Paul Weller wants an album of soulful singers covering his songs – but worries it might sound “arrogant.”
The “Changingman” hitmaker has dreamed of the project for years, but worries people will find it complacent and uninterested.
He said, “I would love to make a record with some of my songs sung by soul singers.
“I don’t know how to get in touch with [the singers I’d want], but Stone Foundation managed to blackmail Melba Moore on their album and they also had William Bell and Bettye LaVette.
The former Jam leader recalled how it “blew [his] spirit “when he first heard a soulful version of one of his old songs.
The music star told Uncut, “The closest I came to was when Acid Jazz released a very old song of mine called ‘Left Right & Center’, which I wrote when I was 16 years old.
“They asked that American soul singer Dean Parrish to sing it. It was amazing to hear this song I wrote when I was a kid trying to imagine that I was f ***** * Otis Redding or something.
“When Dean’s version came out I finally got to hear it the way I heard it when I was writing it as a kid – it blew me away.”
The 63-year-old rocker was happy to receive a list of suggested artists for his dream project.
He noted, “Martha Reeves, Darlene Love, Irma Thomas… Kiki Dee? Yeah I like him. Wasn’t she the first British artist to sign with Motown? “