05 March 2010

START!

Look! It's Paul Weller performing "Start" at the 2010 NME Awards a couple weeks, with Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Gem Archer (Oasis) on guitar. Weller was awarded the recipient of the NME's "Godlike Genius" award, which carries on in the fine tradition of the magazine'sridiculously hyperbolic reader's poll categories like "Most Wonderful Human Being," which Weller won three years in a row between 1980-82.

This latest award probably owes more to the fact Weller won "Best Songwriter" and The Jam was "Best Vocal Group" in the NME reader's poll four years in a row (1979-82), not to mention the fact The Jam's All Mod Cons, Setting Sons, Sound Affects and The Gift were all voted "Best Album."

Once staunchly against delving into his rich back catalogue, songs by The Jam made up half his set at the awards ceremony. It appears to have sounded great, it's a little disappointing that the fierce young Mod who lectured Pete Townshend on the evils of including "My Generation" in The Who's live set back in 1980 has made something of a ritual out of closing his own shows with "Town Called Malice."