1984 PAUL WELLER
Here’s an extract from one of my interviews with Paul Weller in Smash Hits - Weller (who was 23 at the time): ‘I’ve just finished reading Homage To Catalonia by George Orwell. It’s about the Spanish Civil War. The main thing that struck me is the first few chapters when he describes getting to Barcelona when all the workers have taken over the city. I mean there’s a lot of talk these days about the Egalitarian Society but this was it, actually in existence, and it worked - which is something very hard to imagine! I wish that could be possible worldwide but I suppose that’s the kind of thing that’s got to evolve slowly.’ If pop stars wanted talk about George Orwell, we let them. Which led to this Smash Hits back cover in December 1983.