Weller Pines For American Success
Legendary British rocker PAUL WELLER regrets his failure to find fame in America - but insists he didn't want success in the U.S. "bad enough" to devote himself to a Stateside career.
Weller is hailed as one of Britain's best musicians, fronting punk band The Jam before forming The Style Council and then releasing 10 solo albums - three of which have made it to the top of the U.K. charts.
He was also the recipient of an Outstanding Contribution honour at the BRIT Awards in 2006.
But the rocker insists he still has one career ambition - to land a hit record in the U.S.
He tells Spin magazine, "I've been waiting 30 years (to have a U.S. hit). When I first went in 1977 the record company said, 'You won't make it in America unless you tour there for a year.' But there was no way I could leave my home for that long. You get from America what you put into it and I didn't want it badly enough."