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The World’s first Paul Weller Fan Podcast - For the fans by the fans. A musical journey from 20 May 1977 to now. A radio broadcaster who gave up a career with one big regret. Never getting to interview his hero , the legendary British musician Paul Weller. This podcast exists purely to solve that issue. Welcome to Desperately Seeking Paul... If you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) ko-fi.com/paulwellerfanpodcast
 
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My guest on this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast is Olly Ball, Photographer for The Style Council album cover Our Favourite Shop.It is the band's most commercial successful album and undoubtedly one of the best album covers in Paul''s 45 year career. An immediate commercial and critical success on release with a sleeve that so many fans spen…
 
In this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by musician, bassist, bandleader and songwriter Yolanda Charles. As a professional bassist for 30 years, she has played with the likes of Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor, Hans Zimmer, Squeeze, and of course, Paul Weller.We'll hear how a chance encounter via Jona…
 
In this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, we hear the incredible story of Red Wedge from its co-founder, Annajoy David. The podcast is packed full of tales of collaboration and a shared passion for fashion and politics that all kicked off with Paul Weller hearing a radio interview with Annajoy from a CND rally in the early 1980s. Paul was ins…
 
For Episode 104 of the Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by Guy Barker - a multi-award-winning composer, band leader and trumpet player who also happens to be one of the most in-demand arrangers in the world right now. As you'll hear during our chat, Guy has played with so many absolute legends including our podcast subject - Paul Weller via The…
 
My latest podcast guest is the first lady of London Soul, P.P. Arnold and what an honour it was to chat with Pat on the podcast. There have been so many 'pinch-me' moments on this audio journey - and this is right up there for me. P.P. Arnold's story is that of a rich and varied life. From her early musical origins in powerhouse church gospel, the …
 
For Episode 102 of the Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by journalist, editor and broadcaster Claire Mahoney - an active member and influential promoter of the Mod scene with a passion for music, fashion, art and culture.We'll hear all about her teenage discovery of The Jam, and a love affair that has lasted a lifetime.Claire has written extens…
 
Over the past 55 years, musician Danny Thompson has been a bandleader, sideman, group member and composer. Best known as a double-bassist, he has worked with the very best including Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Nick Drake, along with great jazz men such as Humphrey Lyttelton and Tubby Hayes as well as Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, and Kate Bush.In…
 
So here we are - Episode 100 of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast - who would have thought it?Firstly - thanks to you for your support , your shares and your thoughts - its all helped to get us to number one on iTunes and to grow listeners to the podcast over the past 18 months.Thanks to my wife and family for letting me do this thing - evenings, weekend…
 
Chris Bangs has been a pioneering and inspirational figure in the British underground dance scene and helped to light up the burgeoning black music dance scene of the early eighties. Towards the end of the 80s, Chris really hit pay dirt as a musical trend-setter with the invention of Acid Jazz genre and as a producer and artist responsible for many…
 
In 1979, twelve-year-old Den Davis went to see The Jam play at Manchester Apollo and his world changed forever. As we hear on this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, a few months later when Den started a Sunday morning paper round, he struck a deal with the shop to save every magazine and paper that mentioned The Jam, and Den would deliver the…
 
As much as I love talking to the musicians, the singers and the songwriters, the producers and engineers, the music industry promoters, tour managers, road crew, band members, journalists and others, who have worked and collaborated with Paul Weller, this podcast was always intended to be a voice for the fans to share their memories of The Jam, The…
 
What a blast to be joined by singer, songwriter, musician Debsey Wykes on this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast.In 1978, she formed the British post-punk pop-band Dolly Mixture with guitarist, Rachel Bor and drummer, Hester Smith.We'll hear about their journey from complete amateurs to John Peel sessions, to supporting The Jam in the Summer o…
 
In this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I'm joined by Phil Veacock - best-known as the main arranger, musical director and tenor saxophonist of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.Phil has multiple connections and credits with Paul Weller with arrangements and performances on every Weller album since 2017's A Kind Revolution, right t…
 
Nicky Weller joins The Paul Weller Fan Podcast for a bonus episode to share the latest news regarding the This Is The Modern World exhibition in Brighton this Summer. It promises to be the biggest ever collection of previously unseen The Jam & The Style Council memorabilia, launches in its spiritual home of Brighton on Saturday 30th July 2022 and r…
 
My latest guest is the former music mogul and legendary concert promoter Tim Parsons. It was a real joy to hear his stories from starting out as a "humper" (someone to move equipment) at an ELO gig to promoting Jasper Carrott, punk bands and heavy metal and the mighty Midland Concert Promotions which started in started in January 1978 with Tim and …
 
I'm delighted to be joined by musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and record producer - Rod Argent.In a career spanning more than 50 years, Rod is the keyboardist, founder and leader of the English rock band The Zombies. Their second album Odessey and Oracle is often mentioned by Paul Weller as his all time favourite.Rod has had an incredible c…
 
My latest podcast guest - Scottish singer and songwriter, Dot Allison made a welcome return to music in 2021, after taking some time out to raise a family, with the beautifully brilliant Heart-Shaped Scars - an album which included "Very special thanks" to a wide variety of people including our podcast subject matter - Paul Weller! Her new album fe…
 
