Paul Weller has slammed Nirvana as "f***ing rubbish".

The outspoken 'Changing Man' rocker said he felt the Britpop period of music in Britain in the 90s - when he came back in vogue with his solo albums 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road' - was much better than the movements which came immediately before it.

Blasting Nirvana - who came to a end in 1994 when frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide- Paul, 51, said: "You'd had all that shoegazing b*****ks and then the whole Nirvana thing, which I thought was f***ing rubbish - it was just America catching up with punk rock 20 years too f***ing late for me, you know.

"So to hear some English guitar music again was really refreshing."

Paul also said he felt he was involved with the Britpop scene - which included bands such as Oasis, Blur, The Charlatans and Suede - more than any other musicians in his career, which at that point spanned over twenty years with The Jam and The Style Council.

He added to NME magazine: "That was the first time ever that I'd felt any kinship with any musicians - even though they were all probably at least ten years younger than me."

The 90s was also the period when Paul started using recreational drugs - but he stopped a few years later when he saw the affect they were having on his friends.

Although he wasn't specific about which drugs he took, referring to them as "gear" he explained: "From '93 or '94 I had a f***ing whale of a time. There was so much gear flying about in the 90s.

"You maybe get a few good years out of it, but then it goes downhill. I could hear a lot of people's careers in music going down the pan after a while as well."