Archive for September, 2006

Cool Retro TV W/C 29th September

by Modculture 28 September, 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 29th September to Thursday 5th October.

Highlight of the Week
Nothing worth highlighting this week, except for the repeat of the Mose Allison documentary on BBC2.

Friday 29th September


Decisive Moments: the Photographs That Made History – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Landmark moments in the 1960s, including student protests at Kent State University.

Stiff & Co at the BBC (1/2) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Archive hits from Stiff Records artists. With Elvis Costello, Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury. Continues at 11pm.

If it Ain’t Stiff… – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Suggs and Shane MacGowan share memories of the maverick record label Stiff. Adrian Edmondson narrates. First shown in two parts.

Sinatra: Dark Star (2/2) – UKTV History. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Family and celebrity comtemparies talk about the singing superstar’s links with the underworld, as well as powerful political figures.

Stiff & Co at the BBC (2/2) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00am
With archive performances from the Pogues, Ian Dury and Madness.

Mose Allison: Ever Since I Stole the Blues – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35pm
Van Morrison and Pete Townshend pay tribute to the 78-year-old from Mississippi known as the "jazz sage".

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.35pm – 12.05am
A killer accepts his victim’s hospitality.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (4/6) – BBC 3. 11.35pm – 12.00am
Bizarre Japanese humour, from comedy extremists to rib-tickling robots.

Lene Lovich: Rock Goes to College – BBC 4. 12 midnight – 12.50am
Lene Lovich, the part English, part Yugoslavian star of the Stiff label brings her proto-goth new-wave pop to Liverpool University in a performance from 1980. 


Stop the World – it’s Anthony Newley (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Jonathan Ross concludes his profile of the singer-turned-film -producer, focusing on the Las Vegas years when he was feted by the likes of Sammy Davis Jr, Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett before returning to Britain and vertual anonymity in the 1990s. A special edition of Friday Night Is Music Night follows with a tribute concert.
The Funk & Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. Essential.

Alfie (1/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Another chance to hear an abridged version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play about a sexually driven Londoner, read by Nick Moran.

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YouTube: The Fuzztones

by Modculture 27 September, 2006

Seeing as they’re back touring and appearing very soon at Crossfire 8 in London, it seems a good time to re-visit The Fuzztones. This clip is from the band’s 80s heyday – the video for The Witch – which you’ll either love or hate, depending on where your tastes lie!

Mose Allison – on TV and live

by Modculture 27 September, 2006

If you weren’t able to tune into the excellent Mose Allison documentary when it went out on BBC4, here’s some good news – it’s getting an airing on BBC2 this Friday (29th September) at 11:35pm. Here’s the preview:

Mose Allison : Ever Since I Stole the Blues

Mose Allison, white Jazz and Blues legend from the Mississippi Delta, inspired key figures in Rock’n’Roll. As Pete Townsend says in the film: ‘Without Mose I wouldn’t have written My Generation’. The film also features Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Frank Black, Loudon Wainwright, Ben Sidran, Keb Mo’ and Georgie Fame.

Taking Mose back to the Southern crossroads where he was born, we journey with the man they call the Jazz Sage across 50 years of cool philosophical lyrics and hip piano playing on songs like Parchman Farm, Your Mind is On Vacation and Everybody Cryin’ Mercy. The film also contains exclusive performances of Mose classics by Van Morrison and Loudon Wainwright – along with The Who’s barnstorming take on Mose’s Young Man Blues.

And if you want to catch the man live, you can see him at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho from September 21st to 30th. For details call 020 7439 8722 or visit the website.

Anyway Anyhow Anywhere t-shirt

by Modculture 26 September, 2006

Probably of interest to Who fans is this Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere t-shirt.

Designed by Mr Styles, I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be an early-era Pete Townshend trashing his guitar an amp. I say pretty sure because I’ve looked up close and can’t quite make him out.But I’m guessing the title and the smashing of the guitar is proof enough.

In sky blue only, you can pick it up now from the CX London website (and probably other places) for around £25.

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Podcast: Rock n Roll Soul

by Modculture 26 September, 2006

Another online radio show to ease you through the working day, this time from London’s Rock n Roll Soul night. The Rock n Roll Soul Radio podcast mainly covers the soul end of the spectrum, with a mix of 60s and early 70s soul and funk that’s well worth a listen. But note that you’ll need Quicktime to tune in.

Listen to the Rock n Roll Soul Radio podcast

You can catch the Rock n Roll Soul club night at The Albany, Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QU on the first Saturday of each month.

Rock n Roll Soul website

Cool Retro TV W/C 22nd September

by Modculture 24 September, 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 22nd September to Thursday 28th September.

Highlight of the Week
Nothing worth highlighting this week.

Friday 22nd September


In Concert: Oscar Peterson – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The pianist and his trio at Ronnie Scott’s in 1974. Songs include I Should Care and A Time for Love.

The 60s: the Beatles Decade – UKTV History. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The overhaul of Britain’s education system at the end of the 1960s and the 11-plus exam.