Ernie McKone is a UK-based bass player, producer and tutor whose speciality is jazz, funk, Latin and soul. With so many connections to Paul Weller and the likes of Mick Talbot, Steve White, Carleen Anderson, Jacko Peake and Matt Deighton over the past 30 plus years - there are some great stories to dig into.In 1997, Ernie joined the Paul Weller liv…
 
Barrie Cadogan is not only one of the most talented and well-respected guitarists around, having played with Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, The The, Steve Mason, Texas and, of course, Paul Weller - he also fronts his own band - Little Barrie. A classic British power trio in the lineage of Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Little Barrie started of…
 
Steve ‘Tufty’ Carver is my very special guest on this episode - recorded in front of a live audience at London's Cockpit Theatre.Woking born and bred, Steve has been friends with Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler for over 45 years. Known to everyone as Tufty - he calls himself ‘a friend, fan and eventually a "roadie" with The Jam’, and sh…
 
In this episode, recorded in front of a live audience at London's Cockpit Theatre, my guest is the Legendary broadcaster, TV presenter, journalist, A&R man, promoter and DJ - Gary Crowley.We dig in to his love of The Jam as a teenager to the creation of his own fanzine, interviews with Paul and Mick for The Style Council to Capital, GLR & XFM studi…
 
Hear my exclusive chat with musician Andy Crofts from the Paul Weller Band just hours ahead of their support slot with Madness at London's Royal Albert Hall and days before they head out on tour across England & Scotland.We also chat about the beautiful abstract painting that he has created, in light of the crisis in Ukraine, and the auction to rai…
 
With Paul Weller and his band heading out on their latest tour in a matter of days, it's a real delight to be joined by one of the current line up - singer-songwriter, musician & keys player for PW - Tom Van Heel. Tom's entry into the crew is one of my favourite stories yet - what a magical experience he's had so far. We chat Saturns Pattern throug…
 
Episode 86 hears from legendary booking agent Martin Hopewell - a man who was a key part of the Weller set up for 28 years from The Jam in 1977 to The Style Council to Weller solo - right through to Studio 150. From smaller boutique agency Cowbell through to World Service which became part of the mega super agency Primary Talent… Listen for some am…
 
It was a sheer delight to welcome actor and musician, Max Beesley onto The Paul Weller Fan Podcast.What a talent! - piano, vibes, drums and percussion - song-writing - production - and a successful TV & movie acting career to boot!. The Paul Weller Movement kicks off... Even though he was just 18 at the time, Max played a key part in those early da…
 
On Episode 84 of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by singer, musician, activist & campaigner, Rhoda Dakar. We hear how her career began as lead vocalist with all female 2Tone band, The Bodysnatchers in 1979 and kick off the podcast with a great Paul Weller connection through The Jam and Rhoda being banned from seeing them live in concert in…
 
My latest podcast guest is Tracie! AKA Tracie Young.The singer, 80s popstar, TV Presenter & Radio Broadcaster talks about 80s hairdos, The Jam, The Style Council, Respond Records, her solo career, touring and recording with Paul Weller along with the truth behind the second album that lay in the vaults for over 25 years. Big thanks to Mr Cool's Dre…
 
Omar is without doubt, one of the greatest soul music talents the UK has produced in the last 35 years. He's a genuinely unique artist, with a sound of his own that is so immediately identifiable, that you will know you are hearing an Omar track within seconds - the stamp of true originality.In this latest episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, we…
 
My latest guest is Roger Nowell, Head Roadie / Guitar Tech for Paul Weller, a man who has been part of the crew since 1999. We talk about The Jam, playing with Paul on record, and travelling all over the world looking after his guitars and those live performances. Incredibly, I joined Roger at Paul Weller HQ - Black Barn Studio in Surrey - at the e…
 
On this episode I’m joined by the fabulous force of nature that is Nicole Nodland. Not only was she personal photographer to global superstar - Prince - living at Paisley Park, touring the world with the band and documenting his life on photo and film - but her portfolio including icons such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, George Clinton and more re…
 
On this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by another music industry legend Eddie Piller.Not only is he the Founder & MD of the magnificent Acid Jazz Records but he's also a Radio Presenter, Writer, DJ, Podcaster, Producer, Manager and Festival Curator. A legendary figure in the Mod scene and beyond, he was also the man that Paul W…
 
In this episode I’m joined by Grammy Award winner, Singer, Songwriter, Producer - one of the pioneers of U.K. soul music - Junior Giscombe… We dig in to some great Weller connections from The Council Collective single Soul Deep to Red Wedge to joining The Style Council at Wembley and his own impressive back catalogue. Find out more with links to vi…
 
Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author, and long-standing contributor to music magazines Mojo and Q. His work has also appeared in Billboard, The Guardian, The Times, and Sound on Sound. Over the years, he has been responsible for some great interviews with Paul Weller along with key magazine profiles of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Yoko…
 
