Aidin Vaziri | Paul Weller has just made one of the best albums of his career, which is quite amazing, considering that he started doing this more than three decades ago as the front man for seminal British punk band the Jam (a.k.a. the Greatest Band Ever). While most of his contemporaries have succumbed to death and making music with pan flutes, Weller has mostly stayed on course through the pop-soul years of the Style Council and his Britpop solo career. If all goes well, “22 Dreams” will finally get Americans to rediscover his genius, sadly overlooked around these parts since “My Ever-Changing Moods” scraped the charts.
Q: Did you think you would be doing this when you were 50?
A: No. I couldn’t even imagine being 50 anyway, regardless of what I would be doing or not. It’s old, isn’t it?
Q: If you could go back, what would you say to yourself when you started out in 1977?
A: From my standpoint now? Just keep on keeping on. Through the good times and the bad, you just have to keep at it. But I kind of knew that. There was always a pretty strong work ethic in what I do anyway. I think even at 18 or 19 I thought I wanted to improve as a songwriter and get better at my craft. That hasn’t really changed.
Q: So you wouldn’t maybe say, “Try not to wear a loincloth in the Style Council promo photos in 1984”?
A: No, not at all. I would be all for it. I would say this is exactly what you should do and stand the consequences. They’re all rites of passage. It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes on the way; that’s part of life. It’s part of growing up. The only difference for me is I got to do it in public. Continue reading.