If fans of The Jam could wait more than 25 years for the upcoming collaborations between singer Paul Weller and bassist Bruce Foxton, what is a couple more weeks?
As was previously reported, Weller’s upcoming 10th solo release Wake Up the Nation will host a bevy of stellar musicians: Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), Bev Bevan (The Move), and Clem Cattini.
The biggest of these collaborations, however, will come in the form of Weller’s reunion with Foxton, his longtime Jam bandmate. The two English musicians played together for the first time since 1982, sharing the studio for two tracks, “Wake Up the Nation” and “She Speaks”. Despite the reunion, Weller was quick to downplay any possibility of a Jam reunion in a recent interview with Spinner.com: “There’s absolutely no way I’d want to [reunite], but I was very happy we played on a track together.”
Originally released in the UK on April 19th, Wake Up the Nation will be available in the States on June 1st. A deluxe UK two-disc edition import is also available and features a bonus disc of remixes from the likes of Richard Hawley, The Bees, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner. A complete track listing of each disc follows. For an early preview, head on over to The Hype Machine, where Hawley’s remix of “Andromeda” is currently streaming.
Also, don’t be expecting Weller to appear in the States anytime soon. He will be busy touring Europe through the fall.
Wake Up The Nation Tracklist:
02. Wake Up The Nation
03. No Tears To Cry
04. Fast Car/Slow Traffic
06. In Amsterdam
07. She Speaks
08. Find The Torch, Burn The Plans
09. Aim High
11. Grasp and Still Connect
12. Whatever Next
13. 7& 3 Is The Strikers Name
14. Up The Dosage
15. Pieces of a Dream
16. Two Fat Ladies
01. Wake up The Nation (Zincs Crack House Remix)
02. Fast Car Slow Traffic (Erland & Carnival Carnivalization)
03. Grasp & Still Connect (The Bees Version)
04. She Speaks (Tunng Remix)
05. Andromeda (Richard Hawley Remix)
06. In Amsterdam (Noonday Underground Remix)
07. No Tears To Cry (Leo Zero Remix)
08. Find the Torch, Burn The Plans (Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) Remix)
09. Part 1: Aim High (Aim Higher)
10. Part 2: Pieces Of A Dream (A Dream In Pieces)
11. Part 3: Aim High (The Higher Aim)
12. Part 4: Aim High (Like Water Needs A Flower)
13. Pieces Of A Dream (Original version)
14. Grasp & Still Connect (Original version)