Weller Wednesday :: “Echoes Round the Sun”


Weller Wednesday :: “Echoes Round the Sun”  :: Paul Weller

It’s Time for Weller Wednesday, that time and space where we Listen to, Learn about, and Play Loudly the Music of Paul Weller, in all his many Musical incarnations. This Week’s Weller Wednesday we are spending some time with the Song “Echoes Round the Sun”, from Paul Weller’s 9th Solo Album, 22 Dreams. Let’s have a Listen, shall we?

Paul Weller Echoes Round the Sun, Weller Wednesday

“Echoes Round the Sun” :: Paul Weller
from the Album, 22 Dreams (2008)

“It doesn’t start,
it doesn’t end.
How will we be moved’?
On a rock spinnin’ through the echoes round the sun.”

“Echoes Round the Sun” is Track 14 on Paul Weller’s 9th Solo Released Album, 22 Dreams. It was the First Single Released from the Album.

22 Dreams Paul Weller, Weller Wednesday

22 Dreams was released in June of 2008. The Album was Released on Double LP and Single CD, as well as a Deluxe Edition CD, featuring a Bonus CD with Outtakes and Extra Tracks.

The Album Features Oasis members Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, as well as Ocean Colour Scene’s Guitarist, Steve Cradock, and Blur’s Guitarist, Graham Coxon. The Album also Features Past Co-Member of The Jam, Steve Brookes, on Spanish guitar, Little Barrie, and former Stone Roses member Aziz Ibrahim.

Paul Weller Echoes Round the Sun, Weller Wednesday

“Echoes Round the Sun” was the First Release from 22 Dreams. It was Released as a Double A-Sided Single with “Have You Made Up Your Mind” on the Flipside.

Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, from Oasis, Feature on “Echoes Round the Sun”. The Song became Weller’s First Top 20 Single since 2005. The Song peaked at # 19 on the UK Singles Chart.

What I Love about this Song is the Energy, and the Rock and Roll of it. The Power in the Song that surpasses the Lyrics even (and usually its the Lyrics that get me with anything Weller). Gem’s Guitar work and Noel’s Bass add a lot to it. I can feel the Oasis touch in this Track.

The Song itself is considered a collaboration between Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer. The Oasis bandmates did the backing Track and Weller put the Vocals on top.

Weller told Uncut Magazine:

“In Songwriting terms, it’s the First Weller/Gallagher collaboration. Noel came down to the Studio with this Loop he’d never been able to do anything with. He Played the Bass and the Piano, and then Gem Played Guitar on top. It’s a Top Tune.”

Paul Weller Noel Gallagher, Weller Wednesday

Noel and Paul had been friends for awhile before the two Songwriters found the time to collaborate.

Weller explained to the Daily Mail:

“We’d been trying to write a Song for ten years, but we’re far to self-conscious to sit n a room together and get on with it. We finally cracked it when Noel came in with a Track and we Jammed on top to give us a tune.”


“Echoes Round the Sun” (Live at the BBC 4 Sessions, 2008)

What do you think of “Echoes Round the Sun”? Can you hear the Oasis Touch in it (or at least the Noel and Gem Touch)?

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Be sure to stop back in next week to see what will be Playing for the next Paul Weller Wednesday – You won’t want to miss it.

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