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paul weller
#21
i think John Weller may be doing it to you from beyond the grave, as he hated the album and the cover....God rest his soul +.
#22
DDDOOOOHHHHH!
just about to post the 'confessions' overview and my server went down....got all the way through to 'post quick reply', oh well i'll do it in the morning DOH! DOH! DOH!
#23
CRAZY-HORSE Wrote:i think John Weller may be doing it to you from beyond the grave, as he hated the album and the cover....God rest his soul +.

Indeed. He was a great man.
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#24
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THE STYLE COUNCIL "confessions of a pop group" 1988.

after the clinical/sterile mess that was 'the cost of loving', "confessions..." was a welcome return to form, both musically and lyrically for TSC. the album was a classy mix of sweet sophisticated soul with a splash of classical music and a dash of hot funk! several songs were of a political nature,whilst the majority were very introspective and heatfelt by a man who was self conscious and sometimes regretful of mistakes he had made. Weller's heart is laid out on the table for all to see and hear....for the first time in his career,theres many a song dealing with regret of failed relationships and 'what if' themes. one track,the story of someones shoes', deals with the emptiness felt after a one night stand. instrumentals were now becoming a constant part of TSC albums, and there is one here, the little boy in the castle, a beautiful classical piece of music written and performed by Mick Talbot and his ivories. elsewhere there are two ten minute plus tracks. one "the gardener of eden" a three part opus which ends in a Beach Boys type melody acapella,..."im hanging up my surfboard,im giving back my ring,ive had enough of choking on salty sea and fish...i come to the surface and come to my senses" which initially comes across as a sarcastic dig at the Beach Boys, but is in reality a subtle self analysis by Weller. the other long song "confessions of a pop group" is a great funk based track,not dissimilar to an earlier single(money-go-round) both musically and lyrically, it opens up with the line "cheap and tacky bullshit land, dont know where to sit,dont know where you stand". still, there is a lot of subtle humour in the tracks,something that was lost on the record buying public and the music critics back in 1988...everyone still had expectations of Weller being "an angry young man" and "spokesman for his generation", a tag he had always refuted publicly.
this album does however,contain the second worst single of his career thus so far in "life at a top peoples health farm" in which he was trying to emulate the single line statements of Dylan's 'subterranean homesick blues".it also happens to be the only track that doesnt fit neatly with the other tracks here musically and theonly dud on the album, on the 12" single there is a remix version called "the um and argh mix" which is and should have been the 'a' side, in hindsight Weller probably agrees for it is the remix that appears on the retrospective five cd complete works set that was issued a decade later.
the album only spent three weeks in the UK charts for a dismal #15 peak placing, and #174 US. the "health farm" single managed to reach #28, the second single from the album "how she threw it all away" b/w a new recording of the classic 'long hot summer' faired even worse at #41 giving Weller his worst chart positions for for an album in a decade and his third and fourth singles in a row respectively that failed to reach the top 10 in the UK.the singles did however reach the top 10 in Japan,as did the album,the only country in which fans had not deserted him or TSC.

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

worst track: life at a top peoples health farm
best tracks: wyh i went missing & confessions of a pop group

tracks:

1.it's a very deep sea***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14dVMVGvACA live
2.the story of someones shoes***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm7arWC7Dlk audio
3.changing of the guard***
4.the little boy in the castle**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5YTK0Wai-E audio
5.the gardener of eden(a three piece suite)**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuS6RoPawc8 audio
6.life at a top peoples health farm*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IKVTq55v9E video
7.why i went missing***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV5oA3rDwGM live
8.how she threw it all away**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG80bEinXNk live
9.iwasadoledadstoyboy**
10.cofessions 1,2 & 3***
11.confessions of a pop group***
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1ZS2WUgI20 live

3s=6
2s=4
1s=1

rating 2.4

to be continued,next...the non album singles.
#25
THE STYLE COUNCIL....THE NON-ALBUM SINGLES.

TSC released thirteen non-album singles during their brief six years.the first four were looked at earlier in the piece.

1984 MY EVERCHANGING MOODS**
a great uptempo 1970s soul type song,this song encapsulated the style that TSC would follow with success during the following three years, it contains intelligent,thought provoking lyrics,but they were muffled in the mix.the 'cafe bleu' piano version is far superior. this became TSC's biggest selling worldwide hit reaching #5 UK and #29 US
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMLoUTBy4...re=related video

1984 YOU'RE THE BEST THING*** b/w THE BIG BOSS GROOVE*
a double 'a' side single subtitled "groovin'", 'best thing' is a remix of the 'cafe bleu' version with added saxaphones. 'big boss groove' is a funk song with clever political lyrics,however, the tune/melody let this one down to the point of being unlistenable. it reached #5 UK, #76 US.
you're the best thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HMAVU1k7kg video
the big boss groove http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rIgc4zZLOM live

1984 SHOUT TO THE TOP!*
a nice pop song, that was a hit just about everywhere, good catchy tune but too repeatative, reached #7 UK.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m94ip38UKs video

