Paul Weller Biography
Guitarist + singer & songwriter Paul Weller was born in 1958 and raised in Woking, Surrey ENGLAND; he formed The Jam when he was just 14 years old, his first band stormed the British charts during the second half of the '70s, but in late 1982 he shocked fans and critics alike by announcing that the band were to disband at the end of the year. Weller later moved on to form a Soul-Pop Jazz outfit called The Style Council with keyboardist Mick Talbot and continued to score successes for the better part of the '80s; the duo recorded an un-issued House-influenced album in 1989 and they finally decided to call it quits.
In 1991, Paul Weller resurfaced as a solo artist with the U.K. top 40 hit single "Into Tomorrow" and in October of 1992 he put out his eponymous debut which smashed into the top 10 of the British Albums chart; the second single off of the CD, "Uh-Huh Oh Yeh", climbed into the top 20 in the U.K. and peaked at #10 on Billboard Magazine's Modern Rock Tracks.
One year later, the artist released his second solo effort, "Wild Wood"; the record soared to the #2 slot on the U.K. Albums chart spawning a couple of top 20 hit singles in "Sunflower" and the title-track; "Wild Wood" also charted in America cracking the top 20 of the Billboard's Heatseekers list.
After an EP and the live set "Live Wood", Weller delivered his next studio album, "Stanley Road", in May 1995; preceded by the top 10 single "The Changingman", the full-length peaked at #1 in Britain becoming his best-selling album and generated three more U.K. top 20 hits: "You Do Something To Me", "Broken Stones" and "Out Of The Sinking". That same year he appeared as a guest guitarist and backing vocalist on Oasis' "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?".
He followed it up with his fourth solo album, "Heavy Soul", in mid-1997, falling just one spot short of the top of the U.K. Pop chart; the album's first single, "Peacock Suit", hit the top 5 and its follow-up, "Brushed", reached the #14 position on the National U.K. Singles list.
A year later Weller assembled a 16-song compilation titled "Modern Classics The Greatest Hits", choosing three tracks from his solo debut album, four tracks from each of the rest and adding one new song, "Brand New Start", which hit #16 on the British Singles chart.
Released in mid-2000, his fifth album of all-new-material, "Heliocentric", shot to #2 in Britain, but failed to generate any substantial hit singles.
"Illumination" followed one and a half year later reaching the top of the U.K. chart and hit #20 on the American Top Independent Albums list; the record included "It's Written In The Stars" which climbed to #7 on the U.K. Singles chart.
September 2004 saw the release of "Studio 150" an album of covers which debuted at #2 in U.K. spawning no less than three top 20 singles: "The Bottle", "Wishing On A Star" and "Thinking Of You".
In October 2005 Paul Weller released his seventh album of original material, "As Is Now"; it climbed into the top 5 in Great Britain while the strong self-penned single, "From The Floorboards Up" reached the top 10.
Buoyed by a stellar Britpop cast including former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and Oasis members Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, the follow-up album, "22 Dreams", arrived in June 2008 going straight to #1 on the British chart and yielded a top 20 hit single with the blue-eyed soul "Have You Made Up Your Mind".
Two years later the always innovative artist put out his tenth studio album, "Wake Up The Nation"; the disc was listed for 30 weeks in 9 different charts with a peak of #2 in U.K. while the main single and title-track appeared in the top 40 in April 2010.
Paul Weller issued "Sonik Kicks" in March 2012, prefaced by the single "That Dangerous Age".