THE STYLE COUNCIL
80S SONGS AND ALBUMS
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Formed in 1983 by Paul Weller and Mick Talbot, The Style Council were very much an eighties band, releasing nineteen singles and five albums in the UK between 1983 and 1989, before splitting-up in 1989.Paul Weller was, of course, the former front man with The Jam. Keyboard player Mick Talbot had previously played for the mod revival band The Merton Parkers (which included his brother,Danny) and also Dexys Midnight Runners. The Style Council later included Dee C. Lee who married Paul Weller in 1987 (Sadly, they divorced in 1998) and drummer Steve White.
Featuring a blend of pop rock, new wave, jazz, punk and several other styles, their band had a much more sophisticated, smoother sound than both Weller and Talbot's previous bands. Their best-selling singles were Speak Like A Child, Long Hot Summer/Paris Match (double A-side), My Ever Changing Moods, You're The Best Thing/The Big Boss Groove (double A-side), Shout To The Top, Walls Come Tumbling Down and It Didn't Matter which all reached the UK Top Ten.
1983 Speak Like A Child #4
1983 Long Hot Summer/Paris Match #3
1984 My Ever Changing Moods #5
1984 You're The Best Thing/The Big Boss Groove #5
1984 Shout To The Top! #7
1985 Walls Come Tumbling Down #7
1987 It Didn't Matter #9
"SPEAK LIKE A CHILD" (1983)
"LONG HOT SUMMER" (1983)
The video features the duo relaxing on the river Cam in Cambridge. Yes, these were the days when we actually had decent summers!
"MY EVER CHANGING MOODS" (1984)
OUR FAVOURITE SHOP
THE STYLE COUNCIL ON BBC SATURDAY SUPERSTORE (1986)
This video clip features kids TV presenter Keith Chegwin (DJ Janice Long's brother) interviewing Paul Weller and Mick Talbot.
This episode was broadcast live on 5th April 1986. The band were promoting their single Have You Ever Had it Blue and Paul Weller also took part in the video vote later on in the show and slated every artist!
Note the 80s fashion - turned up collars and pastel shades.
1983 Introducing The Style Council -
1984 Cafe Bleu #2
(My Ever Changing Moods in the US)
1985 Our Favourite Shop #1 (Internationalists in the US)
1986 Home And Abroad (Live album) #8
1987 The Cost Of Living #2
1988 Confessions Of A Pop Group #15
1998 Modernism: A New Decade (recorded in 1989) -
Chart positions are for the UK