Archive for May, 2008
Dig this cats, it’s Sunday evening. It’s hot and sticky inside your pad and out. And yet you have a real gone urge to jump up and shake your feet. Like, too much! A no-goodnik would lie naked in front of a fan. But you have this beastly desire to dance – and not sedately. Wildly!
It’s time to fall in and dig the happenings at Home Cookin’, where the chicks and gators beat the boards to the crazy sound of the gonest lacquer crackers dished out with flair by El Nino and Jean-Paul Séculaire. And it won’t cost you a cent.
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 30th May to Thursday 5th June.
Highlights of the week
Shane Meadows’ powerful drama This is England gets its network premiere on Film4 on Monday 2nd June at 9pm. The film is a look back at British working-class life in the early eighties through the eyes of young Shaun and his new gang of skinhead friends, and deals with the bitterness of outside influences such as racism and xenophobia, of mass unemployment and the fall out of the Falklands War.
Other TV highlights this week include a night devoted to the original Man in Black Johnny Cash (BBC 4. Friday 30th, 9pm onwards) with a new documentary The Last Great American and a compilation of performances and duets from his late 60s/early 70s ABC show. Finally, Dennis Potter’s infamous Play For Today Blue Remembered Hills gets a rare screening (BBC 4.Thurs 5th, 10.30pm). The play concerns a group of seven year olds playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon during 1943, with adult actors taking on the roles of the children.
On the radio this week, Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2. Fri 30th, 12Midnight) has Northern soul star Jimmy Thomas in for a live session, Steve Lamacq looks at the legendary late-70s Liverpool club in Eric’s – the Story of a Liverpool Club (BBC Radio 2. Sat 31st, 7pm) while Live at Two (BBC Radio 6. Sat 31st, 2am) features a 1970s live performance by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
See above for the details of the next Vertigo Double Decker in Manchester, taking place on Friday 30th May 2008.
Two floors and free entry, with 60s Beat, R’n’B, Early Northern sounds, Ska and Blues i The Attic, with modern 60s influenced Indie, 2 tone, Mod revival and Classic 60s in the basement.
It runs from 9pm until 3am. To find out more or to get a DJ spot, email [email protected].
Out now is the latest edition of the Belle Vue Press, which comes with a free copy of the new Gonks 45, released on the Belle Vue 45s label.
The new magazine (volume 8) includes reviews, photos, a preview of the forthcoming Belle Vue weekender, Dutch artist Bert Bluehipster, Richard Berry, The Gonks, DJ Henry from Milano Mods and comic strips courtesy of Mauro Cao and Miss Geanie.
The only thing we don’t know is the price and how to order. To find out about either, drop them a line via the website below.
Belle Vue Situation website
Time for something a bit different here on Modculture. With summer threatening to rear its head at any moment, it’s time to enjoy some laid back, good time harmony pop-psych. For this, we look to Manchester’s The Beep Seals.
It is an enticing prospect, for here is a band whose eclectic influences recall recent chart botherers The Bees as well as alt-rock heroes Super Furry Animals and Pavement. Since forming a couple of years back the band have built up a steady fanbase and are ready to unleash their debut album ‘Things That Roar‘. The album was recorded in the bands’ native Chorlton over ten days in February
with Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub and Tom Knott from fellow Mancunians The Earlies. It contains both the fuzz of heavy psych rock alongside the soft mellow touch of pop-psych nuggets you would expect to hear on an old Rubble compilation. Often within the same song, such as the brilliant pastoral ‘Biting Glass’ and the Teenage Fanclub love letter ‘Use Your Other Head’. Listen closely to the lyrics too, and you’ll discover some biting wit and dry humour in there too.
You can hear The Beep Seals on their Myspace page here, or visit their official site here. Things That Roar is out on the 23rd of June and is available to order from the Heron Recordings website here. The band are on tour promoting the album throughout the summer. Go see if you can.
One of the mod scene’s most cherished jazz and
blues organists, Jimmy McGriff, died on Saturday (May 24th) in his hometown of Voorhees, New
Jersey from heart failure. McGriff had suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years. He was 72.
