirmed five forest gigs, appearing as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concert programme in spectacular woodland locations across the country.
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All Mod Cons!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tony Fletcher Boy About Town: A Memoir (William Heinemann/Random House) Many of us of a certain age were informed by rock music. It permeated and dominated our free time; time away from school studies, our parents, our siblings, the man! And we were heavily rewarded. From the utopian music of the late '60s/early '70s to punk and new wave in the late '70s/early '80s, we were privileged to ingest some of finest music ever created in the vortex known as rock 'n' roll. Author Tony Fletcher's excellent new memoir draws from that well in this charming page-turner about his experience in London from 1972 through 1980. So charming is his narrative that I forgot I was reading about his life during his most formative teenage years. It reads like a work of fiction by Nick Hornby. And Mr. Fletcher's matter-of-fact style draws you in and never lets up until you reach the final chapter -- No. 1. (His chapters count backwards from 50 like a record chart!) Unbelievably Fletcher not o ...
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The secrets of songwriters
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The day the Kinks overtook the Beatles, why the Clash wrote 'Rock the Casbah', when Johnny Marr first drove to Morrissey's house … Daniel Rachel has interviewed many of the nation's best songwriters. Here are some highlights Ray Davies, the Kinks Can you recall the sentiment behind writing "Lola"? It was about love, but not directly. The song was designed. I didn't show the words to the band. We just rehearsed it with the la-la la-la Lo-la chorus which came first. I had a one-year-old daughter at the time and she was singing along to it. But I was bothered by the arpeggio guitar at the beginning. I said, "It's got to be hit in the first three seconds." Later I went back in the studio and took the phrase at the end of the verse, C C C C D E, and replayed it at the beginning to grab people's attention. I had a new Martin acoustic guitar which I tracked three times all slightly out of time to give it character. And then I put a National guitar on top of it. What was the ambition at th ...
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Heavy Soul and Vintage Values: Paul Weller Opens U.S. Tour at New York's Apollo Theater
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
The stakes went up as soon as the lights went down "What an introduction" Paul Weller said with a hint of worry after Billy Mitchell – a fixture at New York's Apollo Theater since 1965 as an assistant to the stars talent booker and all-around host – enthusiastically welcomed the
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Paul Weller rocks at Thetford Forest
Bury Free Press - over 3 years
Modfather Weller had them spellbound for almost two hours as old and new numbers rocked across the woodland arena at Thetford Forest last night. Paul Weller did not stint his audience and his gravelly voice and the band’s great backing were a treat, particularly Steve Cradock on lead guitar. It was an evening of glorious sunshine and a great occasion to get there early, watch the crowds gather and enjoy some lookalike spotting - there were plenty. Toy, the opening band were disappoiinting with overloaded amps but their youthful inexperience, which at times had you flinching from the thudding beat, was made up by their energy. But it was Weller the crowds wanted to see and he again pulled pulled out an electrifying show providing us with two encores and of course Wild Wood was amongst them.
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The Script is pure entertainment as Thetford Forest sings
Bury Free Press - over 3 years
A sell out crowd greeted Irish band The Script which opened this months’ trio of Thetford Forest gigs. The band had a relaxed yet energetic presence on stage. Lead man Danny O’Donoghue oozed charm and kept the audience entertained with his humour. The setting was an intmate one with its natural backcloth of trees and the band seemed genuinely excited to have returned here for the second time in two years. There were numbers from their latest album as well as older songs and there was a smooth rapport between performers and their admiring audience with some singalong moments. Tonight sees the iconic Paul Weller take to the stage and tomorrow Elvis Costello will be performing his own inimitable brand of music.
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Ron Galloway: Interview With the Zombie - Rod Argent On Gershwin, Bill Evans, Miles Davis & The Penny Lane Piano
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Zombies, one of the most influential bands to hit the U.S. during the British Invasion of the 1960's, made multiple appearances at this year's South By Southwest music conference, and by many accounts, stole the conference outright. Their hit singles "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and "Time Of The Season" and their enduring classic album "Odessey and Oracle" are pop milestones influencing everyone from Paul Weller to Billy Joel to the Foo Fighters. I spoke this week with Rod Argent, their keyboardist, and writer of many of their hits. His Hammond B3 solo on the Argent hit "Hold Your Head Up" is cited by Rick Wakeman as the greatest organ solo ever. Interviewer: I do a lot of public speaking. My busiest month, I was booked 14 times. It was a real physical effort. The Zombies have 22 shows in May alone! How are you doing that? Rod: We have to travel lo ...
