Audio Recordings

Paul Weller
16 December 2007
BBC TV Centre
Desert Island Discs

1. Tin Soldier
Performer The Small Faces 
Composer Marriott, Lane 
Track CD2 trk 25 
Rec No CMEDD707 

2. September in the Rain
Performer Dinah Washington 
Composer Dubin, Warren
CD Title The Best of Dinah Washington: Mad About the Boy 
Track 6 
Rec No 5122142

3. Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul
Performer Charles Mingus 
Composer Charles Mingus
CD Title Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus Impulse 
Track 5 
Label MCA
Rec No MCAD 39119 

4. Don’t Be a Drop Out
Performer James Brown
Composer Brown, Jones 
CD Title Don’t Be a Drop Out/Tell Me That You Love Me 
Track Side 1, Trk 1
Label PYE 
Rec No 7N 25394 

5. Arabesque No 1 
Performer Branford Marsalis with the English Chamber Orchestra 
Composer Debussy
CD Title Romances for Saxophone: Branford Marsalis
Track 3 
Label CBS 
Rec No CD42122

6. Galileo (Someone Like You)
Performer Declan O’Rourke 
Composer Declan O’Rourke
CD Title Since Kyabram 
Track 3 
Label V2 MUSIC 
Rec No VVR1036392 

7. River Man 
Performer Nick Drake
Composer Nick Drake
CD Title Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left 
Track 2 
Rec No IMCD8

8. That’s Enough
Performer Roscoe 
Composer Wildroot 
CD Title That’s Enough/One More time 
Track 1
Label Wand 
Rec No WN 27

Record: Tin Soldier 
Book: Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Luxury: A settee to sit on


8 Tracks

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the musician Paul Weller.

As the lead singer of The Jam, the founder of The Style Council and a hugely successful solo artist, he is one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past thirty years and is cited as an influence by countless other singers.

In a rare interview, he describes the chronic shyness he had to overcome; how he is still gripped by fear before each performance and how, after he had been dumped by his record label, he was unable to write songs and found that even picking up a guitar felt alien to him. 

His father has been a constant support to him - as his mentor as well as his manager - and had always believed that his son had something special.

Desert Island Discs

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1 CD
FM Radio Broadcast
42 minutes