All of us at Epiphone wish a Happy 60th birthday to Paul Weller, longtime Epi fan and the Modfather to a generation of British pop heroes including Oasis and the Stone Roses to name a few. For his birthday, Weller debuted a new song, "Aspects" to commemorate the occasion. Weller's new album, True Meanings
, is due later this year. “I don’t know if it’s indicative of the album," Weller said in a statement, "but it’s certainly the cornerstone to the record for me. It’s also where I got the title of the album from…"
Weller has been on a streak of excellence over the last few years. His latest album, A Kind Revolution, continues a steady run of superlative LPs that show off Weller's unique and personal mix of soul, R&B, and pop forged from a lifetime of loving American music while staying grounded in the daily life of a citizen of the U.K.
"I don't think there's any world leaders I'd put any faith into," Weller told Billboard,
"When you think of Nelson Mandela or Dr. Martin Luther King or Mikhail Gorbachev, people who were pushing for the world to become more united and peaceful... there doesn't seem to be any kind of united peace movement right now, just a world of extremes. It's quite a scary time, really. I don't think it makes me want to write any political songs…The answer is inside people themselves, really, which is a much bigger question. It's not one person who's going to lead us into the light. It's going to have to come from us, so who knows what will happen or not?"
A Kind Revolution
features Soft Machine legend Robert Wyatt along with Madeline Bell, Josh McClory from The Strypes, Boy George, and longtime Weller guitarist Andy Crofts also of The Moons. Check it out. And for those new to the Weller catalog, be sure to check out Weller's work with The Jam and the Style Council including classics All Mods Cons
, Sound Affects
, and the Style Council debut, My Ever Changing Moods
. Visit Weller's website for tour updates
. (And notice the vintage Epiphone Caballero
in the background of Paul's documentary on the making of A Kind Revolution
.) Happy Birthday, Paul from all your friends at Epiphone!