Anyway good tune, bit souly I think. Also, as usual a great look from The Man.
I've always felt this Jam track to be unbelievably and weirdly true about every day life. Difficult to say for sure whether Weller is talking philosophically "in the crowd" as in "in a mindless mob" or whether he means just drifting randomly through a shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon buying random shit (as he mentions actually in the song).
Anyway good tune, bit souly I think. Also, as usual a great look from The Man.
This is one of my very favourite Weller looks and one I actually wear to work on a regular basis. I will go with “simplistic but suave” essentially - it's a white shirt and black suit and from what the video shows, a black and white polka dot tie and - if you look very closely - you have a collar bar through his shirt collar too.
The collar bar is a look which I haven't worn often enough frankly. It adds an extra level of suaveness to the whole outfit.
Also, on his feet in this context I suspect he’ll be wearing a pair of loafers or something similar.
Black mohair suit - Adam of London
Yes - I know I've gone with AOL a few times in this post but if I'm honest there seems to be a famine of black suits about at the moment. JTG and Adaptor seem to be fresh out.
What I do like about AOL is their jackets have working cuffs. The full experience.
Pin-collar shirt in Ivory - Adam of London
Quite rare to see this all as one package, but Adam does the deal here for a decent price.
Pin dot tie - Ties Planet
Quite a cheap one, but I've got one of these and it does the job. It is, to coin the phrase, the Look for Less.
I've always liked this song. Again, the video is great because Weller's look is on point as usual. But it's also when I started getting that military-jacket-style vibe.
I've had a cheeky look around and you can get this look quite easily, again approximately £300.
Also I promise the next one won't involve Paul Weller.
Mandarin Jacket in stone - Pretty Green
The main event in this particular look. I suspect Weller's would have been tailored, but for those of us of more modest means, this is a good recreation. I've got one in navy and it fits well, looks great.
Black suit trousers - Adaptor
Weller looks to be wearing some standard black suit trousers so you might as well make 'em a good pair. As the Ivy Leaguers used to say, natural fibres always look the best.
However, if you're looking for a more cost-friendly option, CX London do a black pair of Sta Prest for less than 1/2 that price.
Jam Shoes - IKON
Classic Jam, probably not what you'd wear down the pub but I'm sure everyone's had a pair at one point.
IKON do a decent pair for a decent price.
White socks - Primark
Price: £1.80 (5 pack)
Very much a Mod revival thing, the white socks are a classic accompaniment to Jam shoes. But you hardly ever see original Mods (1960s) wearing them.
Nowdays they're super cheap so you've got no excuse not to have a pack handy.
Fred Perry in "duck-egg" blue - Woodhouse
Hard to see what he's actually wearing under his jacket so I'm going with a hunch here. FPs are always a bit pricey I'm afraid but I imagine a decent shirt would do just fine for this look.
Yes folks, roughly thirteen years ago I listened to this song for the very first time and took my very first step on the path to Mod and the appreciation of style. The road was winding (in the words of another artist we all know) but we got there in the end. At the time I even had a pair of those shoes that Weller and Foxton are wearing in this particular video - “badgers” I believe they were called.
Still sounds good even now, although I can’t believe it never went to number one.
This is a great, if absurd interview.
Quite random with the Swedish bits. But good insight into The Jam's Weller's deadpan attitude - Why did you name yourself after a fruit spread and are you punk?
PLUS: Weller's cringeworthy flirting with the girl.
This is going to be part of the best-looking video series - a few of the Moddest videos I think are out there, where watching the video has literally inspired me in new clothing purchases.
Here we've got the Weller, late Jam look. Complete with collar bar.
Love him or loathe him, David Cameron resigned as an MP yesterday. He actually resigned as Prime Minister back in June, having lost the EU Referendum (having also said he wouldn’t quit), but he stayed on as an MP. He also funnily enough said he wouldn’t quit as an MP. But then politician talks bollocks isn’t exactly news.
Anyway, Cameron has been one of my favourite ones because of the songs that he’s tried to pretend he liked and then been found out and made to look like a complete tit.
The Jam’s Eton Rifles for instance, he seemed to imply that he used to listen to while literally at Eton in the Cadet Corps. Which, let’s be honest, if you’ve ever even heard the song, you’d know that story was at the extreme end of highly unlikely. Usually you can tell from someone’s demeanour what music they like and Cameron is almost definitely not a Jam fan. Apart from his background, which I won’t hold against him here, he just isn’t angry enough, he just doesn’t know passion. His entire personality is “meh”.
He also tried to claim he was a big fan of the Smiths, which again obviously set Mr J. Marr off like a katherine wheel. And you can pretty much draw the same conclusions. Cameron just is not an emotional guy in that way. Coldplay or Snow Patrol maybe. But not the Smiths.
Then of course there was Gordon Brown pretending he liked the Arctic Monkeys, then being unable to name a single song. And Tony Blair being in a band before entering politics (although this is definitely believable - the dazzling frontman with no plan whatsoever - sound familiar?).
So I guess politicians and music are basically a foregone conclusion; if Cam had got up there and started singing and playing air guitar to the Jam, perhaps it would have been convincing, but he’d still look like a tit.
But the fact is, these things are almost always cooked up by some press officer in the car on the way to the conference to generate a bit of “edge”, fully aware that half the journalists and audience probably have no idea who the band is either so they’ll get away with it. Until someone on twitter points it out.
Anyway, he’s gone now so we don’t need to worry too much. Until Theresa May suddenly declares herself a massive Specials fan or something.
I’ve gone with this topic again because of the revelation last week of Wiggo’s new shoes.
I love the design because it harks back to an inspiration I’ve always seen as synonymous with the 1960s and Mod. In this case, Wiggo chose a design that is one of Paul Weller’s signature guitar designs (although from which kind of album period, I’m not sure - I’m guessing mid Setting Sons?) and it’s pure pop art.
Both the shoes and guitar look great - sharp lines and bold colours, effectively an enlarged Roy Lichtenstein cartoon. As I mentioned in my post a while back, the Who took up the pop art banner in a big way when they started, surfing on a multicoloured tide of union jack blazers, RAF roundels and a whole collection of zany patterns and bold colours that was infused into their clothes and reflected in their earlier uncomplicated, chord-driven tunes.
There should be more of this.
It’s possible to do it wrong of course. Ben Sherman had a go, but their Beatles shirts were a bit kitsch - using a well known logo and plastering it all over a shirt was a bit opportunistic IMO.
Having said that, it probably sold well for non-Mods looking to be associated with the world’s supposed greatest band. But they should try again with some other stuff.
Pretty Green have gone paisley mad this season: shirts, t-shirts, parkas, light jackets, hats and even footballs. As I said earlier in the week, I would definitely be up for some paisley socks too.
But the point is clear - the paisley pattern is epic, always looks great in the sun and I’ll bet it sells like hot cakes. Paisley came a bit after pop art, but the idea is the similar. These kind of patterns and colours were what attracted me to Mod in the first place and they absolutely capture the fire and imagination of 1960s optimism, bullishly looking to the future.
I hope Wiggo inspires similar feats of outrageous Modernism.
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