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Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Mod Father Weller on the Gallagher Brothers
One element of pop culture Weller does have an interest is fashion. With their dapper suits and neat shoes, The Jam were a sartorial as well as musical influence to a generation of bands.
Weller's friend and fan Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, recently started a fashion line, Pretty Green, and invited the Modfather to design some clothes for it.
Weller wore one of the Pretty Green suits at his Albert Hall gigs.
While he hasn't begun any designs just yet, Weller says it's something he's always had an interest in. Rather than wearing the ripped clothes of their punk contemporaries, The Jam went for more stylish attire.
"We used to get our suits made up at this little tailor's that is long gone now, just behind Carnaby St, which on reflection were absolutely shocking really, because you'd wear them once on stage and you'd get them dry-cleaned and they'd shrink – to a size where they'd fit a chimp.
"And then we had some Jam shoes made up at a place called Shellys. We used to get stuff made up because you couldn't find it at that time, you had to get it made, really."
While those Jam outfits would probably now be considered collector's items, they have since disappeared into rock history.
"It's gone to the ether along the way. Probably a lot of it was lost or stolen, or was just thrown away because it was so shrunken you couldn't wear it anyway."
Weller is friends with both of Oasis's Gallagher brothers, whose split last year was allegedly exacerbated when older brother Noel poked fun at Liam's clothing label.
"They are very different, what can I say? Well, they're both lovely, they're both my friends, so I have to be careful what I say, really.
"Liam has got his own very definite vision of the world, of how the world works and his place in it. And I can't say what that is because I couldn't even hazard a guess, but he has got it anyway.
"And I guess you could say Noel's a bit more down to earth. No, he's a lot more down to earth.
"I love to hear Liam's theories on life. It's different. It's like listening to an ancient philosopher. I think he's really fascinating."
via L4e Source: www.couriermail.com.au
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