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Foxton: 'Weller and I realised life was too short and are now good friends'
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
BRUCE Foxton has the same passion for music as he did when he was in The Jam. And he said life is good after he remarried 18 months ago and has rekindled his friendship with former band mate, Paul Weller. His band, From The Jam is going from strength to strength with another packed calendar booked with gigs. And last October Bruce Foxton released the Foxton album, Back In The Room, which features Blues Brothers legend, Steve Cropper and Paul Weller.
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Bradley Wiggins and Paul Weller to release single
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Bradley Wiggins is set to release a single with his hero Paul Weller. The Tour de France and Olympic champion will join The Jam frontman and bassist Bruce Foxton on a new version of Window Shopping.
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 256
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Dog Ears Music: Volume 256 Rubén González (Buena Vista Social Club)Pioneering Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Rubén González was born in central Cuba just after World War I. The master's original trajectory was set for a career in medicine, but by the '40s he dove deep into Havana's music scene. After lining up with Mongo Santamaría, Arsenio Rodriguez and the Orquestra de los Hermanos, Luis "Lili" Martínez, and Percuchín, González enjoyed an eventual three-decade run with the father of the cha-cha-cha, Enrique Jorrin. When Jorrin died in 1987, González retired from the ivories. It wasn't until band leader/producer Juan de Marcos González tapped him to join his two projects, the Afro-Cuban All Stars and the Buena Vista Social Club, that González achieved global renown. The maestro went on to release a handful-plus of solo gems before his passing in 2003. Revisit Rubén González with "Pueblo Nuevo," from the 1997 Buena Vista Social Club collection. Buy: Genre: ...
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Paul Weller Helps John Varvatos Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
There is no bigger music fan in fashion than John Varvatos who's turned that love into relationships with a number of rock stars from Chris Cornell and Dave Matthews to Alice Cooper all of whom have played outside of Varvatos' West Hollywood store Last night his newest model Paul Weller
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Modfather Paul Weller takes his twin sons John Paul and Bowie out for a stroll
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The 54-year-old was spotted out and about with his girlfriend Hannah Andrews and their eight-month-old twin sons this week and it was Weller ho took the lead.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Weller
  • 2015
    Age 56
    In May 2015, Weller revealed dates for a West Coast Tour of the USA to promote the Saturn's Pattern album.
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  • 2014
    Age 55
    In 2014, Weller won £10,000 in damages from Associated Newspapers after "plainly voyeuristic" photographs of his family out shopping were published on Mail Online.
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    In 2014, Weller wrote Let Me In for Olly Murs's fourth album Never Been Better.
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    On 23 March 2013, Paul Weller played drums on stage with Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon, playing the Blur track "Tender".
    More Details Hide Details This was played as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts curated by Noel Gallagher. His current band line-up consists of Steve Cradock, Andy Lewis, Andy Crofts, Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    In December 2012, Weller headlined the Crisis charity gig at the Hammersmith Apollo, where he performed with Emeli Sande, Miles Kane and Bradley Wiggins.
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    Weller provided vocals on The Moons' 2012 single Something Soon.
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  • 2011
    Age 52
    On 22 November 2011, Weller announced his eleventh studio album "Sonik Kicks", which was released on 19 March 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    In May 2010, Weller was presented with the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award, saying "I've enjoyed the last 33 years I've been writing songs and hopefully, with God's good grace, I'll do some more."
    More Details Hide Details On 8 November 2012, Weller announced that he would release the Dragonfly EP on 17 December 2012, a limited edition vinyl run of 3000 copies.
    His 2010 album, Wake Up the Nation, was released in April to critical acclaim, and was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.
    More Details Hide Details The album also marked his first collaboration with The Jam's bassist Bruce Foxton in 28 years.
    On 24 February 2010, Weller received the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    On 24 April 2009, John Weller, Paul Weller's father and long-time manager since the days of The Jam, died from pneumonia at the age of 77.
