“Soul Deep” (live) by The Style Council
originally from the Album, Our Favourite Shop (1985)
Welcome back to Weller Wednesday – where we celebrate, listen to, and learn about All Things Weller. This week we turn our attention to The Style Council, or for this performance, The Council Collective, and the live track to “Soul Deep”.
The Council Collective was a Charity spin-off Group who performed the extended version of “Soul Deep” live on Channel 4’s “The Tube”, in December of 1984. It was recorded and released to raise funds and awareness for the striking miners of 1984.
The Single featured Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Dee C. Lee, Jimmy Ruffin, Junior Giscombe, Dizzy Hites, and Vaughan Toulouse. These were Artists from The Style Council, as well as from Animal Nightlife and Heaven 17.
The Single was described, as follows:
“The Aim of this record was to raise money for the Striking Miners and their families before Xmas but obviously in the light of the tragic and disgusting event in South Wales resulting in the murder of a Cab driver, some of the monies will also go now, to the widow of the man. We do support the miners’ strike but we do not support violence. It helps no one and only creates further division amongst people. This record is about Solidarity or more to the point – getting it back! If the miners lose the strike, the consequence will be felt by all the working classes. That is why it is so important to support it. But violence will only lead to defeat – as all violence ultimately does.”
“Soul Deep” (12″ Version) by The Council Collective
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