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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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Initial post: 7 Nov 2012 19:37:36 GMT
Going Underground

Wild Wood

The Attic

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 20:08:28 GMT
S.R.J says:
perhaps because he's mediocre?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 20:10:49 GMT
Derek W. says:
Think you could be overestimating him there SRJ

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 20:13:10 GMT
Well I've considered his solo output pretty good!

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 20:40:13 GMT
Sparky says:
I think perhaps he appeals to women more than a lot of the artists we are always banging on about and since we don't have many women posters.......
Don't suppose he's worried though!
I quite like him but one greatest hits album is enough for me. He has a certain style and attitude but can seem bland/mediocre at times.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 20:59:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2012 21:00:46 GMT
A customer says:
For me Wellers done maybe 20 or so very good songs since going solo, I have a few albums but always without fail have to skip a good few tracks on each one.

he can seem like a vain old sod as well and his friendship with those Gallagher tossers does him no favours with me

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 21:37:46 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
Mediocre sums him up for me. He's never made a great album imo. Having said that there are 3 or 4 I've never heard. Maybe the great one has passed me by.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 21:42:36 GMT
TheFoe says:
Liked him in The Jam/Style Council but not his solo stuff. Problem for me is his voice, it's not great and I don't think he can pull it off on his own.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 22:07:01 GMT
RAB says:
Like what I've heard of his Jam and solo stuff but he's one of "those names" that someone my age is led to believe by his parents are quite good, but take that onto a forum of music aficionados and you soon realise you're apparently mistaken.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 22:17:24 GMT
A customer says:
Days Of Speed

This is my favourite Paul Weller

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 22:40:04 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Cr@p 'singer', average guitar player, derivative songwriter. He's got it all really.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 22:42:26 GMT
Wild Wood and Stanley Road are great albums, Heavy Soul is reasonable but hardly must have. Not heard the full monte of any of his opther solo albums and what I have heard comes with mixed reviwes. he's done enough excellent stuff to earn his place in my book

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 22:47:49 GMT
FDJ says:
Quite agree Peter, those two albums along with his Jam output have earned my respect!

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 23:27:34 GMT
Derivative as he may be at least it was nice to see him play guitar with some passion again after the anaemic Style Council years and fessing up that some of the music he admired during his Wild Wood-era stuff were by acts that he wouldn't have touched with a bargepole a few years previously. However, with Heavy Soul he seemed to paint himself into a corner and whatever interest I had pretty much vanished after that.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 23:57:58 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Sparky - not this woman! Agree with SRJ & Derek. He can't sing and has never done anything remotely memorable. Don't understand the adulation he receives from some quarters.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 00:41:57 GMT
Martin says:
Ask Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler what they think.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 01:32:57 GMT
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Posted on 8 Nov 2012 01:35:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2012 01:36:51 GMT
Enjoyed the Jam. Style Council bored me rigid, like a few of his solo tracks, but was put off the albums i heard as i thought he just totally morphed into a shameless Steve Marriott/ Ray Davis rip off...

Lez, he gets huge adulation in the UK thanks to the Mod revivalists here, who see him as a new messiah to the Kinks, the Who and the Small Faces....

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 01:43:06 GMT
Lez Lee says:
..... liked all 3 Tommo, think I'll stick to the originals!

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 08:59:50 GMT
Well I reckon his solo output beats the Jam & the dire Style Council hands down. I agree that Wildwood & Stanley Road are his best. A very worthwhile set is At The BBC, but there again I'm a sucker for live albums.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 09:04:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2012 09:07:39 GMT
Elastic Rock says:
Snap SE [2CD] - Jam
Greatest Hits - Style Council
Modern Classics: The Greatest Hits - Weller

Seems Paul has some harsh critics on here!. I'm not a huge fan but i wish i had the ability to write just one of the tracks from these compilations. A lot of memorable songs....

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 09:04:44 GMT
Dan Fante says:
Quite like the Jam but I think a lot of his solo stuff is a case of Mod style over songwriting substance. Wild Wood is a good tune though. I really liked his Days Of Speed live acoustic album too (that had a lot of his Jam stuff etc. on).

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 09:41:07 GMT
He might as well of given up when the Jam split...although I suppose the early Style council were ok in parts. His solo stuff is terrible, it just sounds like a poor Traffic/Steve Winwood rip off.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 09:53:52 GMT
Dan Fante says:
You're spot on about it sounding like Traffic actually although I hadn't thought of that before. I find it hard to forgive him for his cover of Joe Smooth's Promised Land as well.

Posted on 8 Nov 2012 09:56:22 GMT
Sera69 says:
I think he's been tarred with the 'Dad' rock brush, and the most boring aspects of Brit Pop (Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene) still stick to him, to spark much interest outside a general "pipe-and-slippers luviness" sense of respect for plodding on. Undoubtedly the best of compilations will sell like hot cakes when his revival comes round.
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