Archive for December, 2006

Retro Mod 60s Handbag

by Modculture 31 December, 2006

If you want to go for a Mod look, and haven’t got a handbag to match, how about this Retro Mod 60s Handbag?

Quite often you have to trawl the charity shops to get something with a 60s Mod feel, but this handbag is brand new and has all the style you want.  In pastel blue and white with a stylish rounded shape, and round detailing on the side, it has a magnetic closure to make to you don’t lose anything you put in it.

At only $32 (around £17) it’s also quite cheap so, why not add one to your handbag collection?

Find out more on the AsiaJam site

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Uniqlo lambswool V-neck cardigan

by Modculture 31 December, 2006


If you don’t fancy paying just under £100 for a classic Fred Perry cardigan (and everyone needs a cardigan in their wardrobe right now), check out a budget version instead – the Uniqlo lambswool V-neck cardigan.

As the name suggests, this is pure lambswool, with a high V-neck, 6 black buttons and two front pockets. It’s available in four colours, including the grey pictured here and retails for a bargain £19.99 – which leaves you around £80 spare to spend in the sales!

Find out more at the Uniqlo website

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Absolute Beginners: The Play

by Modculture 27 December, 2006


Colin MacInnes’ tale of the teenager at the turn of the sixties  – Absolute Beginners – has already been a novel and a (widely panned) film. And now it’s set to be a play, debuting at London’s Lyric Theatre.

Details are so far quite sparse, but according to web sources:

"Roy Williams, Soweto Kinch and dance theatre director Liam Steel join forces to create an explosively physical evocation of sexual liberalism, gang culture and racial tension, based on Colin MacInnes’ bestseller Absolute Beginners. Set in the summer of 1958 that ends with the Notting Hill race riots, Absolute Beginners paints a vivid picture of London’s changing society and the emergence of a style-conscious youth culture, as teenagers blow away the cobwebs of post-war life and create the world anew."

It’s down for a run from 26th April 2007 to 26th May 2007 (with an official opening on 3rd May 2007). We’ll let you know more as soon as we receive further information. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the book, add it to your wants list – it’s an essential read.

Lyric Theatre website

Thanks to Greg for the tip off!

James Brown: A tribute

by Modculture 25 December, 2006

Websites and newspapers are full of words talking about James Brown and the impact he had on the world of music and popular culture. Rightly so, but in my view, the best tribute of all is simply the man’s work. Enjoy this clip of JB from 1966 – no words needed.

MySpace: The Anydays

by Modculture 23 December, 2006


First featured MySpace band on Modculture is The Anydays.

The band is a three-piece, hailing from, Oxford, with their influences listed as The Kinks, The Beatles, The Jam and The La’s. And listening to the tracks on their MySpace site, you can hear that.

A sound reminiscent of traditional indie/powerpop, but with a definite 60s vibe. All the tracks from their EP (Monday Morning) are available in full on their site. The EP was recorded at Toerag Studios, using the same micing desk used for the Beatles’ Revolver album. Have a listen and let us know what you think below.

The Anydays MySpace site

And if you want to feature your band on Modculture or the Modculture MySpace site, please get in touch.

Noonday Underground meets Mod

by Modculture 22 December, 2006

Interesting video from Noonday Underground, going back to 2001. It was for the track London from their excellent Self Assembly album (which is probably reviewed on here, there’s certainly an interview with Simon Dine online).

Anyway, the video was shot at London’s Lordy Lord club in 2001. If you used to go, you might be on – or least know some of the random people featured. Enjoy…

Rhoda Dakar at The Gladstone

by Modculture 17 December, 2006

Rhoda Dakar will be playing out and about in London again – and again for free – at the Gladstone Xmas Party on Friday 22nd December, kicking off at 7pm.

Rhoda Dakar sprung to fame in the late 80s as lead singer with Ska all girl group The Bodysnatchers. She joined the Specials AKA in 1983 and co-wrote free Nelson Mandela with Jerry Dammers. The Gladstone show is an acoustic set, mixing two tone tunes with newer material. For this special Christmas outing, she will also be joined by good friend Jennie Matthias, former vocalist with the Bellestars and Big 5.

The Gladstone, 64 Lant Street, SE1 Borough, London
2 minutes from Borough tube station.
Telephone: 02074073962

Rhoda Dakar MySpace site

Spencer Davis Group in London

by Modculture 17 December, 2006

I’ve no idea who is actually in the Spencer Davis Group right now (well, Mr D is in and Stevie Winwood isn’t – that’s for sure), but if you want to catch them on a rare UK date, you can see the band at London’s 100 Club on Saturday 3rd February 2007.

Doors open at 7.30pm, with (unnamed) support playing from 8:30pm and the SDG taking ther stage from 10pm.

Tickets certainly aren’t cheap – £19.50 in advance. If you can stomach that, you can buy them online now.

Find out more at the Bang Bang Live website

V&A's 60s Fashion Study Day

by Modculture 17 December, 2006

Make a date in your diary for Saturday January 20th 2007, when the V&A in London will host Costume Society Study Day: Reconstructing 60s Fashion – a study day covering 60s fashion, with some of the era’s biggest names in attendance.

The event runs from 10pm until 4:30pm and features contributions from Mary Quant, Paul Gorman, Zandra Rhodes, Felicity Green, Barbara Hulanicki, Marit Allen, Marion Foale & Sally Tuffin, Paul Reeve, Justin de Villeneuve and Sylvia Ayton. Themes to be discussed (with audience participation) include Design and Education, Journalism and Photography, Boutiques and Shops, Music and "The Scene".

Tickets are priced at £38, £32 (senior citizen), £20 (Costume Society members) and £12 (students with ID).

Find out more at the V&A website

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Vespa messenger bag

by Modculture 16 December, 2006


Maybe it’s my eyes, but the Vespa on this Vespa messenger bag seems a little out of proportion!

Saying that, it’s probably intentional, as this bag from Ex-Boyfriend (like all the bags in their range) is painted by hand. The bag features adjustable straps, front clasp closure and a main pocket with inside slip pocket.

Measuring up at 13.5 x 12 x 5 inches, you can pick one up for $50 (around £26).

Find out more at the Ex-Boyfriend website