At the time I started learning to play the guitar this song you need wheels came on top of the pops, what attracted me to the song was the old chuck berry rock and roll riff as I wanted to learn as many songs as possible with that 12 bar blues riff which so many roc n rollers used in the past and still do today.
Since the break-up of the Style Council in March 1990, Talbot has continued to play with Weller on his solo material. He is a member of the current lineup of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners).
Talbot played with the late 1970s mod revivalists The Merton Parkas, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Bureau and can be seen in the latter's music video for their song "Only For Sheep". In 1982 he started working with Paul Weller to form The Style Council which released their first records early in 1983.
He has also released albums with fellow former Style Council member Steve White, under the name Talbot/White. He has since begun playing alongside White and former Ocean Colour Scene bass guitar player Damon Minchella, in the jazz/funk band, The Players. Talbot played keyboards in Galliano, on tour with Gene, and on the 1991 Young Disciples album, Road to Freedom. Talbot toured the UK in 2009 with Candi Staton.
Michael 'Mick' Talbot (born 11 September 1958, Wimbledon, London) is a British keyboardist famous for playing with the 1980s outfit The Style Council.
Here was the new soul vision that Kevin Rowland had been promising five years earlier with Dexys Midnight Runners’ Searching For The Young Soul Rebels.
After the demise of The Jam, Paul Weller and his Style Council - a collective built around the nucleus of himself and Hammond player Mick Talbot - provided an exhilarating gateway into a cosmopolitan world of cappuccinos, coffee bars, Blue Note jazz and rare soul.
“Paul had come up with the album’s title,” remembers Simon Halfon, the sleeve’s designer. “His initial idea for the cover was to go to gentlemen’s outfitters in Woking and take a picture through the shop window of all their favourite things. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, so Plan B was to recreate the shop on a set. Photographer Ollie Ball built the set and then we all made lists of what we’d like to go in there. Paul said, we’ll do it next Tuesday, don’t forget to bring your stuff in. Ollie took the shot. It was as simple as that.”
I find it shocking how so many fans of The Jam (and Paul Weller) have never even heard a song from The Style Council. Alright, alright, I’ll admit that their last few albums were a bit shameful, but their first five albums exhibited some of the most underrated studious songwriting of the 80s. We all know how influential The Jam’s brief seven-year career was, with such hits as ‘Start!’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’ contributing to the definition of British Punk in the late 70s.
The Style Council. Mick Talbot still works with Weller in the studio and on the stage regarding Weller’s solo career. I hope this will clear up any doubt that Weller was just the singer of The Jam. He is arguably one of the most prolific British songwriters, with a career that keeps on growing with little to be ashamed about. Oh yeah, his albums are still great, with a brand new one coming in 2007. The three solo tracks below are from his previous release,
Paul Weller quit The Jam at the height of its fame in 1982, and he changed direction as markedly as he could by forming The Style Council. He went from fronting a power trio to becoming a member of a jazz-pop quartet. The change was marked, but not that abrupt – the final Jam album (“The Gift”, 1982), some A-sides like “Beat Surrender” and several late-period B-sides (many of which are found on the “Extras” compilation) show us that the sound of The Style Council was a natural destination to arrive at for someone who loved jazz, soul and Motown as much as good old rock & roll.
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