Archive for October, 2006
If you’re in Sheffield on Monday 30th October, you can catch the world premiere of a new documentary on the career of Paul Weller, under the title Into Tomorrow. The film also kicks off the Sheffield Doc/Fest – a season of past and present documentaries.
In the film, Weller apparently opens to director Stuart Watts about his life and career – his upbringing in Woking, years in the Jam and Style Council, his relationship with his father-manager, his record company dropping him, his mid-life crisis and his resurgence, using archive and his own music as the soundtrack . There’s also contributions from a diverse range of people, including Boy George, Noel Gallagher, his family and his ex-wife.
No news on where else this might be showing, but I expect it will be on DVD for Christmas.
More on the Sheffield Doc/Fest
Primark seems to become something of a bun fight when they get in a new range – but as they’ve never really gone down the 60s route, it hasn’t been an issue – until now.
Yes, as you can see from the images here, the company has joined many other high street retailers in going for 60s-styled range – and as it’s Primark, for very little cash.
Picture on left:
60s wool coat (£30), 60s bow print shift dress (£12), bag (£6), shoes (£15)
Picture on right:
Melton trapeze coat(£35), leopard platform courts (£12), animal print clutch bag (£1.50).
Seen anything else interesting on the high street? Let us know.
Via Catwalk Queen
A new night in Nottingham is starting up and in need of your support if is to continue. The night is called Ronnie London’s Groove Lounge and is being set up by five lads from the Nottingham Scooter Club. First night is Friday 27th October, with the night running from 7:30pm until midnight. Expect to hear traditional Mod sounds, including soul, R&B, boogaloo and hammond groove.
Venue details are:
Grosvenor, Mansfield road, Nottingham
Admission is £3 before 10pm and £3.50 after.
If you can’t make this one, it will be on every last Friday of the month hereafter. For further information on the night, email Gary at [email protected] or call 07778002589.
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 27th October to Thursday 2nd November.
Highlight of the Week
George Clinton – Tales of Dr. Funkenstein Friday 27th October BBC 4. 9.00pm (Repeated Sat 11.20pm)
While talking to Don Letts, the far-out godfather of funk recalls Parliament, Funkadelic and his collaborations with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.
A few years back, I was lucky enough to pick up two film posters from a largely unknown late 60s British independent movie called Bronco Bullfrog. One is in storage, the other in a frame. To buy an original today would set you back a hefty amount, but if you want a reproduction of the iconic boot poster, the film’s director, Barney Platts-Mills, has done a reprint and is selling it online.
The film’s no classic, but it’s a sought-after movie for one reason – the style of the character, Bronco Bullfrog. Bronco was a suedehead. And this movie, probably by accident, was the only one to catch that look on film.
The original film poster looks impressive on our wall and I’m sure the re-print will be just as eye-catching. And it’s just £8 including postage.
Find out more at Platts-Mills.com
Whether you’re a DJ or just someone who enjoy spinning the odd 45 – there’s nothing worse than seeing a big hole on the middle – and not having an adapter to hand. Never fear – you’ll have two to hand if you pick up a pair of these 45 Adapter Cufflinks.
There is one drawback – these are cufflinks – so you’ll look more than a bit foolish if they were to scale. These sterling silver cufflinks actually have a cuff-friendly 0.75-inch diameter, but are still worth considering for the vinyl-lover in your life this Christmas.
Available now, they retail for $125 (that’s around £66).
Find out more at the Uncommon Goods website
Via Retro To Go
If the drop in temperature has got you thinking about classic knitwear, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an upcoming John Smedley Factory Sale.
As ever, you’ll be able to pick up end-of-range, surplus and slight imperfects for seriously knockdown prices – just as long as you don’t mind getting up early and battling with the crowds for the best pieces and prices.
It takes place from Friday November 14th through to Sunday 16th November, 10am until 4pm on each each day. If you’ve never visited the John Smedley factory, you’ll find it at John Smedley Ltd, Lea Mills, Lea Bridge (near Matlock), Derbyshire, DE4 5AG. Check out the current range via the link below.
John Smedley online
If you’re in the market for a winter coat, it might be worth checking out TK Maxx, which seems to have taken delivery of some very smart Duffer St George coats in several stores – at very cheap prices.
First up is this black Crombie (pictured here), with velvet collar, ticket pocket and centre vent. The second coat is a black double breasted pea coat with epaulettes (picture after the turn). Both have been heavily reduced to £150. Confirmed sightings in Leeds and Liverpool, so looks like most of the major stores should have some stock. But they’re likely to go, so get in there as soon as you can.
And if you spot any cool fashions out and about (or indeed anything) and can take a picture (on your camera phone I’d guess), send it over to us at [email protected] and we’ll feature it here. Big thanks to Neil Lee for spotting these and providing the pictures.
If you’re in London and looking for a great night out on Thursday (26th October), get yourself down to The Social for Watch Your Step (which replaces the advertised night Stoned Love).
It’s a late replacement for a cancelled night, but hopefully there’ll be a good crowd dancing until midnight to the finest black and white Rhythm and Blues and a splash of Northern.
DJs: Adam Torel and Liam Hughes
Time: 7.00 to Midnight.
Expect to hear loads of Freddy King, Little Milton, Fenton Robinson, Cookie Jackson, High Numbers, Mitty Collier etc. For more information email Liam Hughes.
5 Little Portland St, W1
Nearest Tube is Oxford Circus.
National Film Theatre, London 12th/13th October 2006
In our endless search for the sights and sounds of the 60s, we are prepared to go anywhere, anytime, at the merest suggestion of a rare track unheard for decades, or a film clip, unseen since those heady, colourful days. Sometimes, we are rewarded for our persistence, as me and my good lady were, when we attended two of the NFT’s Stop! Look! Listen! Programmes.
They contained collections of short clips from magazine-type programmes made by the (Orwellian-sounding) Central Office of Information, to publicise Britain’s popular art and culture overseas, principally to the Commonwealth. Those lucky Canadians, Nigerians and Australians got to see some eye-popping colour footage we never did. Yes, colour! With only a few exceptions, the clips were in glorious, if sometimes faded colour, and I would contend that nothing gives you the flavour of that magical decade more than the colours people were wearing in their clothes.
‘Swinging London Fashion’ opened up with an item about late ‘50’s ladies couture, but quickly moved on to some wild footage of Twiggy and Peggy Moffitt wearing op art jewellery. The Twig and The Peg need little introduction to readers of Modculture, and to see the two of them dancing and fooling about in very little apart from jewellery ensured my undivided attention. If you’re new to the scene, you’ll almost certainly have heard of Twiggy already, but for Peggy, just think ‘two big eyes on a stick, crowned with a geometric bob’ Her breathtaking features are a template for a good ten per cent of mod girls, with Twiggy making up at least another ten, maybe more. A further clip of Twiggy and friends striding, running and driving around an otherwise grim, grey London in the mid-sixties came and went all too quickly. A trip down ‘our’ Carnaby Street (i.e. not the pedestrianised lumberjack boot and sports shirt-selling tourist-infested ninth circle of hell it is today) followed, and we hungrily devoured the briefest glimpses of shops like Lord John, Domino Male, and the outrageously-titled ‘Tres Camp’ (!) It was hard to decide whether to look at the shop windows or the people looking in, and even harder to do, so short was this clip. Another short featured what the average girl wore to the office, and how the lads of the 60’s got any work done at all, is beyond me. Interviews with John Stephen, Tommy Nutter and Laura Ashley (I know, I know, but the programme covered more than just the 60s) and ended with a long feature on Zandra Rhodes.