Archive for January, 2008

Make It 'n' Shake It! in London

by Modculture 28 January, 2008

Sunday 3rd February sees the launch of a new London club night called Make It ‘n’ Shake It!

Jean-Paul Séculaire from Right On! and Mistah Brown from Tighten Up promise to salvage what’s left of the weekend with a riotous mix of Stax stompers, Motown movers, heavy Hammond groovers, scorchin’ ska, Southern-fried soul, hip bumpin’ funk and good old rockin’ rhythm ‘n’ blues for all the hipsters, flipsters, finger-poppin’ mamas & jive-talkin’ daddies thinking about taking Monday off work.

The Old Queen’s Head on Essex Road is a popular venue in an increasingly hip area of London. It comes complete with a wooden dancefloor too and there’s a back garden for the smokers. And to top it all off, it won’t cost you a penny to get in!

Make It ‘n’ Shake It! @ The Old Queen’s Head (UPSTAIRS)
DATE: Sunday 3rd February
TIMES: 5pm – Midnight
ADDRESS: 44 Essex Road, London, N1 8LN

Find out more at the London Dossier website

"Ready Teddy Go" mod-inspired figurine

by Modculture 28 January, 2008

Now he’s something you don’t see every day – a teddy bear riding a scooter!

Meet ‘Ready, Teddy, Go!’, a hand-made, hand-painted figurine brought to you by The Bradford Group. Wearing the traditional parka, suit and penny loafers, our hero is sat astride a heavily customised red scooter. This little piece of art would love great on the mantelpiece, and may spark debate as to whether a ‘Ted’ can also be a mod…perhaps one for the modabilly in all of us then.

Reddy Teddy Go retails at £19.95 and is available from The Bradford Groups website here.

New Band: Thee Attacks

by Modculture 27 January, 2008

It’s not hard to knock out a rehashed 60s guitar riff – the hard work is making it sound authentic. And that’s something Thee Attacks do with some style.

Hailing from Aalborg in Denmark, The Attacks describe themselves as ‘a melodic garage band of the kind you didn’t think they made anymore’ – and if you happen to be crying out for some fast-paced rhythm and blues with a rough-edged vocal, thumping drums and a guitar sound straight out of 1966, you should give them a try. Likewise if you love The Sonics, the original Nuggets box or early Who/Kinks.

But don’t take out word for it – check out the band’s MySpace page for plenty of tunes, background on the band and a step back in time. I bet they’re a cracking live act.

Thee Attacks MySpace page

Levi's 307 Sta-prest trousers

by Modculture 25 January, 2008

Oi Polloi just got in a stock of Levi’s 307 Sta-Prest trousers.

In a ‘stone’ colour, they have a plain front, slim fit, zip-fly with angled slash pockets and trademark creased leg. There’s also two rear welt pockets and a small black and gold Levi’s Sta-prest tab, tapered leg and a narrow bottom.

If you fancy a pair, they retail for £74.99

Find out more at the Oi Polloi website

Mondrian 60s-style shift dress

by Modculture 25 January, 2008

Just got a bonus or an unexpected windfall? You might be able to afford this Diane Von Furstenberg Mondrian effect round neck dress.

Essentially it’s a 60s-style shift dress, with a design based on Piet Mondrian’s artwork from the 1920s, a mix of black, red, whit and beige and with a length that sits on the mid thigh.

A mix of viscose, polyamide, elastane and cotton, it retails from Browns at £290. And if you like the look of that, there’s also a jacket and skirt in the same design.

Find out more at the Browns website

Scooter Lifestyle book coming soon

by Modculture 25 January, 2008

Here’s a treat for all you scooterists out there: a new book chronicling the modern scooter scene. Scooter Lifestyle, written and researched by longtime scene stalwart Ian Grainger, aka ‘Iggy‘, who is known as a regular contributor to Scootering, TAG
and Scooterist Scene.

Scooter Lifestyle is a 128 page, full colour book containing over 150 photographs of award-winning custom scooters, best-selling
scooter models, rallies and events.It details a range of stories and many interviews with well known scootering personalities that help illustrate what the UK scene is really all about. The book promises to reveal ‘the antics of Scooter Boys, Scooterists and Mods as they rampage and cavort their way through a rally season’. That sounds just up our street…

The book is published by Veloce and is due out in early April. Get your orders in now.

See the Scooter Lifestyle website here.

Thee Exciters debut album released

by Modculture 24 January, 2008

One of the best live garage bands in the UK over the past few years has undoubtedly been Thee Exciters. And now at long last they are releasing their debut album.

Spending Cash, Talking Trash’ contains 14 tracks on pure primal garage beat and is out on Monday on Dirty Water Records.

Available on both LP and CD, the CD version also contains the band’s entire live set at the Dirty Water Club’s tenth anniversary weekend in October 2006. Spending Cash, Talking Trash’ is heartily recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in this sort of thing (that ‘thing’ being wailing vocals, fuzz guitars, and busy drumming). The album launch is tomorrow night (Friday the 25th) at The Dirty Water Club, (178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park,  N19 5QQ), where the band will perform live. Get down if you can!

Thee Exciters myspace page

Dirty Water Records homepage

Gene Drayton Unit at the 100 Club

by Modculture 24 January, 2008

The Gene Drayton Unit are back on London’s live circuit,  supported by Orgestra Koolberg at the 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1

The Koolbergs will play a short set around 9pm to showcase the new ‘Vesparation’ / ‘A Man Alone’ single, which will be followed at 9.45 by the Draytons performing the new ‘Done ‘n’ Dusted’ album in its entirety in track order. After a short break in which Tim the Mod will be spinning appropriate classics, GDU will return with a second set made up entirely of old favourites.

Saturday 15th March 2008 2000-0100hrs
Admission £10, £7 with money-off flyer

Gene Drayton Unit at MySpace