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    In 2009, Weller guested on Dot Allison's 2009 album, Room 7½, co-writing "Love's Got Me Crazy".
    More Details Hide Details November and December also saw him on tour, playing shows across the country.
    Weller was the surprise recipient of the 2009 BRIT award for "Best Male Solo Artist", which resulted in controversy when it was discovered that a suspiciously high number of bets had been placed for Weller to win the award, for which James Morrison was T4's favourite.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported that the bookmakers had lost £100,000 in the event, and that as a result would not be taking bets for the awards in the future.
  • 2008
    Age 49
    In October 2008, Stock and Weller broke up and Weller moved in with Hannah Andrews, a backing singer on his 22 Dreams album, who has also toured with his band. They married in September 2010 on the Italian island of Capri.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have twin boys, John Paul and Bowie, who were born on 14 January 2012.
  • 2007
    Age 48
    In 2007 Weller was guest vocalist on the album issue by the folk musical project The Imagined Village.
    More Details Hide Details The double album 22 Dreams was released on 2 June 2008, with "Echoes Round The Sun" as the lead single. Weller had parted company with his existing band before the recording this album, replacing everyone except guitarist Steve Cradock with Andy Lewis on bass, Andy Crofts of The Moons on keys and Steve Pilgrim of The Stands on drums. This album saw Weller move in a more experimental direction, taking in a wide variety of influences including jazz, folk and tango as well as the pop-soul more associated with his Style Council days. Weller also featured on two songs from The Moons' album "Life on Earth", playing piano on "Wondering" and lead guitar on "Last Night on Earth".
  • 2006
    Age 47
    Weller was offered a CBE in the 2006 birthday honours, but rejected the order.
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    In late 2006, the album Hit Parade was released, which collected all the singles released by The Jam, The Style Council and Weller during his solo career.
    More Details Hide Details Two versions of this album were released: a single disc with a selection from each stage of his career, and a four-disc limited edition, which included every single released and came with a 64-page booklet.
    In June 2006, another double live album titled Catch-Flame!, featuring songs from both his solo work and his career with The Jam and The Style Council, was released.
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    In February 2006 it was announced that Weller would be the latest recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BRIT Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a tendency to shun such occasions, Weller accepted the award in person, and performed four songs at the ceremony, including The Jam's classic "Town Called Malice".
  • 2005
    Age 46
    Weller's 2005 album As Is Now featured the singles "From The Floorboards Up", "Come On/Let's Go" and "Here's The Good News".
    More Details Hide Details The album was well-received, though critics noted that he was not moving his music forward stylistically, and it became his lowest-charting album since his 1992 debut.
  • 2004
    Age 45
    In 2004, Weller released an album of covers entitled Studio 150.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at No. 2 in the UK charts and included Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" as well as covers of songs by Gil Scott-Heron, Rose Royce and Gordon Lightfoot, amongst others.
  • 2003
    Age 44
    In 2003, Weller teamed up with electronic rock duo Death in Vegas on a cover of Gene Clark's "So You Say You Lost Your Baby", which featured on their Scorpio Rising album.
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  • 2002
    Age 43
    In 2002, Weller collaborated with Terry Callier on the single "Brother to Brother", which featured on Callier's album Speak Your Peace.
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    Weller also appears on the 2002 Noonday Underground album called Surface Noise, singing on the track "I'll Walk Right On".
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    There were rumours at the time that Heliocentric would be Weller's final studio effort, but these proved unfounded when he released the No. 1 hit album Illumination in September 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Co-produced by Noonday Underground's Simon Dine, it was preceded by yet another top 10 hit single "It's Written in the Stars".
  • 2001
    Age 42
    Once again finding himself without a record contract, Weller's Days of Speed worldwide tour provided him with the opportunity to view his works as one back catalogue, giving rise to a second successful live album in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Days of Speed contained live acoustic versions from the world tour of the same name, including some of his best-known songs from his solo career and the back catalogues of his The Jam and The Style Council days.
  • 2000
    Age 41
    In 2000, while living in Send, Surrey, he released his fifth solo studio album, Heliocentric.
