Friday, 9 April 2021

Listen to Paul Weller’s new song ‘Shades Of Blue’, co-written with his daughter Leah


Paul Weller has shared his new single ‘Shades Of Blue’, which was co-written with his daughter Leah – you can hear the track below.

The song is taken from Weller’s upcoming new album ‘Fat Pop (Volume 1)’, which is set for release on May 14. The LP was written and recorded during the first coronavirus lockdown last year.

Following on from previous singles ‘Cosmic Fringes’ and ‘Glad Times’, ‘Shades Of Blue’ has now been released. The song was co-written with Leah Weller, who contributed lyrics and backing vocals to the track.

An official video for ‘Shades Of Blue’ is “coming soon” according to Weller’s Twitter account, but you can hear the song now.

Weller recently rescheduled a number of his upcoming UK tour dates to spring 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. He still plans on embarking on another tour in November.

Leah Weller, who released two solo singles (‘Change’ and ‘Strangers’) last year, spoke to NME back in September about how she feels about having her music compared to her dad’s.

“I think that with anybody who puts something out, there’s always the fear that it might be judged, as it’s something that’s very personal to you,” she said. “I do usually run stuff past my dad to see what his opinion is, from the musician’s point of view. I would rather show it to my dad and him give me his feedback than release something that’s really not good and hear it from someone else.

“My parents have always been just very supportive no matter what I wanted to do, but coming from a musical background, I knew from an early age that I was into music. I was always singing; I was always trying to pick up guitar. My dad got me my first guitar for my 12th birthday. I remember writing my first song. I think it was called something like, ‘Same Shit, Different Day’ – I was a bit of an emo kid!”

Steve Cradock: ‘“I found all of the old masters and spent a month making Peace City West sound like I imagined it’. Article by Duncan Seaman of the Yorkshire Post.


“It was because it never originally came out on vinyl,” he says of the reissue, which is out today on his own label, Kundalini Records.

Unhappy with the original mix, the Ocean Colour Scene guitarist, who is also a key member of Paul Weller’s band as well as performing with The Specials, spent part of last year tweaking it.

“I found all of the old masters and spent the best part of a month making it sound like I imagined it,” says the 51-year-old. “I took out all of the interludes and I just thought I’d concentrate on the songs and it seemed to make more of a collective album.”

Back in December 2010, Cradock had visualised “trying to make an underground, garagey type of record” at “beautiful farm” on the southern tip of Devon. “It was like living on the Moon while I was there,” he says. “I spent a month doing it. James Buckley (from cult TV show The Inbetweeners) came down with his girlfriend and stayed for a couple of weeks, and my kids were there all the time.”

The song Last Days of the World had been left over from sessions for Cradock’s previous album, The Kundalini Target. Its lyrics about the rise of technology and social media seem prophetic. “I wrote the chorus for that and Andy Crofts wrote the first words, so I have to thank him for that,” he says. “I guess it does still ring very true, that song.”

Many of the other songs were co-written with Crofts while they were “out on the road” with Weller. Cradock remembers: “We’d spend a lot of time in changing rooms just picking away at it and demoing it as we were on tour with Paul.”

The lyrics for Lay Down Your Weary Burden come from a poem penned by Weller. “I really liked it as a poem,” Cradock says. “He gave me a few, actually, just to see if I could do anything with them.”

Peace City West has a 6os feel, with its mixture of psychedelia, pop and folk steeped in melody – some of the touchstones of Cradock’s musical taste. “I love new and old, I love all music,” he says. “If you’ve got an old-fashioned kind of song I guess unless it’s got rapping over it’s going to have a tinge that reminds you of something form a time gone by.”

As well as remixing Peace City West, Cradock has kept himself occupied during lockdown working on Paul Weller’s new album, Fat Pop. “It’s coming out in May,” he says. “It sounds eclectic, there’s acoustic pop, what I would class as Europop, it’s very soulful. It’s as though every song was construed as being a single. It’s just really exciting, it’s a great piece of work.”

Cradock has also been producing tracks for Weller’s eldest daughter, Leah. Her first single, Strangers, was released at the tail-end of last year. He says they are “not far away from completing” a full album. “It may need a couple of tunes, but the main part of it is done, it’s in a good state. At the moment she’s talking to record labels.”

He’s been setting up a new studio at home, and there is another solo album on its way too. “I’ve also recorded an instrumental album that’s going to be released on vinyl this year sometime,” he says. “I had a few bits of music and it seemed like it was for an imaginary movie. It’s quite meditative, for example the first track on the second side is five minutes of me playing gongs. Especially the second side is me playing simple melodies and repetition melodies, piano pieces and it seems cohesive as an album.”

Cradock also continues to be involved with The Specials. He reveals Lynval Golding asked him to work on an acoustic track. Additionally, he says: “There are lots of ideas floating around that sound very exciting but I haven’t really played on anything yet.”

The Specials have a tour pencilled in for September, while Paul Weller is due back on the road in November. Cradock says he’s missed playing live. “It’s not only us, it’s all the technicians and all the crews, it’s been a really bleak time for a lot of people,” he says. Of course I’m hoping things will be better later in the year.”

Peace City West is out today. 

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Georgie Fame and his sons are set for an Eastleigh show in September


A SIXTIES soul legend and headline favourite is returning to The Concorde as the Eastleigh club unveils its bumper post lockdown programme, writes Duncan Eaton.

And it be will be very much a family affair when the legendary Georgie Fame steps on stage with his sons Tristan (guitar) and James (drums) Powell.

Georgie's links with The Concorde go back to practically the day he started his star-studded musical journey.

He will be showcasing all the hits which made him a household name when he appears on September 8 which is traditionally the Stoneham Lane club's Wednesday jazz night.

Georgie was the only British music act to have three number one hits with his only Top Ten chart entries – Yeh Yeh (1964) Get Away (1965) and The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

One of the best Hammond organ players in the business, his career spans more than 5 decades.

He’s worked with Eric Clapton, Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Bill Wyman and many others and is widely credited as being among the first artists to introduce Britain’s youth to soul, R&B, Blues and SKA.

He has a treasure trove of anecdotes of smokey blues clubs, including Soho's iconic Flamingo , and appearing with a host of rock giants including Eddie Cochran and Billy Fury and jazz giants.

The new issue of Ugly Things features The Velvet Underground and Ready Steady Go!


Jonathan Richman shares exclusive secrets of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground-era guitar and gear, complete with his own illustrations! We go behind the scenes of the legendary sixties UK TV pop show Ready Steady Go! and our Gabor Szabo coverage continues as his ‘60s era bass player and fellow Hungarian refugee Louis Kabok shares his extraordinary story. Then there’s the second part of our interview with Cheap Trick’s Bun E Carlos, Texas ‘60s garage band Word D, Pennsylvania teen garage geniuses the Shaynes (“From A Window”), Woody’s Truck Stop (with pre-Nazz Todd Rundgren), and the wild saga of French underground iconoclasts Komintern. Not to forget an interview with Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band, Lost at Sea), the story of Yellow Hand, a band that sprouted from a shoebox of unreleased Buffalo Springfield songs, Cyril Jordan on Phil Spector, and more! Plus our enormously popular review sections covering all the latest reissues and rock & roll-related books.

Solution Records release 'Ma's Place' b/w 'Place Called Love' by THE meddyEVILS


"Ma's Place" / "Place Called Love"




At last - two of the biggest Mod club dancers have been reissued. "Ma's Place" has long been a favourite with the R&B crowd - an uptempo Club Soul fave rave that has been filling the dancefloor for decades. You also get the other great number by the band in the shape of "Place Called Love" - an Artwoods-style R&B groove with blueswailing harmonica and organ

Don't just take our word for - have a listen

300 copies only - all licences and PRS payments made

The Who to release expanded version of 'Face Dances' on coloured vinyl for Record Store Day 2021 - 12th June


The Who's 1981 album Face Dances will be reissued on Record Store Day 2021 – 12 June – to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The album has been extended to 18 tracks over two LPs pressed on coloured heavy weight vinyl – one blue LP and one yellow. The set includes previously unreleased studio tracks and live tracks from the band's 1981 Rockpalast show.


The vinyl is housed in a slim line 12” box with four bonus art prints.


You can get a copy from a participating indie record shop near you. 

An Evening with Alan McGee at Wolverhampton's Arena Theatre on 28th May


Creation Day Festival is coming to Wolverhampton in May 2022. To celebrate, the curator and co-founder of the legendary Creation Records label, Alan McGee, is coming to Arena Theatre to share his stories in “An Evening with Alan McGee”. Hosted by Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) and with a special performance from Marquis Drive, hear the insider stories from the man who signed Oasis, went to school with Primal Scream and transformed the music industry.


Date: Friday 28 May 2021

Venue: The Arena Theatre 


Doors open: 7:15pm

Show starts: 8pm.


Price: £20 in venue. £10 for Livestream

Paul Weller to release 'Fat Pop' as a limited edition 7" box set

This is a one‐off collectors edition Lift‐off Lid Boxset & features 6x7” heavy weight black vinyls.

You have 24 hours to pre‐order one & there are only a 1000 of these available exclusively through Paul’s official store!

Listen to Paul Weller’s new song ‘Shades Of Blue’, co-written with his daughter Leah

  Paul Weller has shared his new single ‘Shades Of Blue’, which was co-written with his daughter Leah – you can hear the track below. The ...