Archive for June, 2010

Swinger's Guide to London reissue

by Modculture 29 June, 2010

Ok, it's a long story, but an interesting one that could mean a reissue of A Swinger's Guide To London by Piri Halasz.

I've never seen the original, but when trying to find a copy, I managed to get in touch with the author, who wrote the book as a junior writer for Time magazine in 1967. It was intended as a guide to swinging London for American tourists – places to go, the people, how to fit in etc. Sections like  'How Not to Look Like a Tourist', 'What Newspapers and Magazines to Read', 'Where to Find a Party' and 'Culture' gives you an idea of what to expect.

Anyway, I've still not seen an original, but a short while back, the author got back to me, saying she is looking to reissue the book herself in the US. Obviously as a nostalgia piece, but one that should be of interest to anyone with a fascination of the era. I'll keep you posted.

Swinger's Guide to London listing on Modculture

Brian Clemens at the BFI

by Modculture 29 June, 2010

One of Britain's leading cult TV (and movie) writers is celebrating 50 years of doing what he does – which makes it the perfect time for a Brian Clemens retrospective at the BFI.

His shows include the likes of Danger Man, The Avengers, The Champions, Adam Adamant Lives! and later stuff like Thriller and The Professionals, not to mention the odd Hammer flick. So some good stuff to choose from.

The BFI will be showing the pick of all of that over July (although sadly not top flick And Soon The Darkness), along with a couple of Q&A-style discussions with the man. Full details over the page.

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100 Club 6TS allnighter – July

by Modculture 29 June, 2010

I think the over long image above pretty much says it all, but just in case the images aren't loading well, the July 6TS allnighter takes place at the 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1 on Saturday 3rd July.

Which is this coming Saturday. The time is 10pm until 6am, the DJs are Butch, Mick Smith, Keith Money, Andy Dyson and Ady Croasdell.

Want to know more? Check out the website.

Laurel Aitken – Voodoo Woman CD

by Modculture 29 June, 2010

Big thanks to Doug for pointing us in the direction of this interesting forthcoming release – Voodoo Woman by Laurel Aitken.

Subtitled Music for Mods, Soul & Ska Sounds from the Sixties, that pretty much sums up what you get, tunes that proved popular across the mod scene during the original 60s era. Want a tracklisting? There's one over the page.

The album is released on the Pressure Drop label on July 19th 2010, with Amazon doing the pre-orders now for £7.99.

Find out more at the Amazon website

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Manchester Modweekender 2010

by Modculture 28 June, 2010

Make a note of the 23rd and 24th July 2010 – those are the dates over which the Manchester Modweekender 2010 will take place.

The 11th weekender takes place at The Deansgate, 321 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ, with two night time events and one daytime scheduled.

Check out the full listing for what's going on and who is spinning the discs which is in the Modculture events section right now, along with a large-sized flyer.

Manchester Modweekender 2010 details at Modculture

Mr Day – Tears of Joy video

by Modculture 27 June, 2010

Ok, I don't know much background to the act, so I'll just say what I've been sent about Mr Day.

Apparently Mr Day is lead singer of The Dynamics and has just released his debut album entitled Small Fry on Favorite Recordings / Groove Attack. It's described as 'an original blend of Soul Funk and Pop'.

Anyway, check out the video below, the song is pretty decent. He's got a MySpace page for more information and tour dates here.

Spotify playlist: Humble Hammond

by Modculture 25 June, 2010

The Hammond organ, created by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and a mainstay in popular music since the 1950s. So here we have a Spotify playlist that celebrates it – Humble Hammond.

From the 60s to (more or less) the present day, but missing out the prog and metal bands. So Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Wynder K. Frog and the Small Faces through to The Charlatans, The Bamboos and Lefties Soul Connection over 20 tracks.

Check it out now and as ever (and check out our past playlists), if you have a playlist, let us know about it.

Humble Hammond playlist on Spotify

Pete Quaife (The Kinks) RIP

by Modculture 25 June, 2010

Original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife has died, aged 66 of causes so far unknown, although according to the BBC, he had been undergoing kidney dialysis for over a decade.

Quaife played on all the band's breakthrough hits and arguably the band's finest slab of plastic – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, before leaving the band in 1969 and being replaced by John Dalton, allegedly due to the ongoing tensions between the Davies brothers.

Speaking about the Village Green album in the past, he said: 'Making that album was the high point of my career. For me it represents the only real album made by the Kinks… in which we all contributed something.' Here's a tune off that very album as a small tribute:

Via Electric Roulette