PAUL WELLER AT 60 WITH MARTIN FREEMAN (320kbs-m4a/259mb/1hr53mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 12th October 2018
Actor Martin Freeman takes us on a personal journey through the many musical faces of Paul Weller who turned 60 this year.
Often referred to as The Modfather, this reductive tag has tended to pigeonhole Weller's music within the public's psyche. Martin is on a two hour mission to convince you otherwise. For him, there's always been a clear push and desire to explore sonic possibilities whilst avoiding treading water within Weller's music. When boundaries present themselves and the straps of the genre straightjacket start to tighten, Weller isn't afraid of downing tools in order to seek a completely new approach to his musical output.
First breaking through in the late 70s with his group The Jam, Paul stunned fans and followers alike when he broke the band up at the height of their game in 1982. To compound things further, he then formed The Style Council with keyboardist Mick Talbot. In a way, this is the band that allows you to understand the true complexities of Weller's musical journey as it distorts the straight line from his former punk glories in The Jam to his renaissance as the Modfather.
Martin Freeman is an English actor known for roles such as Tim Canterbury in The Office, Dr. John Watson in Sherlock, Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit film trilogy and Lester Nygaard in the drama TV series Fargo.
His film work includes Love Actually, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Nativity!, The World's End, Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.
The Jam - I Got By In Time
The Jam - Liza Radley
Paul Weller - As You Lean Into The Light
Paul Weller - Out Of The Sinking
The Style Council - The Story Of Someone's Shoe
The Style Council - Dropping Bombs On The Whitehouse
Paul Weller - Has My Fire Really Gone Out?
Paul Weller - Gravity
The Jam - Boy About Town
The Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods
The Jam - In The Crowd
Paul Weller - All The Pictures On The Wall
The Style Council - Have You Ever Had It Blue
The Jam - Fly
The Jam - Thick As Thieves
Paul Weller - Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
The Style Council - Headstart For Happiness
The Style Council - Changing Of The Guard
Paul Weller - She Moves With The Fayre
The Jam - Ghosts
Paul Weller - No Tears To Cry
The Jam - When You're Young
Paul Weller - Empty Ring
The Style Council - You're The Best Thing
The Jam - Happy Together
Paul Weller - I Didn't Mean To Hurt You
Paul Weller - Sunflower
The Style Council - The Piccadilly Trail
The Jam - Absolute Beginners
The Style Council - The Lodgers (Or She Was Only A Shopkeeper's Daughter) (Extended Single Version)
The Style Council - Shout To The Top