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.