The Story Of Paul Weller’s Beatles Supergroup With Paul McCartney And Noel Gallagher
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Read His Letter Below
The Jam’s Paul Weller is a huge fan of The Beatles – one of his major musical influences. He grew up listening to their music and during the early years of his career, he used to play Beatles covers. In fact, he revealed to The Guardian that he “was shattered” when he found out they broke up because “The Beatles were my entire universe.”
He even added that “The Beatles will always be my guides. They were my four prophets from the north. They came to show us there’s another way to live – and to rejoice in what we have.”
And so in 1995, Weller reached out to Paul McCartney and in a handwritten letter, he asked Macca to take part in a recording of The Help Album which aimed to raise funds for the charity War Child. The LP was inspired by the concept behind John Lennon’s song “Instant Karma!” – thus, all the tracks in The Help Album were recorded in a single day and hit the shelves less than a week later.
As for Weller’s part, he wanted to do more than just a cover song. Instead, he enlisted the help of McCartney to form his own supergroup called Smokin’ Mojo Filters along with Noel Gallagher, Steve Cradock, Steve White, and Carleen Anderson.
Weller wrote, “We’d all love you to come down, even better if you’d fancy doing the track with us. We’re doing a funky version of ‘Come Together’. I hope you’ll consider it and as a personal thing to me, I’d love to do a track with yourself!”
And yes, Paul McCartney agreed and went down to the studio on September 4, 1995.