Into Tomorrow by Paul Weller is a favorite of mine. It actually is the first album of Paul after a couple of troubled years that saw a drop of the public’s interest in The Style Council up to a point where the band was refused a contract to produce its fifth album. Into Tomorrow features 4 tracks amongst which the brilliant ‘Into Tomorrow’. It was released by Paul, under the name ‘The Paul Weller Movement’ and on his own independent label!
Into Tomorrow by Paul Weller’s symbol
I am a huge fan of Paul and have been following him since I was 15. To me, this album is about the renaissance of a very gifted musician and composer. It is about talent and resilience and how the biggest stars, someday, have to face uncertain times, regroup, play in smaller venues in front of little audiences, and of course succeed to start a new career again. And boy, did he succeed in this new solo career!
Only 4 tracks thus, but a very symbolic vinyl that deserves a place in your collection.
Paul John Weller (born 25 May 1958) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Weller achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam. He had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council (1983–1989), before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991.
Despite widespread critical recognition as a singer, lyricist, and guitarist, Weller has remained a national, rather than international, star and much of his songwriting is rooted in British culture. He is also the principal figure of the 1970s and 1980s mod revival, and is often referred to as “The Modfather”.
The Daily Telegraph said of Weller: “Apart from David Bowie, it’s hard to think of any British solo artist who’s had as varied, long-lasting and determinedly forward-looking a career.” The BBC described Weller in 2007 as “one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years”. In 2012, he was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life. He has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male twice, and the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.