From Get Surry
By: Adam Collins
A STATUE of Woking rock icons The Jam in the town could be the closest fans will get to seeing their idols back together after music legend Paul Weller ruled out the prospect of any reunions with his previous bands, The Jam or The Style Council.
The sculpture of the Sheerwater band, famed for hits including A Town Called Malice and Going Underground, has been commissioned by Barratt Homes and is due to be unveiled at the heart of the company’s New Central development in Guildford Road.
But that could be the nearest fans get to seeing the original members back together after Weller said he does not see the point in a reunion with either of the bands, ahead of the release of his latest album, Sonik Kicks.
He said: “I’m not interested in any reunions. Out of the two, Style Council sounds more appealing because we had a laugh at that time, but it wouldn’t be the same so what’s the point?
“Whatever great feelings or nostalgia I had for that time, I know I could never re-capture it and its probably better just being left where it is really. It just wouldn’t be the same really, I don’t see the point.”
Speaking his mind in a rare interview ahead of the release, the Modfather also talked about his duet with Amy Winehouse at the Electric Proms, and about going into a trance with his shopping trolley in Waitrose.
Weller performed on stage with Amy Winehouse at the Electric Proms and spoke about what it was like to meet and perform with her.
“Amy (Winehouse) was just something special, wasn’t she? I can remember the first day she came down to our rehearsals for that gig, and as soon as she started singing I looked around the rest of the band and everyone was just smiling, beaming, ’cause you know she had that God-given talent.
“You very rarely see someone who can sing that way and perform like that, so that was really special, I got to say.
“I sang with Adele about three or four years ago and she was the same thing really.
“She sings and it’s brilliant straight away.”
Weller was asked what he does in his spare time and revealed that he goes to Waitrose to ‘get out the house for a bit’.
He said: “I go to Waitrose normally, get out the house for a bit really and go into a little trance with my shopping trolley, it’s always nice. I really enjoy my homelife now even though it’s busy at home as well, but I really love it and I miss it when I’m away from it, much more than I ever used to.
“So in between things or talking to someone, I don’t do anything, I just drift off really, or I watch TV I guess, that’s what most people do really, isn’t it?
“It’s just a way of looking into this coloured light and getting transcendental with it, I just do normal things really, believe it or not.”