Paul Weller is a British cultural icon, who has influenced music and style for four decades. A modernist, in the widest sense, always looking to the future, evolving and remaining relevant to each generation.
The early Jam records were rooted in British punk. Transitioning into a new wave sound that spearheaded the Mod Revival. Leading to a more soul infused pop output with The Style Council.
As a solo artist, Weller has developed and experimented further with musical genres and how he can reinterpret and drive them forward. Always with the signature Paul Weller approach and style.
To celebrate the release of his new album 'A Kind Revolution', we have selected ten essential singles from his prolific solo career.
You can listen to a YouTube Playlist of all the songs after the track listing.
Paul Weller (1991)
His debut single as a solo artist 'Into Tomorrow' is considered by many as a return to his roots after the experimental Style Council albums. A blues inspired guitar-led rock track.
Wild Wood (1993)
The lead single and opening track from 'Wild Wood'. Weller echoes the paths of Steve Winwood and Marriott in the late 60s, early 70s by developing into a harder more progressive rock sound.
Stanley Road (1995)
His first solo top ten single, taken from the album Stanley Road - widely considered as his magnum opus (as a solo artist). A love song that mirrors his musical ideology - shake up your surroundings to inspire change.
Heavy Soul (1997)
'Friday Street' is arguably one of the finest moments on 'Heavy Soul', a stripped-back blues rock album still rooted in soul and RnB. 'Friday Street' has a relatively relaxed atmosphere with great guitar hooks and a catchy chorus.
From The Floorboards Up
As Is Now (2005)
A two and a half minute pure rock n roller with heavy nods to Wilko Johnson's riffs and early 70s British RnB. Brutal and energetic this single demanded attention.
This Old Town
This Old Town (2007)
Originally based on the Weller penned 'For Dancers Only', which appeared on Ocean Colour Scene's, 'On The Leyline' album earlier in 2007. Updated with Graham Coxon guitar treatment and featuring Zak Starkey on drums.
All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
22 Dreams (2008)
Weller shook up his surroundings for '22 Dreams' by replacing his entire band except for guitarist Steve Cradock. Heralding a new era of critical success and innovation and harking back to The Style Council era of experimentation.
Fast Car/Slow Traffic
Wake Up The Nation (2010)
A landmark record as it features Bruce Foxton on bass and backing vocals, marking the first time he and Weller had made music together since The Jam split in '82. Brief and punchy - reminiscent of Odgen's era Small Faces or 'Village Green' by The Kinks.
Around The Lake
Sonik Kicks (2012)
Around The Lake is neo-psychedelic, dizzying synths and droning, reverberated guitars grounded by its heavy krautrock influences and motorik beat. Sonik Kicks was Weller's most spaced-out single yet, as the name and artwork imply.
Going My Way
Saturns Pattern (2015)
Saturns Pattern saw Weller experimenting more with the form and structure of the song. Noticeably on 'Going My Way', a track that begins as a piano-led ballad (reminiscent of the Wilson brothers), before building unexpectedly into a guitar led crescendo.
Paul Weller's Ten Essential Singles - YouTube Playlist:
Paul Weller released his eagerly awaited 13th solo studio album 'A Kind Revolution' on 13th May on Parlophone Records. You can purchase it at paulweller.com/akr
Watch a film that documents the making of the album at Black Barn below. The film includes candid behind the scenes footage and key interviews with Paul, musicians and studio team.
Weller has also recently announced a huge UK tour for 2018, dates found below. For full UK/EU & US tour dates, please visit paulweller.com/tour.
Sat 17 – Brighton – Centre
Sun 18 – Bournemouth – Bournemouth International Centre
Tue 20 – Plymouth – Pavilions
Wed 21 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Fri 23 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Sat 24 – Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
Sun 25 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro
Tue 27 – Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
Thu 1 – Manchester – Arena
Fri 2 – Birmingham – Genting Arena
Sat 3 – London – The O2 Arena