PAUL WELLER IS SET TO FOLLOW-UP MODERN CLASSICS – HIS SINGLES ALBUM FROM 1998 – WITH A NEW COMPILATION ON 2ND JUNE. MORE MODERN CLASSICS COVERS 1999 TO 2014, WITH STANDALONE SINGLES FEATURED ALONGSIDE TRACKS FROM HELIOCENTRIC, ILLUMINATION, WAKE UP THE NATION, AS IS NOW, 22 DREAMS, STUDIO 150 AND SONIK KICKS.
MORE MODERN CLASSICS will also include BRAND NEW TOY, issued last weekend as a limited edition single for Record Store Day. Weller’s work in the period covered by the new compilation has seen him push his songwriting through many different genres – from the late-Sixties psychedelia of HELIOCENTRIC to the pastoral folk rock tinges of 22 DREAMS to the post-punk / Krautrock experimentation of WAKE UP THE NATION and SONIK KICKS. In new sleevenotes for MORE MODERN CLASSICS, he says: “This compilation is over 15 years but it feels like it could be five or six. I’m rushing through, like I can’t slow it down. I’ll cling on tight and see where it ends up”…
MORE MODERN CLASSICS will be available in five different formats – standard CD, heavyweight vinyl, digital, deluxe digital and the (by now customary) deluxe ‘book edition’, which features three CDs and several bonus radio session tracks. Weller will perform two concerts in intimate London venues during May. Pre-order MORE MODERN CLASSICS from the paulweller.com store (here) to gain access to an exclusive early pre-sale. Tickets are strictly limited to two per person, sold on a first come first served basis, and access to the pre-sale does not guarantee a ticket. Full show details along with a unique pre-sale access code will be emailed on Thursday 1st May 2014 to all who have pre-ordered.
HE’S THE KEEPER / SWEET PEA MY SWEET PEA / IT’S WRITTEN IN THE STARS / WISHING ON A STAR / FROM THE FLOORBOARDS UP / COME ON LET’S GO / WILD BLUE YONDER / HAVE YOU MADE UP YOUR MIND / ECHOES ROUND THE SUN / ALL I WANNA DO / PUSH IT ALONG / 22 DREAMS / NO TEARS TO CRY / WAKE UP THE NATION / FAST CAR SLOW TRAFFIC / STARLITE / THAT DANGEROUS AGE / WHEN YOUR GARDEN’S OVERGROWN / THE ATTIC / FLAME-OUT! / BRAND NEW TOY
FRIGHTENED / WITH TIME AND TEMPERANCE / A BULLET FOR EVERYONE / ONE X ONE / DON’T MAKE PROMISES / ONE WAY ROAD / BIRDS / BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT / ROLL ALONG SUMMER / PEBBLE AND THE BOY / EMPTY RING / WHY WALK WHEN YOU CAN RUN / NIGHT LIGHTS / 7&3 IS THE STRIKER’S NAME / TREES / UP THE DOSAGE / GREEN / PAPERCHASE / BE HAPPY CHILDREN / THE OLDE ORIGINAL
Disc 3 (Deluxe Edition / track listing subject to change):
ALL I WANNA DO (Sun) / FROM THE FLOORBOARDS UP (XFM) / THE ATTIC (BBC 6 Music) / AROUND THE LAKE (BBC 6 Music) / ANDROMEDA (BBC 6 Music) / THAT DANGEROUS AGE (BBC 6 Music) / WHEN YOUR GARDEN’S OVERGROWN (BBC 6 Music) / WAKE UP THE NATION (BBC 6 Music) / SAVAGES (Capital Gold) / TIME OF THE SEASON (BBC Radio 2) / AIM HIGH (Black Barn) / DAYDREAM (XFM)