ORIGINALLY POSTED ON TUESDAY 1 APRIL 2008
After the glory and majesty of XTC at #40, it’s another little bit of pop magic from a fantastic songwriter that comes in at #39.
I won’t insult your intelligence by going into great details of the story of Paul Weller and how he spilt up The Jam to form The Style Council in 1983.
He may have taken a lot of flak for the move, but surely no-one can now argue that it wasn’t the right thing to do.
He was no longer an angry young man who wanted to write guitar-laden anthems for a three-piece. He wanted to write dreamy love songs with lush arrangements that relied on jazz-style drumming and keyboards and the occasional burst from a horn section. He was very successful at doing so, and before long he started incorporating some politically motivated stuff into his work with his new band. Hell, he even found love with his stunning backing singer who soon became Mrs Weller…
What more could anyone really ask for???
Looking back, TSC were very much a product of the times. Record companies no longer wanted sweat and toil – image was everything. Weller played the game magnificently, going all the way to wearing pastel shades of sweaters tied around his neck.
Hell, I was even caught up in the mood for a while and stopped dressing purely in black over that long, gloriously warm summer of 1984 as I enjoyed what I knew would be the last extended holiday period in my life as I faced up to my final honours year at University. I was now living away from home for the first time, I had a couple of great flatmates and was, or so I believed, seriously in love. But that’s another more private story….
This 12″ EP had come out 12 months earlier, but, along with the LP Café Bleu, it was rotating heavily on the turntable in 1984 :-
mp3 : The Style Council – Long Hot Summer
mp3 : The Style Council – Party Chambers
mp3 : The Style Council – The Paris Match
mp3 : The Style Council – Le Depart
Happy days indeed. Was it really more than half a lifetime ago???
Incidentally, I now own this particular recording on 7″, 12″ and CD…..and you dare to call me obsessive???