Paul Weller: A Britpop Titan Lives On

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Paul Weller

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Set List

  • "Foot of the Mountain"
  • "I Wanna Make It Alright"
  • "Roll Along Summer"

Decades after the dissolution of his bands The Jam and Style Council, Paul Weller remains one of the most influential Britpop acts of the past 30 years. Weller got his start as the frontman for the late-'70s new-wave punk band The Jam, which came from modest beginnings to become a force atop the British charts. The Jam helped established Weller as one of the most visible and imitated rock artists of all time, but he further experimented with his sound upon the creation of The Style Council, which melded pop, jazz, soul and more. Since the end of The Style Council in 1989, Weller has cranked out a wide variety of albums on his own.

The mid-'90s Britpop movement, highlighted by bands such as Oasis, borrowed much of its sound from Weller and his peers. During the same time, his own style evolved, and he developed the ability to move seamlessly among rock, soul, pop and electronic jazz while releasing eight studio albums. His 1995 album Stanley Road and 2002's Illumination both topped the U.K. charts, and last year, he released a four-disc box set of amazing singles, dating back to his days with The Jam.

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