Archive for 2005

Original 60s gig posters by Colin Duffield

by Modculture 20 December, 2005

Original 60s gig posters by Colin Duffield

Modculture, in assocation with Bullet in Sheffield and artist Colin Duffield (referred to as “the pioneer of 60s poster art”) will soon offer for sale original live music posters from the Mojo Club in Sheffield featuring the biggest bands ever – including many mod favourites. Continue Reading

Ian Page/Grasp live in London

by Modculture 20 December, 2005

This Friday (23rd December) sees the return to London of ex-Secret Affair frontman Ian Page and his band The Affair, with support from Grasp! Ian and the band will be performing their Rhythm and Soul review live at The Standard, Blackhorse Road, Walthamstow E17.  Also in support will be The Bresslaws. On the wheels of steel ’til 1am will be DJ Earl Grey..from the Cream Tea’s SC.

Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance  from or via [email protected].

More cool online radio

by Modculture 18 December, 2005

If you enjoyed the online radio show from Rotosonic Records half as much as I did, you’ll be pleased to know that another online radio show has been uploaded for your pleasure.

Visit for the new show and to hear last month’s show again. If you like dancefloor-friendly 60s soul/R&B with some beat and garage mixed in – you really can’t go wrong.

Details of the News Year’s Eve Rendez-Vous club in Wigan can be found by clicking here.

Essential Retro book release

by Modculture 18 December, 2005

I love gadgets and gizmos – and I also love retro style. So this book certainly looks of interest to me.

Essential Retro: The Vintage Technology Guide by James Graham presents classic electronics, vintage gadgets, and magnificent machines.

The book covers cameras, audio, televisions, computers, video games, vehicles, toys, musical instruments and allsorts of other mechanical gadgets.

There’s also hundreds of photographs and reproductions of classic ads scattered through the book as ewell.

There will hopefully be a review on Modculture in the new year, but in the meantime, you can find out more or order a signed copy from the US for just $17.95 by clicking here.

Save 'Get Carter' car park

by Modculture 18 December, 2005

Whilst watching a bit of TV on Saturday, I discovered a programme called Demolition on C4, which selects the 12 worst buildings in the UK (by a public vote apparently), then attempts to have the worst offender pulled down.

Worryingly, one of the lead candidates is Gateshead Car Park – the futuristic concrete structure made famous when Cliff Brumby was thrown off the top in classic Brit flick Get Carter.

Admittedly I am a fan of what is known as "brutalist" architecture (and indeed Get Carter), but to knock down such an iconic building and indeed a uniquely designed building is criminal. Do the decent thing – vote for one of the government offices to get the boot instead!

For details of all the proposed buildings for "ex-listing" click here.

Go Mod in Glasgow

by Modculture 15 December, 2005

Things tend to go quite over the festive period. Obviously no-one has told the Glasgow crew, who have a packed diary right through to 2006. if you are in the area, or fancy a trip up, here’s what’s happening

Friday 16th December – Xmas party
CCA Bar, Scott St (off Sauchiehall St) Glasgow, 10pm till 3am, free entry.
Friday Street regulars are joined on the decks by Neil Donaldson for 60’s Soul, R’n’B, Funk and Classic Mod Party Tunes.

Sunday 18th December – Soul Sunday
The Venue at Oran Mor, 731-735 Great Western Road Glasgow, 5pm till 9pm, free entry.
Friday Street DJs and guest Martin Gavin, plus 2 Live sets from The Boogaloo Investigators

Friday 30th December – Friday Street
Blackfriars, Bell St, Merchant City Glasgow, 9pm till Late £5 (£4) entry.
Scotland’s premier mod club visit’s it’s spiritual home for the last time with guest DJ Scott Kennedy (Modus).

Saturday 31st December – Hogmanay Mod Special
McChuills, 40 High Street, Glasgow, 9pm till 1am, free entry.
Our last event of 2005 takes place in most peoples favourite boozer
Party into the early hours of 2006.

Hideaway Christmas

by Modculture 15 December, 2005

It’s the season to be jolly – and of course to listen to top notch soul music. So why not combine the two at the Hideaway Club Christmas Special!

Saturday 17th December
Upstairs at The Waldolf Pub
Gore Street (opp The Malmaison Hotel)
city centre Manchester

All the very best in New breed R&B and classic club soul with your resident DJs Neil Henderson (dressed as a Wise Man), Paul Welsby (dressed as Father Christmas due to the size of his belly) and Mike Warburton (dressed as an elf, due to his shortness of height).

And not forgetting Damien Hewitt bringing you the latest R&B discoveries and the legendary Barry Tasker – the original Twisted Wheel man with the usual top notch mod sounds.

it’s on from 9pm until 2am at a cost of £3 members or £4 guests.

Motown with Martin Freeman

by Modculture 14 December, 2005

News reaches the Modculture desk about a new series of Motown compilations called "Motown Made To Measure" – where a selection of musicians, actors and DJs pick their favourite Motown moments, along with a commentary (not between tracks thankfully) describing why they like them so.

First up is former Office-boy Martin Freeman, who picks 20 of his faves for a compilation due for release on 6th February 2006. Having seen the tracklist, it’s a fair sprinkling of 60s and 70s highlights, with few real surprises. Still – there’s no point being too clever with these things.

The downside is yet another interview/sleevenote from Paolo Hewitt – who seems to be on everything these days. Let’s hope we reach saturation point sooner rather than later.

Other editions are due to follow in June and October. Should be an interesting series if they choose the candidates wisely.

Bonus Martin Freeman fact: His first Motown purchase was "Mod Classics Volume One". Obviously a man who likes a bargain!