Archive for March, 2008

Armadillo's retro-styled scooter mac

by Modculture 27 March, 2008

Remember the Urban Parka from Armadillo? Well, the company has just launched its new range of scooter-friendly clothing – including a classic mac for both men and women.

The coats are pictured above, with the men’s Classic Macintosh on the left, the women’s Scarlett Macintosh on the right. Both feature a double-button front and belt fastening. And as they’re designed for scooter riding, there’s also d3o impact protection, wind and water-proofing, Thinsulate insulation and the use of a breathable fabric for all garments.

Both will be available online in the very near future, alongside new male/female parkas and a variety of accessories. Pricing to be confirmed.

Armadillo website

Double dose of Italian summer fun

by Modculture 27 March, 2008

Whilst the weather here in the UK has been less than great recently you may have been contemplating getting away for some sun.  And what better way to do that than by getting some mod fun into the bargain too. Here are two recommended Italian weekenders to give you such an opportunity.

First up is Hot Mod Summer On The Lake taking place in Perugia in June. Organised by the Perugia Cool Scene group, the annual event is set in a beautiful venue and is always very popular. Hot Mod Summer offers two allnighters, a scooter run, swimming pool party, and plenty of opportunity to sunbathe. Weekend DJs are Giulio Bresin, Michael Myers, Mike Painter, and Nancy Yahiro.

Secondly there is The Right Track On The Beach in Terracina, 60km south of Rome. Get Smart Roma and Mods Blood Fish Terracina have got together to turn their annual ‘getaway at the beach’ into a full blown weekender. The venue is a cool terrace set on the beach, helping keep the party-goers from overheating in the summer heat. Like Hot Mod Summer there are two allnighters and scooter run, plus live music on the first night from Smart Riot. Joining The Right Track crew on the decks over the weekend are guests Mary Boogaloo, French Fred, Michael Wink, and Borja Sanchez.

Hot Mod Summer On The Lake 2008
27th-29th June 2008
Lago Trasimeno, Perugia, Northern Italy
Info: [email protected], Myspace page is here.

The Right Track On The Beach
11th-13th July 2008
Terracina, Central Italy
Info: Stilemod site here or The Right Track Myspace page here.

Jack Bruce anthology box set

by Modculture 27 March, 2008

He was in five much-loved mod/’60s bands in a short space of time, and now on the verge of his 65th birthday a Jack Bruce anthology is to be released.

To be released by Esoteric Recordings on June 2nd, the 6-CD box set anthology entitled Can You Follow? gathers together material from all Bruce’s career, including of course the recordings he made with Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc., Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann and his most celebrated outfit, Cream. Songs from Bruce’s solo career are also set to feature.

Born in Glasgow in May 1943, Bruce, a musical prodigy, became a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. After working with the bands previously mentioned, he went on to collaborate with Lou Reed, Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Gary Moore, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Dave Edmunds, Todd Rundgren, Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker and Ringo Starr. He continues to play live today.

For more on Esoteric Recording see their website here.

The Supremes display at the V&A Museum

by Modculture 26 March, 2008

A display of costumes worn by the most successful Motown group of all time, The Supremes, is coming to London.

The display at the Victoria & Albert Museum will show the changing image of The Supremes from their
early Primettes days right through to the more glamorous,
Hollywood-designed outfits they wore at the height of their fame. The exhibition will include dresses worn by all three members – Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and
Florence Ballard
– from a selection of live performances, television appearances, album covers, and more. As well as the clothes the V&A exhibition will display archive television footage, photographs and magazine articles to help contextualise the impact the band had on America and the world.

Also expect to hear news shortly of a special event featuring an appearance by Mary Wilson accompanied by soul scene DJs.

The Story of the Supremes from the Mary Wilson Collection
13 May – 19 October 2008
The Victoria And Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
£5 entrance

For more on the the exhibition see the V&A website here.

The Specials DVD

by Modculture 26 March, 2008

After a few months delay, The Specials DVD of their music videos is now out.

Too Much Too Young is the only official Specials DVD available in the UK. Narrated by superfan Tim Lovejoy, the DVD features all 13 of the bands music videos, plus two Super 8 Films shot by band associate Brian
of New York City gigs in 1980.

Music Video Tracklisting:
The Specials
1. A Message to You Rudy
2. Gangsters
3. Concrete Jungle
4. Too Much, Too Young
5. Rat Race
6. Do Nothing
7. Ghost Town
8. Enjoy Yourself.
Special AKA 
1. Free Nelson Mandela
2. War Crimes
3. Alcohol
4. Housebound
5. Girlfriend

The Too Much Too Young DVD is available from Play for a very reasonable £9.99 here.

YouTube: Smashing Time TV spot

by Modculture 25 March, 2008

We haven’t done a YouTube clip for some time and as I’ve just found this superb TV spot for classic swinging sixties flick Smashing Time, seems like a good time to re-start the best of YouTube slots.

Enjoy the clip below – and if you want more cult film and TV like this, you’ll get it by the bucketload at our Cinedelica site.

R.I.P. Beatles associate Neil Aspinall

by Modculture 25 March, 2008

The man some of the band regarded as the "fifth Beatle", Neil Aspinall, has died at the age of 66.

Aspinall, seen here on the right with the band in 1964, was responsible for running the Apple Corps empire, and it was he who was entrusted to protect The Beatles music and images copyright. He even played some instruments and sang vocals on tracks from the bands’ Revolver, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts’ Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour albums.

As a childhood friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison in the 1950s, he became the Beatles’ road manager in 1961 and drove them to gigs in his van, before later becoming their personal assistant. He was asked to oversee Apple Corps following Brian Epstein’s death in 1967 and he was chief executive there from 1970 until last year, when his health began to deteriorate. Aspinall also led the recent legal battle with Apple Computers over the use of the Apple name, and the battle over royalties against EMI. Outside of The Beatles he also created Standby Films
with his wife Suzy, responsible for the 1999 Jimi Hendrix film, Hendrix: Band Of

He is survived by his wife Suzy and five children.

In Crowd Weekender feat. The Impressions

by Modculture 25 March, 2008

The Impressions are to headline the In Crowd Soul Weekender in Northampton this May Spring Bank Holiday.

Held at the usual Park Inn Hotel venue in the centre of town, this fourth meeting sees a headline performance from Motown legends The Impressions, and a support cast of  The Undisputed Truth, The Shades of Blue, and Kenny Bernard. DJs for the weekend are Ginger Taylor, Sean Chapman, Nigel Brown, Jo Wallace, Hitsville Chalky, Phil Richards, Andy Bellwood, Paul Donnelly, Tony Dellar, Chris Morgan, Glenn Bellamy, Karl Boddington, Catriona, Nathan Houghton, plus your host Paddy Grady.

The Saturday night event featuring The Impressions will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, and that days’ Craig Charles Soul & Funk show will also broadcast live from the event.

In Crowd Weekender, 23rd-25th May
@ The Park Inn Hotel, Northampton, NN1 2TA
Friday 23rd 8pm-3am – DJs and two live acts over two rooms
Saturday 24th 12pm-5pm – Afternoon DJ session
7.30pm-3am – DJs and two live acts over two rooms
Sunday 25th – 12pm-5pm – Afternoon DJ session
3pm onwards – ‘meet the artists’ session
8pm – 12.30am – closing party

Weekend passes cost £50, but be quick as not many are left. To buy tickets and to see more about the event visit the Northern Soul Radio website here.