Hello again! Hope you're ready for a great Memorial Day weekend. I thought I'd pop-by and add a couple more tunes to the Mixed-Up Memories playlist for May.
We have a big musical birthday today. British singer/songwriter, Paul Weller was born on May 25th, 1958. He's celebrating his 60th birthday.
He formed his first band, The Jam while he was still in school in 1972. By 1977 they had been signed to Polydor Records and released their debut album, "In The City." They would go on to make five more records, before Weller decided he was ready to try something different and blew-up The Jam at the height of its popularity in the UK in 1982. Similar to fellow British music innovators like David Bowie and Kate Bush, Weller was never fond of fawning over his past work. He was always looking forward.
While The Jam never really caught-on here in America, Paul Weller's next endeavor did as he formed the more Soul-oriented Style Council. They released a total of four full-length albums over a six year run from 1983 to 1989. An additional album that Polydor refused to put out in 1989, eventually saw the light of day in 1998.
Let's go with a track from each band. We'll do "Town Called Malice" from The Jam's final 1982 LP, "The Gift" and "Shout To The Top" from The Style Council. That song was first released as a single and part of the Vision Quest soundtrack in 1984, but is also available on some editions of their 1985 album, "Internationalists" (aka "Our Favourite Shop.") Both tunes have just been added to my Mixed-Up Memories. Happy listening!