Paul Weller destroys own song lyrics

Paul Weller enjoys ripping up and burning his song lyric books every time he finishes recording a new album


This article is from 2012.

Paul Weller on stage at Abbey Road

Paul Weller

Paul Weller destroys his song lyrics after each album.

The former Jam frontman finds ripping up or burning his lyric books very inspirational because he likes to create a "fresh canvas" every time he finishes recording a new album.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Paul said: "I would rip up or burn my books. I'd always have a book of lyrics and once I finished the record, I'd destroy them so they were kind of, that's it, gone, it's kind of like the next step, let's all start again, a fresh canvas."

The singer - known as The Modfather - now regrets his rash creative impulse and believes the books would have fetched him a small fortune at posh London auction house Sotheby's.

He added: "[They] could go to Sotheby's or something."

The 54-year-old star recently blasted the trend for old bands to reunite and lamented the lack of originality in today's music scene.

He moaned: "I come from a time when all the artists I grew up with and I loved always used to try and push the boundaries and there doesn't seem to be so much of that really. It is the same sort of thing and I find it disappointing."

Paul's new six track EP, 'Dragonfly', is released on December 17 and features songs from the recording sessions of his latest album, 'Sonik Kicks'.

This article is from 2012.

Paul Weller

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