Johnny Cash: the Last Great American – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A look back at the life and times of the man who became a huge country star and was to find a new audience in the 1990s.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.05pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a swindler gets less than he bargained for. In the second, a scorned wife seeks revenge on his immoral wife and her lover.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (3/6) – BBC 3. 11.35pm – 12.00am
The country’s urban tribes – including girl bikers and goths.

The Fall: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E Smith – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Led by belligerent poet Mark E Smith, the Fall are one of the most idiosyncratic and chaotic bands of the last 30 years. Their story is told with contributions from Paul Morley, Tony Wilson, Alan Wise and Franz Ferdinand. Plus footage of a classic Peel session.


1966 and All That (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30am -12.00pm
Craig Brown’s satirical history of Britain reaches the 1960s. Albert Einstein discovers the Beatles, while for the first time, the nation discovers sex. We take a look at the era of "Flour Power", the World Cup is won by a team of men all called Bobby, and the Royal Family attempts to stay with-it by barbecuing. With Joss Ackland, Eleanor Bron, Rory Bremner, John Humphrys, Ewan Bailey and Margaret Cabourn-Smith. Written by Craig Brown.   

Jazz Legends: John Coltrane – BBC Radio 3. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Julian Joseph celebrates what would have been John Coltrane’s 80th birthday with a selection of his classic recordings, along with appreciation and comments from British saxophonist Steve Williamson.

Stop the World – it’s Anthony Newley (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Jonathan Ross recalls the complex life and career of talent-heavy singer, songwriter and stage and screen star Anthony Newley, who died in 1999, aged 67. The series looks at Newley’s formidable accomplishments and how his fame and fortune offered him inadequate personal satisfaction. Contributors include songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, Petula Clark, David Bowie, Elaine Paige, Julian Fellowes, former wife Joan Collins, son Sacha Newley and many others. This edition recalls his work in films, from his teenage appearance in Oliver Twist (1948) to his 1969 directorial effort, Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

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

Great Lives: Nina Simone (7/8) – BBC Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
The chantese, pianist, composer and civil rights activist Nina Simone is the choice of concert pianist Joanna MacGregor. Presented by Matthew Parris.

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Matto Le D. – cool retro art

by Modculture 22 September, 2006

We’ve featured some very smart retro-styled art on this site in the past – Shag, Hisknibs and Kavel to name just three – but here’s another one to add to your list – Matto Le D.

Very much styled in that early 60s cartoon styling (he quotes his influences as commercials from the UPA studios and Jaques Tati movies), Matto’s artwork follows the lead of Shag in going for cocktails, tiki and beatniks, along with an occasional dose of Mod – but with his own twist.

The image here is for a comic Motto is currently working on, but if you want to pick up some of his work on canvas, you can buy limited prints (25 only of each) directly from his website. There’s also plenty of other material there to enjoy. Definitely one to watch for the future.

Visit Matt Le D.’s website

Fred Perry Knitted Polo Shirt

by Modculture 20 September, 2006

Seems like this season, Fred Perry has been going through its old design books of the 60s and 70s for inspiration – or rather – to bring back its classic designs, but at prices very different from 40 years ago.

The first of them is this Fred Perry Men’s Tailored Sportswear Texture Knit Shirt. or as you and I would know it, the knitted polo shirt. The originals of these change hands for big money on eBay and in vintage shops, so it’s on surprise to see their return.

It’s a textured knit sports shirt with embroidered laurel, made from a 50/50 mix of cotton and acrylic. Colours are the red pictured or black. For those of you who choked at the price of the Paul Weller Fred Perry shirt, you’ll not like the price of this – it retails for £90.

More from the Fred Perry website

Joe Meek's Mod Nuggets

by Modculture 20 September, 2006

I know some of you are Joe Meek fans, but to be honest, most of the output I’ve heard hasn’t done a great deal for me. Or maybe I’m just listening to the wrong stuff? Could be – as an album is released by Sanctuary next month under the intriguing title of Joe Meek: You’re Holding Me Down – 30 Freakbeat, Mod and R&B Nuggets.

It promises "the very best of indie maverick Joe Meek’s Beat, Freakbeat, R&B and Pysch productions", with most previously unavailable on CD, one not never before been released. Featured artists here include Tornados ’66, The Syndicats, The Buzz, David John & The Mood, Jason Eddie & The Centremen and The Cryin’ Shames – some with vinyl prices as high as £750.

We should have a review online before the release date, which is Monday 30th October.

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The Look at Borders (London)

by Modculture 20 September, 2006

If you’re in London tomorrow (Thursday September 21st) you could do a lot worse than get yourself down to Borders on Oxford Street, where Paul Gorman, author of the excellent style book The Look, will be hosting a question and answer session with special guests and no doubt, signing this "must have" book.

The Look covers fashion from the 50s to the present day – so any question from any era (not just the sixties) is welcome. It starts at 7pm, admission is free.

When that’s over, it’s just a short walk to the Piccadilly Blues Club (93 Dean Street, W1), where you can catch Long Tall Shorty live, plus DJ support from Dave Edwards and Mickee. Entry is a bargain £3. More on that on the Modculture forums.