Mod icon Paul Weller has revealed that he would like to work with Damon Albarn after hearing the Blur singer’s latest solo album.
The former Jam and The Style Council frontman said although he has not been impressed by much new music recently, he thought Albarn’s album Dr Dee was “fantastic”.
“I'm still going out and buying records, but nothing's blown me away – although I thought Dr Dee was fantastic," he told the Daily Star.
"I'd love to work with Damon. I'm up for working with anyone if they've got something creative going on."
Weller’s single The Attic is out now and he also guests on three songs on ex-Jam bassist Bruce Foxton’s new album Back In The Room, which is due for release in October.
He is also co-writing with Miles Kane, lead singer of The Last Shadow Puppets and of ex-band The Rascals, for his second solo album, out early next year.
Weller said of 26-year-old Kane: "Miles's new record sounds great. He's got some great tunes that boy."
The 54-year-old singer-songwriter – nicknamed the Modfather – also spoke of his delight at inspiring the style of British cycling gold medalist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.
Wiggins is a self-proclaimed mod, a music and fashion movement epitomised by bands such as The Jam. The cyclist named Weller as a hero and The Jam as one of his favourite bands.
This prompted the singer-songwriter to return the compliment saying that it feels great to have inspired "a fellow stylist”.
Weller and Blur will both play shows at London's 100 Club as part of Converse's Represent gigs, a free summer music series that invites fans and artists to represent their music and celebrate musical diversity.