Episode 151 : David F. Ross – Author – on love of The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller solo…

On this episode of The Paul Weller Fan Podcast, I am joined by Scottish author, David F. Ross.
David is an architect by day, and a hilarious social-media commentator, author and enabler by night.
His debut novel The Last Days of Disco inspired by The Jam‘s 1979 classic album – Setting Sons – became an international best-seller in 2015…

“The Jam were my first favourite band, and you never really forget your first love.”

We learn all about his discovery of Paul Weller through The Jam in the late 1970s, and the influences and connections that remain in play to this day.
The thrill of live performance being one example. David has seen Paul Weller on stage in one incarnation or another on close to thirty occasions. His very first gig was seeing the band when he was fifteen at Glasgow Apollo on 8th December 1979 – and he went on to see them live at Newcastle City Hall, Hammersmith Odeon, and even The Magnum in Irvine!….
The lyrics and words that Paul used in those songs that still mean so much to David and so many others to this day. An example being “That’s Entertainment” – a song that David has described as “The greatest song in the English language. Paul Weller captured much of that humdrum, everyday boredom of teenage life in Thatcher’s Britain in The Jam songs of the late 70s and early 80s. It’s a brilliant evocation of those times, and I can identify absolutely with every line.”

David’s own writing owes an embryonic debt to Paul Weller, and to Setting Sons in particular. “I find that complex blend of youthful working-class hope coming apart at the seams of adult and mid-life pressures very relatable. It’s a powerful canvas on which to play out dramatic ideas about people and relationships, and one I return to regularly.”

The Style Council… pop innovation…

Paul, Mick, Dee, Steve and the music created with honorary councillors a plenty also meant so much to David in the 1980s to now. A connection formed through the great songs again but also the image, the fashion, the sophistication, their core values, and, of course, the more overtly political approach to the lyrics… the power of words once again…

“…The Style Council weren’t given the credit for pop innovation and chameleon diversity that the songs deserved, especially those on those first two scintillating LPs.”

David saw TSC on numerous occasions live including the very last night of the Glasgow Apollo, 16th June, 1985. (and in Manchester the night before – because “why not?”).

“Still sounding essential and indispensable…

As you would expect, Paul Weller’s solo years have been, and continue to be a huge influence on David – both personally and in his career as an author. Writing a fabulous blog on Paul’s 2023 Hamburg gig he remarked… “In the early 90s, at the dawning of Weller’s solo career, it happened again. Marriage, kids, emerging personal and professional responsibilities; all relatable touchstones beginning to work their way into his lyrics just as they became catalysts for my own altered priorities.”

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EP151 – David F. Ross – Author – shares his love of love of The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller solo… Paul Weller Fan Podcast : Desperately Seeking Paul

Check out books by David F. Ross below…

All six of his novels have achieved notable critical acclaim.

Dashboard Elvis is Dead (Dec 2022)

A failed writer connects the murder of an American journalist, a drowned 80s musician and a Scottish politician’s resignation, in a heart-wrenching novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times.
Buy the book here

The Last Days of Disco (March 2015) – Book 1 Disco Days Trilogy

First in the critically acclaimed, hilarious and heartbreaking Disco Days Trilogy, by one of Scotland’s finest writers.
Inspired by The Jam’s Setting Sons album…
Bobby and Joey’s new mobile disco business seems like the answer to everything, until they lock horns with the local gangster …
Buy the book here

There’s Only One Danny Garvey (2019)

A promising young football player returns home to his tiny Scottish village, his dreams in tatters and a dark secret haunting his conscience, in a beautiful, unforgettable novel about hope and redemption, when everything seems lost…
Buy the book here

The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas (2015) – Book 2 Disco Days Trilogy

The riotously funny, heart-warming, and deeply poignant second book in the bestselling Disco Days Trilogy.
When a young Ayrshire band unexpectedly hits the big time with the smash hit record of 1984, everything looks rosy, despite their delusional young manager and a thwarted plot to kidnap Boy George. What could possibly go wrong?
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The Man Who Loved Islands (2017) – Book 3 Disco Days Trilogy

The unforgettable finale to the international, bestselling Disco Days Trilogy … Bobby, Joey and Max Mojo return in an attempt to reclaim the elusive stardom of their youth, reuniting a legendary band that didn’t quite live up to expectations, with predictable results…
Buy the book here

Welcome To The Heady Heights (2019)

A little man with big ideas attempts to find TV fame with an unruly group of young singers, in a gritty, dark, hilarious and all-too-believable drama about the elusivity of stardom, in an age when ‘making it’ was ‘having it all’…
Buy the book here

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The World’s first Paul Weller Fan Podcast - For the fans by the fans. A musical journey from In The City to Fat Pop (Vol 1). A radio broadcaster who gave up his career with one big regret. Never getting to interview the legendary British musician Paul Weller. This podcast exists purely to solve that issue. Welcome to Desperately Seeking Paul...

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