Archive for June, 2007

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

Via Retro To Go

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.

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

Atlantic Blues 1949 – 1970

by Modculture 13 June, 2007

If you’re into your vintage blues – or want to hear more, it might be worth checking out Atlantic Blues 1949 – 1970, a limited edition (and numbered) four CD boxset featuring the pick of Atlantic’s blues output.

Atlantic Blues features 80 tracks culled from the label’s first four decades, featuring virtually every style of blues imaginable, including Professor Longhair, Leadbelly, Jimmy Witherspoon, Champion Jack Dupree, Esther Phillips, Freddie King, Otis Rush, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Blind Willie McTell, Joe Morris, Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Yancey and T-Bone Walker

It’s sold in a sepia-toned 12-inch x 12-inch box that includes a booklet filled with extensive liner notes and rare photos. It’s sold via Rhino Handmade and limited to 3,000 copies, retailing for $79.98 (around £40).

Find out more at the Rhino website

John Smedley sample sale in London

by Modculture 11 June, 2007

That purveyor of classic knitwear, John Smedley, is having a sample sale this week in London.

The date for your diary is Thursday 14th June 2007 and the venue is London College of Fashion, John Princes St (off Oxford Circus), London. It kicks off at 10:30am and runs until 6pm.

Happy bargain hunting!

See the latest John Smedley range