The Style Council is not my favorite Paul Weller incarnation, but even with all its ’80s soul earnestness, I still enjoy the band. I enjoy it even more when I find said music at a bargain price.
I bought The Style Council’s My Ever Changing Moods for ONE DOLLAR at Jackpot! Records in Portland, Oregon. I got it at the same time as picking up the Paul Weller Hit Parade CD and Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ocean Rain, also on CD. ONE DOLLAR. How could I say no to that? I already knew I loved the title song, and it would cost me at least that to download it. And we all know that physical copies are more satisfying, right?
Overall, it’s a bit of a strange album and a mishmash of styles, including the classic Weller Slow-Jam, “You’re The Best Thing.” The band members’ bios on the back are rather funny, and once again, I can manage to tie things back to Oasis – Steve White drums on this album, as well as many other Weller releases. His brother Alan, of course, was Oasis drummer #2.
Also, the epigram (pictured above) from Jean Paul Marat is still relevant for today:
Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don’t be taken in when they pat you paternally on the shoulder and say there’s no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretense of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they’ll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces.
Everything still plays well and the cover’s just a bit worn, and I don’t know why this was marked down so much, except maybe that Americans have forgotten about Style Council. It even still has the liner notes inside, which one certainly wouldn’t expect in a $1 LP.
As I mentioned in 30 Years of Music: 1984, the video for “My Ever Changing Moods” makes me giggle. The road bikes on an obvious trailer! The weirdly small helmet! And yet, Weller still manages to own it. Play us out, Modfather!
(A previous version of this post originally appeared on Glorified Love Letters.)