Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast podcast

Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast

HenryBear & FredTed Productions

The World’s first Paul Weller Fan Podcast - For the fans by the fans. A musical journey from 20 May 1977 to now. A radio broadcaster who gave up a career with one big regret. Never getting to interview his hero , the legendary British musician Paul Weller. This podcast exists purely to solve that issue. Welcome to Desperately Seeking Paul... If you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) ko-fi.com/paulwellerfanpodcast

64 Episodes

  • Desperately Seeking Paul : Paul Weller Fan Podcast podcast

    EP63 - John Wilson - Broadcaster & Journalist - ”Like a perfect stranger, you came into my life”

    1:00:46

    In this episode, I am joined by Broadcaster & Journalist - John Wilson It's amazing to hear so many passionate stories of his love of The Jam (thanks Aunt Liz!) - it's an out-pouring of emotions, memories and envy inducing tales from a master story-teller! As one of the regular presenters of Front Row - the Radio 4 arts programme, John specialised in music-related interviews for the programme with the likes of Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Kate Bush - whilst also interviewing Paul Weller on many occasions on the show. In 2007, he worked with Paul to create the book Suburban 100 - which saw Paul share his reflections on his lyrics, offering candid insights to his writing process and the inspiration behind some of pop music's best loved songs.  In 2012 - Paul Weller guested on his Radio 4 Music Programme Mastertapes - discussing a career-defining album in front of a live audience (Paul selected The Gift) which also featured a previous podcast guest (Teenage Waitress - Daniel J Ash) In recent years, Paul has been a guest on John's 'These Three Songs' Podcast and John has returned the favour by interviewing him for the Making of True Meanings Documentary. LINKS This Cultural Life - Radio 4 - with John Wilson https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010fl4 Paul Weller - Radio 4 - MasterTapes with John Wilson https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ntfw1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nxh35 These Three Songs Podcast - Paul Weller https://shows.acast.com/thesethree/episodes/paulweller John Wilson with Paul Weller - The Jam Exhibition  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02vmtkr True Meanings - In Conversation with John Wilson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY06Ic-xZTE   Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi https://ko-fi.com/paulwellerfanpodcast
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    EP62 - Jon Abnett - Designer / Author - From the Floorboards Up - ”When we play, we play, we play!”

    35:24

    My latest guest is life-long Weller fan Jon Abnett. Known as Mr Jam - he has contributed to the band's boxset releases and designed for some great band related books over the years including Thick As Thieves, In The Crowd and The Jam Unseen. His new book is From the Floorboards Up! A unique fans’ perspective photographic book following the icon that is Paul Weller. All the photos in this new book are from live events in the UK and overseas, taken from 1990 to 2019. Containing many unseen shots all taken by the fans! It’s a very unique book, with narrative by Pat Gilbert (MOJO), interviews with fans and reflections from some bands lucky enough to have supported Paul on tour during those 30 years. You can order at https://thisdayinmusicbooks.com/product/from-the-floorboards-up/ Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi https://ko-fi.com/paulwellerfanpodcast    
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    EP61 - Neil ‘Twink‘ Tinnings - Photographer - Mental Health Ambassador - ”I‘ve got the gift of life can‘t you see it in the twinkle of my eye?”

    40:03

    In this episode, we hear from Neil 'Twink' Tinnings. Commissioned by The Jam to be their official photographer in 1981, he not only captured them on stage, but also their life out of the public eye. To quote the band "Twink was the ideal photographer for The Jam. For him, it was more than just a job. His passion for the music and the whole vibe of that period made for a perfect working relationship. We knew him, he was easy to get along with and, importantly for us, Twink knew exactly what to look for. When we needed a photographer to come on the road with us – someone who could ‘access all areas’ and take candid fly-on-the-wall shots – we had no doubt that he was our man. Twink’s photographs appeared on the cover of The Jam’s platinum-selling final studio album The Gift. After photographing the band for press and promotional activity in their final, most successful year, Twink put his camera down for two decades. A sufferer of bi-polar disorder, Twink’s main occupation later in life has been as an ambassador for mental health awareness in the press and media, using his photography to de-stigmatise mental health issues.  You can watch his film - One Last Saloon - here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbA5T9z2PEg And more about The Wellcome Trust here - https://wellcome.org/ Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi  
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    EP60 - Declan O‘Rourke - Singer-Songwriter - ”He went off, like a rocket touched...”

