The singer's profile subsequently soared with The Style Council for seven years, and he is still making records as a solo artist now.
But Weller maintains he didn't have the confidence of those closest to him.
He recalls, "He (Dad) was devastated. His actual words were, 'Are you f**king mad?' Which possibly I was, but I thought it was the right thing to do. And on reflection I think it was definitely the right thing to do.