Archive for January, 2007

Retro TV W/C 2nd February 2007

by Modculture 31 January, 2007

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 2nd February to Thursday 8th February.

Highlights of the week – TV

Soul Britannia. Friday 2nd. BBC 4. 9.00pm. (Repeated Thursday 11.55pm)
This new 3 part series charting the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music and society looks absolutely essential viewing.
"With soul as its guiding light, the first film tracks the extraordinary musical changes that post-war Britain experienced. After the staid, uptight 1950s, the UK blossomed into an all-night, neon-lit soul-athon. From groovy Soho basements to "Ready Steady Go" TV specials, the music rocked the nation through the 1960s…"
Featuring contributions from Georgie Fame, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Geno Washington, Jimmy James, Sam Moore and Julie Driscoll, set the video/Sky+/DVD recorder NOW!   
More info on the series

Alchemists of Sound. Thursday 8th. BBC 2. 11.20pm.
Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy were among the shows owing a musical debt to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This is the story of the pioneers who created the futuristic sounds: Delia Derbyshire, David Cain and John Baker.

Highlights of the week – Radio

Soul Self Satisfaction: the Story of Northern Soul. BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 6th. 11.30am
The strange world of Northern Soul music is explored by writer and cultural historian C P Lee. This movement emerged in the early 1960s for teenagers who previously had nowhere to go, and was driven by a love of black American artists who had failed to make a success in the USA. Followers of the Northern Soul fraternity include designer Wayne Hemingway, music producer Ian Levine, DJ Jo Wallace, and soul boy Stuart Cosgrave, who describe their passion and experiences.

Holloway Dreams – The Joe Meek Story (1/3) Tuesday 6th. BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm
Tom Robinson presents a special tribute to Joe Meek, Britain’s most prized independent record producer of the pre-swinging 1960s era. A studio pioneer and an eccentric, Meek manufactured uniquely futuristic sounds, often from homemade devices and heightened by echo and reverb. His most famous work remains the Tornados’ 1962 transatlantic number one instrumental Telstar. Other beneficiaries of the Meek touch include Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, Billy Fury, Gene Vincent, the Honeycombs, Petula Clark, Jess Conrad and Sounds Incorporated.

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Friday Street back to original venue

by Modculture 25 January, 2007

Glasgow’s favourite Mod haunt – Friday Street – is returning to its original venue from this month, Blackfriars in Glasgow’s Merchant City. The venue is now fully refurbished with a great dancefloor.

Friday 26th January
Friday Street @ Blackfriars Underground
36 Bell St, Merchant City, Glasgow
10pm till 3am, Admission £5 (£4)
60s Soul, R’n’B, Psych, Beat and Boogaloo
Residents Mikey and Paul are joined on the decks by special guest Andrew Divine (Glasgow Art School)

Future dates and guest DJs:
Feb 23rd – Ian McKinnon (Dresden)
March 30th – Mark Robb (Buff Club)
April 27th – Big Boss Man Live
May 25th – David Stone (Hit Club / Underground)

The 2007 Glasgow Mod Weekender takes place this year between Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July.

All evening events take place over 3 floors at The Brunswick Hotel. As with last year The Brunswick are doing discounted rates for anyone attending the Weekender (contact no. 0141 552 0001 – book early). 4 evening events, 2 lunchtime events, scooter comp / cruise, live bands plus guest DJs from all over the UK. Full details coming soon.

Hideaway Club 8th anniversary night

by Modculture 25 January, 2007

It’s 8 years since everyone’s favourite 60s R&B night – The Hideaway Club in Manchester – first opened its doors – and as ever, there’s a special anniversary night.

The Hideaway Club 8th Anniversary Special
upstairs @ The Waldorf Pub,
Gore Street (opp Malmaison Hotel),
city centre Manchester.

Saturday 24th February, 9pm – 2am, £3 members / £4 guests plus a free CD to all members on the night.

The very best in classic sixties club soul and new breed R&B from resident dj’s Neil Henderson, Paul Welsby & Mike Warburton plus guest djs Dave Edwards (one of London’s finest and compiler of the Trojan Mod Reggae boxsets), Barry Tasker (original Twisted Wheel man and the fella that ran The Pendulum Club back in the day) and a special surprise guest for one night only.

For club memberships, email Neil Henderson.

Retro TV W/C 26th January 2007

by Modculture 24 January, 2007

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 26th January to Thursday 1st February.

Highlights of the week:

TV: Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Saturday 27th. Five US. 7.00pm.
Spy spoof starring Dean Martin. When a new type of spacecraft goes missing in the Mexican Jungle, agent Matt Helm is sent to discover who was responsible.

Radio: The Eel Pie Island Hotel – Tuesday 30th. BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm.
Paul Jones, Radio 2 DJ and singer with Manfred Mann, looks back at the colourful history of the Eel Pie Island Hotel, which became a regular haunt in the 60s for many musicians, including Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and the Who. The hotel burnt down in 1971, but its history is preserved in stories and poems, as well as accounts from musicians George Melly, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Wood.

