The Jam frontman recently snubbed PM for liking 'Eton Rifles'
Sean Kerwick

14:32 7th May 2015

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.

  • 'Eton Rifles': 'All that rugby puts hairs on your chest/ What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?'

  • 'Little Boy Soldiers': 'It's funny how you never knew what my name was/ Our only contact was a form for the election'

  • 'Running on the Spot': 'Follow yourselves, not some ageing drain brain/ Whose quite content to go on feeding you garbage/ We're running on the spot - always have - always will/ We're just the next generation of the emotionally crippled'

  • 'In The Crowd': 'And life just simply moves along in simple houses, simple jobs/ and no one's wanting for the change when I'm in the crowd'

  • 'Going Underground': 'As their lies wash you down and their promises rust/ you'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns'

  • 'Scrape Away': 'You're talking like some fucking hardened MP/ You're saying power's all and it's power you need!'

  • 'Just Who is the 5 O' Clock Hero?': 'My hard earned dough goes in bills and the larder/ and that Prince Philip tells us we gotta work harder!/ It seems a constant struggle just to exist scrimping and saving and crossing of lists'

  • 'Burning Sky': 'There's no time for dreams when commerce calls/ and the taxman's shouting, 'cause he wants his dough and the wheels of finance won't begin to slow'

  • 'Down in the Tube Station at Midnight': 'They smelt of pubs and wormwood scrubs/ And too many right wing meetings'

  • 'Trans-Global Express': 'Governments threaten you with recession/ Then they threaten you with war/ How the other side wants to take away/ All the things you ain't got no more'

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