Archive for September, 2007
Can’t afford your own scooter? Why not live the dream in your living room with this radio-controlled mod, known as Mod Moped.
Yes, this is for real, a parka-clad scooter ride with blue trousers, white helmet and shades, riding around on what looks suspiciously like a twist ‘n’ go, but we’ll overlook that for now.
Presumably the controls allow for forward, back, left and right, although that’s not clear. You can find out for certain from 24th October, when it goes on sale for £19.99.
Find out more at the BB Shopping website
The Scenester skips along to the NFT to check out the showing of Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, complete with Hunter Davies Q&A.
What other decade could a film with the title Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush possibly has been made in? It was probably unnecessary for our friends at the National Film Theatre to place it fairly, but not squarely, in the Psych Sunsplash 67 series, so evocative was that title.
A few of you VHS devotees may have picked up a copy from television many years ago, but for those of us who missed it, this nugget was a real treat. So with a spring in the step, I raced to the South Bank as soon as the 5:30 bell rang, and sank a swift one before diving into the fabulous NFT1, beneath London Bridge. Hunter Davies, a man who needs little introduction, was on hand to let us know how he came to write the novel this film was based on, even showing us his personal copy of the book, complete with appliqué lips on the cover that seemed to pucker up when you walked past it. If anyone out there in Modland has an original copy with these lips still intact, you’ve got a valuable artefact, as Hunter reckons that constant handling in the shop nearly always resulted in the lips falling off!
There’s two rare opportunities to see London’s hippest Hammond and Horns combo in the north of England in October, as the Gene Drayton Unit play gigs in Manchester and Glasgow.
First up is a gig at Manchester’s only specialist jazz club, Matt & Phred’s, taking place on Friday 5th October with three sets from the band. No details as yet about prices, so it’s probably worth contacting the venue via the Matt and Phred’s website.
A day later on Saturday 6th October you can see them at Regal Social @ Maggie Mays, 60 Trongate, Merchant City, Glasgow. The night runs from 10pm til 3am with support from the Meltin’ Pot and Friday Street DJs. Admission is £10.
For more details on the band and to hear a few tunes, check out the GDU MySpace site.
Barry Murphy returns once more trawl 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 28th September to Thursday 4th October.
Highlights of the week
As Radios 1,2,3 and 4 celebrate their 40th birthdays, the BBC has a week of anniversary programmes spread across TV and radio. Highlights include The Story of Flowers in the Rain (Sat 29th. Radio 4. 3.30pm), Stand By for Switching – the Soundscape of 1967(Sat 29th. Radio 2. 8.00pm), Blood on the Carpet – A hilarious documentary about the infamous Radio 1 DJ cull of the 1980s (Sun 30th. BBC 4. 11.00pm) and profiles of the late John Peel in Arena: Today Carshalton Beeches – Tomorrow Croydon (Sun 30th. BBC 4. 11.40pm) and Keeping it Peel (Sun 30th. Radio 1.10.00pm)
Not often seen – and certainly not on the big screen – 1967’s Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush gets a showing at NFT 1 at the BFI South Bank in London on Friday 21st September, kicking off at 6:15 pm.
It’s the latest Flipside presentation, under the heading Psych Sunsplash ’67. And as well as seeing forgotten teen star Barry Evans swinging to a Spencer Davis Group/Traffic soundtrack, you also get two other 60s rarities to entertain you.
A Valentine For Tony Blackburn and Barry Evans is just that – the two men receiving cards from adoring fans in 1968. While In Gear (Look At Life) from 1967 is a trip round the era’s grooviest boutiques.
Add to that a Q&A with Hunter Davies (novelist and screenwriter of Mulberry Bush) and the night looks like a winner. See the BFI website for ticket details and pricing.
Find out more at the BFI website
I’m very much a ‘bowling shoes are for bowling’ man, but I know there’s a good few people out there who like the idea of wearing them out and about. And if that’s you, these Fred Perry all black bowling shoes look the best of what’s on the retail market.
Made by Swear for Fred Perry, the shoes are in black leather with contrasting piping and laces, with rubber botton and subtle laurel logo.
The one downside is the price – a rather hefty £90.
Find out more at the Fred Perry website
After the success of the Paul Weller range of Fred Perry gear, it’s no surprise to see the company pushing more music tie-ins. And the latest one has just been announced – the Dead 60s limited edition Fred Perry Harrington jacket.
Like the Weller polo shirt, this is very limited edition and once more requires pre-registration to get one. There are 500 in total over the two styles – a red stuart tartan or monochrome Cornish tartan, the design apparently being the idea of the band, who wanted a jacket with the traditional inside being on the outside.
As well as the Fred Perry laurel, each jacket will be individually numbered and come with a dead 60s neck label. There’s also an elasticated black cuff and waist.
The jacket will be available for £115, which means it is priced favourably against other leading Harrington jackets. If you want one, follow the link below – and if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll be invted to buy one from October.
More about the Fred Perry Dead 60s Harrington jacket