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The Style Council

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The Style Council were an English musical group formed in 1983 by ex-The Jam singer and guitarist Paul Weller with keyboardist Mick Talbot. The permanent lineup grew to include drummer Steve White and Weller’s then-wife, vocalist Dee C. Lee. Other artists such as Tracie Young and Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) also collaborated with the group.

The band showed a diversity of musical styles. Singles “Speak Like a Child” (with its loud soul-influenced style), the extended funk of “Money-Go-Round”, and the haunting synth-ballad “Long Hot Summer” all featured Talbot on keyboards and organ. Near the end of 1983, these songs were compiled on Introducing The Style Council, a mini-album initially released in Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States only. The Dutch version was heavily imported to the United Kingdom.

In 1984, the single “My Ever-Changing Moods”, backed with the Hammond organ instrumental “Mick’s Company”, reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song remains Weller’s greatest success on the American charts (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist), while the group reached the peak of its success in the United Kingdom with the 1985 album Our Favourite Shop.

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