I'll see you Cher and raise you Paul Weller (live w/ Jools Holland, c. 1995). (Interestingly -- OK, interesting to a total obsessive like myself -- Weller covered Cher's Bang Bang [penned by Sonny, natch] a few years back.)
small_ruminant: heh, no worries. The pithiest thing I think I ever read about him was the comment Joe Strummer made about Weller (many years after Strummer took a swipe at Weller in "White Man in Hammersmith Palais"), when he called him Britain's greatest soul singer.
I think that Weller's one of those musicians who takes some time to grow on you if you don't come to him already predisposed as a fan of the Jam or the Style Council. He's also someone whose probably needs to be seen live to really get it. By my count, I've dragged at least three people over the years to see him in concert who went into it as casual listeners who only came to the show to indulge me, and walked out as wide-eyed converts who became hardcore fans.
Don't know if you've just listened to individual songs of his, or full albums. If you haven't listened to a full album and you're so inclined, I'd suggest giving Wild Wood or Stanley Road a try -- both critically acclaimed and very successful when they were released, as well as quite influential on a generation of British bands; Wild Wood's my favorite of the two. (His new album, 22 Dreams, is also superb; it's sprawling and experimental in a lot of ways, though, so I don't know how it would work for someone new to his music.)
Apologies for the mini-dissertation... this was actually the short version of what I'd originally written!