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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 May 1958Woking, Surrey, England, UK
Birth NameJohn William Weller
Nickname The Modfather
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Has 5 children: Daughters Leah, Dylan, and Jesamine, and sons Nathaniel and Stevie. His mother named him John after contracting polio of the throat right after his birth. She was bordering on delirium and blurted out the first name she thought of. She later renamed him Paul, but his name has never been legally changed.

He started his musical career as the guitarist and lead singer of the Jam in 1976, then in 1983 formed the Style Council with Mick Talbot. The band broke up after their record label refused to release their final album, and he embarked on a solo career in 1990.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: LadyCole

Spouse (2)

Hannah Andrews (September 2010 - present)
Dee C. Lee (1988 - 1994) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

Performed at the anti-war "One Big No" concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London. [March 2003]
He was a member of Band Aid in 1984 and when Bono didn't turn up for the performance of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" on BBC television's "Top of the Pops", he mimed the U2 frontman's line.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist for The Jam from 1975 until its demise in 1982, releasing six studio albums from 1977 to 1982. He then led The Style Council from 1983 until 1990, releasing six more studio albums. He has been a solo artist ever since, releasing the studio albums "Paul Weller" (1992), "Wild Wood" (1994), "Stanley Road" (1995), "Heavy Soul" (1997), "Heliocentric" (2000), "Illumination" (2002) and "As is Now" (2005). In addition to his studio albums, he has released a live album, a greatest hits album and a collection of odds and ends (2004's "Fly on the Wall").
A member of Red Wedge, an association of left-wing celebrities who campaigned for the Labour Party in the 1987 British general election.
He was the winner of the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist in two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996. He also won the 2005 Q magazine Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
Winner of the 1995 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
Winner of the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
Winner of the 2005 Q Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.
He allegedly declined a C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2007 for his services to music.
A fan of soul music. "Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul" is one of his favorite albums.
Weller publicly opposed Paul Simon's decision to record his album Graceland in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s. When Simon played the first of six nights at London's Royal Albert Hall on April 7 1987, Weller joined Jerry Dammers and Billy Bragg in protesting outside and delivered a letter demanding that Simon give a "complete and heartfelt apology to the UN General Assembly".
Paul and his wife Hannah are reportedly expecting twins in April 2012.

Personal Quotes (20)

Unfortunately these days, if you don't get a hit single and your first album doesn't sell one point whatever million you don't get a chance to make your second one. Pop Idol (2001), Popstars (2001), Fame Academy (2002), the rest of them - I don't think they are causing any problems whatsoever - they are coming up with acts that people do like and they are going out and buying a lot of their product.
[speaking in 2006] There are more important things in my life now to write about than politics.
[on Sting] Horrible man. Not my cup of tea at all. Rubbish. No edge, no attitude, no nothing.
[on David Bowie] I like about three records of his. The rest of it's pish.
We can't stop a baby in Africa from starving to death... but we can afford enough technology and weaponry to blow the world up a million times over.
[on involvement with Red Wedge] It was the biggest mistake ever for me because once you get involved with those people you see how it's all run. It's more about their egos and it's not about really making a difference.
In all honesty, I don't know what one song can change.
The Jam were a good band, however I feel that the Style Council were better. A lot of people I know will disagree with me. Some things we did with The Style Council were misinterpreted or over their heads.
[on turning down the CBE] It would have been a bit hypocritical for me to accept that, I don't really agree with it. I don't like the royal family, I don't like the establishment, I don't like the civil service. So, it would be utterly pointless me accepting it.
I had a total belief in The Style Council. I meant every word and felt every action.
The line "Compose a revolutionary symphony/Then went to bed with a charming young thing" is about The Clash. I was a fan, but I just thought it was really odd how quickly they'd become a standard rock'n'roll band with the leather jackets and the photo opportunities. One minute they were singing 'I'm so bored with the USA' and the next they seemed to be spending most of their fucking time over there. I felt a bit cheated.
Coming from such an uneducated background, I suppose I'd had quite a blinkered working-class upbringing, and reading books like George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia and Robert Tressell's The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropist had opened up my mind - seeing how the system works and how people are kept down. They gave me a broadly socialist viewpoint and made me reappraise everything.
If I'd lost my hair, it would've been awful. Nobody could take a bald mod seriously. I was talking to Robert Plant about this and he said the secret to his success was keeping his hair. Led Zeppelin would never have reformed if he or Jimmy Page were bald.
It wasn't a time to be non partisan. It was too serious a time, too extreme. I wasn't waving the Labour party flag but the socialist red flag that's for sure. In The Jam I didn't want to be a part of any movement. But this was different. Thatcher (Margaret Thatcher) got into power in 1979, and from the Falklands war onwards, that was her wielding her power, the trade unions were being worn down, we had the miners strike, there was mass unemployment, there were all these issues, you had to care and if you didn't you had your head in the sand or didn't give a fuck about anyone but yourself. You couldn't sit on the fence. It was very black and white then. Thatcher was a tyrant, a dictator.
[on "Wake Up The Nation"] I think the record is great and it deserves a lot more recognition than it's got.
For me, Wilko [Wilko Johnson] was the first guitar hero of the Seventies. Post-Bolan [Marc Bolan] and Bowie [David Bowie], Britain was a real wasteland, musically. There were all those faded-denim, post-prog stadium bands, and the US rock thing. The Feelgoods cut right through all that. Hearing Down By The Jetty for the first time, at the age of 17, was just what I wanted. I borrowed the LP off a mate and kept hold of it as long as I could. Then I went and bought my own.
Wilko [Wilko Johnson] may not be as famous as some other guitarists, but he's right up there. And there are a lot of people who'll say the same. I can hear Wilko in lots of places. It's some legacy.
I'm not scared of the new. For all of my love of the '60s, be it clothes or music, I still wouldn't want to be living in any other time but now. If I had a time machine, maybe I might go back to 1964 to the Flamingo and see Stevie Wonder, but I wouldn't want to stay there. I like the modern.
[on being told that David Cameron had named Eton Rifles as one of his favorite songs] Which part of it didn't he get?
I'm a born-again Bowie (David Bowie) freak. The next time he sees me I'll have a fucking great Aladdin Sane flash on me boat race. Every night we'd drive home to London after recording and have Ziggy Stardust on five or six times. Low's one of my favourite records anyway. Whatever gripes I've had about Bowie in the past, Low's been a constant since I bought it in 1977.

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