Chris Parry was, once, the drummer of New Zealand band The Fourmyula who went on to work for Polydor in the UK - going on to sign The Jam in February 1977. Chris first saw the band on 22nd January 1977, where they supported Bearded Lady at The Marquee in London (after Shane MacGowan had told him to check them out!). The band were signed for a £6,00…
 
My latest guest is Honorary Councillor - Barbara Snow - a widely respected and popular vocalist, trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, who has also established a significant reputation as an educator of some note. She now teaches the piano at Royal Russell School, Croydon. Barbara played trumpet in the live band for the debut tour in October 1…
 
My latest guest is Chris Bostock - a musician, songwriter and music producer, known for his work with JoBoxers, Subway Sect, Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys, The Style Council, Spear of Destiny, The X-Certs and The Stingrays. As a Honorary Councillor, he played on Café Bleu - the official debut album released by The Style Council - playing o…
 
My latest podcast guest - Camelle Hinds was an Honorary Councillor from January 1985 - playing bass in The Style Council band on tour and on the LPs from Our Favourite Shop through to the final rejected Modernism LP. We'll hear about special memories of that time - including Live Aid and the famous 3 nights at Wembley, with a 15 piece string sectio…
 
Derek D Souza started taking photos of Paul Weller over 40 years ago – snapping The Jam at various gigs and soundchecks before the famous shoot at Chiswick House in London.Attending concerts across London, he would smuggle his kit in and take photos at every opportunity, sending the best ones in to their fan club. His photographs, taken with a low-…
 
My latest very special guest is Conor O Brien, otherwise known as the multi-award-winning singer-songwriter behind the band Villagers. We dig in to a love of Paul's music (and vice-versa) along with collaborations over the years from US tour support to The Black Barn Sessions and writing together for True Meanings - and even their recent performanc…
 
I know... I can't believe it either! Kenny Wheeler has joined The Paul Weller Fan Podcast. What an absolute honour.A man who has been part of the Weller team for over 40 years now. First credited on album sleeve notes with The Jam on the Sound Affects LP (Special thanks to Ken for playing pool) - Kenny has been a constant with Paul from 1978 with T…
 
My latest special guest is British Soul Singer / Legend - Steve Ellis. As lead singer with the 1960’s chart-topping Mod-Soul outfit Love Affair, Steve’s vocals had the kind of powerhouse range that made you sit up and notice. We'll hear stories from across his career along with performances with Paul Weller, and their great friendship (Steve talks …
 
My latest guest is the multi-award-winning writer and director, Sonja Phillips. Based in London and Los Angeles, her work encompasses short drama, documentaries, as well as a variety of commercial and promo films, working on large and small screen, and covering a diverse range of subjects, from the natural world to fashion. Back in 1995, with Paul …
 
This episode was a massive thrill to record as I'm joined by Andy Crofts - a who has been part of the Paul Weller band since 2008!. Musician, singer-songwriter, photographer, he's got a weekly radio show, he's a record label boss, heck he's even made music videos for Paul and created an outstanding Weller film-documentary called One. Andy is also t…
 
Episode 66 hears from the fabulous David Lines - writer and creator of the brilliant book - Modfather - My Life with Paul Weller When David first heard This is the Modern World by The Jam, it sparked off a love affair that continues to this day. Paul Weller became the blueprint for David's life, and he followed his music and his style with the ferv…
 
My latest guest is Peter Wilson - Record Producer, Recording Engineer, Arranger, Tutor and Lecturer. Pete has producer credits on plenty of songs towards the end of The Jam's career including Funeral Pure, Absolute Beginners, Town Called Malice, Beat Surrender and their final album The Gift. He also arranged strings on The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Ha…
 
My guest in this episode is the world-class musician, griot (praise singer), composer, djembe master, virtuoso and pioneer - Seckou Keita - he's a rarity, seated in tradition whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of his art. A true master of the kora - a 22 stringed West African harp - Seckou, from Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born…
 
In this episode, I am joined by Broadcaster & Journalist - John Wilson It's amazing to hear so many passionate stories of his love of The Jam (thanks Aunt Liz!) - it's an out-pouring of emotions, memories and envy inducing tales from a master story-teller! As one of the regular presenters of Front Row - the Radio 4 arts programme, John specialised …
 
My latest guest is life-long Weller fan Jon Abnett. Known as Mr Jam - he has contributed to the band's boxset releases and designed for some great band related books over the years including Thick As Thieves, In The Crowd and The Jam Unseen. His new book is From the Floorboards Up! A unique fans’ perspective photographic book following the icon tha…
 
In this episode, we hear from Neil 'Twink' Tinnings. Commissioned by The Jam to be their official photographer in 1981, he not only captured them on stage, but also their life out of the public eye. To quote the band "Twink was the ideal photographer for The Jam. For him, it was more than just a job. His passion for the music and the whole vibe of …
 
Declan O'Rourke has been a favourite of mine since hearing a recommendation from Paul Weller for the song Galileo (Someone Like You) and the debut album, Since Kyabram back in 2004. In our chat, we dig in to some incredible stories behind his songs and process from the move to Australia as a young man to his return to Ireland aged 24 and how he lan…
 
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