Born in Philadelphia in 1936, McGriff learnt the organ as a boy from his parents. An early follower of Count Basie, he took lessons and learnt his trade from renowned organists Jimmy Smith and Richard Holmes. Whilst playing in a New Jersey club one night in 1962 his instrumental reading of Ray Charles‘ ‘I Got A Woman’ was heard and got him a deal with Sue Records. The song was a hit, and an album of the same name, plus a further hit (‘All About My Girl’), soon followed. His trademark during the 1960s was his hard-grooving playing of the Hammond B-3 organ. The blues was always his favoured sound. As he himself once said, ‘Jimmy Smith is the jazz king on the organ, but when it comes to blues,
I can do things where he can’t touch me’. Throughout his 40-year career he played with such greats as Junior Parker, Buddy Rich, and Hank Crawford. He is survived by his wife Margaret and two children.
Below is YouTube footage of McGriff speaking in 1997 about how he wins over an audience. Enjoy.
The ninth annual Manchester mod weekender details have just been announced.
Taking place over the weekend of Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th of July 2008, the popular weekender (also known as "Modchester") is bought to you by The Hideaway gang of Neil Henderson, Mike Warburton and Paul Welsby. This years event is in a brand new venue, but expect the usual first-class mix of R&B and early soul played on original 45s.
Friday 25th July
"Mod Ball", 9pm-2am, £4 entry. Guest DJ Frank Popp (Germany)
Saturday 26th July
"50 years of mod sounds" Afternoon do, 12noon-5pm, free entry
The Hideaway Club evening do, 9pm-2am, £4 entry. Guest DJs Roger Banks, Pete Griffin (Boogaloo Radio), and Frank Popp.
All events @ The Deansgate, 321 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ.
For more on the weekend visit the website here .
In London the Sweet but Deadly collective are preparing for a busy summer of allnight parties.
Having moved to The Cellars in Newington Green (N1) at the start of 2008, things are progressing well as the venue upgrades (new wooden dancefloor, new soundsystem) and the punters report that Raise Your Hand and Tune Up are hitting the sweet spot. Here are the dates and guest DJ line-up that look to provide a stellar summer season in the capitol.
Raise Your Hand
Resident DJs: Smart Phil & Southern Sam. Sounds: R&B, southern soul, mod jazz, hammond grooves, latin boogaloo
Saturday 28th June guest DJs: Giulio (Rome), Kev C (No More Doggin’), Rowly, Tim Fuller (Finger Poppin’ Time)
Saturday 9th August guest DJs: Ben Pearce (Pigsnoots), Clanger (Hard As Nails), Jodie (Midnight Town), Michael Jemmeson (Sunday Stomp)
Resident DJs: Smart Phil & Giordano. Sounds: northern & rare soul, Motown, ska, rocksteady, reggae
Saturday 26th July guest DJs: Dave Mack (The Cool Off), Kerry Foster, Teddy Garcia (Reggae Injection), Yan Vatiste
Saturday 6th September guest DJs: Liam & Paul (Beat Boutique, Manchester), Debbie (The Nitty Gritty), Enthucol
Both clubs @
The Cellars, 125 Newington Green Road, London, N1 4RA.
10pm-6am, £8 entry. All night bar.
For more on the Sweet but Deadly collective see their website here and Myspace here.
Long before Austin Powers there was Get Smart – and the original TV series is finally getting a DVD release in the UK. Probably to capitalise on the publicity from the movie remake.
Series one gets the DVD treatment, with Maxwell Smart aka Agent 86 (Don Adams) back to spoof 60s spy movies (and TV shows) and battle an assortment of super villains, including KAOS, The Claw, Siegfried, Harry Hoo, Mr Big and Hymie The Killer Robot, all courtesy of the pen of Mel Brooks.
It’s available from 7th July 2008, with all 30 episodes digitally restored and re-mastered, with extras including various featurettes, commentaries and vintage promotional clips. Expect to pay around £34.99.
Find out more about the DVD at Amazon.co.uk
See the bloke on your right? He’s apparently the epitome of ‘New Mod’. According to high street retailer Burton that is.
Apparently, the look is ‘sophisticated and dapper’, ‘slim fit shirts and small collars’, ‘slim fit dark denim’ and ‘monochrome colours’. Personally I disagree with almost all of that – and I don’t see anything remotely interesting in the items shown on the Burton ‘Mod’ page.
But if you want to check it out, see the link below…