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Music's Best and Worst Second Acts

Style Council

Paul Weller emerged in the late 1970s as the singer and guitarist for The Jam, a crew of mod revivalists who, along with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks, formed the first wave of British punk rock. He dissolved that band in 1982 at the height of its success due to overall dissatisfaction with The Jam’s artistic direction. Sporting a newfound fascination with soul, R&B, and jazz, Weller formed the Style Council in 1983. While the band notched a handful of semi-hits, it failed to connect with fans in the way The Jam did and faded out by 1990, leaving nothing close to the legacy of its predecessor. Weller has since revived his reputation and popularity as a solo artist. —Jeff Royer

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