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  • 1998
    Age 39
    Success in the charts also came from compilations: "Best Of" albums by The Jam and The Style Council charted, and in 1998 his own solo collection Modern Classics was a substantial success.
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    With the rejection of this effort, Weller announced that The Style Council had split, and although the final album did have a limited vinyl run, it was not until the 1998 retrospective CD box set The Complete Adventures of The Style Council that the album would be widely available.
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  • 1995
    Age 36
    His 1995 album Stanley Road took him back to the top of the British charts for the first time in a decade, and went on to become the best-selling album of his career.
    More Details Hide Details The album, named after the street in Woking where he had grown up, marked a return to the more guitar-based style of his earlier days. The album's major single, "The Changingman", was also a big hit, taking Weller to No. 7 in the UK singles charts. Another single, the ballad "You Do Something To Me", was his second consecutive Top 10 single and reached No. 9 in the UK. Weller found himself heavily associated with the emerging Britpop movement that gave rise to such bands as Oasis, Pulp and Blur. Noel Gallagher (of Oasis) is credited as guest guitarist on the Stanley Road album track "I Walk on Gilded Splinters". Weller also returned the favour, appearing as a guest guitarist and backing vocalist on Oasis' hit song "Champagne Supernova". Heavy Soul, the follow-up to the million-selling Stanley Road, saw Weller twist his sound again. The album was more raw than its predecessor; Weller was now frequently playing live in the studio in as few takes as possible. The first single "Peacock Suit" reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart, and the album reached No. 2.
  • 1993
    Age 34
    Buoyed by the positive commercial and critical success of his first solo album, Weller returned to the studio in 1993 with a renewed confidence.
    More Details Hide Details Accompanied by Steve White, guitarist Steve Cradock and bassist Damon Minchella, the result of these sessions was the triumphant Mercury Music Prize-nominated Wild Wood.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    After taking time off throughout 1990, he returned to the road in 1991, touring as 'The Paul Weller Movement' with long-term drummer and friend Steve White.
    More Details Hide Details After a slow start playing small clubs with a mixture of Jam/Style Council classics as well as showcasing new material such as "Into Tomorrow", by the time of the release of his 1992 LP, Paul Weller, he had begun to re-establish himself as a leading British singer/songwriter. This self-titled album saw a return to a more jazz-guitar-focused sound, featuring samples and a funk influence with shades of the Style Council sound. The album also featured a new producer, Brendan Lynch. Tracks such as "Here's a New Thing" and "That Spiritual Feeling" were marketed among the emerging acid jazz scene.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In 1989, Weller found himself without a band and without a recording deal for the first time since he was 17.
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  • 1987
    Age 28
    Soon after the formation of The Style Council, Weller and Dee C. Lee, The Style Council's backing singer, began a romantic relationship. The couple married in 1987 and divorced in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, Leah and Nathaniel (Natt), who is also a working musician and once appeared on stage with his father at Hammersmith Apollo at age 12. Weller has another daughter, Dylan, by a short-lived relationship with a make-up artist called Lucy. Weller became involved with Samantha Stock whilst he was recording at the Manor studios in the mid-1990s. They have two children together: Jesamine (born 2000) and Stevie Mac (born 2005).
  • 1984
    Age 25
    In December 1984, Weller put together his own charity ensemble called The Council Collective to make a record, "Soul Deep", to raise money for striking miners, and the family of David Wilkie.
    More Details Hide Details The record featured The Style Council plus a number of other performers, notably Jimmy Ruffin and Junior Giscombe. In spite of the song's political content, it still picked up BBC Radio 1 airplay and was performed on Top of the Pops, which led to the incongruous sight of lyrics such as "We can't afford to let the government win / It means death to the trade unions" being mimed amid the show's flashing lights and party atmosphere. As the 1980s wore on, The Style Council's popularity in the UK began to slide, with the band achieving only one top ten single after 1985. The Style Council's death knell was sounded in 1989 when their record company refused to release their fifth and final studio album, the house-influenced Modernism: A New Decade.
    Weller appeared on 1984's Band Aid record "Do They Know It's Christmas?
