Archive for February, 2011
Possibly of interest to those of you with an ivy leaning are these Gitman Vintage Madras check shirts.
Two designs available (the other pictured over the page), with both of the US-made Madras cotton shirts offering an archive cut, V-stitched chest pocket, button-down collar and box pleat.
Not cheap though at £139.
Find out more at the End Clothing website
A real swinging London rarity is up for auction next month – this Philips Swinging 60s fridge.
It's not some DIY job, the fridge was produced by Philips in a run of 500, nicknamed 'the 'Generals' Wardrobe' and intended solely for shop displays. However, affluent hipsters of the day also wanted one, so the pop art fridge was made in an extended run, selling for a hefty £73 12s 5d at the time.
According to the auction house, this design was a run of just eight, so impossible to find one today. Except at the Bonham's Vision 21 sale on March 16th in London – you can bid for this one. No estimate sadly, so just take your credit card and have a van on hand to shift it.
Find out more at the Bonham's website
Manchester's finest R&B club (and arguably the finest anywhere), the Hideaway Club, is ending after 12 years. Not because of a lack of continued success (numbers have never been higher), but because the people behind the club (Mike, Paul and Neil) just can't devote the time to it on a monthly basis.
The last of its current format will take place on Saturday 26th March, with guest spot from two of Manchester's R&B legends – Les Hare (the first-ever guest DJ) and Barry Tasker, the first customer through the door.
A new, less regular format might appear for the club and the Manchester Mod Weekender will still take place in July. But a sad day for the mod scene nonetheless.
Hideaway Club website
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It's been and gone in terms of the big screen release, but the talk about Brighton Rock continues.
You can read our review of it here or for a different spin on the movie, check out an interesting conversation over at Paul 'The Look' Gorman's blog.
Paul met up with original mod Lloyd Johnson, Ben Olins of Herb Lester Associates, with the chat recorded on the site. Well worth your time.
Brighton Rock at The Look
Interesting reissue from Freestyle Records – This Is Speedometer 1 and 2.
Both albums were originally issued on the Blow It Hard label, a mix of vintage-style soul, funk and Latin from a band that has backed a host of soul and funk legends, as well as producing their own material.
Both albums are together for the first time, with new artwork and sleeve notes from founding member and leader Leigh Gracie and DJ, producer, author and percussionist Snowboy. It's available online for £7.99.
Find out more at the Amazon website
Update: It's also on Spotify, if you have access to that.
If you're after a 60s-style look without breaking the bank, this Tea Dance linen dress could be right up your street.
Taking inspiration from the streets of swinging London 'back in the day', the dress has a round neck, button detail at front, side pockets and zip and hook fastening at back. It's also fully lined.
If the 'raspberry coulis' shade above is a bit strong, there's also a 'storm' (aka black). Both retail for the same price, which is £66.
Find out more at the Great Plains website
Via Retro To Go
Off With The Octopus in Stoke is celebrating three years, with a 3rd anniversary night.
Taking place at the Fat Cat Cafe in Hanley, Stoke on Trent on Friday 29th April 2011, the night will offer up five garage and psych bands playing live - The Wicked Whispers, The Black Apples, Velvet Texas Cannonball, The Higher State and El Toro. They will also be supported by resident and guest DJs playing mod, garage and psych tunes, along with psych visuals, light shows and cult movie visuals. All of that going on until 4am.
Entry is just £3 including a free CD. For more, check out the website.
Off With The Octopus website
It's out to buy this week on CD, with the vinyl copies of the Rare Mod Volume 3 album available from next week. So the perfect time to review the Rare Mod volume 3 album on Acid Jazz, which we have.
The latest 'Nuggets' of the 60s mod scene offers up 20 rare and/or previously-unreleased tunes from the world of British beat, psych, jazz and R&B, complete with sleevenotes on the artists from compilers Damian Jones and Paul 'Smiler' Anderson. You'll know The Creation, John's Children and St Louis Union), but perhaps not The Iveys, The Preachers and Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs.
There's a full tracklisting over the page – or go check out our review on the main site.
Rare Mod 3 reviewed at Modculture
We flagged up a screening of The Flipside presents The Jokers – and if you missed it, luckily for you, the Scenester didn't – he went along to review the event.
Back in 1967, Michael Winner wasn't an annoying food critic and car insurance salesman, he was producing interesting Brit flicks like The Jokers, which starred Oliver Reed and Michael Crawford. Essentially, the two are bored brothers out to ridicule the establishment and make a mark in swinging London with some typically period 'pranks'…right down to stealing the crown jewels.
Michael Winner himself was on-hand for a Q&A session about the movie and if you want to find out what happened, check out The Scenester's piece right now.
The Jokers at the NFT reviewed