Keep the Faith

You see I should have phoned up @RobertElms for the four-fer on Friday lunchtime to tell the good man how chuffing AMAZING The Style Council were.

I should have told him that although I absolutely love The Jam, and yer man has had his moments as a solo artist, The Style Council represents Weller at the peak of his powers.

I should have let Robert know that it was an incredibly radical thing to do at the time in breaking up Britain's Biggest Band, and then recording a jazz funk work out all about the evils of Monetarism.

I should have expressed how although the original idea of Weller and Merton Mick Talbot as the nucleus of The Style Council made sense, it was the gradual transition to become Probably the Best Pop Group in the World with Dee C Lee and Steve White that worked so wonderfully.

I should have put forward my view that it was the proposition of pop and politics and clothes that made The Style Council so perfect. I'm even prepared to forgive the sins of white denim.

I should have contacted BBC London to let Robert know that Weller boasted both his best and worst haircut during the Style Council period - and whaddya know: these were both the SAME haircut.

I should have found the time to tell Robert that it was quite beautiful to witness the very personal relationship between yer man and Dee on record. Post Cafe Bleu ( THIRTY CHUFFING YEARS!) and the couple just clicked, both in and out of the recording studio.

I should have confessed to Robert that I once had a 3 metre by 3 metre blow up of the inside sleeve for Our Favourite Shop hanging in my kitchen. I probably wouldn't have let it slip on air that this only came down four years ago.

I perhaps then should have returned to the music and suggested that every album from Introducing through until Confessions of a Pop Group contains at least half a dozen songs that would be worthy of the Robert Elms four-fer.

I should have taken the opportunity to clarify however that Modernism: a New Decade is a little rubbish.

But then I should have ended on a positive beat, picking Headstart for Happiness as my all time favourite Style Council song - at a push.

I should have made the connection that it is the perfect spring song, and one that contains lyrics that are still relevant to us all as we go about our lives and try and seek improvement and pleasure:

You'll find it can happen

You'll find you've got the strength

You can move a mountain

You just need the confidence

In yourself and all you've got to take this world

And shake it up

Let no one say they're better than you

You must believe you've got the power

But I didn't phone up @RobertElms for the four-fer on Friday lunchtime to tell the good man how chuffing AMAZING The Style Council were.

I was doing something equally as lovely in an ACE Sunny Stockwell school.

I needn't have worried. The four-fer on Friday was FANTASTIC. I don't think that I was alone in shedding some Comradely pop 'n' politics tears when the chords for Shout to the Top struck up.

I'm not ashamed to say that Boy Y even caught me crying ever so slightly when Headstart to Happiness was squeezed in at the end as a rare fifth track for the four-fer.

Thank you @RobertElms.

Thank you to the listeners who expressed how and why The Style Council means as much to them as it does to me.

Oh, and thank you to yer man I guess.

Keep the Faith.


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By Jason A.Cobb, Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM. Don't slam the door on the way out.