Archive for February, 2007

60s Mod birthday card

by Modculture 26 February, 2007


Does the image look familiar? Well, it will do it you own the Mods book by Richard Barnes (an essential buy for anyone with an interest in the subject). And it’s been reproduced here for this Mods birthday card.

I encountered it at the weekend in a shop in a small Lancashire town (Ramsbottom if you must know) and it’s made by a company called Pigment Productions. As well as the front cover image of a group of Mods in 1964, there’s a small target logo on the back and a brief birthday message inside.

You’ll probably need to check with the company for a local retailer – and if you do, expect to pay around £1.60.

Find out more at the Pigment Productions website

Peter Whitehead at the NFT

by Modculture 26 February, 2007

Peter Whitehead’s work as chronicler of the counter-culture is celebrated from March 1st – March 11th 2007 at London’s NFT, including a "meet and greet" with the man himself.

As you can imagine from someone capturing the cutting edge of the the late 60s, his work is interesting, but unlikely to appeal to typical regular cinema-goers. Still, there’s plenty worth checking out for fans of the era, including his most famous work – Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London, which is still probably the best recorded document of "Swinging London" and indeed, the people that were doing the swinging.

And if you want to find out more about the man, book a ticket for Peter Whitehead in Conversation on March 7th, which covers his past works, a glimpse of current work in progress and an interview with Whitehead on the NFT stage.

Find out more at the NFT website

Brighton Beach London news

by Modculture 23 February, 2007

If you’re planning on a trip over to Brighton Beach in London, here’s some news on guest DJs in the Mod room.

On Friday 20th April, friend of the site Rowly (London Bridge) will be joined by Stevie B (New Untouchables). And on Friday 18th May, very special guest is Ady Croasdell (6Ts, 100 Club)

Brighton Beach London features two rooms of 60s Garage, Psych, R’n’B & Soul played alongside Britpop & Current Guitar Records. Room 2 is all about original 45s, with resident Gav Needham and guest DJs from the Mod scene every month.

Carling Academy Islington
16 Parkfield Street
London N1 0PS
Nearest tube: Angel

Time: 10.30pm – 3am
Admission:  £5 or £6 on the door.

Find out more at the Brighton Beach website

Friction in Liverpool

by Modculture 22 February, 2007

If you happen to be in the Liverpool area, it might be worth checking out Friction.

Friction is the work of Will Sergeant, probably best-known as the guitarist in Liverpool band Echo and the Bunnymen. Early doors it’s described as ambient tunes, but when club hours start, it’s a mix of 60s soul and beat, psych and the odd indie and punk classic.

The night runs every Thursday at Korova, 39-41 Fleet Sreet, Liverpool, L1 4AR. it starts around 8pm and runs until late.

Korova website

And check out our club guide for a club near you.

New Rock 'n' Roll Soul podcast

by Modculture 18 February, 2007


If you’re on the hunt for something new (and free) to listen to online, check out the latest podcast from London clubnight Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul.

Expect the usual mix of vintage sounds, along with the soul of the Stones, another Unknown Soldier of Soul, a 12-minute voyage into psychedelic soul and two prime slices of German cheese.

And while you’re there, check out the details of the latest night, which takes place on Saturday March 3rd with guest DJ Findlay Brown.

Podcast and club details at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul website

New Mod night in Pontypridd

by Modculture 18 February, 2007

If you happen to be in the Pontypridd area, your support will be appreciated for a new night going under the name Get On The Goodfoot.

It’s a monthly night promising northern soul, R&B, latin, jazz, funk, ska and hip sounds. It runs from 7:30pm until 1am with DJ Pasti and guests. Admission is £2.50. Opening night is Saturday 17th March.

Get On The Goodfoo
t
Clwb y Bont
Taff Street
Pontypridd
South wales

For more information contact [email protected]

1946 Vespa Headlight Clock

by Modculture 17 February, 2007


Great looks and a great heritage – the 1946 Vespa Headlight Clock.

The clock is based on the headlight of the first Vespa model, introduced, as the name suggests, in 1946. It features the original green metal casing and chrome bezel, but the lens replaced by an an analogue (and battery-powered) clock.

You can pick one up online for $178 (around £90).

Find out more from the NapaStyle website

Via Retro To Go

Gonks Go Beat heads to DVD

by Modculture 15 February, 2007

Much talked-about but rarely seen, the silly 60s pop movie Gonks Go Beat will be available for the first time on DVD from 28th May 2007.

Details about the DVD release are still scarce, but this ridiculous musical version of Romeo and Juliet (featuring the rival communities of Beatland and Balladisle) is worth the effort just for the Graham Bond Organisation footage.

And as a taster of the movie, check out the clip below…

Via Cinedelica

Big Breadwinner Hog – 'Mod' gangster

by Modculture 15 February, 2007

Big Breadwinner Hog was before my time, but I do know of the controversy surrounding this violent crime drama in the sixties. And if you want to see what the fuss was about, you can find out from 19th March 2007 when Big Breadwinner Hog is released on DVD for the first time.

On its original transmission, Big Breadwinner Hog shocked some of the ITV companies so much that it was either moved to a late night slot or pulled from the schedules completely. Peter Egan played Hogarth (aka Hog) – ruthlessly ambitious, flash, violent and hated by old-school gang boss Lennox (Timothy West) for his "long hair, mod attitude and uncanny ability to upset the status quo".

Written and produced by award-winning writer Robin Chapman and directed by BAFTA-winners Mike Newell and Michael Apted, it’s said to be one of the finest British gangster dramas.

Also on the five-disc set is another lost sixties gangster show – Spindoe – which follows Alex Spindoe – ex-crime czar of the South London criminal gangs, out of prison and in the firing line from his old gang members, the North London gangs and the police.

Both shows come with a vareity of extra too – we’ll have a review of the set online before the release date.

Find out more at Amazon.co.uk

YMC Tootal-style scarves

by Modculture 9 February, 2007


Looking for an alternative to the ever-more predictable (and harder to find) Tootal scarf? Oi Polloi are have their new range of YMC stock in, including some very nice Tootal-style scarves.

The one pictured here is the Double Barrel scarf, which has a grey and navy gingham check, along with dark tassle.

Available now, they retail for £34.99.

Find out more at the Oi Polloi website