Curled up within the nook of a comfortable file label sofa, and dressed down by his requirements – jumper and denims – Paul Weller is in full-on daydream mode.
“I wish to write a James Bond theme tune,” he says.
“I’ve obtained this half a track that me and Noel Gallagher labored on and I feel it might be nice for a Bond theme. There is a little bit of minor key occurring. That may be an ambition undoubtedly.”
The Modfather can be 59 later this month and the ground-breaking debut album by his outdated band The Jam turns 40 subsequent week.
Whereas many acts would accept a re-mastered re-issue on white vinyl to mark the anniversary (different colors can be found), this ever-changingman is trying ahead to the discharge of his 13th solo studio album on Friday.
Oh – and the delivery of his eighth baby, “the littlest Weller”.
He jokes: “Me and the spouse are ready for a summer season launch!”
However are there parallels between knocking out one other nice file and fathering one other baby into your 60th 12 months?
“Effectively, each baby is totally different, however you deal with them the identical. And it is the identical with information actually. It’s a must to love all of them.
“You possibly can’t inform how you’re feeling about it till months later actually, till you’ve got had time to actually soak up it… I am speaking about information now – not youngsters!”
He provides: “My spouse all the time says after every one, ‘Are you going to take a while off now?’ And I all the time intend to, then I begin writing once more, then hastily these songs come and I’ve little or no management over it.
“I am unable to think about my life not writing. It is ongoing to me and I do not suppose it is ever going to expire till I drop down lifeless.
“I nonetheless suppose I can fly excessive and I by no means wish to be grounded.”
Weller’s forthcoming musical offspring has been christened A Variety Revolution. Nevertheless it’s undoubtedly “not a political file”, he says.
The title stays a provocative one, although, particularly given it arrives simply weeks earlier than a basic election. Coincidence?
“Yeah, I used to be in deep dialog with Theresa Could saying, ‘If you subsequent having an election, love?'” the ex-Purple Wedge member says with a smile.
“No – pure coincidence. My file is nothing to do with politics. It is about folks.
“I feel it is a scary time for all of us, we simply do not understand how it’ll go. It appears the entire world is catching alight, virtually like a prelude to a world battle.”
What would the slogan on a Paul Weller marketing campaign poster say?
“Love each other, man, and attempt to be sort and be good to one another and the world can be a greater place. Extremely simplistic, I do know, however that is the underside line.”
Weller goes on: “Extra compassion, extra solidarity with our fellow human beings – quite a lot of these issues are lacking for me in society and on the planet basically actually.
“I do not suppose any of the solutions to the present state of the world lie in politics. I feel it is time for folks to not put their religion and judgement into theories or politics, and even philosophies, and to look inside ourselves.
“No matter occurred to our personal accountability to our society and our nation and the world?
“We needs to be altering ourselves and it is unfair to count on one particular person goes to vary all the pieces for us.”
Is that simpler mentioned than executed although?
“Typically I take into consideration peace on the planet after which I’ve to look inside myself and suppose am I at peace? Can I dwell as much as all of the issues I consider in or spout?
“I am type of intent on altering myself to eliminate ideas or unfavourable emotions. Till you possibly can really feel that inside your self it is arduous to undertaking that on to the world.”
It is clear on the brand new file that Weller has been doing a little severe soul looking and digging deep inside his huge file assortment for musical inspiration from the likes of David Bowie, The Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Miles Davis, northern soul, funk and past.
He confesses: “These influences are simply inside me. I’ve soaked them up down the years and so they all the time come out a method or one other.”
He is additionally been flicking by his telephone contacts to safe the vocal abilities of Boy George and soul sirens PP Arnold and Madeline Bell, plus the bluesy guitar enjoying of Strypes teen Josh McClorey and Robert Wyatt’s jazz trumpet.
Observe two Nova channels the avant garde spirit of late Bowie, whereas subsequent track Long Long Road, Paul’s favorite, finds him again on the bar-room piano belting out a giant romantic McCartney-esque ballad.
Album nearer The Unattainable Thought even has a Broadway musical high quality to it or, as Weller places it, “it is like a German beer corridor track however with a kind of French chanson really feel to it too”.
Extra on that one shortly…
As followers of The Model Council will let you know, Weller has by no means been afraid of failure, and within the final six months alone he is taken a plethora of recent challenges on.
He is produced a remix for his good pals Syd Arthur, a film score to the boxing film Jawbone, and has even discovered time to make his acting debut as a rather convincing dead Viking alongside mate Martin Freeman within the last episode of Sherlock.
So what else may presumably be left on this man’s bucket listing?
“I wish to see the UK win the Eurovision Tune Contest,” says Weller. “And I feel they want The Unattainable Thought as their tune.”
Is he severe? Would he be there in Kiev?
“Yeah, they may have it completely. I might be there, presumably. If it was my track then I might undoubtedly, yeah.”
Should you’re studying this, Crew UK, it is nonetheless not too late. To realize the unimaginable on Saturday evening, higher name Paul.
A Variety Revolution is out on Friday 12 Could.