    More Details Hide Details " and was called upon to mime the absent Bono's lyrics on Top of the Pops. The Style Council were the second act to appear in the British half of Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
  • 1983
    Age 24
    At the beginning of 1983, Weller teamed up with keyboard player Mick Talbot to form a new group called The Style Council.
    More Details Hide Details Weller brought in Steve White to play drums, as well as singer Dee C. Lee, who had previously been a backing singer with Wham! Free of the limited musical styles he felt imposed by The Jam, under the collective of The Style Council Weller was able to experiment with a wide range of music, from pop and jazz to Soul/R&B, house and folk-styled ballads. The band was at the vanguard of a jazz/pop revival that would continue with the emergence of bands like Matt Bianco, Sade, and Everything but the Girl, whose members Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt contributed vocals and guitar to the 1984 The Style Council song "Paris Match". Many of The Style Council's early singles performed well in the charts, and Weller would also experience his first success in North America, when "My Ever Changing Moods" and "You're The Best Thing" entered the US Billboard Hot 100. In Australia they were far more successful than The Jam, reaching the top of the charts in 1984 with "Shout to the Top".
  • 1982
    Age 23
    As the band's popularity increased, however, Weller became restless and wanted to explore a more soulful, melodic style of music with a broader instrumentation, and in consequence in 1982 he announced that The Jam would disband at the end of that year.
    More Details Hide Details The action came as a surprize to Foxton and Buckler who both felt that the band was still a creative formation with scope to develop further professionally, but Weller was determined to end the band and move on. Their final single, "Beat Surrender", became their fourth UK chart topper, going straight to No. 1 in its first week. Their farewell concerts at Wembley Arena were multiple sell-outs; their final concert took place at the Brighton Centre on 11 December 1982.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    The increasing popularity of their blend of Weller's barbed lyrics with pop melodies eventually led to their first number one single, "Going Underground", in March 1980.
    More Details Hide Details They became the only band other than the Beatles to perform both sides of the same single ("Town Called Malice" and "Precious") on one edition of Top of the Pops. The Jam even had two singles, "That's Entertainment" and "Just Who Is the 5 O'Clock Hero? ", reach No. 21 and No. 8 respectively in the UK singles chart despite not even being released as singles in the UK – they got there purely on the strength of the huge number of people buying import sales of the German and Dutch single releases. The Jam still hold the record for the best-selling import-only singles in the UK charts.
  • 1976
    Age 17
    Brookes left the band in 1976, and Weller and Foxton decided they would swap guitar roles, with Weller now the guitarist.
    More Details Hide Details Although The Jam emerged at the same time as punk rock bands such as The Clash, The Damned, and The Sex Pistols, The Jam better fitted the mould of the new wave bands who came later, and being from just outside London rather than the city itself, they were never really part of the tightly-knit punk clique. Nonetheless, it was The Clash who emerged as one of the leading early advocates of the band, and were sufficiently impressed by The Jam to take them along as the support act on their White Riot tour of 1977. The Jam's first single, "In the City" took them into the UK Top 40 in May 1977. Although every subsequent single had a placing within the Top 40, it was not until the band released the political "The Eton Rifles" that they would break into the Top 10, hitting the No. 3 spot in November 1979.
  • 1972
    Age 13
    Weller's musical vocation was confirmed after seeing Status Quo in concert in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details He formed the first incarnation of The Jam in the same year, playing bass guitar with his best friends Steve Brookes (lead guitar) and Dave Waller (rhythm guitar). Weller's father, acting as their manager, began booking the band into local working men's clubs. Joined by Rick Buckler on drums, and with Bruce Foxton soon replacing Waller on rhythm guitar, the four-piece band began to forge a local reputation, playing a mixture of Beatles covers and a number of compositions written by Weller and Brookes.
  • 1963
    Age 4
    His father worked as a taxi driver and a builder and his mother was a part-time cleaner. Weller started his education at Maybury County First School in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details His love of music began with The Beatles, then The Who and Small Faces. By the time Weller was eleven and moving up to Sheerwater County Secondary school, music was the biggest part of his life, and he had started playing the guitar.
  • 1958
    Weller was born on 25 May 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England, to John and Ann Weller (née Craddock).
    More Details Hide Details Although born John William Weller, he became known as Paul by his parents.
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