Paul Weller‘s second solo record, Wild Wood, was released in September, 1993 and was an unqualified success in the UK. Two songs from the Mercury Prize-nominated album managed to penetrate American airwaves—the rowdy “Sunflower” and the more acoustic-driven title track. Both songs exemplify Weller’s post-Jam, post-Style Council pop chops: searing guitar work, his signature gritty baritone, and arrangements that are harmonically complex without losing for one instant their hooks.


For your flash-back fun: A live version of “Sunflower,” from Route of Kings Hyde Park, July 2002, and the official video for “Wild Wood.”