Archive for May, 2007
Good news if you’re after a Fred Perry bargain – the Fred Perry Sample Sale is taking place in London this week.
You need to head for the Covent Garden Film Studios, 10 Mercer Street, WC2H 9QE this Thursday, 31st May and Friday 1st June. It runs from 8am until 6pm over both days.
It’s hard to say what is there, we’ve just been told menswear, womenswear, youths, accessories and footwear – so we’ll presume it’s a bit of everything. And let us know if you pick up a bargain.
Fred Perry website
Yet more Paul Weller-related clothing, although this is claimed to be a replica as opposed to being endorsed.
According to Aertex, this Axe polo shirt is a special edition replica of the polo worn by Paul Weller on the cover of The Jam’s Beat Surrender. Now I thought that cover featured a girl with a flag, but if you can place this top, please let us know in the comments below.
Anyway, it’s 100 per cent cotton, with button-down collar and a fairly slim fit, retailing for £44.99. The company also has some other interesting retro-styled tops, so the website is well worth a look.
Find out more at the Aertex website
We’ve just received this message from Biff Bang Pow owner Paul Hooper-Keeley about the future of the label.
"The Biff Bang Pow brand and back catalogue has been acquired by Detour Records due to illness in the BBP family and a resulting lack of focus in the label over the last few months. It was a hard decision to make, but ultimately the best decision for all parties concerned.
The past releases can continue to be ordered from the website as Detour have also taken over the online shop (or directly from Detour Records), with orders via the post now needing the cheques payable to Detour Records and sent to them at PO Box 18, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9LD.
Watch out for further details from Detour on how the Biff Bang Pow label is to be progressed. I would like to thank you all for your kind support over the last 3 years and hope that you will all continue to support the Mod bands of today."
Detour Records website
There’s a Mod five-a-side competition taking place at the Leeds Mod Weekender – and they still need a few extra players to make up an ideal number of entrants. If you fancy a kickabout, it’s on Saturday 9th June at 11am – the venue is Goals on Kirkstall Road in Leeds.
Note also that the Friday night event at the weekender is now at Co Co Bar 9pm – 2am, with free entry.
If you want to know more about this or the five-a-side, contact the organisers at:
The first in a series of really bad Mod-themed items will probably be hard be beat. Yes for genuine tat, you’ve got to hand it to the Mustard Mod Wallet.
Available online from Mancunian fashion retailer Ark, this wallet is distressed (as well as distressing) – by that I mean it has a worn look to make it look even cheaper than it already does. It also features the cast of Quadrophenia on the outside, along with a slogan saying "This is the modern world".
And the price? That’s £19.95 plus postage. Take our advice, but something classy.
Find out more at the Ark website
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 25th May to Thursday 31st May.
Highlight of the week: Seven Ages of Rock – Saturday 26th May, BBC 2. 9.10pm (Repeated Sun 27th BBC 1, 11pm)
White Light, White Heat: Art Rock – In the late 1960s and early 1970s, rock music enters its second age – an era of experimentation, surrealism and psychedelia. In New York, modern artist Andy Warhol establishes rock band the Velvet Underground to provide the soundtrack for his avant garde "happenings". Meanwhile, in London, the visionary guitarist Syd Barrett is leading his group Pink Floyd on a cosmic musical Journey.
Followed by Film: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) and Cracked Actor: David Bowie on BBC 4.
Over at our sister site Cinedelica, there’s an exclusive on the DVD release of Shane Meadows’ This Is England, including the date of release and the content on the disc as extras.
The site also has an in-depth review of the movie too, just in case you’re still undecided about going to the cinema to see it. And just about anything else in the world of cult cinema if you have some time to spare.
Find out details of the This Is England DVD release
If you want to catch top mod groovers Gene Drayton Unit, you’re in luck, with the band playing two gigs in the coming weeks.
The first is this Saturday 19th May, at the 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, W1. The night runs from 7.30 til 1.00 and support comes from DJ Tim Fuller. If you’re one of the first 25 in, there’s also the promise of an archive recording to take home with you – which means you’ll be in pocket even after you have paid the door tax.
Admission is £7 with flyer from the band’s myspace site.
If you cant make that, you can catch them in Birmingham on Saturday 2nd June. Venue is The Yardbird, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HJ, time 8:00 til 2:00 and support is from DJ Roy Roastbeef.
Admission is £5
Find out more about the band
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 18th May to Thursday 24th May.
Highlight of the week: Seven Ages of Rock (1/7) Saturday 19th May BBC 2. 9.10pm (Repeated Sunday 20th 11pm).
Excellent new series about the development of rock music. The Birth of Rock. It’s 1966 and young US guitarist Jimi Hendrix arrives in Britain to find a music scene on the brink of change. Artists like the Beatles and the Who were all eager to move in new directions, but Hendrix had the pedigree and vision to ignite the revolution.
Followed by Joe Boyd’s film Jimi Hendrix (1973) on BBC 4.
Is there some kind of Acid Jazz anniversary right now? After Corduroy announced some reunion gigs, Mother Earth are back together, playing a single show at London’s Jazz Cafe on Friday 22nd June.
The show does actually coincide with a reissue of arguably the band’s finest album, People Tree, which returns as a two-disc set courtesy of BGP – that extra disc being made up of alternate mixes and outtakes of tracks from the era. we should have a review if the reissue online very soon.
Tickets are £17.50 each and doors open at 7pm.
Find out more at the Jazz Cafe website