Paul Weller Performs "Carnation" For BBC Radio 4’s ‘Mastertapes!’

John Wilson continues with his new series in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC’s iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 3, A-side. “The Gift” – 30 years after the band’s split, Paul Weller talks about ‘The Gift’ – the last album for The Jam. The band’s only No 1 album, it marked a musical departure from the classic Jam sound to a more soul-influenced style, and it ushered in Weller’s ideas for the Style Council. It was an album that didn’t just focus on the state of society, it also had a lot to say about where music was going in the 1980s – and it included the classic No 1 ‘Town Called Malice’ as well as ‘Running On The Spot’ and ‘Carnation’. Paul also plays exclusive live versions of some of the tracks on the album.

In the B-side of the programme, it’s the turn of the audience to ask the questions and that programme can be heard next Monday at 11.00pm.



  1. 30 years since weller split the jam. And he insists that he wont reform them!!
    But he is more than willing to make a lot of money by ripping off the public by re-issuing this shite!! under the delux banner wich is anabsolute con.
    30 years ago the ego would have precaimed this AS A SELL OUT!! Your an absolute fraud weller. More a business man than a musician. Absolute rat & an arsehole. A sell out.
    Phil Collins in a mod suit!! JUDAS!!!


  2. Woah, tetchy! Some might say he's earnt the right to reflect on and enjoy the acclaim of his legacy from The Jam. He's hardly rested on his laurels or lived off the reputation, has he? The deluxe editions have unearthed some really good stuff and people can either choose to buy them or not. At least Weller got some of the anger out of his system with 35 years of music, you need to take a leaf out of that particular book. Judas?? Are you still feeling betrayed? Get over it mate.


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