Reason #451 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Introducing The Style Council

What do you do when you’re the leader of the most popular band in Britain, and at the height of your powers? Why, you break up the band and start anew with a kind of lounge R&B duo concept, more in debt to Motown than The Sex Pistols. To be fair Weller was already heading in this direction with The Jam’s last album, The Gift, where songs like Town Called Malice and Ghosts. This new direction wasn’t a power trio like The Jam were, however; there were only 2, and the sound was more keyboard dominated than anything the Jam ever dared to do. Long Hot Summer and Speak Like A Child were the ‘hits’, and they’re 2 sweet sounding singles, really excellent production.  Money Go Round, and the rest, are great examples of what allmusic calls “A fine British Funk manifesto!”

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