    1:09:31

    Declan O'Rourke has been a favourite of mine since hearing a recommendation from Paul Weller for the song Galileo (Someone Like You) and the debut album, Since Kyabram back in 2004. In our chat, we dig in to some incredible stories behind his songs and process from the move to Australia as a young man to his return to Ireland aged 24 and how he landed in the middle of a fiercely creative music scene in Dublin that was the fertile breeding ground for the likes of Glen Hansard/The Frames, Paddy Casey, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, and many more. It was a real highlight to also properly chat about his magical new LP - Arrivals - which was released in April 2021. The most emotionally raw and affecting album of his career, was recorded over six days at Paul Weller's HQ - Black Barn studios in Surrey, with Weller producing (‘he was there every moment, before, during and long after, discussing ideas about this and that, even down to the artwork. It was hugely impressive…’). The sound is stripped back to Declan’s soulful and resonant voice, the virtuosic acoustic guitar playing for which he’s renowned and only the occasional sparse arrangement of strings and late-night drums bringing colour and light to the LP’s 10 songs. Paul also adds his multi-instrumental abilities to the recordings, including a beautiful piano accompaniment to the closing track. Find out more about Declan - including tour dates, LP releases, newsletter sign up and his first novel - The Pawn Brokers Reward on his website declanorourke.com Enjoy the podcast - share it on social media - and then dive in to his sensational back-catalogue. 2004 - Since Kyabram 2007 - Big Bad Beautiful World 2011 - Mag Pai Zai 2015 - Gold Bars in the Sun 2016 - In Full Colour  2017 - Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine  2021 - Arrivals Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi
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    EP59 - The Jam Tarts - Jane, Jackie & Rachel - ”Thick as thieves us, we‘d stick together for all time”

    44:20

    In this episode I am joined by three Paul Weller Super-fans - collectively known as The Jam Tarts. Jane Griffiths, Jackie Pearce and Rachel Phillips (AKA Lady P) have a shared love of Paul's music and plenty of stories to tell from their discovery of the songs, to live performance, band meetings, Weller family connections and social media madness! You'll find them hanging out in the Weller of Woking Facebook Group here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/924166814731259 Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi
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    EP58 - Dylan Jones OBE - Journalist, Author, GQ, Fashion - ”I dress myself for the part...”

    37:24

    My guest this week is journalist and author Dylan Jones OBE who served as editor of the UK version of men's fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ from 1999-2021 - interviewing Paul Weller on many occasions. He created the annual GQ Men of the Year awards - which Paul won in 2018 and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the publishing and British fashion industries. As Chairman of the British Fashion Council for menswear he's spearheae the launch of  Dylan has written many books including  The Eighties: One Day, One Decade, which charts the story of the Eighties through Live Aid in 1985 - along with his 2021 publication "Shiny and New - Ten Moments of Pop Genius that Defined the '80s" MORE CONTENT In Conversation With Paul Weller - A brand new three-part podcast exploring life, music, fashion, politics & more - featuring GQ editor Dylan Jones. Paul Weller in conversation with Mary McCartney by Dylan Jones Paul Weller - Sunspel Interview by Dylan Jones Paul Weller - 2020 Interview by Dylan Jones Paul Weller - Royal Festival Hall Review - by Dylan Jones   Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi
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    EP57 - Hannah Peel - Award-winning Composer, Artist, Musican - ”Dancing through the fire, just to catch a flame...”

