Archive for March, 2009
Not particularly 'mod' (although there were some '79-era mods in the book), Kevin Sampson's superb late-70s set novel, Awaydays has become a movie, hitting cinemas on 22nd May. And we have the trailer and some images right here.
Set during the dawn of the 'football casual' era, Awaydays is in one way a tale of Tranmere Rovers' hooligan following and its meetings with other firms in the third division. But just as much (if not more), it's also a tale of the era – unemployment, drugs, fashion, clubs and the music scene of the day. If it's done well, it should be a gem.
See over the page for a couple of large stills from the movie, as well as the official trailer for it.
Awaydays official movie website
As we first reported last summer, Mod Crop the musical is now finalised and shortly to open.
Written by Steve Wallis and Quadrophenia novelist Alan Fletcher, the story is based on Brummel's Last Riff, the latter writers' first novel in his Mod Crop Trilogy. The musical is set in 1965 and stars Mark Joseph as the 'new mod on the block' alongside a cast that includes 1960s singer Dave Berry, who will perform amongst others his classic 'The Crying Game', backed by a five-piece band. It is to be directed by Martin Berry.
The show is on for seven consecutive performances at the Nottingham Theatre Roya
l from June 9th
, with a nationwide tour hopefully to follow. To book tickets (costing £22 or £13 concessions) for the run in Nottingham contact the theatre box office here
The official Mod Crop website
Raf Simons has once again been at the Fred Perry, this time adding an overkill of colour with the Raf Simons x Fred Perry v-neck sweater.
If you like a bold orange or blue, it could be for you, especially if you liek the idea of a high v-neck, slim fit and 60s-style Laurel logo.
Not cheap though, you'll have to pay around £129. See over the page for the orange version.
Find out more at the End Clothing website
Hertfordshire mod club Shake Your Hips! is back on again this month, and has a line-up to get everyone excited.
Now run in conjunction with Groovesville Soul Club, the Hitchin club is now located at the Remix venue and it all kicks off again on Saturday April 18th.
Resident DJ Leon is joined by three quality guests – Lee Miller (The Mousetrap), Mark Raison, and Big Jon (Ska'n'B) – to bring you the best in rare R&B and those all-important mod'n'soul club classics.
Shake Your Hips!
@ Remix, 20 Hermitage Road, Hitchin, SG5 1BT
8pm-2am, £6 in advance or £8 on the door.
To buy advance tickets visit this website
. The Shake Your Hips! Myspace
page is here
We've just got a list of DVD releases and reissues for the next months – and the London boxset has certainly caught out eye.
Apparently coinciding with the GLA festival celebrating The Story of London, the box will feature movies that offer 'diverse post-War London locations from the 50s and 60s and which explore quintessentially London themes' – think the London docks, Soho and the Underground.
So what's on it? Well, two films we've seen and review before (The London Nobody knows/Les Bicyclettes de Belsize) and three gems from the 50s and 60s never before released on DVD – The Yellow Balloon, Pool of London and the much-anticipated The Small World of Sammy Lee (pictured above and which you can read about here). Release date is 1st June 2009 – we'll be reviewing well before then.
More on The Small World of Sammy Lee
Matalan have long been known as being cheap and cheerful, which doesn't often bode well in the style stakes. Every so often there's a gem hidden among the ranks, like this Funnel Neck Dress new for spring.
Simple and chic, this sixties inspired shift dress is perfect for an understated mod look. Clean lines, a stylish neckline and minimalist grey shade make this ideal for mod looks for day or night. The capped sleeves add an extra touch of the tailored look, too.
This dress is an absolute bargain at just £16 from Matalan.
Find out more from the website
Via a href="http://www.retrotogo.com/2009/03/funnel-neck-dress-by-matalan.html">Retro To Go
MC5 manager, White Panther leader, poet, and all-round 60s legend John Sinclair has been invited to talk and perform at Filthy Macnasty's.
67 year-old Sinclair performs his unique poetry backed up by slide guitarist Gary Lammin on Wednesday April 15th, after which there will be a question and answer session. And Sinclair is a man worth asking questions to: his work as a supporter of the arts coupled with his radical political activism have made him famous and, some would say, infamous. Following Sinclair's imprisonment in 1969 John Lennon was moved enough to release a song “John Sinclair” on his Some Time in New York City album in 1972.
Last year Sinclair became editor-in-chief on the anthology series Headpress for the UK independent publishing house of the same name. More recently he performed in America in honor of President Obama.
The event will start at 8pm and entry is free. Visit the Filthy's website here
The soul-jazz pop combo Fay Hallam Trinity return to our lives with a new album and some live dates.
Their third album is called 1975 and contains twelve new tracks described by the band as being influenced by "nostalgic pop, 60's soul, hard hitting brass [where] a quirky
Hammond club instrumental sits alongside Astrud Gilberto for the 21st
Century". And if that wasn't enough the band are playing a handful of UK dates over the next few weeks to promote it. See them at these confirmed shows:
Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (Saturday April 4th)
London Blow Up Club (Saturday 18th)
London Dirty Water Club (Friday May 15th)
London Fiddler's Elbow (Saturday July 4th)
is available to buy now for £10 directly from the Fay Hallam Trinity website here
. To hear some new album songs visit their Myspace
Nouvelle Vague, or the French New Wave to you and me, is being explored in a two-month long season at the BFI Southbank.
In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s a small clique of directors set about changing the way film was made in France. Varda, Godard, Truffaut, Resnais and more jettisoned narative structure in favour of surreal, non-linear stories and dialogue to startling effect.
50 years since its birth and the BFI Southbank in London will screen a number of films from April 9th onwards. April looks at some of the films which inspired the new wave to come, as well as films by the first wave directors of the new approach. Then in May the Southbank features films made by what is known as the rival tendency, the 'left-bank' group, alongside other a selection of other great 1960s movies that carried the same spirit.
In addition two films have been selected for nationwide release: The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups) is released on April 10th, and Jean-Luc Godard's final nouvelle vague piece Pierrot Le Feu opens on May 22nd.
For more information and to book tickets visit the BFI website here
No, not the Billy Childish-influenced DJ at The Acid Gallery (that's Tommy 'Gun' Atkins), instead this is new mod revivalists Tommy Atkins.
Formed early last year in London by Spencer Taylor, they blend Hammond organ with elements of soul, punk, and power-pop. The four-piece have not hung about and already have recorded their debut album Powdered Water, which is available to download now. On first listen tracks like 'Searching In The Wilderness' sounds reminiscent of The Charlatans at their early 90s baggy peak, whilst 'Tell It Like It Is' takes The Chords and The Prisoners as inspiration and creates a great swirling, three-minute pop song in the process. Playing regularly around the capital, catch their live show to get a truer flavour for the music.
Hear Tommy Atkins on Myspace here