Archive for August, 2006

Cool Retro TV W/C 1st September

by Modculture 31 August, 2006

Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 1st September to Thursday 7th September.

Highlight of the Week
No real highlights this week I’m afraid.

Friday 1st September


Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.15pm – 11.50pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a well-dressed man sells his umbrella. In the second, a young woman attempts to flee the attention of a stranger.


The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. Essential.

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Mod discussion/record fair in Liverpool

by Modculture 30 August, 2006

One for your diaries if you happen to be up north on Saturday September 16th is a Mod record fair, music and discussion event in Liverpool under the name It’ll Never Be Over For Me.

It’s a free event that starts at 12 noon and runs until late. There’s a specialist record fair (Mod, 60s, R&B, Motown, soul, northern, ska), along with a discussion based around Mod. Guest speakers for the discussion include The Look author Paul Gorman, Paolo Hewitt, Katie Milestone, John Gore and from today’s Mod scene, Dave Edwards and Neil Lee.

And if that’s not enough, there’s a live appearance from one of the best bands on today’s scene, Glasgow’s The Five Aces.

If you want to pop along, the address is:
A Foundation Building
Greenland St, City Centre,
L1 0BY (opposite Cain¹s Brewery)

For more information or if you want a record stall on the event, contact Hilary Thorn on 0151 709 4180 or email [email protected]

Worst-ever Fred Perry polo shirt?

by Modculture 29 August, 2006

There’s been some disagreement over the merits of the Paul Weller-designed Fred Perry polo shirt, but I’m sure there’ll be little disagreement over this.

It’s a Fred Perry designed by hip Danish-born (and now London-based) designer Peter Jensen. I don’t know too much else about this polo shirt apart from what the picture shows – a stretched logo, three buttons…and a bow tie. Amazingly, this weekend’s Guardian describes it as "genius".

No idea of a price or availability. Nor do I much care to be honest!

Rapha sample sale in London

by Modculture 29 August, 2006

Good news if you like the Rapha range of hip cycling gear – they’re having a clearout of their current lines at a sample sale in London, to make way for new autumn/winter stock and discounting heavily on their website.

The sample sale is this weekend at Velorution, 18 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 8BD (near Oxford Circus). Times are Friday 1st September 18.00 to 20.00, Saturday 2nd September 10.30 to 18.00, Sunday 3rd September 11.00 to 18.00. Or if you can’t make it down, there’s also new markdowns on the website, including £50 off Tour of Britain Sportwool jerseys and £60 off some of the classic merino shirts.

Visit the Rapha website

Quadrophenia DVD winners

by Modculture 29 August, 2006

Thanks to the hundreds of you that entered our competition for the Quadrophenia Special Edition DVDs. We only have three copies, so there can only be three winners. Those winners are (in order of being drawn out):

  • Barry Murphy
  • Joanne Greenhalgh
  • Robbie Higgins

– I’ll be in touch for your addresses shortly.

We’ve got competitions more or less ongoing now, so if you didn’t win this time, keep entering – you’re always in with a chance of something sooner or later.

Cool Retro TV W/C 25th August

by Modculture 28 August, 2006

Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 25th August to Thursday 31st August.

Highlight of the Week (1)

Be My Baby – the Girl Group Story – Thursday 31st August. BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Over the last five decades, the girl group formula has yielded hit after hit. But this classic pop template is also guaranteed to deliver high drama and backstage rows. This nostalgic documentary examines the phenomenon as it applies to six celebrated girl groups – the Supremes, the Three Degrees, Sister Sledge, the Bangles and the Spice Girls – with contributions from artists, managers and producers.

Highlight of the Week (2)

The Otis Redding Story – Wednesday 30th August. BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Stuart Marconie presents a tribute to singer/songwriter Otis Redding, whose unpolished and achingly expressive vocals exemplify the kind of unaffected soul singing no longer heard in mainstream popular music. Redding died in 1967, aged 26, leaving a distinctive repertoire that includes I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to Stop Now), Respect, Try a Little Tenderness, Tramp (with Carla Thomas) and the posthumous US number one hit (Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay. The Series features modern interviews with Redding’s guitarist Steve Cropper, trumpeter Wayne Jackson, songwriting partner and soul giant Jerry Butler, and trumpeter Ben Cauley, the sole survivor of the 1967 plane crash that took Redding’s life.

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Mod hairdo t-shirt

by Modculture 26 August, 2006

More of an eye-catcher than a fashion statement, this unisex Mod Indian Hairdoo t-shirt from Canadian t-shirt makers Super Fantastico features a vintage image of an Indian woman with a fairly distinctive 60s hairstyle, which was undoubtedly heavy on the lacquer.

Oliver green background with green tinged image, you can pick it up in a selection of sizes, including a women’s fitted, all printed on "sweatshop free" garments. The t-shirt costs $22 (and they ship worldwide).

What isn’t clear is what the writing underneath the image says – or indeed how the manufacturers knew the woman was a Mod – I just can’t imagine a vibrant 60s Mod scene in India…unless you know different.

More from the Super Fantastico website

Via T-shirt Island

Rhoda Dakar at the new Filthys

by Modculture 24 August, 2006

A big night in the world of Filthy Macnastys, with the opening of a new venue in SE1 and live music from the ever-popular Rhoda Dakar on Thursday 31st August from 6pm onwards.

The British Ska legend will be performing some classic reggae and ska standards acoustically along with a selection of Bodysnatchers and Specials hits. Admission is absolutely free.

The new Filthys can be found at:
The Gladstone
64 Lant Street

Find out more at the Filthys website

The Saint – The Monochrome Years

by Modculture 24 August, 2006

If you bought and enjoyed the 14-DVD boxset of the colour Saint TV shows (reviewed here on Modculture), you’ll be pleased to know that Network is doing the same with all the black and white episodes, under the title The Saint – The Monochrome Years.

It clocks in at an amazing 18 discs (running for 3550 minutes) and of course, stars Roger Moore as debonair playboy Simon Templar. still great vieiwng and packed with stars of the era, including Honor Blackman, Warren Mitchell, Patrick Troughton, Oliver Reed, Julie Christie and Sylvia Syms. In addition to the episodes, the box set also features a new documentary on the making of The Saint with Roger Moore, audio commentary with Roger Moore, episode trailers and an image gallery.

It’s available from 18th September, for a price of £129.99 (but you;re sure to get it cheaper). Part of the proceeds goes to the Heaven’s Angel’s campaign, which aids healthcare in Africa.

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YouTube: The Who

by Modculture 24 August, 2006

Yes, it’s The Who – this time live at the Marquee Club in 1966, with harmonies slightly out of tune, but all the better for it. At least you know it really is live!

The song is So Sad About Us (but you’ll know that as soon as the intro kicks in). Enjoy!