05 December 2008 – Paul Weller and Adele linked up at the Maida Vale studios last night (4 December) for a special 6 Music session.
The pair sang Weller’s You Do Something To Me together and then a version of the song Need Your Love So Bad.
Weller told us why they decided to perform that song: “It was Adele’s idea, which was a very good choice as well. It’s an old blues tune, which most people probably know from Fleetwood Mac but I think it goes beyond that.”
However, it could have been quite different, as Adele told 6 Music: “Initially I chose I’m Gonna Make You Love Me by Diana Ross and The Supremes with the Temptations.
“I hadn’t really heard it for a good couple of years and I got home from Amsterdam and thought, ‘Oh God, that Temptations part is too high, I don’t think Paul will be able to sing it.
“And then Diana Ross comes in. You know how there’s certain artists that can get away with talking on the song, saying like, ‘Hey Baby’. I’m not one of them.”
A fan of Adele
Adele admitted that she was apprehensive when it came to meeting Weller.
“I was really nervous,” she said. “I went to go meet him at the first Brixton Academy show he did last Monday but straight away, he was so normal.
“Not that I thought that he would be awkward or anything, but he’s just the nicest man. He made me a cup of tea so straight away and put me at ease.”
“I’m a massive fan of Chasing Pavements. It was one of my big records of last year, so I was more than happy to do it.”
And the former The Jam frontman explained that he didn’t have to think hard about collaborating with the young, Mercury nominated, soul singer.
“I’m up for working with anyone really, who is any good,” said Weller. “It was suggested to me and I’m a massive fan of Chasing Pavements. It was one of my big records of last year, so I was more than happy to do it.”
Weller also said he was excited to be recording at the BBC studios at Maida Vale: “These studios are so great and they’ve got so much history and such a good sound in them. It’s nice to have a proper studio to work in and we’ve got a string quartet.”
The session is being broadcast in George Lamb’s show between 10am and 1pm today (5 December) and you will be able to listen again to that for a week after.