Paul Weller (of The Jam) attacks rock legends in silly diatribe

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  1. Michael Allred

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    Aside from the fact that Weller is a never was (not quite accomplished enough to be a has been), Mercury never said what Weller quoted. That line came from Sid Vicious in his famous run-in with Mercury at a recording studio.
     
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    Weller has always been a rather dissident person. It sounds like drunken talk, but might not be...? Paul's headmaster of the Style Council, so it all must be true?[​IMG]
     
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    Well, he's right about Geldof.
     
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    While dissing Bowie is always a bad idea, I agree with Paul's comments on Bono (whom I hate), Geldof and Sting.

    By the way, the Jam were f'in great. Much better than anyone mentioned in the rant. Don't take me at my word - go listen to Compact Snap.
     
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    That's the funniest thing in this thread. The Jam were f'ing brilliant.
     
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    I like the Jam, but those are pretty asinine comments from a guy who built his fame on a desire to be Pete Townshend. Dude sounds bitter to me...
     
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    Can anyone say "sour grapes"?

    Not quite accurate, since he's getting the same Lifetime Achievement Award too, but I suppose more to do with the fact that the others (save Geldof) were far more successful and made lots more dosh than he did. Whilst Geldof became Sir Bob and nowadays is often seen as Saint Bob too.
     
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    Sort of shocked he said that considering on the whole he hasn't said anything like that in the 25 he's been in the public.

    Actually the press did that more than anything.I think NME set up the meeting. Since they were the 'new mods' it was a given.

    He's always been one to say what he thinks, he just normally bit his tongue.

    The Jam couldn't get a parking ticket in the US but they obtained fame in England that only was exceeded by the Beatles.

    I just watched him on the Tom Snyder Show DVD and he came off so decent......something pissed him off.

    I don't disagree with him just surprised
     
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    Ah, I didn't know they weren't as well regarded on this side of the pond.
     
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    Weller sells out 100K+ shows over in europe, but here he is just not well known. I saw him just a few months ago here in Boston at a medium sized club. He was amazing. The place was packed but I would say 2K max.
    Marc
     
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    Not so, I'm afraid. The Jam certainly had a lot of hit singles over here in the UK and they were the critics' darlings because they had the 'correct' left of centre political attitudes. However, there wasn't 'Jam mania'. The group was popular at a time when pop was beginning to fragment into the sub-genres we see today. The band was popular amongst teen and twenties males into 'new wave' as opposed to new romanticism. They were a band whose singles followers of that style of music would buy unheard because you knew they would be good, pretty much as you would for Elvis Costello at that time. But nobody was particularly gutted when they split up (largely because the last few singles showed a tailing-off of form into anaemic soul rather than the andrenaline-fuelled angst of the earlier singles).

    Another near-contemporary band Madness had as many (or more?) hits and have lasted better in the general public's imagination but at the time were seen as a lightweight novelty act (which is drivel - they were musically far more interesting than the Jam and capable of far greater insight: as proof, listen to The Rise and Fall Of ... album).

    As regards Weller's comments, I believe it's not the first time he's said something to outrage readers. If memory serves me correctly, when The Jam first started, he got a lot of trendy left-wingers annoyed when he said he would vote Conservative (i.e. our mainstream right-wing party - the equivalent would be your Republican party). He later changed his views.
     
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    True, I think he was always honest and said what he believed but never slams like that.
    Must of been a bad day
     
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    What happened there?
     
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    Okay, I'll revise the statement from 'nobody was particularly gutted' to 'not everybody was particularly gutted' (which is what I meant to write in the first place, honest).[​IMG]
     
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    Down in the Tube Station remains one of my favourite songs
     
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    Absolutely , on the button. And my 2 nephews ( pre-teens) both love listening to the Beatles but have no idea who or what PW is and when I played some from a collection they thought it was sh**e.Its almost blasphomous to compare one to the other

    ~M~
     

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