“All Mod Cons, released to wide acclaim in 1978, firmly cemented the group’s rise to extraordinary heights. Indeed, for many it was the first essential Jam album and listening to it now its impact has not diminished over time.”
When I think about English records I think of The Kinks’ The Village Green Preservation Society, The Smiths’ The Queen is Dead, The Who’s Quadrophenia and The Jam’s All Mod Cons. To me all those albums are quintessential English.
All of them are fantastic albums.
All Mod Cons:
|Released||3 November 1978|
|Recorded||4 July 1978 to
17 August 1978RAK (Upper London) and Eden Studios
|Genre||Punk rock, Mod Revival, Power pop|
It’s their third full-length LP. It took it’s title from a British idiom one might find in housing advertisements, is short for “all modern conveniences” and is a pun on the band’s association with the mod revival as well. Of Course it is also Paul Weller’s view on the music business as a ‘con’.
God, I’m just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?
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Spotify Playlist – May 20
Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher gave Jon Wilde in The Guardian 60 seconds to tell them his all-time top 10.
Being given a mere 60 seconds to name one’s 10 Favourite Songs Of All Time would be a daunting enough task at the best of times. Being invited to do so by no-nonsense arbiters of taste Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller is extremely intimidating. Weller’s knowledge of music is zealously encyclopaedic. If Oasis hadn’t worked out, Gallagher could easily have carved out a career as an astute and funny music journalist.
– Jon Wilde (The Guardian, 2007)
I have used the same method on my Paul Weller list with a few differences; first, I decided that I would include equally many songs from his different bands, and , second, I picked two more songs and gave myself two minutes to complete the task.
Two minutes to make up my mind. Imagining Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller over my shoulders. It was fun!
Here is my Top 12 (4 solo, 4 by The Jam and 4 by The Style Council).
I think I like his solo stuff best, but I believe the guy’s range is incredible and I wanted the list to reflect that:
You do something to me – Paul Weller:
Outtake from the Live Wood DVD
Wild Wood (live 2006) – Paul Weller:
Changing Man (Live at Abbey Road Studio) – Paul Weller:
Continue reading Paul Weller top 12 songs – Happy Birthday
We have found four shows by The Jam (2), The Style Council and Paul Weller solo, they are all very, very good! I shouldn’t pick one of them but the greatest revelation is The Style Council’s set at the Roskilde Festival in 1985, it is just so good, they often get a bad rap but this proves that they were a great live band!
A short but sweet set from The Jam in Paris in 1981:
The Jam at Bingley Hall in 1982, an effing great show!
The Style Council – Live Roskilde Festival 1985:
From Paul Weller’s solo career we have chosen a great set from 2010 in Sidney were he mixes old Jam/Style Council stuff with his solo material: