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At His Modjesty's Request: Paul Weller's Favourite Albums
Mat Colegate , May 7th, 2015 08:54

Paul Weller is releasing a new album, Saturns Pattern, so we sent tQ film editor Mat Colegate off to meet his mod hero and bask in the glory of his sartorial prowess. Ah, yes, and find out about his top 13 albums as well


Donny Hathaway - Live
I love the playing on it. I think it's Willie Weeks who plays the bass on that record and he does a bass solo, which is never the most interesting thing, but he just plays on one note for ages and it's great. But it's all about Donny's voice and his playing. I don't know how recognised he is but for me he's up with the greats. Maybe not as consistent as Stevie Wonder, but in terms of talent, definitely.

It's a period of soul music that you've come back to a lot, and a lot of that music is very political. Do you ever see yourself going back to more political songwriting?

I have trouble with it because unless it comes to me naturally I'm not really interested - if I have to force it or think, 'How do I write this?' - especially if you're talking about politics because it can sound so trite and obvious. But even if it came naturally I worry that I'd end up writing the same things I wrote 30 years ago. I still agree with those things, but I don't want to be writing the same stuff. 'You'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns...' Isn't that what's still going on? Every time they fire a rocket at some poor fucker in the Middle East it costs us £850,000 and yet the NHS is going down the tubes. We've got people eating from food banks. What the fuck is that about in a country like this? So I'm angry about the same things that I was 30 years ago, which means either I haven't moved on or politics hasn't moved on.