On polling day, here at Gigwise, we have set out to test Paul Weller's hypothesis from a recent interview where he claimed 'nothing's really changed' in the political sphere.
In an interview with Mojo, Paul Weller struck out against Prime Minister David Cameron who claimed his liking for The Jam classic 'Eton Rifles': "The whole thing with Cameron saying it was one of his favourite songs... I just think, 'Which bit didn't you get?'" People say, 'Why don't you write any more political songs?' But I would just write exactly the same fucking things I wrote thirty-odd years ago."
Weller is the least likely person to retread old paths, with his disregard for band reformations: "It would be absurd, three 50-year old geezers jumping round a stage", and his forward thinking songwriting, it's no surpirse he averts from the somewhat stale topic of politics.
Instead, he has channeled his efforts into innovating himself which has been an ongoing mutation since disbanding The Jam in 1982. From The Style Council, to his recent output which has showcased some of his most interesting and arguably best work. Weller has been on a career high since 2008's 22 Dreams, which is set to continue next week with the release of new album Saturns Pattern.
He went on to say: "every time they fire a missile in the Middle East, that's £850,000, right? And then they talk about the NHS, fucking selling it off or it crumbling. So nothing's really changed, has it?"
We put Mr Weller's theory to the test, and found politically-concerned lyrics from The Jam which have stood the test of time and are just as relevant in 2015, as they were circa 1977-1982.