1984 SOUL DEEP pts. 1+2*** recorded under the name "the council collective"
a funky/souly song with rap vocals by various UK rappers,it is a statement to support striking coalminers during their year long campaign against Thatcher's pit closures policy. the royalties from this were going to go to support the miner's families for Christmas 1984, but as it was released a cab driver was killed by miners for taking a so-called 'scab' to work, all monies from the song then went to the widow of the cabbie. it reached #20 in the UK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQmUi5Uv3...re=related live

1985 THE LODGERS(or she was only a shopkeepers daughter)**
remixed from the version on 'our favourite shop' album, this is a superior version, the title refers to 'lodgers' being the Thatcher Government and 'shopkeepers daughter' refers to what Maggie was,the video also has political references inserted. this one reached #13 in the UK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkxeu7mCXz0 video

1986 HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE?**
this jazz flavoured song was recorded in 1984,it was given new lyrics and renamed 'with everything to lose' and included on 'our favourite shop' album, this version was included on the soundtrack of the musical movie about 1960s London, Absolute Beginners, David Bowie sang the title track.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRGnXprimbg video

1987 WANTED*
this was a horrible year for TSC, a lousy album and an equally bad stand alone single,there was nothing new here musically or lyrically, just plain aweful to listen to. reached #20 in the charts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TklP1ZTJVQQ live lipsync

1989 PROMISED LAND**
a cover version of the Joe Smooth 'house' dance single, nice music and vocals, it reached #27 UK, and surprisingly #19 on the US Dance Charts. Weller on piano on this one,it seemed strange at the time to see it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnEdtwUk8BE video

1989 LONG HOT SUMMER '89*
a terrible re-recording of the 1983 classic,whereas the original sounded like a welcome cool summers breeze on a hot day, this was as welcome as a hot desert wind on a hot day...TSC going through the motions, the end was nye!,it did however get to #48 on the UK charts.


to be continued,next...the impotant b'sides and TSC overview in review.
#26
I described 'Confessions' earlier as a fantastic record but I'm just listening to it again for the first time in ages and it is more than fantastic! It's beautiful and the lyrics are amongst Weller's strongest of his career. Here is an interesting and inspirational sleeve note featured on the inside cover of the album:

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A NOTE TO INTERESTED OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS


"A disgraceful but common utterance of our age rightfully refers to a north/south divide. Unfortunately, this sad state of affairs also applies to today's so called music makers, a ragged bunch of scoundrels and vagabonds who abuse and willfully neglect the true essence of and purpose of music.

Thankfully, there are those who, in the face of such barbarity, apply even more determination, purpose and dignity to their work, who strengthen their resolve even more to enter people's lives with genuine moods, purest motives and undeniable beauty. Needless to say, you now hold a shining example of this in your hands, and are therefore asked to act accordingly.
"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


From reading the above Weller was obviously angered by the reception by his record company of his previous album 'The Cost Of Loving' and coupled with the height of Margaret Thatcher's reign and the related political affairs he was involved with such as Red Wedge it is clear that this album was a two fingered salute to all of these whilst at the same time being an incredible piece of work and perhaps the most diverse album in Weller's entire career.

One piece in particular that stands out is the 'Gardener Of Eden' trilogy which lasted 10 mins and showed in part a classical influence of Weller's but more importantly showed that Weller was still capable of writing extremely eclectic music.

It really is a disgrace, after hearing this album, that Weller's audience & people involved with him at the time (especially Polydor) failed to recognise the talent and diversity of this man as a songwriter which is so evident on this album! Perhaps in hindsight, some of these people changed their opinion about the record but it still dumbfounds me to this day as to why All Star music have a 1 star review of this album on wikipedia! I understand everyone has their own personal tastes but as professionals they are just being ignorant!

Excellent work, Lloyd. Will be dipping into those non-album singles over the next few days Cool
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#27
thanks for the 'turnbridge wells' sleeve note which adds to what i wrote. i cant add everything in an overview or each one would be a page long and boring to most people...more so than what im doing,maybe?! LOL

Unfortunately, Weller is is his own worst enemy in a lot of respects...with his arrogance and contempt of others. so i think that that Dennis Munday and the other 'suits' at Polygram Records were getting fed up with his attitade and were looking for an excuse to dump him and a poor selling album 'confessions' and the one after this that they refused to release was their way out. and if Weller was causing problems by not attending scheduled meetings etc coupled with his attidtude then he dug his own grave metaphorically speaking. not sure if he has changed though because his solo material has been with three different labels on four occasions.
"go discs!"-allbeit a subsiduary of Polygram,when Polygram bought Go Discs! Weller left.
"island"-part of the Virgin group
"V2"-another part of Virgin Records....and back to "island/universal" again.
#28
THE STYLE COUNCIL: the important b'sides.
firstly, Paul Weller has always been known for his 'good' b'sides of singles,even to this day the majority are worthy contenders for a'sides or album tracks,here are some TSC ones that stand out as good/great songs.

