It's difficult to understate the importance of Townshend as a composer and a guitarist, and no shortage of great bands have taken a cue or two from the Who's songwriting wizard over the years. Several have even tipped their hats to the band by putting their own spin on one of the many classic cuts in the Who's back catalog.
So I was watching High Fidelity last night, and when Dick (the bald guy who works at John Cusack's record store) mentioned the trailblazing Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers in a scene, I decided to hit the interwebs and see what ol' Bruce Foxton is up to these days. Foxton was one third of The Jam before becoming Stiff Little Fingers' bassist for 15 years.
Like the narrator in "The Changingman," one of his best-known songs, Paul Weller's career is built on shifting sands. He's been a punk rock frontman at the vanguard of the late-'70s mod revival movement, a soul/R&B singer, guitar hero and the "Mod Father," hero to the protagonists and antagonists of the drama-filled Britpop scene of the mid-'90s.
Thirty-five years after the release of The Jam's punk-rock classic In The City, The Jam's former frontman, Paul Weller, will release a new album, Sonik Kicks, in early 2012. The album, which will feature guest appearances by Noel Gallagher of Oasis and Graham Coxon of Blur, is scheduled to be released in the US March 27 on Yep Roc Records. It will be his 11th solo album.