Archive for July, 2008

Bill Wyman 1960s Vox bass guitar

by Modculture 30 July, 2008

After 40 years, the bass created specifically for Bill Wyman by Vox has been reissued in very limited numbers.

The Vox Teardrop VBW-2000 has been recreated in almost every detail, with the same styling and the same unique parts. That means a semi acoustic body, a craved maple top with three-colour sunburst and a back and sides made from a natural finished mahogany.

There’s also a short 30.5-inch length, a very slim neck, a custom bridge with chrome cover, chrome knobs and scratch plate and to fit that custom spec, a fitted hard case. Only six will be available in the UK (and not many more elsewhere), with a price of £1,599. Follow the link to buy one of the UK’s few.

Find out more at the Nevada Music website

Image credit: Nevada Music

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Mod-friendly gigs at the Jazz Cafe

by Modculture 30 July, 2008

London’s The Jazz Cafe have announced upcoming live performances by Alton Ellis, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, and The Beat.

The ‘king of rocksteady’ Ellis plays the legendary venue on Sunday August 10th. Tickets cost £20 plus booking fee. Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas play for three consecutive nights on the 14th to 16th of August, with tickets costing £30 (plus booking fee). Finally Two Tone ska band The Beat (featuring The Specials’ Neville Staple) play on Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of September, with tickets costing £25 (plus booking fee).

For tickets visit See Tickets here, phone on 0870 060 3777, or visit the Jazz Cafe in person. Visit the Jazz Cafe website here.

Ray Davies set to star in own musical

by Modculture 30 July, 2008

Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies has written a musical about growing up in post-war London.

Davies composed 20 new songs for the production, which he is also set to narrate when it hits the stage later this year. Come Dancing focuses on the vibrant London ballroom scene of the 1950s. As a youth, Davies said he used to watch his sisters go to the capital’s ballrooms and dances every Saturday night. He would later write The Kinks song ‘Come Dancing’ about his eldest sister Rosie. Davies has been planning the musical for almost a decade. The musical is directed by Kerry Michael, who recently took the helm of the theatre production of The Harder They Come.

Come Dancing opens at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London on September 13. See here for more information.

The Wrong Box in Blackpool

by Modculture 24 July, 2008

If you happen to be planning a late season break in Blackpool, you might want to check out The Wrong Box.

Taking place at West Coast Rock, Abingdon Street, Blackpool on Saturday 6th September, you’ll get a couple of live bands (The Valvetronics and Yeh Yeh), followed by the resident DJs playing vintage sounds – everything from soul to psych.

Admission is £3 on the door and if you want to know more, email [email protected].

Rhoda Dakar at Da Doo Ron Ron

by Modculture 24 July, 2008


Brighton’s long-running 60s girl group night Da Doo Ron Ron is having a special guest DJ – Rhoda Dakar (Special AKA / The Specials, The Bodysnatchers).

Actually, there’s two guest DJs, as she’ll be joined by Nick Welsh (The Selecter, Lee Perry, Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Judge Dread, Skaville UK) on the decks. The night is on Friday 25th July, running from 11pm until 3am at the Komedia in Brighton, with a playlist of 60s girl pop, soul and funk embracing 60s girl groups, Motown, Ska, Soul / Northern soul, Ye-Ye, Pop, Girls in the garage, Sister funk et al.

Tickets are £5 in advance (from Komedia) or £7 on the door.

Da Doo Ron Ron MySpace

New band: Nicole Willis

by Modculture 24 July, 2008

Ah yes, another female ‘retro-soul’ singer appears on our doorstep. But Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators are no cash-in, just a very talented band.

Hailing from Finland, Willis has the sort of modern soul voice which unites the nu-soul and 60s soulie crowd. The production on tracks like ‘If This Ain’t Love’ and ‘Feeling Free’ is straight out of the late-60s/early-70s textbook, mixing northern soul, soul-jazz, funk, and disco with ease. Whilst it isn’t particularly original it is very accomplished, thanks greatly due to the wonderful nine-piece band The Soul Investigators. Debut album Keep Reachin’ Up is available now on Timmion Records, with a new record expected next year.

You can hear more from Nicole and the band on their Myspace page here and website here. Alternatively just sit back and watch her latest video below…

The System (1964) DVD reviewed

by Modculture 23 July, 2008

Mentioned this a while back, but The System (directed by Michael Winner and starring Oliver Reed and David Hemmings) is now available to buy – and we have a review online.

This lost 60s gem focuses on the exploits of a seaside gang who practice ‘The System’ to meet as many women as possible during the holiday season. But when Reed’s character Tinker Taylor gets hooked himself, things start to go wrong.

If you fancy it, you can pick it up for around a fiver from Amazon. But check out our review first in the slightly revamped film section.

Modculture film and TV section

San Paolo Napoli cord boots

by Modculture 23 July, 2008

I rarely spare much time for PR and press sheets, but I’ll paraphrase the one promoting the San Paolo Napoli range of leather and cord boots just to offer some background.

These are the brainchild of Paolo Hewitt – or rather, whilst visiting his family in the Naples area, he apparently discovered a small shoe shop called Scarpe Di San Paolo. The owner designed and made shoes he recalled from his youth, adding a few modern touches along the way. Liking the designs, PH brought them back to London, producing them via Ikon under the umbrella of the San Paolo Shoe and Boot Company. 

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Fred Perry classic Tennis Jacket

by Modculture 23 July, 2008


New to this season’s range at Fred Perry is something of a 1960s classic – the Fred Perry Tennis Jacket.

On the face of it, this is more or less a straight reproduction of the traditional jacket, with 100 per cent cotton twill shell, elasticated waistband and cuffs and red, white and blue and the navy blue colour option. There’s also two waist pockets (one with separate compartment), Laurel logo and concealed zip fastening.

If you’re near a Fred Perry shop, you can check it out there with the new stock in a couple of months. Alternatively, you can pre-order online from Oki-Ni (for a September launch) for £99.

Find out more at the Oki-Ni website

New Kent 45 releases

by Modculture 21 July, 2008

Kent have announced that their latest batch of Town and City singles are available now.

The City releases, which are limited to 500 copies, consist of
tracks that have only ever been available on CD before. The full list of new singles are:

Millie Jackson ‘If That Don’t Turn You On’
b/w Millie Jackson ‘You Can’t Stand The Thought’
TOWN 130

Toni & The Showmen ‘Try My Love’
b/w Bobby Angelle ‘Too Much For You’
TOWN 131

The Charmaines ‘I Idolize You’
b/w Frank Dell ‘He Broke Your Game Wide Open’
TOWN 132

Mr Dynamite ‘Sh’mon’
b/w Hank Jacobs ‘Elijah, Rocking With Soul’ (full version)
TOWN 133

Luther Ingram ‘Oh Baby Don’t You Weep’
b/w Chet “Poison” Ivey ‘Mata Hari’
CITY 007

Otis Redding ‘Loving By The Pound’
b/w Barbara & The Browns ‘I’m Gonna Start A War’
CITY 008

The 45s are available from many online retailers, including Dusty Groove, Crazy Beat, and of course eBay. For more on the Kent 45 releases see the Ace Records website here.