Archive for March, 2006

Steve Marriott charity gig

by Modculture 30 March, 2006

On the 15th anniversary of his death, three of the south-west’s leading mod-influenced bands are holding a Steve Marriott charity gig in commemoration and to to raise funds for charity.

The bands featured are Roundabout (original numbers and mod covers), Going Underground (60s, ska and new wave) plus Carnaby Street (playing the music of the Small Faces).

It will be held at the Fizz Bar, The Bridge, Chippenham on Thursday 20th April at 8pm. Admission is £5 and all proceeds will go to Kenney Jones’ "Small Faces All Children’s Charity".

For more information, visit or email [email protected].

Jam's All Mod Cons expanded

by Modculture 24 March, 2006

The Jam’s All Mod Cons is being to be expanded and reissued, featuring extra tracks and a DVD.

The extra songs set to feature include the following B-sides, alternative takes and unreleased demos:

News of the World (single)
Aunties and Uncles (Impulsive Youths) (b-side)
Innocent Man (b-side)
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (single version)
So Sad About Us (b-side)
The Night (b-side)
So Sad About Us (demo)
Worlds Apart (demo)
It’s Too Bad (demo)
To Be Someone (demo)
David Watts (demo)
Billy Hunt (alternate version)
Mr Clean (demo)
Fly (demo)

A second disc will be included with the album – a DVD of the making of All Mod Cons. Directed by Don Letts, the 40-minute film features new interviews, live footage and promo clips.

The album will be reissued on June 5th.

Small Faces 'Ogdens' 3 CD box

by Modculture 23 March, 2006

I’ve lost count how many times the Small Faces’ Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake has been reissued. Let’s just settle for ‘many’. Anyway, it’s back again, this time in a metal tin and over 3 discs on June 5th 2006.

Still seen as the band’s seminal album (though personally I prefer the earlier ‘beat’ stuff), you probably know it was one of the first ‘concept’ albums, it featured British eccentric Stanley Unwin and came in a sleeve that can still turn heads in a rare record shops today.

The 3 disc edition features the stereo mix, a companion mono version (previously unavailable on CD), plus a further CD of BBC Radio 1’s ‘Classic Albums’ documentary on the making of the album, which was originally transmitted in 1989. This final disc features interviews with all four band members – Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones.

It should sell for around £11.99.

YouTube: Mod Wolves

by Modculture 21 March, 2006

If you haven’t discovered YouTube yet, you really should. All you need is a fairly fast internet connection to browse and view thousands of videos uploaded by folk from all over the world. And because the userbase is so random, so are the clips.

To emphasise how random, we’re kicking off our new YouTube Clip Of The Week section with something odd and a little bit mod!

From the first series of the Mighty Boosh, this is the episode featuring the Mod Wolves. To summarise, Vince has embarked on a career to be "King Of The Mods", but he’s also helping Howard find original zoo owner Tommy Nookah, so he can save the zoo from being sold. Anyway, to cut a long story short, they encoutner these Mod Wolves. View the clip here:

Do you know any good clips from YouTube? Please let us know.

Only Fools mod prequel

by Modculture 21 March, 2006

Yes, you read it right – after flogging this particular dead horse for several years longer than was healthy, Only Fools and Horses writer John Sullivan has gone the other way and created a prequel show about the early days of Del and Rodney.

Provisionally titled Once Upon A Time In Peckham, the sitcom will feature Derek Trotter (pictured right as an ageing mod) as a teenager, with Rodney still in nappies. All sounds like a ropey spin-off doesn’t it? It probably is, but for one slightly interesting fact – the pilot episode is set in the 1960s and follows Del as he bunks off school and becomes a mod.

Writer Sullivan is now on the look-out for someone to play young Derek – so if you happen to be around 15, you might be in luck. The rest of us will be looking on in embarassment I expect when the show gets round to airing.

Rendez-Vous French Special

by Modculture 21 March, 2006

Rendez-Vous in Wigan has rapidly built up a great reputation by doing something a little different to the rest – and if you want further evidence of that, check out their French Special on Saturday 29th April.

