Album: Introducing The Style Council
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Paul Weller wasn’t one to rest on his laurels. After all, the final single by The Jam, the utterly tremendous “Beat Surrender” came out in November, 1982, and the first single by his new project, The Style Council — a collaboration with keyboardist Mick Talbot — the perfectly fine “Speak Like a Child” came out in March of 1983.
Of course, I was still trying to process the break-up of The Jam, who were — and are — one of my all-time favorite bands, and a band who was only getting better, as I think their final two albums, Sound Affects and The Gift are their best, as are the non-album singles that accompanied those records: the aformentioned “Beat Surrender,” but also “Funeral Pyre” and of course “Going Underground,” still one of the greatest songs anybody has ever done.