Archive for August, 2009

Brighton Rock movie remake goes mod

by Modculture 28 August, 2009

It's a classic post-wat thriller from the pen of Graham Greene (which originally dates from 1939), but the new movie version of Brighton Rock is apparently set in 1964, amid the backdrop of the mods and rockers beach fights. Which probably means there'll be some extras work kicking about in a couple of months.

The new movie version stars Helen Mirren and Pete Postlethwaite, alongside Sam Riley (who played Ian Curtis in Control), who will take the central role of Pinkie Brown, and Andrea Riseborough, who will play Rose Brown, with direction by Rowan Joffe. Location shooting is obviously London and Brighton.

Whether it is the 'truly great British gangster film' promised is anyone's guess, but it might be a tasty little movie with a decent soundtrack if done well. You'll have to wait until 2010 to find out if it is worthy of the hype. In the meantime, Amazon is doing the original DVD for under a fiver if you want a refresher. You can find it here.

Adidas classic Airliner bag

by Modculture 28 August, 2009

There's something timeless about Adidas accessories, especially something like the Adidas classic Airliner bag.

It's a typical 60s-style flight bag, with minimal detail, nothing more than the classic logo and some trimming, coupled with some orginal colourways and of course, a large storage area, side pocket and shoulder strap.

You can pick it up in four colour versions, priced at £30.

Find out more at the Adidas Store website

Clarks 60th Anniversary desert boots

by Modculture 28 August, 2009

We heard about these some months back, but as some crucial details (not least, price) weren't available, we decided to keep our powder dry. But as the Clarks 60th Anniversary desert boot collection has just hit the shelves, it seems like the perfect time to put that right.

Essentially it's a boot for (almost) every decade, the 1950s through to the modern era, the latter covered by a classic desert boot, no doubt to represent the rather faceless era we live in. Before that, we have some more bold designs that include a rather cool Harris tweed boot for the 50s, a Liberty print for the swinging sixties and a union jack design for the Britpop-inspired 90s.

All have a crepe sole and come in a presentation box with a keyring-sized mini version of your chosen shoe. In limited numbers, they sell for around £89, which sounds fairly reasonable. Check out some larger images of the boots over the page.

Find out more at the End Clothing website

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The Moons single incoming on Acid Jazz

by Modculture 27 August, 2009

We really rate The Moons and expect big things of them into 2010 – starting with their debut single on the Acid Jazz label, Torn Between Two, which is out in October, followed by an album, which should be hitting the shelves in February 2010.

The single will be available as a limited edition 45, backed by the Holland Dozier Holland classic ‘Leaving Here’, promoted by a tour of the UK which includes guest slots with both The Rifles and Ocean Colour Scene and some HMV instore appearances. See the confirmed dates over the page or check out the band's MySpace page for a taster of the tunes.

The Moons on MySpace

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We Are The Mods book issued

by Modculture 27 August, 2009

We did hear about this some time back, but it slipped off our radar – but now you can order a copy of We Are The Mods by Christine Jacqueline Feldman.

We've yet to see a copy (although we hope to have a review copy soon), but from what we've heard, it is a well researched book, with Christine doing a lot of research and interviewing a lot of people for the book over in the UK and beyond, looking at the history of the mod scene from its early 60s origins through to the scene today, taking in the UK, the US, Germany and Japan, as well as the lifestyle, music and the scene from a male and female perspective.

The 264-page book is published by Peter Lang in the US and is available directly from them or from the US version of Amazon (whose website has more information on the book). It sells there for $22.23.

Find out more at the Amazon US website

Retro TV W/C 28th August 2009

by Modculture 27 August, 2009

Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 28th August to Thursday 3rd September 2009.
 
Highlight of the week

While the summer months are slow for new programmes to recommend, there are at least a few films over the next seven days that are worth a glance, no matter how many times you may have seen them in the past.