Alongside the resident DJs, there’s special guest Nicolas Oh La La from France, plus French gogo dancers, some top notch 60s french tunes added to the playlists, projections of 60s french movies and the club’s resident gogo dancers The Fizzies will be dressed with a Gallic touch offering out samples of Camembert and red wine!

And it’s all absolutely free. The night runs from 9:30 until late. If you’re in the area, it’s well worth a try.

For more information, see the listing in our events guide.

Other dates for the club coming up are Saturday 25th March and Saturday 24th June. For more information, get in touch with the club via Myspace at 

Mousetrap 15th birthday bash

by Modculture 21 March, 2006

Would you believe it’s the Mousetrap’s 15th anniversary? The long-running mod allnighter celebrates its latest anniversary in style with a fantastic DJ line-up and a free anniversary 45 – not available unless you turn up on the night. No details on the record, but they’re always worth owning.

Here’s the full details if you intend popping along…

Saturday 25th March
DJ line-up:
DJ’s Chris Dale (Scenesville), Alan H (Capitol Soul Club), Lee Miller, Mik Parry (Pow Wow Club), Niamh Lynch & Rob Bailey.

Orleans, 259 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Pk, London N4 (1 min from bus/tube/train)

Doors: 10pm – 7am
Admission: £10 (including free 45)

UK Sue Story Volume 4

by Modculture 20 March, 2006

Not content with releasing three fantastic Sue compilations, Ace Records has released a 4th volume – the UK Sue Story Volume 4 – that’s in the shops now.

Here’s the tale – UK Sue’s A&R guru Guy Stevens always intended to compile and issue a fourth vinyl volume of "The Sue Story". Now, just 39 years after the original Volume 3 found its way into record stores, Ace and Kent have honoured Guy’s wishes by putting together their own Volume 4, featuring tracks all originally released in the UK on Sue that may well have formed that core of Guy’s final instalment.

A typical mix of big names and lesser-known artists, all reflective of the  A&R policy of the late Guy Stevens, with around a third of the tracks have never been reissued on CD or LP.

Unlikely to be a review on Modculture as Ace/Kent no longer send us anything (and we’re too broke to buy everything they put out), the tracklisting makes it well worth investigating (see continuation for full track list). If you want to know more about Sue, check out Doug Hadgraft’s Reds and Yellows feature.

More on UK Sue Story 4 at Amazon

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Wanted: Retro film/tv writer

by Modculture 20 March, 2006

We’re very keen at Modculture to get more reviews and writing online about classic film and TV. Unfortunately, finding the time isn’t as easy…!

So, with that in mind, we want someone who is willing to help out. The job will be to review cult film and TV from the late 50s to the 70s, as well as write the odd feature or interesting snippet for our news site.

We can’t pay, but you will get a number of new release DVDs to review and keep. Surely enough for anyone interested in their retro viewing!

Interested? Then contact us, explaining your interests, knowledge, experience (not essential) etc and I’ll get back to you. Writing style should be light and a genuine interest is essential. UK only please.

Bailey On… DVD release

by Modculture 20 March, 2006

Three documentaries commissioned for ITV between 1968 and 1973, directed by David Bailey and collectively titled Bailey On… will be released for the first time on DVD on 10th April 2006.

With his standing among the artistic community, Bailey was given unprecedented access to his subjects – photographer Cecil Beaton, Italian film director Luchino Visconti and pop art legend Andy Warhol. The Warhol documentary was infamously banned by the Appeal Court when a complaint was lodged about its content by Record Breakers host Ross McWhirter, on the grounds that it was offensive and indecent. It took two months to get the programme shown. 

The three films also contain cameo appearances from the movers and shakers of the 60s and 70s including Mick Jagger, David Hockney, Lord Lichfield, Brian Duffey, Twiggy, Penelope Tree and Helmut Berger.

As well as the documentaries, the DVDs will also feature a new, half hour interview titled Bailey on Bailey, with David Bailey talking to journalist Chris Roberts about the making of all three documentaries. There will also be a free booklet of the originally designed transcripts for Bailey on Andy Warhol.

Expect a review on this site in the very near future.

More on Bailey On… at Amazon