Drifters

Album: Sonik Kicks (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This piece of psychedelic flamenco was penned by Weller with Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Craddock, who also plays guitar. Weller explained to Mojo magazine that his initial inspiration for the song was the expressive jazz of John Coltrane. For years Weller had loved the idea of Coltrane, but struggled to find an entry point. "I had 'A Love Supreme' and listened to it a few times over the course of maybe 20 years," said Weller. "Then one day - not too long, really - it just hit me."

    "The jumping-off point there was (Coltrane's 1962 track) 'Ole,'" he added. "There are things you can take from great music and apply them to something new. They might not even be detectable by the time you've finished the song, but you know they're there. I already had the lyrics for Drifters, so the idea was to try and sing them across the bar lines, outside of a time frame."

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