Personalities | Paul Weller | Nineties | Rock
(Guitar, singer-songwriter, b. 1958)
Weller had already written himself into pop history with the feisty guitar pop of The Jam and soulfully commercial groove of The Style Council when he went solo in 1990. Musically and spiritually renewed by live work, Paul Weller (1992) laid strong acoustic foundations for the masterful Wild Wood (1994). This mature collection of songs showcased Weller’s emotional depth and confirmed a songwriting genius not afraid to explore confessional and pastoral themes. Hit singles as diverse as the tender ‘You Do Something To Me’ and the rocky ‘The Changingman’ confirmed his appeal. Although prickly with an adoring media, a strong relationship with adoring younger Britpop musicians from Oasis to Ocean Colour Scene confirmed his influential ‘Modfather’ status. Always a well-dressed style icon, albums like Stanley Road (1995), Heavy Soul (1997) and Studio 150 (2004), on which he tackled a daring array of cover versions, are essential.
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