Archive for June, 2007

Retro TV W/C 29th June 2007

by Modculture 28 June, 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 29th June to Thursday 5th July.

Highlights of the week


Seven Ages of Rock – What the World is Waiting For: Indie Rock.Saturday 30th June. BBC 2. 9.00pm (Repeated Sunday 1st July BBC 1. 11.05pm)
Julian Rhind-Tutt explores the world of British indie music. The documentary focuses on the Smiths, the influences of "Madchester", iconoclastic artists like Suede, and the media’s fascination with the rivalry between Britpop figureheads Blur and Oasis.


Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel. Tuesday 3rd July. BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm.
As part of Radio 2’s season of programmes recalling the 1960s, Bob Harris explores the aftermath of a February 1967 drugs bust at the home of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards. Responding to custodial sentences given to both Richards and Mick Jagger in late June, the traditionally Conservative The Times editor William Rees-Mogg criticised the penalty in an editorial titled Who Breaks a Butterfly on a Wheel?. The Rock stars were released promptly from prison, signalling an era of increasingly liberal attitudes to previously taboo, scorned and relatively unrepressed lifestyles. Contributors include Lord Rees-Mogg and one-time Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

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Twiggy Mirror by Wendell Storm

by Modculture 28 June, 2007

Looking for some functional artwork? You need the Twiggy Mirror.

It was designed by Wendell Storm for Spazia, using a classic 60s Twiggy image imposed onto a mirror. Yes, a mirror – if you can avoid Twiggy’s model glare, you can use it to check your appearance or to add a sense of space to a room.

Sized at 12-inches x 12-inches and in a brushed metal frame, it did retail for $250, but you can now pick one up for $199 (around £100).

Find out more at the Nova68 website

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Delon and Belmondo DVD boxsets

by Modculture 26 June, 2007

If you’re a fan of classic or French cinema, you may be interested to know that two new DVD boxsets have been released featuring two of French cinema’s leading men – Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Over at our sister site Cinedelica, both have been reviewed and rated – so if you’re considering buying, head over there first. In fact, if you want to keep up with classic and cult film and TV, make sure you check the site everyday – because there’s new reviews and features going up all the time.

Read the Jean-Paul Belmondo DVD boxset review

Read the Alain Delon DVD boxset review

Win Take My Tip CDs

by Modculture 24 June, 2007

Hopefully you’ve checked out our review of the Take My Tip: 25 British Mod Artefacts From The EMI Vaults CD. But before you rush out and buy one, wait a minute – because we have five copies to give away.

Just enter your details on the competition page and you could be listening to some obscure gems from the likes of Long John Baldry, Duffy Power, Chris Farlowe, Geno Washington, Rod Stewart and 20 more acts that I haven’t time to list.

Good luck!

Enter the Take My Tip competition

Beat Classics DVD winners

by Modculture 24 June, 2007

The winners of the Beat Classics DVD sets have been drawn and are as follows:

Mark McNulty (Liverpool)
Eamonn Hughes (Belfast)
Anne Jennings (Wrexham)

Thanks to all who entered. If you didn’t win, there’s a new competition now live for Take My Tip CDs.

Retro TV W/C 22nd June 2007

by Modculture 24 June, 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 22nd June to Thursday 28th June.

Highlights of the week


The South Bank Show – Marianne Faithfull: A Life in Song. Sun 24th June. ITV 1.10.45pm.
The Husky-voiced singer recalls a tumultuous life in which her fame as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend was followed by heroin addiction, before her comeback album Broken Englishin 1979.

True Stories: Punk: Attitude. Monday 25th June. More4. 10.00pm
Don Lett’s film explores the mid-1970s punk revolution that transformed youth culture and redefined popular music and fashion.


Angry, Sexy and Working Class (1/4) – Friday 22nd June. BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm
Christopher Eccleston explores the bleak, anti-establishment and often angry British films of the late 50s and early 60s that took inspiration from John Osbourne’s 1956 "kitchen sink" stage hit Look Back in Anger. Contributors include Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Albert Finney and Shirley-Anne Field among others.

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Squire albums reissued on CD

by Modculture 24 June, 2007

Hi-LO Records are re-releasing all the Squire albums on CD for the first time in original format, with original sleeve artwork. The first three, Hits From 3000 Years Ago, Get Smart! and The Singles Album are due out on July 2nd, distributed by

The albums have been re-mastered by Denis Blackham from the original analogue tapes and come with 12 page booklets with extensive sleeve notes and pics etc.The Singles Album has been extended to 17 tracks to include The Young Idea single and The Place I Used To Live 45.

If you want to know more about the band or indeed the reissues, check out the band’s website or their MySpace site.

Squire website
Squire on MySpace

60s In Colour canvas art

by Modculture 22 June, 2007

Torn between some photography or some art on your wall? You should check out this rather smart canvas art by 60s In Colour.

60s In Colour is artist/photographers Brian Bignell and Diane Thornton, who have used their skills to produce colourised effects from Brian’s original black and white photographs of well known sixties groups and solo artists taken during the period 1963 – 1966. The results are shown in the above images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Roger Daltrey. And if they don’t appeal, there’s a number of other acts to choose from.

Prices vary dependent on the canvas size you want, but typically start from £58.

Find out more at the Back2thewall website

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Aertex Ben Sherman-style shirts

by Modculture 22 June, 2007

We have previously mentioned the Aertex range of polo shirts (including that Weller-related top), but new in is a range of Ben Sherman-style shirts – although they’re obviously not called that.

From the photos on the website, it’s clear they’re pitching them to a mod and skin-friendly market. But what isn’t clear is the cut – I’m guessing it’s a little more generous than an original 60s shirt or indeed the ones you might have made. The design here is called Baxter, using 100% cotton Royal Stuart tartan for a short sleeved shirt with button-down collar and single chest pocket.

It retails for £39.99.

Check out all the shirts at the Aertex website

Lambretta / The Who clothing range

by Modculture 14 June, 2007

No, this isn’t a joke – Lambretta Clothing has teamed up with The Who (well, the remaining two members) to launch a 60s-inspired clothing range, as well as re-creating items worn by the band and an exact copy of the US army fishtail parka that appeared on the Quadrophenia album cover.

The Tribute Collection covers 16 styles and includes a parka, a jean and a range of t-shirts and sweatshirts – the usual rubbish basically, but featuring graphics relating to The Who.

The Iconic Collection, if subject to any kind of manufacturing quality control, could be interesting, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. These are garments re-created from items worn by the band in the 60s, which is claimed to include "Keith Moon’s fine gauge knitwear", a collection of vintage-styled shirts and matching ties, as well as that parka and Pete Townshend’s Union Jack blazer.

The Tribute gear will be in the usual Lambretta stores, the Iconic range "will target high profile stores that do not normally stock the main Lambretta collection". Make of that what you will. It’s all out in the autumn.

Lambretta Clothing website