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Paul Weller & Graham Coxon - This Old Town Friday Night With Jonathan Ross Show

To even the steadfast among Brit-pop punters, this coming together of Paul Weller and Graham Coxon is something akin to a musical yellow brick road—or bridge—that winds itself over the River Thames and ends somewhere close to the doorstep of Heaven.  And cross it they most surely will. "This Old Town" is one of just three songs recorded by the duo and released as a single back in July of 2007. The vinyl-only version was limited to 5,000 copies so grab one on Ebay if you can afford it. The song peaked at #39 on the UK singles chart but it left fans of the Modfather and Blur rather tickled at the prospects of further collaboration.

For now, however, watching this clip a half dozen times will have to suffice. Certainly a Coxon-Weller union must have been an easy sell but add to that Zak Starkey of Oasis on drums and the legendary Mani from the Stone Roses on bass and the exclamation point receives a certain dotting, doesn't it? Blimey.

Having only heard an MP3 version of the song prior to seeing this clip, I quickly realized that the vocal lead I attributed to Weller was in fact all Coxon. But it is impossible to doubt the influence of the latter on the former. This is, after all, a Weller construction in all of its form. It might also be his best in nearly a decade.

As expected the embarrassment of rock n roll riches leave the Friday Night with Jonathan Ross studio audience in something of a tizzy. I'm not saying the show of unity will be enough to break the long-standing Oasis-Blur beef, much less rescue the pop charts from the doldrums it currently finds itself mired in, but for one moment at least we revel in the possibilities of perfection.

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I want this single! I want more Weller!

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From Jonathan Ross featuring Manni, Starkey and Coxon. Great toon.

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