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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


John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
I love all of his stuff from A Love Supreme onwards. I love the whole spiritual nature of those tunes. Love Supreme was his hymn to god and it sounds like it. Whenever I hear that first track it makes me think of opening a window and all this fresh, clean spring air coming in. It's uplifting, in the tradition of gospel, but abstracted. All of his stuff from that point onwards was a hymn. It's constantly influential and inspiring.

Do you think that there's a sense of spirituality in your music?

Definitely, but not in any sort of Christian way. Often whenever I've written about God it's always been interlinked with nature as well. Why that is I don't know. Maybe I see it as one and the same thing. It's definitely there in my music. Me and my wife were talking about it last night. We were watching a programme about psychedelic drugs and their benefits, and we were watching this tribe taking ayahuasca. They are people who are surrounded by nature and they're at one with it. It's hard to do that living in a city, but if you peel away the layers it is there. I'm still trying to work it all out, you know what I mean?