Paul Weller’s retro-Modernists plaster go-faster stripes over Beatles B-side. Watch it now!

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

 

Have you forgotten – if only for a nanosecond – the brilliance of The Jam? Then return with us to 1977, when in the face of punk’s public renunciation of all the music that came before, Woking’s splenetic power trio celebrated the Mod and Motown sounds of some 15 years earlier. In this incandescent clip, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton, and Rick Buckler tear into the 1958 Larry Williams song popularized by The Beatles on their Long Tall Sally EP (and, in the States, on their Matchbox single) in 1964.

The group’s fusion of vintage sensibility and thrashing punk energy transforms an arguable standard into a veritable explosion. For two minutes The Style Council, even English Rose or Dreams Of Children, seem a universe away.

 

Paul Weller Blasts Record Store Day Racketeers

Paul Weller

Paul Weller

 

The Modfather says it’s his last RSD, shames touts. Plus, the video for Brand New Toy.

TAKEN FROM IMPENDING NEW solo hits collection More Modern Classics and released as a 500-copy 7″ for last Saturday’s Record Store Day, Brand New Toy sees Paul Weller entering the music hall-adjacent neighbourhood of Cockney Rebel and Supertramp before veering into more bluffly soulful areas. The video’s striking as well, taking place within a perspective-deluding giant kaleidoscope.

But there’s resentment simmering around the RSD release, with fans unable to buy one from their local vinyl outlet finding numerous copies at inflated prices on auction sites. Writing on his website, Weller has commiserated with those disappointed and expressed his distaste for the speculators, explaining, “Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won’t be taking part in Record Store Day again… the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.” His wife Hannah Weller has joined the fray, and has been pursuing those seeking to flog the limited edition vinyls on auction sites on her Twitter feed.

The Record Store Day organisers have responded, sympathising with Weller’s stance and adding, “We clearly cannot control the activities of members of the public, but the Record Store Day Code Of Conduct makes it clear that any store found to be complicit in unauthorised sales on eBay faces being banned from future events.”

Until then, how about a repress of the RSD single to satisfy demand?

 

20 Best-Selling Vinyl Albums Of The Last 20 Years

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The Official Charts Company has announced the 20 best selling vinyl albums in the last 20 years, and here they are from 20-1. At number 20 we have the The Beatles’ ‘Anthology 1’ Released in 1995, it was the first instalment of a trilogy set of albums by the Beatles. Comprising a mixture of 60 tracks of live performances and unreleased sounds.

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In 1996 the face of hip hop changed with the release of DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ . The American studio album was produced under the label Mo’Wax and comes in 19th place. Despite the basic production and the high use of samples, this album is considered to be a landmark album.

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Described as the second coming of The Beatles, Oasis was at the height of their fame 15 years ago. Released in 1997 ‘Be Here Now’ became Oasis’ third album and had been a highly anticipated album by their fans and critics. Being 17th top seller in vinyl comes as no surprise.

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Pulp were seen to be pioneers in the Britpop movement and in 1995 ‘Different Class’ propelled the group to fame. The 5th studio album bought two singles: ‘Common People’ and Disco 2000’ both being in the top 10 in UK charts.

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Canadian musician Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’ was the best selling album in the US in 1972. Doing something different within the rock genre he used London Symphony Orchestra, which helped him top the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks.

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In 15th place Prodigy released ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’ in 1994. Focusing on electronic dance music the group remastered this album in 2008 including bonus tracks.

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Nirvana recorded live album ‘MTV Unplugged In New York’. This was the first album released by the band since Kurt Cobain passed. This album is 14th in the countdown to number 1. It won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music album in 1996.

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Blur’s Parklife was the album that bought the band back to the forefront of the Britpop movement in 1994. Certified four times platinum in the UK, Blur fought off competition from Oasis with hit singles like: ‘Girls and Boys’ and ‘To The End’. Frontman Damon Albarn said Parklife was “the travels of the mystical lager-eater, seeing what’s going on in the world and commenting on it.”

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‘Second Coming’ was the second studio album by the Stone Roses. It took the band 2 years to record the album, released in 1994. At number 12 the band sold 1 million copies. The album has an unusual track listing with 99 tracks, 77 of which are silent after the song ‘Love spreads’.

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The third studio album by Paul Weller: ‘Stanley Road’ is at number 11. The album took its name from a road where he grew up in Woking. Paul told the BBC he hopes he can one day create an album as perfect as this one.

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As of 2012 the Prodigy’s ‘Fat Of The Land’ has sold 10 million copies worldwide despite being released in 1997. Drawing inspiration from the old English phrase, the band will definitely be living well. The album comes in the countdown at number 10.

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‘Made In Heaven’ released by Queen in 1995 was the 15th and last album that featured the late Freddie Mercury. The album debut at number one in the UK and went four times platinum, selling 20 million copies worldwide.

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Massive Attack’s Protection/No Protection is the second album remixed by British producer Mad Professor. This album bought a fusion of different sounds and genres together.

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‘Beatles Live At The BBC’ is rated 7th highest selling vinyl. Made in 1994 it is an album dedicated to performances by the Beatles which were originally broadcast by the BBC in 1963 to 1965.

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Leftfield’s Leftism is the first album by electronica musicians Paul Daley and Neil Barnes. Released in 1995 by Columbia Records the album features reworked songs and some new original pieces.

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The King of Limbs by Radiohead was a self-released album in 2011. With it being their 8th studio album the band let little information out before its release. The album was originally released as an MP3 download followed by a CD. It’s 5th in the best-sellers list.

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The Scottish indie pop band Travis released ‘The Invisible Band’ in 2001. The name of the album refers to the band having famous and influential songs but not being regarded famous themselves.

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‘Dummy’ is Portishead’s debut album. Based in Bristol the group made the album in 1994 and later won the Mercury music prize in 1995.

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With ‘Definitely Maybe’, Oasis went straight to number one in 1994 in the UK, gaining positive commercial and critical success. Oasis helped revitalise the Britpop genre along with other groups like Blur.

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What’s The Morning Story Glory’ by Oasis is the number one selling vinyl in the last 20 years. Released in 1995 won the award for the Best British album in the last 30 years at the 2010 Brit Awards.