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MoJo Mod-themed snooker cue

by Modculture 23 January, 2007

When it comes to customisation, snooker cues aren’t the things that obviously spring to mind. But MoJo are offering just that with the Mod-themed snooker and pool cue.

What you get is a 2-piece carbon-fibre MoJo cue (apparently more durable than the old wood cues) with a soft case (or optional hard case) and titanium fittings for the join. And for "Mod-themed" read targets – not your usual targets, but a smart design all the same.  The design is actually part of the construction, so no chipping or fading over time.

New to the UK and limited edition, you can pick one up for £55 with a soft case or £60 for a hard case.

Find out more at eDirectory

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British psych prints at the V&A

by Modculture 21 January, 2007

Last year, London’s V&A hosted a Sixties Graphics exhibition, which featured artwork and design from the period 1965 – 1972, including the work of designers such as Nigel Waymouth, Michael English and Martin Sharp. And if you head over to the V&A site, you can buy reproduction prints from the some of the more famous moments of British psychedelia.

There’s five posters available, mainly from the infamous UFO Club and featuring resident band The Pink Floyd. And pictured here is my favourite print – UFO’s Nite Tripper Freakout – which promised The Floyd, Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger amongst others for a bargain 10 shillings,

The re-print posters cost a little more – dependent on the size and quality you choose, prices start at £5, rising to £50.

See the full range of psychedelic posters at the V&A site

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New Bands: The Gonks

by Modculture 21 January, 2007

When bands go for a "period" sound, originality usually loses out. Thankfully, that’s not the case with The Gonks.

Recently featured on Acid Jazz’s new Hipsters compilation of new mod and garage acts, the band carries off its modern-day take on an authentic 60s beat sound with some style – not unlike some of Mother Earth’s finer moments or indeed the excellent Clique from a few years back.

If you haven’t yet purchased the Hipsters album, you can check the track featured on there – Just A Man – along with 3 more fine tunes over at the band’s MySpace site. And keep an eye open for them playing live in your area – from what I’ve heard so far, they’ll be well worth catching.

Find out more at The Gonks MySpace website

Retro TV W/C 19th January 2007

by Modculture 21 January, 2007

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 19th January to Thursday 25th January.

Highlights of the Week:
No outstanding films or shows this week.

Friday 19th January


Film: Caprice (1967) – Channel 4. 1.40pm – 3.30pm
Breezy comedy thriller starring Doris Day and Richard Harris. When industrial spy Patricia Foster gets caught in Paris selling a secret formula to a rival cosmetics firm, it’s only the start of her troubles. She has sparked a chain of events involving double agents and doubles-crosses.

Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Agents Raquel Welch and Tony Franciosa hurtle around the Mediterranean in this sprightly spy spoof.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF team is sent to protect a scientist’s widow, but a power failure jeopardises the mission.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A university college’s staff and students are suspected of killing a leading economist.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a man falls in love with his ex-wife. In the second, a woman’s sister disappears.

Live from Abbey Road – More4. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Performances from the legendary studios from, among others, the Good, the Bad and the Queen.

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Soul Britannia at London's Barbican

by Modculture 21 January, 2007

Following on from the BBC/Barbican collaborations covering jazz and folk, we now have the third instalment on the series – Soul Britannia – which looks at Britain’s extended love affair with black music over the past 50 years.

Events are varied and perhaps not all to your taste, but there’s definitely some interesting stuff worthy of your attention. Pick of the events for me is Transatlantic Soul Connection, which features Geno Washington, Jimmy James, Eric Burdon, Madeline Bell, Eddie Floyd and Sam Moore. The night highlights Britain’s emerging fascination with black music in the 50s and 60s, revisiting the sound of the clubs in that era.

Other events include a live set from the Brand New Heavies (with a stack of special guests), a rare showing of Babylon (a 1980 movie about a young Rastafarian rapper rising above his daily grind through a reggae sound system) and Jeremy Marre’s feature on the life of James Brown – Soul Survivor. There’s also DJ sets throughout from Dennis Bovell’s HiFi and the Soul II Soul Sound System.

The season runs from 2nd February, with tickets available now.

Find out more at the Barbican website

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Quadrophenia – the play

by Modculture 16 January, 2007

Well, we’ve had the album, the film, the book, the live show – and now we have Quadrophenia – the theatrical production.

The place to see it is Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre, produced by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the first production to get the backing of Pete Townshend.

According to thee advanced blurb:
"Jimmy’s journey through his troubled world of home, growing up, self-doubt, rejection, pill-fuelled escapism and seaside hedonism is explored through compelling physical and visual storytelling, combined with some of the best narrative rock music ever written. A powerful, roller coaster of a production, appealing to rebels and adolescents of all ages!"

It runs from 9th February – 17th February 2007, with tickets priced at £10 and £12.

Find out more at the Sherman Theatre website

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