Label: Geffen Records - GHS 24061 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Club Edition • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Mod
The three singles that were released in the UK all reached the top 40 on the UK charts. The album was released as Internationalists in the United States, with a reconfigured track listing. Style Council's most commercially successful album, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, and remained at the top of the charts for one week, displacing Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits.
The album was the Style Council's only number one album in the UK. According to the BPI, the record sold overBoy Who Cried Wolf - The Style Council - Internationalistsand was certified gold. The multigenre album incorporates diverse stylistic influences, including soul, rapjazz and rock styles. Recording was completed in March The cover, depicting the band posing inside a shop, was designed by Paul Boy Who Cried Wolf - The Style Council - Internationalists and British artist Simon Halfon.
The album features fourteen original compositions eight by Paul Weller, four co-written by Weller and Mick Talbotand one co-written by Weller with Steve Whitewith one instrumental from Talbot, in its original British form.
Lyrical targets include racism, excessive consumerismthe effects of self-serving governments, the suicide of one of Weller's friends and what the band saw as an exasperating lack of Heaven Tonight - Hole - Celebrity Skin to the status quo.
All of this pessimism is countered with an overarching sense of hope and delight that alternatives do actually exist—if only they can be seen. They also took a more overtly political approach than The Jam in their lyrics, with tracks such as "Walls Come Tumbling Down", "The Lodgers", and "Come to Milton Keynes" being deliberate attacks on ' middle England' and Thatcherite principles prevalent in the s.
The majority of the album's material was released with different sequencing and packaged with an entirely different cover design in the USA as Internationalists by Geffen Records which has been a sister label to Polydor Recordsthe band's UK label, sinceunder Universal Music Group.
Most countries except for the original UK pressing omitted the track "The Stand Up Comic's Instructions" as it was believed that its satire of racist attitudes would be misunderstood.
In his consumer guide for The Village VoiceRobert Christgau wrote: "One reason Paul Weller's rock and roll never convinced non-Brits was his reedy voice, which he has no trouble bending to the needs of the fussy phonographic cabaret he undertook so quixotically and affectedly after retiring the Jam I'm sure the move has cost him [his] audience, but the new format suits the specifics of his socialism. Later CD issues included " Shout to the Top!
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