February 3, 2009
"This Old Town" is a collaboration between the modfather, Paul Weller, and Britpop's own aging punk, Graham Coxon. They even roped in Oasis drummer, and Beattle offspring Zack Starkey to bang the skins, making the track about as British as you could possibly get. Amazingly, "This Old Town" isn't a terribly great song when you consider the source -- but it is so much better than other contemporary releases it can seem like you're getting a touch ambrosia when you listen in. It's a good track to be sure, but not great for either Weller or Coxon. The 7" boasted two other songs, one each by Weller and Coxon, though neither as good as this collaboration. One can hope that this is just a precursor to more work together by the two aging mods.
Paul Weller & Graham Coxon -- This Old Town