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Paul Weller On Poetry

The gossipy Jaws column in Sounds, 26 February, 1983, has froth about the (rather good) film Party Party, Ozzy Osbourne, One The Juggler, The League of Labour Skins and this snippet about what had been on the previous weeks telly:

‘… An exciting weekend’s viewing on the old goggle-box just recently. In between scanning the forthcoming videos from Cabaret Voltaire‘ excellent Doublevision label a quick flick of the switch revealed numerous pop combos selling their wares.
Friday saw Paul Weller give a brief snatch of his Style Council before ranting gleefully about the new wave of British poets. The BP’s were represented by Joolz, Little Dave and Seething Wells amongst others and the whole prog came out giving a rather good report on what is, undoubtedly, a worthwhie movement.
Saturday, which was interspersed with footage of more Doublevision product namely Z’ev, TG and 23 Skidoo, had Depeche Mode on Jim’ll Fix It. Gangly Dave Gahan crooned along with a young girl fan who actually managed to out-sing the young Mute-ant…


Setting Sons, Poetry, The Jam

From NME, 18 September, 1979

Initially , as described, The Jam’s fourth album was planned to be telling a story. However, by the time Setting Sons came out that idea had been dropped. It’s a top drawer album all the same. Dave Waller‘s book did come out.
The only single from the album was a classic: Eton Rifles.
In 2008, Tory prime minister David Cameron declared it to be one of his favourite songs. Dave said the songs of The Jam “meant a lot” and “I don’t see why the left should be the only ones allowed to listen to protest songs.”
Forthright as ever Paul Weller stated ” “It’s like, which bit didn’t he get? It’s strange, but the whole nature of politics has shifted, hasn’t it? The stark contrasts of Thatcherism and socialism have gone: you can’t really tell who’s Brown or Cameron or anyone else. I don’t know what Cameron’s for or against, really. Even with that div who’s running for mayor – Boris Johnson – there’s some things he’s said that I’ve found myself agreeing with, like bringing back the Routemaster buses. You sort of think, ‘Hang on – I’m agreeing with a Tory twat.'”
When asked how he felt living under Thatcherism, Weller got more direct: “I think they were absolute fucking scum – especially Thatcher, who I think should be shot as a traitor to the people. I still think that, and nothing will ever change my opinion. We’re still feeling the effects of what they did to the country now, and probably always will: the whole breakdown of communities, trade unions, the working class – the dismantling of lots of things.”

1979-09-18 - NME - Setting Sons Preview