Archive for January, 2006

Pop Fiction @ The Barbican

by Modculture 31 January, 2006

Ok, they’ve not made a good record for as long as I can remember, but Saint Etienne have their use – like curating this new pop film season at The Barbican in London.

The selections, over three dates, are a mix of lost films and obscure music-based dramas missing presumed lost – including a Play For Today based on the Two Tone movement and one starring Ray Davies.

Here’s what’s on in full:

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Fabulous Stains
Rarely seen in this country, The Fabulous Stains follows a fictitious punk girl group (featuring Diane Lane and Laura Dern) touring with a washed up Glam band and an up and coming English punk group – Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones, The Clash’s Paul Simonon and Ray Winstone.
The film was acknowledged by the likes of Bikini Kill as an influence on the Riot Grrl scene.
US 1980 Dir. Lou Adler 87 min.

Three Minute Heroes
BBC Play For Today
Five Midlands kids on the dole play in a 2 Tone band.
UK 1982 60min.

Reprising her Cathy Come Home/Poor Cow role, Carol White is a single mum living on a south London estate whose life changes when she meets rock star Mike Preston (Roy Harper) on Brighton beach. Made was chosen, along with Clockwork Orange, to represent Britain at the 1972 Venice Film Festival.
UK 1972 Dir. John McKenzie 101 min.

The Long Distance Piano Player
Play For Today
Ray Davies is bullied by his manager (Norman Rossington) into playing a 48 hour piano marathon in a seaside town. Includes the otherwise unheard Kinks songs Marathon and Got To Be Free.
UK 1971 Dir. Philip Saville 62 mins

Jumping Bean Bag
Play for Today
This 1976 Play For Today has never been reshown until now, its 30th anniversary. Public school Glam band Slag Bag dream of being "as big as the Bay City Rollers". With singer Ozzie Freemantle (David ‘Ford Prefect’ Dixon) and drummer Snare (Denis Lawson) and songs like Snake Madness, they debut at an end-of-year school play, are expelled, then rise swiftly to the top only for disaster to strike. Among their loyal fans is a young Linda Robson.
UK 1976 Dir. Alan Cooke 69 mins

Toyah Willcox and Phil Daniels star as kids who break into a TV studio only to be caught by Noel Edmonds.
UK 1976 30 mins

For full booking information visit:

Wheelie Bag news

by Modculture 31 January, 2006

DJ Wheelie Bag is no longer running his Monday night session at the Keston Lodge in Islington. Instead he may be moving to a bar in Camden. Fortunately there’s no change to his long-running, ever-popular Wednesday night sessions at the Pillars of Hercules in Soho.

For more info on Wheelie Bag’s sessions and other top London club nights check out The London Dossier – – London’s premier listings site

Bronco Bullfrog in Brighton

by Modculture 31 January, 2006

If you happen to be in the Brighton area on Sunday February 5th, you can catch a rare screening of late 60s Brit cult movie Bronco Bullfrog.

Bronco is a film you’ll love or hate and is described in the blurb as "filmed in neo-realist style (director Platts-Mills was dubbed the British Pasolini) and shot on location in London’s East End, this is something you really shouldn’t miss". It’s fame stems from the real people used as actors, with real style – and is the only instance of the suedehead look in film. A gallery of images from the film is due to appear on Modculture soon.

The film is showing at the Duke of York’s picture house in Brighton, commencing at 1:30 and followed by a Q & A with director Barney Platts-Mills.

Find out more

Lambretta amphiscooter

by Modculture 31 January, 2006

Due to the number of enquiries we’ve had due to the mention of the Lambretta amphiscooter on Robert Elm’s Radio London show (I’ll take your word for it – I’m in Manchester!), I’ve decided to put up the specific link to save you all searching around for it.

You can view the mini clip here:

Now go and build one. But don’t forget your life jacket.

Revival reviewer wanted

by Modculture 30 January, 2006

Keen observers of Modculture will probably have noted that I’m neither expert or all that enthusiastic about the sound of the mod revival. That’s not a slight on the bands – it just happens that I wasn’t there to enjoy it and have never really been taken by a lot of the music on offer. Like all things, each to their own.

With that in mind, and because I feel it’s important to cover all music that appeals to mods, I’m on the look out for a revival reviewer to cover the regular releases/reissues that come throguh the letterbox.

Ideally, the person must enjoy that area of music, be able to write a bit if they put their mind to it and be able to do a review within a week of receiving the music. Benefits are your name in lights and obviously free music!

Interested? Contact us to find out more or to register your interest.

New Hideaway Club CD

by Modculture 30 January, 2006

If you can’t make it to Manchester’s Hideaway Club, then you can pick up the latest volume of the club’s CD collection by post, priced at just £5 (plus 50p p&p for UK /£1 Europe/ £1.50 rest of world). Paypal payment to [email protected] or e-mail Neil at that address for alternatives. Previous volumes still available, email for details.

Hideaway Club CD Volume 9
27 of the hottest,rare and highly sort after R&B/ Sixties Soul/ Ska and Boogaloo movers for your dancing pleasure………..