    51:40

    My special guest this week is Hannah Peel - composer, artist, musician, arranger, producer, late night broadcaster and synth-pop pioneer! Not only is her own work an inspiring and ambitious blend of projects that will blow your musical mind but she also added her orchestration skills to Paul Weller's incredible recent albums True Meanings, On Sunset and Fat Pop. PLUS who can forget those incredible two gigs at Royal Festival Hall in 2018 that turned into the magnificent Other Aspects Live album? WOW! Find Hannah Peel's website at hannahpeel.com and her back catalogue to buy here  The Unfolding - Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra with Charles Hazlewood in Bristol on 1st October - tickets available - limited availability - here You can also listen on Spotify 2011: The Broken Wave 2016: Awake but Always Dreaming 2017: Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia 2018: Particles in Space 2019: Chalk Hill Blue 2019: Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch 2020: The Deceived 2021: Fir Wave Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi
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    EP56 - Jacko Peake - Flutist and Sax Player - ”Let‘s throw out the past and get something back...”

    53:43

    My latest special guest is the multi talented flutist and Sax player Jacko Peake. Dive in for stories of a love of The Jam to playing with Paul in the final days of The Style Council and the early 90s with The Paul Weller Movement to that incredible first solo album through to Wild Wood and playing live at various points over the years since then with Studio 150 and As Is Now. It was a lovely surprise to see Jacko back with the band for 2020's MID-SOMMER MUSIK - so we'll hear how that came about too! Listen to the podcast and then put on that swirling sax solo from Above The Clouds or the flute on Sunflower through to the beautiful sax & flute of Testify and Still Glides The Stream from 2021 LP - Fat Pop! Man oh Man - What a player! Watch Paul Weller - That Pleasure - Sunday Sessions here Watch Paul Weller - In Better Times with Jacko Peake and Josh McClorey here Studio 150 Live here Paul Weller Movement here   Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi
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    EP55 - Sam Brown - Musician, Singer, Songwriter - ”We talk and we talk until my head explodes”

    38:06

    My special guest in this episode is musician / singer-songwriter Sam Brown! Sam has enjoyed huge international success as a solo artist since crashing the Top 10 with her song 'Stop' in the late 80s.  She's worked with some of the world's biggest music stars including Deep Purple, Gary Moore, George Harrison, Small Faces, Nick Cave and Tina Turner. Sam performed with Paul Weller at the Ronnie Lane: One for the Road Memorial Concert in 2001 and sang on his Studio 150 LP in 2004 and with Jools & Paul on the recording of Will It Go Round in Circles. In July 2006 Sam started to experience problems with her voice and her music career veered off in a completely different direction. Sam now teaches ukulele. She has over 150 pupils and teaches in Oxfordshire, under the Umbrella name of The Fabulous Ukulele Club. Links to Songs Jools & Sam with Paul Weller on Will It Go Round in Circles - Link Here Paul Weller - Studio 150 - Sam sings on All Along The Watchtower and Birds - Link here  Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert - The Poacher - Ooh La La - Spiritual Babe You can also find links to Sam Brown on Spotify here and Homespun here   Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi  
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    EP54 - Shaun Hand - Pop Art Poems - The Music of The Jam ”Kid walks down the street - Bumps into emptiness - Pow!”

    46:35

    My latest guest is author Shaun Hand - the man behind the book - Pop Arts Poems - The Music of The Jam We learn about a lifetime's love affair with the band - kicking off in his teens in 1991 via their Greatest Hits LP. We take a trip through their albums as Shaun shares memories of tracing their evolution song-by-song - from pre-Polydor compositions to the classics that we know and love. Along the way we discover more about one of the most important bands of their time. Find out more - along with the link to the Weller Jukebox - at shaunpatrickhand.wordpress.com Thanks for listening - make sure that you subscribe / follow and leave a review - and if you want to support the podcast financially, you can buy me a virtual coffee via the link below (£3) Buy me a coffee on ko-fi

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