1983 headstart for happiness***
b'side of 'money-go-round', an upbeat,positive acoustic song that was re-recorded in jazz style for their second album and re-recorded again as a single.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BL0A6MrRq...re=related live/PW solo version

1983 mick's up***
the first and best instrumental TSC ever released,a catchy jazz tune with piano and /hammond organ.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ee4Pmr5JM live

1983 it just came to pieces in my hands***
a brilliant acoustic '1 take' song about 'blind foolishness and conceipt'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRoCSCXZDSs audio

1984 spring,summer,autumn**
the b'side to 'my everchanging moods',a delicately sung acoustic tune, comparing love to the changing seasons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLG91I_zA4 audio

1985 ghosts of Dachau***
this was the b'side to 'shout to the top'
quite possibly the greatest song PW has ever written,it was written shortly after visited Dachau concentration camp in Munich in 1978. its sung in very bland mono-tone with subtle/sparse guitar work to add feeling to the song. if you have ever been to visit one of the Nazi Camps this will bring all those vivid images back into our mind, i have visited one (auswich) and this tune sends shivers up my spine everytime i hear it,and until you have been there and seen one you cant imagine the horror associated with history's darkest chapter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVoz0tZpyDg audio with pictures of the horror of the death camps

1985 (when you)call me***
a beautiful soul number and love song, the b'side of 'come to milton keynes' in the UK and 'boy who cried wolf' elsewhere, this was also released in Australia as a live track in 1986 after their Aussie tour of '85.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZQe-N033YY live

1985 bloodsports***
one of four tracks issued as part of the 'walls come tumblin down' single in 1985. it is credited to 'the council folk club'. a pleasant folky type song protesting the Upper-Class' fox-hunting sports. all writing royalties of this one went to the families of four men incarcerated over their disruption of the annual fox hunt in southern England in 1984.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XawIRR0Hjjk audio
#29
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THE UNRELEASED ALBUM:

THE STYLE COUNCIL "modernism:a new decade" 1991(japan).

this was the lowest point of Weller's career without a doubt!
this album was scheduled to be released in 1989, but Polygram Records refused to release it due mainly to declining album sales and a musical change that would not sell in the quantities that were expected of Paul Weller.
the music for this one is based on the garage/chicago house dance sound that had filtered its way across the Atlantic to hip upmarket clubs in London and Weller wanted to get on board before it became popular, the result is an eight track album that for the most part sounds as lame as the 'cost of loving' flop of 1987,the lyrics are simplistic in nature...as most dance music is/was and the whole thing bar two tracks is uninspiring to say the least....its a nothing album written by a man who's music career was at a crossroads,several of the tracks were played live to unsuspecting European audiences on TSC final tour and were not recieved well. however Japanese audiences loved it, so much so that in 1990 TSC reformed for a TV aired concert in Japan watch by a million people.
you can either pay over the top prices on the internet to get this one as a single disc import from Japan or get it as part of the 'complete adventures' 5cd boxset, the latter was my choice as it's on the final disc and all the great TSC songs are on the other four discs.

IM A WELLER FAN AND I CANT LISTEN TO THIS RUBBISH!

worst track: take your pick and youve got it
best track: sure is sure

tracks:

1. a new decade*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbkYd4aa61c audio
2. can you still love me*
3. the world must come together*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzN96SjWRqg audio
4. hope(feelings gonna getcha)**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IZjbl8W6vk audio
5. that spiritual feeling*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKgXG3OsM...A&index=60 audio
6. everybody's on the run*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzqTkuKNSpQ audio
7. love of the world*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGUnbIqOjP0 audio
8. sure is sure**
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ilHDq5s9TE live

3s=0
2s=2
1s=6

rating 1.25

to be continued,next...the solo years,1991-present.
#30
CRAZY-HORSE Wrote:thanks for the 'turnbridge wells' sleeve note which adds to what i wrote. i cant add everything in an overview or each one would be a page long and boring to most people...more so than what im doing,maybe?! LOL

Unfortunately, Weller is is his own worst enemy in a lot of respects...with his arrogance and contempt of others. so i think that that Dennis Munday and the other 'suits' at Polygram Records were getting fed up with his attitade and were looking for an excuse to dump him and a poor selling album 'confessions' and the one after this that they refused to release was their way out. and if Weller was causing problems by not attending scheduled meetings etc coupled with his attidtude then he dug his own grave metaphorically speaking. not sure if he has changed though because his solo material has been with three different labels on four occasions.
"go discs!"-allbeit a subsiduary of Polygram,when Polygram bought Go Discs! Weller left.
"island"-part of the Virgin group
"V2"-another part of Virgin Records....and back to "island/universal" again.

Haha, just like mines then! I've done a few overviews but find it difficult to dilute what I've got to say about a particular album or artist (which is usually a lot).

Yeah, Im fully aware that Paul Weller is of the arrogant/self absorbed species. Think this is pretty obvious when he is a best friend with a guy like Noel Gallagher! But he writes some great original music which is what I like about him.
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