Gladys Tyler- Little Bitty Girl (Decca)
Sinner Strong- Don’t Knock It (Serock)
Tommy Hunt- The Work Song (Scepter)
Delores Wilson- Come On Shy Guy (Renee)
Baby Jean- If You wanna (Stacy)
John Lee Hooker- Money (Impulse)
Ernest Eady- He’s So Good (Junior)
Louis (Blues Boy) Jones- Someway, Somewhere (Sambra)
Judy Clay- Let It Be Me (La Vette)
Joannie Lyons & Hitchikers- You Lied (Star)
Roscoe Shelton- Who Walks In (When I Walk Out) (Sound Stage 7)
Buddy Lucas- That Thang (Mohawk)
Daddy Goodlowe- Jamil Pt 1 (Vee Jay)
Danny Davis & Byron Lee- Night Train From Jamaica (MGM)
Byron Lee & Dragonaires- You Make Me Feel The way I Do (JA Kentone)
Al Vance- Have You Seen Jane (Goldwax)
Ray Agee- The Wobble-oo (Trident)
BB King- Fishin’ After Me (Kent)
Earl (Connelly) King- Every Whicha Kinda Way (King)
Barbara Redd- I’ll Be All Alone (SPQR)
Guy Howard- You Healed My Broken Heart (Jubilee)
Lenny O’Henry- Cheated Heart (ABC Paramount)
The Elecras- Can’t You See It In My Eyes (Challenge)
Johnnie Taylor- Rome (Sar
Ben E King- What A Difference A Day Makes (French Atco)
The Cadillacs- White Gardenia (Capitol)
The Elgins- You Found Yourself Another Fool (Valiant)

New mod night in London

by Modculture 30 January, 2006

There can never be too many quality mod nights – and another is due to commence in March in the capital.

Watch Your Step is a new mod night starting on Thursday March 30th at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London. Order of the day will be Rhythm and Blues, British R&B and Blues with residents Liam Hughes and Marcus Hjoberg plus special guests to be announced.

Even better, admission is absolutely free.

The night runs from 7:30 pm until migdnight. It;s a ‘one off’, but if all goes to plan, this should become a regular feature on the London circuit. So do your best to support it.

If you need any more information, contact Liam at [email protected].

Sweet But Deadly! – Sat 11 Feb

by Modculture 30 January, 2006

Sweet But Deadly @ The Pleasure Unit, 359 Bethnal Green Road, London E2

Saturday 11th February; 8pm-2am (no admission after midnight); £5

R&B, Soul, Ska, Boogaloo and Beat from resident DJs Giordano and Smart Phil plus guests Marcus (DNA Groove) and Jean-Paul Séculaire (Right On!) who will be celebrating his birthday. And to top it all off there’s live music from no less than four up-and-coming bands:

Shimmering 60s style pop from LUCKY SOUL
Maximum rock’n’roll from young mods THE EPITONES
Soaring guitar pop courtesy of THE CHARLIE PARKERS
Bespoke harmony rock from THE STANDARDS

Note that this monthly night always sells out so arrive early!

For info on more top London club nights check out The London Dossier – – London’s premier listings site

Free Andy Lewis download

by Modculture 30 January, 2006

I’m a big fan of Andy Lewis’ work – anyone who can pick out some classic vintage grooves and make them sound fresh in 2006 is alright by me. And he’s a damn fine DJ judging by his recent performance at the Pow Wow Club.

Anyway – he’s offering up a free track. I’ll leave the rest to him…

"As a youth, I spent many hours listening to stations such as Radio Caroline and Laser 558, their programmes beamed in from the North Sea at right-angles to the laws of the land, finger poised over the Record button on my ITT cassette recorder in anticipation of another play of "Sinful" by Mr Bloe, "Maybe Tomorrow Maybe Tonight" by Earth And Fire, "Golf Girl" by Caravan, "The Horse" by Cliff Nobles, "Night Of Fear" by The Move and "Where The Rhythm Takes You" by Makin’ Time.

I still have a couple of cassette tapes’ worth of these medium-wave musical memories, and digging them out of a drawer at my parents’ place the other day inspired a new tune. By way of a celebration of my birthday on February 1st, I shall be making this tune, "Radio Wonderful", available as a free download from MySpace for one week, and one week only. I’ll also be posting up "What Can I Say", a 21st Century stab at Northern Soul-inspired pop featuring the sensationally soulful voice of Dave Jay and the magnificent sax of Michelle Imbierski, again free and exclusive to MySpace for just a week.

I’m also having a bit of a do at Casino Royale at The Barfly in Camden Town, London on Saturday February 4th. If you fancy coming, dear reader, let me know as soon as possible so I can make arrangements to have your name put on the guest list. You can contact me through MySpace’s frequently quite good messaging service, or via [email protected]"

You can find Andy Lewis’ My Space at:

Rendez-Vous club reviewed

by Modculture 30 January, 2006

Here at Modculture, we understand that a list of DJs you’ve probably never heard of and an even longer list of obscure music genres is not going to tell you if a club night is for you or not. So with that in mind, we’re going to start reviewing clubs to give you a flavour of the night before you walk through the door.

First up is Wigan’s new, but already talked-about Rendez-Vous night. You can find the review at:

And while you’re at it, I can’t recommend enough the website for the club, which has radio shows to listen to online, plus entire sets to download in MP3 quality. Find that at:

Fancy being a club reviewer?

We obviously need your help to review clubs. Whether you’ve had a good, bad or indifferent night, tell us about it and we’ll print it up (with or without your name). If you have a photo, even better, but it’s not essential. To send a club review, hit the contact us button on the website menu or get in touch for more information.