In continuing this long holiday weekend’s birthday toasts to great songwriters and musicians- I celebrate Paul Weller’s half century with a version of The Jam’s In The City. The Jam found it hard to translate to American parlance. That’s a shame. I always felt that The Jam (and Weller) had a potential well beyond what they accomplished though they were almost always heads and shoulders above their contemporaries. Who from that generation in Britain is a better songwriter than Weller? “That’s Entertainment” is one of the finest songs I’ve ever heard. In any case, In the City, a fucking great song. And I forgive the Butchers Apron motif. It took a while, but I got over it.
Paul Weller at 50