Noel Gallagher has recalled a story in which Paul Weller gave a fan the shirt off his back.
The revelation comes as part of a new video, see above, in which a number of musicians talk about their memories of Weller. Paul McCartney also features and speaks about his appreciation of Weller’s ability to adapt with the times and change his musical style on a regular basis. Miles Kane and Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock, Weller’s long-time musical collaborator, also appear.
Telling his own story, Noel Gallagher says: “I’ve seen a kid come up to him once and say, at a pub outside ours, I really like that shirt and he just took it off and gave it him and then sat in the pub topless, yep, then sat in the pub topless for the rest of the day.”
Talking about the changing status of his relationship from fan to friend with Weller, Noel continues: “Once you’ve had to throw someone out of your house a couple of times at 7 in the morning, and you know, nearly got in fights with them, that kind of thing ceases to exist anymore and it’s like, you know, you’re kind of his mate.”
Weller released his latest compilation album, ‘More Modern Classics’, featuring tracks from the past 15 years of the singer’s solo career, on June 2.
The album acts as the follow up to 1998 compilation ‘Modern Classics.’ ‘More Modern Classics’ covers the period from that year until the modern day with new song ‘Brand New Toy’, recorded for Record Store Day 2014, included alongside the likes of ‘From The Floorboards Up’ and ‘That Dangerous Age.’