Paul Weller says that his decision to split up The Jam at the height of their powers over thirty years ago was "selfish in some ways" but it was a decision that he had to make.
Weller, who played Dublin's Royal Hospital in Kilmaiham last Tuesday night (June 24), told RTÉ Ten that breaking up what was then the most popular band in Britain was the right thing to do.
“There are two ways of looking at it, obviously," Weller added. "It was a very selfish move in some ways, but what are you supposed to do? It’s like being in a relationship you’re not happy with - do you stick it out or do you do what’s real to you and true to you? F*** off and do something else!”
The Jam split in 1982 after 20 hit singles and a virtual residency on Top of the Pops. Weller pulled the plug after Beat Surrender became their fourth number one.
”I’d started that band when I was 14," Weller added. "We obviously didn't get signed until later, but I’d been in that same band, pretty much, for ten years, from the time I was 14 until I was 24, and it was just time to move on, you know? But I also think that our legacy was never dulled or diminished because we didn't go on for another 30 years.”