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Why is Paul Weller so infrequently mentioned around here - given his enduring and wide range of varied and cool stuff ?


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Posted on 8 Nov 2012 10:27:40 GMT
easytiger says:
Wrote some great songs when he was 19.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 10:48:16 GMT
Sparky says:
Lez - you are a 'discerning lady poster' so I already had an idea you would be counted out!

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 11:47:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2012 11:48:11 GMT
Martin says:
Weller's talented, there's no doubt about it - he just came along too late and really isn't 'relevant' in any way (and don't give me any of that 'Godfather of Britpop' garbage either - that was all a poor-quality retro movement anyway). Also, as has been pointed out several times here, he can't sing to save his life - although the voice did fit the Jam's punkiness, and at times sounded OK in the Style Council thanks to clever production techniques and multiple overdubs.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 13:08:33 GMT
Oh o don't know. Certainly he's nevergoing to win vocalist of the year and is unlikely to feature even in a list of top 100 singers but for all that he sings quite well IMO. I've thouroughly enjoyed music with worse - far, far, worse - singers than him( as in really they should just shurrup) and there are folks on here who willingly listen to Jon Anderson FFS

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 13:53:02 GMT
Sparky says:
Be fair Martin, most of the favourites on this forum can't really sing (according to someone or other) and/or have benefitted from clever production techniques and multiple overdubs.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 14:01:16 GMT
What's wrong with the Prince of Accrington Peter?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 14:12:41 GMT
Has anyone posting here actually listened to his last three albums? It doesn't sound like it. They're as strong a run of three as you could ever hope to find, wide ranging, adventurous and yet still highly approachable. A man at the height of his powers, and not a bit of "dad rock" (whatever that is) in sight.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 14:12:52 GMT
Martin says:
Nothing that a looser pair of trousers wouldn't put right.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 14:22:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2012 14:22:40 GMT
been a bit taken aback by the amount of negative comments - we're not talking mick hucknal, phil collins, sting here....I think he is sincere, hard working and his output continues to develop and vary - nice to see Mr Archers comments which for me hit the target accurately (he he) - no I fully agree that the last three albums are interesting and deserve alot more respect than many posters here have indicated - dad rock ? unfair.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 14:25:46 GMT
Martin says:
WTF is dad rock anyway??

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 14:42:04 GMT
agreed - I think its meant to imply the stuff that may be put on lazy compilations designed for fathers day presents for folk who know nothing about music and sold in supermarkets....hang on, like this nonsense :

Dad Rocks! (2009)
Haynes DAD - Ultimate Guide To Rock
World's Best Dad: 60 Ultimate Rock Classics - predictable, middle of the road junk pop...

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 14:49:07 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Those Mother's Day / Father's Day compilations that come out. How bad are they?

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 14:52:48 GMT
Blastronaut says:
Not really been taken by his solo stuff - don't dislike it but neither do I love it - tho I'd admit that I've not given his last two or three efforts a fair go. The Jam were something else tho.
Have to agree with 73 on this un; maybe folk're being a tad unfair on Weller/Jam.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 15:20:21 GMT
hey - what would you or one put on a Fathers Day record..?

Why Is Dad So Mad?

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 16:08:52 GMT
Blastronaut says:
Perfecto Allstarz - Reach Up (Papa's Got A Brand New Pig Bag)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2WfTglibvk

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 16:19:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2012 21:58:46 GMT
Martin says:
Anything at all by Simply Red - they would certainly qualify as the kings of that particular genre.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 17:02:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2012 17:03:43 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Weller might be infrequently mentioned on the MF, but he's always about. Last week saw a new docu on Beeb4 called Weller At The BBC, followed by an hour of his Sessions On BBC Four. Also, tv ads are pushing a new C4 series he's hosting of The Abbey Road Sessions.

My daughter is a massive fan and still has the framed signed photograph on her wall that he gave her back in the '80s.

My couple of things I liked about him were/are Stanley Road album, and the famous quote, "Alan Jones is a *c-word* and you can tell him if he wants some, he knows where to find me." Oh, hang on; 3rd thing: "All my friends say I'm a rude, ignorant bastard. They can't all be wrong."

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 17:30:21 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Some here think others are being harsh. Well why not? it's not like we're having a pop at someone who's doing a valuable job or is raising millions for charity. Why is Weller any less valid a target for criticism than Phil Collins, Mick Hucknall or James Blunt? I cant abide most of The Jam's output, the Style Council was embarassingly pseud and his solo stuff is just meh.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 17:45:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2012 17:54:49 GMT
Blastronaut says:
That's the thing about opinions Nuge - you can't stand The Jam; I can't stand D&B or ambient electronica but we surely don't tell each other what we can or can't like.
I mean, The Jam's my fave band, and I thought that saying folk were being a tad 'unfair' was very restrained of me.
I try so hard not to take it personal but it's tough sometimes, for me anyways.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 18:02:34 GMT
Blastronaut says:
Besides, Weller has more 'cool' in his little toe than the aforementioned trio put together! And tho his voice may not get him to the final of X Factor, he's always been more than capable of penning a good lyric or two.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 19:07:18 GMT
FDJ says:
Still think he deserves credit for his lyrics during the Jam period,songs such as Down In The Tube Station ,Town called Malice etc. certainly made me look differently at the world i was living in at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 19:13:48 GMT
Perhaps it's because he is useless?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 09:49:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Nov 2012 09:55:44 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
I'm not telling anyone they can't like The Jam, Weller, whoever Blasto. What i am saying is no 'artists' or have to be universally liked. Most folk here seem to dislike or at best have no interest in funk, folk, 80s Indie and electronica but am I bovvered? Not really.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 10:35:10 GMT
Martin says:
I like funk and folk. Loathe the other two, mind you.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 11:06:44 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Recent threads of mine on these two didnt get much interest though Martin. The one on funk didnt even make it to one page before dropping down the list.
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