After Polydor refused to release the last Style Council album, Paul Weller had a lot riding on his first solo release. With Steve back on the drums, Weller emerged completely revitalised with his self-titled hit, which reached No 8 in the UK album chart and paved the way for the mid-’90s Brit-pop movement.
Steve White says:
“It was such a fun record to make because it was largely Paul and myself. Paul was overdubbing but we were essentially face-to-face in the studio, with a drum set and a guitar, making a record.”
“That was the beginning of our long push from Paul being written off in his early 30s - we were proving everybody wrong with every single tour. The album was largely funded by Paul and his dad out of their own pocket. I remember having a meeting with a really senior figure in the British recording industry who said ‘Paul Weller is finished.’”
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