Cinema's first African American superstar Sidney Poitier was an actor who consciously defied racial stereotyping. Handsome and unassuming, he brought dignity to the portrayal of noble and intelligent characters. His roles in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (BBC 2. Sunday 30th, 1.15pm) and To Sir, with Love (Five. Saturday 29th, 2.10pm) were for their time -1967 – landmarks in the breaking down of social barriers between blacks and whites, and Poitier's talent, conscience, integrity, and inherent likability placed him on equal footing with the white stars of the day. In To Sir… Poitier plays Mark Thackeray, who begins a new teaching position at a tough London high school, and slowly wins the trust and respect of a class of undisciplined students including Judy Geeson and Lulu, who sings the memorable title theme.

Another British film made in the 'swinging sixties', Every Day's a Holiday (BBC 2. Wednesday 2nd, 11.00am) is an often laughably bad 'vehicle' for chart toppers Freddie and the Dreamers. Its plot, such as there is one, about teenagers competing in a talent show at a seaside resort is incidental. The real interest here is in the period detail and the addition of beat group The Mojos. Finally, Robbery (ITV 1. Friday 28th, 12.30am) is a 1967 British heist movie, clearly inspired by the Great Train Robbery. Directed by Peter Yates, who later went on to make Bullitt, the high-point is a terrific car chase through sixties London.

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Fine and Dandy Shop online

by Modculture 26 August, 2009

If you find yourself short of those little essential accessories, the Fine and Dandy Shop might be a good place to look. Although you probably have to be in the US or Canada to order (but if you ask nicely, you never know).

It's full of those bits and pieces you probably can't find on your local high street – cravats, tie pins and clips, money clips, pocket squares, you know the kind of thing. And while there's not likely to be huge demand for sock garters, you can even pick up some of those too…just in case.

Check out the site and see what you think and if you know of a UK-based equivalent, let us know via the comment box.

Fine and Dandy Shop website

100 Club Anniversary Singles CD

by Modculture 26 August, 2009

You may recall we mentioned the forthcoming 6TS 30th anniverary all-nighter, which is rapidly approaching and indeed, that the traditional collectalbe vinyl 45 will be given away to each attendee of the night. Well, in the nick of time, Kent is offering you the chance just about every past single on one CD – The 100 Club Anniversary Singles (6TS 1979 – 2009).

Yes, 24 of the 25 singles given away (less The Moments due to contractual reasons) are collected on one CD and according to 6TS mainman Ady Croasdell, it's a selection that's 'up there with the best original US 60s soul series on any UK label'. If you pick it up, you'll find a mix of big vintage soul dancefloor spins, some lesser-known, but equally impressive grooves and of course, this being a Kent release, sleevenotes that cover every angle. Oh yes – it even includes the giveaway at the forthcoming anniversary event.

The CD is released by Kent this coming Monday, 31st August 2009. Check out the tracklist over the page.

Find out more about the CD at the Amazon website

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Yo Gabba Gabba! does ska

by Modculture 26 August, 2009

As we're on a ska tip, noticed this clip on TV a couple of weekends ago, but completey forgot about it until @iainaitch on Twitter flagged it up again.

It's a clip from cult kids' TV show Yo Gabba Gabba!, teaching children to keep their rooms tidy with the help of a mod/ska/two tone cartoon. Not to mention the most infuriatingly-catchy tune you'll here today. Check out Pick It Up below…

Duke Vin & The Birth of Ska

by Modculture 26 August, 2009

Judging by the date on the trailer, it's been some time in the making, but you can now catch Duke Vin and the Birth of Ska as part of the Portobello Film Festival.

Essentially, it's this Gus Berger-directed documentary is the story of ska in the UK, focusing on the arrival in the Uk of Jamaican soundmen Duke Vin and Count Suckle in 1954, their first sound system (in 1956) and their role in popularising ska in Britain, along with reggae and dub in later years.

You can catchj it on Sunday 6th September at 5.30pm, with the screening taking place at Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London W10. If you want to know more, check out the trailer below.