🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Paul Weller

Now is this your jam?

Paramore go too low:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today;

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0 voters

  • Paul Weller
  • Wild Wood
  • Stanley Road
  • Heavy Soul
  • Heliocentric
  • Illumination
  • Studio 150
  • As Is Now
  • 22 Dreams
  • Wake Up The Nation
  • Sonik Kicks
  • Saturns Pattern
  • A Kind Revolution
  • True Meanings
  • On Sunset
  • Fat Pop (Volume 1)

0 voters

  • Into Tomorrow
  • Uh Huh, Oh Yeh
  • Above The Clouds
  • Sunflower
  • Wild Wood
  • Hung Up
  • Out Of The Sinking
  • The Changingman
  • You Do Something To Me
  • Broken Stones
  • Peacock Suit
  • Brushed
  • Friday Street
  • Mermaids
  • Brand New Start
  • He’s The Keeper
  • Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea
  • It’s Written In The Stars
  • Leafy Mysteries
  • The Bottle
  • Wishing On A Star
  • Thinking Of You
  • Early Morning Rain
  • From The Floorboards Up
  • Come On/Let’s Go
  • Here’s The Good News
  • Have You Made Up Your Mind?
  • Echoes Round The Sun
  • All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
  • Push It Along
  • Sea Spray
  • 22 Dreams
  • 7&3 Is The Striker’s Name
  • No Tears To Cry
  • Wake Up The Nation
  • Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
  • Fast Car/Slow Traffic
  • Around The Lake
  • That Dangerous Age
  • The Attic
  • Brand New Toy
  • Saturns Pattern
  • Going My Way
  • I’m Where I Should Be
  • Pick It Up
  • Long Long Road
  • Nova
  • Woo Sé Mama
  • The Cranes Are Back
  • One Tear
  • Aspects
  • Movin’ On
  • The Soul Searchers
  • Earth Beat
  • Village
  • More

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Ha! One.

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That’s a one out of five for me, Clive.

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I think that Stanley Road was maybe the fourth or fifth album I bought on cassette tape. I think he spawned (or certainly enabled) a whole bunch of turgid crap around the mid-90s but there were some decent enough songs on both Wild Wood and Stanley Road, that I’d probably happily listen to while decorating. So I’m going for a 2

The Jam were a pivotal band for me growing up, rather like Madness, but an angry version, (I absolutely love Funeral Pyre). When The Jam folded The Style Council seemed to fit the time, mood and politics of the nation well, their Soul injection worked, which was kind of surprising.

Then, everyone thought Paul Weller was done as far as I recall. Then in the really early days of his 2nd solo album being out I remember a mate having it on CD and asking him Paul Weller? with a raised eyebrow… and he was like yeah, it’s a great album, it’s like Neil Young with Northern Soul. I actually thought he was joking, but he was right. It was a slow burner of an album and word of mouth was good. I think it works well as a morning coffee record and that it deserves the sales it achieved.

He’ll get a panning on here, but Wild Wood is a very good album. He’s released a huge amount of albums and I genuinely think that reflects that an artist does what they do because they organically need to move on and keep creating.

Can’t say I’ve heard much more than Wild Wood and don’t think I need to either. Stanley Road was well poised timewise next to the soaring success of Oasis, but it’s the album I feel that got him his DadRock label which he may never shake, which is in some ways a shame.

3 from me.

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If anyone needs to “grow the fuck up” in my book it’s Paul “The Haircut” Weller

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I think you need to start showing him some goddamn respect you know

Another 1 here.
:face_vomiting:

Think he’s more interesting then he’ll get credit for here - I don’t suppose many other artists on the leaderboard have tried to make Ethiopian jazz records or experimental tape music in their sixties. Probably not someone I would ever choose to listen to, but one I can think isn’t completely dreadful

I’ve encountered him in real life twice. I did an instore PA with him once in Dublin (which weirdly Peter Kay tagged along to). He was a friendly dude, not like his grumpy reputation. If you ever meet me in person I can show you how he shakes hands. It’s not what you would expect,. Then a while later I was at an Arctic Monkeys gig in Tokyo and he was stood next to us. Gave no sign of recognising me from a fleeting encounter eighteen months previously. These people get a little bit of fame and it all goes to their head and they forget the little people who put them there, eh?

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Feel like he gets a lot of stick that should really be aimed at his fan base. AFAIK he’s never really said anything bellendy, has a handful of really good songs and like the tone of his voice.

Thank you for listening to my lukewarm defense of Paul Weller. 2.

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He can have a 2 because the song Wildwood is passable, and because he’s clearly not as bad as Ed Sheeran.

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Weller was my second ever gig (Plymouth Pavilions with my mum, Noel Gallagher supported him doing a solo acoustic set) and I used to be really into him at one point then kind of moved on. Like MLH said, a bit more interesting than he gets credit for, but still responsible for some very dull music indeed. Still stick Stanley Road or the greatest hits on sometimes and a couple of his newer records were good.

Kind of like the musical equivalent of Spam for me. I like it, not sure many others here will, never gonna put it on a fancy dinner party menu but a solid sandwich nonetheless. 4/5.

Boarderline 1/5, but going with a 2/5. He’s just about fine. A lot of my issues are more with the Paul Weller lookalike fans tbh.

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Had the misfortune to somehow hear one of the singles from the latest album, it was an almost beyond parody turgid Weller cliche.

Wild Wood & Stanley Road were a bit inescapable at the time and just seemed really lumpen.

But, unlike many artists probably considered his peers, he seems to have maintained his love for music and not just regressed into some sort of weird nostalgia for the music of his yoof. Which is surprising given his image.

So I dunno, maybe 1 maybe 2.

Boring as fuck, bog standard dad rock. Seems to have released the same record continuously for thirty years. Jam were v good though, I guess that doesn’t count here, so 2.

Changing Man is a tune

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It counted in The Jam thread we did!

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He’s a great cyclist image

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