Archive for September, 2008
Well, the weather’s not all that cold, but the rain’s started up – time for something like this Fred Perry nylon bomber jacket.
Yes, this is a classic FP bomber, but in nylon rather than cotton – making it shower-proof and very autumn-friendly. In terms of detailing, it has red, white and navy collar and cuffs, with two zip pockets, an elasticated hem and Fred Perry logo.
And it’s yours for £79.
Find out more at the Oi Polloi website
If you missed the last one, you can check out the next Pow Wow Club on Saturday November 15th 2008.
It runs from 9pm until 4am at Penelopes, 53-55 Arundal Gate, Sheffield, S1 6PN, with DJs Mikey Collins, Mik Parry, Gav Arno and Callum Simpson spinning R&B, soul and hip 60s mod sounds. There’s also a daytime session at the Washington pub from 1pm with DJs and dancefloor.
Entry the night event is £6 – if you want to know more, check out the full details on the forums.
More on the Pow Wow Club event
If you love your freakbeat – or just love a good rock yarn – you might want to check out the screening of the Jesse Hector documentary A Message To The World.
60s pioneer Hector now makes a living as a cleaner at the Hackney Empire – a million miles away from his work with 60s freakbeat outfit The Clique, proto-punk bruisers Crushed Butler and The Hammersmith Gorillas. This documentary follows him on a journey around London, retracing his fifty years in rock n’ roll, right back to the early days skiffling at the 2 I’s in Old Compton Street at the age of just 12 through to the role he had in shaping punk – and the influence he had on the likes of Paul Weller, Billy Idol, Shane McGowan and Rat Scabies.
The film screens as part of the Raindance Film Festival, specifically on Saturday 4th October at the Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at 12pm. See here for more details. And check out the trailer below:
I would say a cheap alternative to the Tootal scarf – but these Ikon retro scarves are actually more expensive!
For your money you get a scarf that’s handmade in England in a choice of three designs – Prince, Steve and Ferdie (two of which are pictured above), mixing a patterned design with a plain contrast reverse.
No word on what the scarves are made of, but if you like the look, you can bag one for £35.
The title of this new boxset from Universal just about sums it up – A Complete Introduction to Northern Soul.
Compiled by Wigan Casino DJ Russ Winstanley, it’s a four-disc set, each with its own theme – Motown Memories, Motown’s Hidden Nuggets, Northern Floorshakers and Northern Anthems. For the serious collector, there’s probably little new – although some tracks have made it out of the Motown archives for the first time. But for the less obsessive, it promises a mix of dancefloor staples and rare gems from the 60s to the present day – yes, even Frank Popp makes an appearance.
We’ll be running a competition soon to win a signed box, as well as offering tickets to the invite-only November launch party at the 100 Club (in association with Fred Perry). Keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, check out the full tracklisting over the page.
Find out more about the CD at Amazon.co.uk
Dennis Munday’s definite book on the history of The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller – Shout To The Top – has been reprinted and updated in paperback for 2008.
Munday was the record company executive who guided Weller’s career through its various incarnations – so he’s a man ideally placed to catalogue the ups and downs over the year, which he does without pulling the punches.
The new version adds everything up to and including 22 Dreams, along with a section on Jam offshoot From The Jam. And of course, there’s plenty of photos from throughout the years. The book is published on 8th October, with a recommended price of £14.95 (although it’s discounted to under a tenner at Amazon).
Find out more about the book at Amazon.co.uk
It’s a venue that will be forever associated with the Small Faces, so it’s only appropriate that the Ruskin Arms demolition party should have a Small Faces theme.
It takes place tomorrow (Friday 26th September) at the Ruskin Arms, 386 High Street North, Manor Park, London, E12 6PH – one of the last gigs there before the venue is flattened. The night will be headed up by leading tribute band the Small Fakers, along with special guests, including original band member Jimmy Winston.
Tickets are £10 and will be available at the door on the night. The venue is ten minutes walk from East Ham underground station.
Certain to spark a what is/isn’t mod debate is new band The Supernovas.
Very much operating in that late 70s punk/pop groove (with a bit of modern-day indie thrown in for good measure), The Supernovas can certainly knock out a catchy tune (judging by their MySpace tunes) – whether you think it ticks the ‘mod’ box probably depends on where you sit with guitar bands in general.
Anyway – find out for yourself via the band’s page below.
The Supernovas MySpace page
If you’re planning on heading to the next No Way Out event in Manchester, read this very carefully.
Unfortunately, due to a clash of events at the venue, the No Way Out date has now been changed – the new details are as follows:
No Way Out
Saturday 11th October 2008
8.30pm till 2.30am
The Rampant Lion
17 Anson Road
Manchester M14 5BZ
£5.00 on the door
Strictly no admittance after 11.00pm (unless with prior arrangement)
Guests: Gav Arno, Mark Thomas & Mace
Resident: Phil Saxe
More details on the Modculture forums
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 26th September to Thursday 2nd October 2008.
Highlights of the week
BBC 4 celebrates the history of arts programmes on British TV this week with a new three-part documentary series The Art of Arts TV (Starting Sun 28th, 10pm), examining arts-based programmes from the past five decades. Highlights from the BBC’s Monitor arts programme from the early 1960s are shown on Sunday 28th with a rare screening of Pop Goes the Easel (BBC 4, 8.55pm) Ken Russell’s 1962 film on the Pop Art movement which features the works of Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Derek Boshier and Pauline Boty.
On the radio this week Johnnie Walker recalls the nine-month period from September 1966 to June 1967 when a Seattle-born psychedelic-blues guitarist changed from a shy, penniless musician into a dynamic and starry force in Jimi Hendrix: Made in London (BBC Radio 2. Saturday 27th, 7pm).