Archive for April, 2006

100 Club Fred Perry on sale

by Modculture 12 April, 2006

It seems like we jumped the gun a bit over the limited edition 100 Club Fred Perry polo shirt and gave out information we perhaps shouldn’t have done.

The limited edition shirt was actually an exclusive for members of the company’s mailing list and was not intended for general sale due to limited numbers.

Anyway, those nice folk at Fred Perry have relented and given us a link for you all to buy it (it’s not on the Fred Perry website), so now you really can pick one up, but only if you follow our link.

Buy the 100 Club Fred Perry polo shirt online

We’ve also heard rumour of another special Fred Perry limited edition – but if we told you now, we’d have to kill you. All information in due course – and first – on Modculture.

Ready, Steady, Go! exhibition

by Modculture 12 April, 2006

Opening on Saturday 13th May, Ready, Steady, Go! at Chelsea Space in London claims to be the first exhibition to explore the style, fashion, people and events associated with Italian designed scooters and their impact on British culture over the last 60 years.

Ready, Steady, Go! examines the history of Lambrettas and Vespas scooters in Britain. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the scooter changed people’s lives in Italy by providing an affordable means of motor transport as well as becoming a symbol of freedom and independence in the newly emerging post war consumer society. Soon after, when they were introduced to Britain, becoming an integral part of British life and social fabric.

Scooters acquired a new identity in Britain in the early 60s when they were adopted by mods. Since then scooters have regularly been at the forefront of British style, ridden by different generations of scooterists from skinheads to scooter boys, mod revivalists to contemporary commuters – and still by the mods of today.

The exhibition includes a range of exhibits from the life of the British scooter – images and drawings of the earliest scooter models, advertising and posters from Innocenti and Piaggio, original films including those of scooter stunts and gymkhanas, photographs of scooterists past and present, "scooter" clothing (whatever that means) and accessories, plus a rare Vespa from 50s and an insight into scooter designs for the future. It also introduces some key personalities in scooter history such as Eddie Grimstead, the famous scooter workshop owner of the 1960s.

On the opening day of the exhibition, there will also be a scooter ride out which ends with a rally on the Piazza in front of the gallery from 12pm onwards. You’re more than welcome to join in. For more details on this, email [email protected]

Chelsea Space
Chelsea College of Art & Design
16 John Islip Street
Nearest Tube station: Pimlico (follow the signs for Tate Britain).

YouTube: The Prisoners

by Modculture 9 April, 2006

Another gem from YouTube this week – this time from everyone’s favourite 80s mod/garage band, The Prisoners.

No idea where this clip comes from, but I do know that it’s a blinding live version of "Melanie" (which you can find on the WiserMiserDemelza CD) from a French TV show. Picture quality isn’t brilliant and the show’s presenter does his best to ruin it, but it’s still fantastic.

Thanks to Steve B for sending this in. If you know of any cool clips on YouTube, please get in touch.

Rhoda Dakar live at Filthys

by Modculture 9 April, 2006

Rhoda Dakar returns to Filthys on Saturday 13th May for another free gig. Rhoda began her career with Ska/Two Tone band The Bodysnatchers, and very soon was regular guest vocalist with The Specials.

She had chart success with "Do Rock Steady", before singing on perhaps her most famous and notable release, "The Boiler" – much played by the late John Peel. She also joined Gerry Dammers on the "Free Nelson Mandela" single, under the The Special AKA monika.

Revisiting her Two Tone roots she has recently sang with The Selecter and appeared on tour with other 2 Toners Dave Wakeling (The Beat), Roddy Radiation of the The Specials and Pauline Black & Nick Welsh (The Selecter).

At the Filthys gig, she’ll  a selection of her hits plus some of her newer material in an acoustic mode. DJ support is from Dave Edwards.

Filthy MacNastys
68 Amwell Street, London EC1
Tubes and Trains: Angel/Kings cross
Tel: 0207 837 6067

Doors from 7pm onwards
Admission free

Sorry You Missed The Sixties

by Modculture 8 April, 2006

The John Bloxham Gallery is currently hosting Sorry You Missed The Sixties –  the decade as seen through the lens of  Philip Townsend, featuring a host of icons and celebrities against a backdrop of "swinging London".

Philip Townsend was born in 1940. After training as a photographer, he got his big break when he met Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham – within a few months, he was commissioned to do a session with the band, then spent most of the decade freelancing for the Daily Express, as well as featuring in the Tatler, Honey, Harpers Bazaar, Der Stern, Neue Revue, Tempo, Paris Match and New York Times.

Icons and celebs caught be Townshend included Marlon Brando, Andrew Loog Oldham, Jimmy Page, Elizabeth Taylor, Aristotle Onassis, Marty Wilde, Dudley Moore, Richard Burton, Twiggy, Jacquelin Bisset, Charlotte Rampling and The Beatles.

This exhibition displaying almost 80 photographs from Philip Townsend’s Archive, will be exclusively on show until 25th April at the John Bloxham Gallery. Images are also available to buy – visit the gallery website for more details.

Visit the John Bloxham Gallery website

Via Retro To Go

Fred Perry 100 Club shirts

by Modculture 6 April, 2006

Here’s a nice item – that could be a collector’s piece of the future.

Fred Perry has released a limited edition run of slim-fit Fred Perry polo shirts featuring the 100 Club logo.

There’s very little else you can say  – everyone know what the top looks like, it’s an iconic item. Made from 100% cotton, the limited top is available in both black and burgundy in sizes small to extra large, both with collar and sleeve trim and sells for £60.

As far as we know, it’s only available online, not in the stores – and only via the link below:

More on the shirt online

Jazz on Easter Sunday!

by Modculture 5 April, 2006

Freedom (Basement club), 66 Wardour Street, Soho, W1

A perfect way to spend  Easter Sunday afternoon. You don’t have to be into Jazz to enjoy Shiftless Shuffle but if you’ve never seen Street-Jazz Dance in action, this is for you.
If you need to brush up your dancing skills on the dance floor, Perry Louis of the JazzCotech Dancers will take you through your paces between 5 and 6. Following this, there is a club session where you can either try your newly learned skills or sit back and enjoy watching the many Dancers who come to this session from all over the UK. This is unlike any other club session in London if you like  a serious get down this is the place to be and well worth a visit.
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday, class at 5, club 6 – 10pm.  £5
At Freedom, In the basement! 60-66 wardour Street, London,W1

For more information call 07957 560 557 or visit

This article was brought to you in association with The London Dossier – – London’s premier listings site

Men's fashion writers wanted

by Modculture 5 April, 2006

Are you interested in your clobber? Well, we’d like to hear from you.

Modculture might well be starting a men’s fashion news site, covering mod-friendly clothing, along with other smart, hip and generally cool fashions. Not what the style mags say is cool,  but what really is the business.

If you can write small pieces (a bit like the Modculture news blog) and love your clothes, shoes, trainers, accessories etc, get in touch. There’s no commitment to writing loads of articles, you can write as and when you please (or see something cool).

I cannot pay for articles – but if the site does make any money, or you want free CDs, DVDs etc, I’ll try my best to compensate you for your efforts.

Get in touch about writing for us