Paul Weller - "Desert Island Discs"

BBC Radio 4 - 92 to 94 FM and 198 Long Wave

Taken from the Radio 4 Website -

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the musician Paul Weller.

As the lead singer of The Jam, the founder of The Style Council and a hugely successful solo artist, he is one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past thirty years and is cited as an influence by countless other singers.

In a rare interview, he describes the chronic shyness he had to overcome; how he is still gripped by fear before each performance and how, after he had been dumped by his record label, he was unable to write songs and found that even picking up a guitar felt alien to him.

His father has been a constant support to him - as his mentor as well as his manager - and had always believed that his son had something special.

Paul's selection were as follows -

1. Tin Soldier-The Small Faces
September in the Rain-Dinah Washington
Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul-Charles Mingus
Don’t Be a Drop Out-James Brown
Arabesque No 1-Branford Marsalis with the English Chamber Orchestra
Galileo (Someone Like You)-Declan O’Rourke
River Man-Nick Drake
That’s Enough-Roscoe


Record:-Tin Soldier
Book:-Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Luxury:-A settee to sit on

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