This LP came as a big shock to the Parka clad hordes who believed Modernism began and ended with "Going Underground". Paul Weller and Mick Talbot took their listeners on a trip around non-guitar music, taking in jazz, rap, ragtime and brilliant pop. Truth is, "Cafe Bleu" sounds like the work of a man released from the constraints of his audience - the same audience who heckled and bottled when TSC refused to pander to the cries for "Eton Rifles".
Highlights are "Headstart for Happiness", "Paris Match" (with the delightful Tracey Thorn on vocals), a piano-led "Ever Changing Moods" and the incisive "Whole Point". Oh, of course it also has Weller's fantastic "You're the Best Thing".
TSC were never afraid to experiment, sometimes to their cost, but in pushing the envelope they were never found wanting.
Keep On Burning!