Exclusive: Paul Weller Documentary Pt.2
In the second episode of Xfm's exclusive five-part Paul Weller interview, The Modfather reveals how the collaborations with Noel Gallagher, Graham Coxon and many others came about for his new album, '22 Dreams'.
According to Paul Weller, the key to '22 Dreams'' success was in pulling himself away from his usual comfort zone. To this end, the singer was keen that his guests adopt a similar attitude.
Speaking of working with Oasis' big cheese Noel Gallagher, Weller said: "I called up Noel and said, 'Have you got any songs at all?' [because] towards the end of the album I thought we need a rockin' track to get the right kind of balance and the flow of the record and luckily he had a fairly formed idea for a backing track."
The track in question turned out to be current single, 'Echoes Around The Sun', but it was vital for Weller that Gallagher offered the track something different.
He continued: "He came down and played bass and keyboards and mellotron and a piano so it was extracting him from what he's used to."
Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon soon had his axe removed: "We've got Graham Coxon on one track where he plays drums and does backing vocals. It's a sense of getting people to do what that they're not used to."
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