WELLER – NOT GOING OVER OLD GROUND

The star says his involvement in politics in the 80s has put him off backing any specific cause...

Paul Weller has said that his involvement in politics in the ’80s means he will not back Massive Attack and BLUR‘s campaign aimed at stopping war in IRAQ.

Jam’s forthcoming album ‘Illumination’, released on September 16, features a song called ‘A Bullet For Everyone’.

The former [a][/a] frontman says the song is about how “we can’t stop a baby in Africa from starving to death… but we can afford enough technology and weaponry to blow the world up a million times over”.

However, he said that despite the sentiments of the song, his involvement in the Red Wedge group – a collective of socialist musicians best known for their activity in the run-up to the 1987 General Election, has put him off backing any specific cause.

Speaking to BBC news, he said: “It was the biggest mistake ever for me because once you get involved with those people you see how it’s all run. It’s more about their egos and it’s not about really making a difference.”

Damon Albarn and Robert ‘3-D’ Del Naja have designed and financed an anti-war poster which is set to appear in next week’s issue of NME. The double page advert is aimed at raising awareness of their opposition to any British involvement in a US led attack on Iraq. They are working with CND and the ‘Stop The War’ coalition, who are organising a demonstration in London (September 28).