Archive for May, 2011

Interview with a top mod

by Modculture 27 May, 2011

Comedy sometimes writes itself – and unintentionally. This is the funniest thing I've seen in a while. It's called an interview with a top mod. It's amazing. Perhaps because it's not played for laughs. It's deadly serious.

Well done to Rediffusion on the forums for spotting this.


Muscle Shoals in The Independent

by Modculture 27 May, 2011

Not all doom, gloom and Cheryl Cole in the morning papers, there's a rather tasty feature on Muscle Shoals in The Independent.

It celebrates 50 years since the studio was set up, as well as looking at the man behind it, Rick Hall. There's also a few words from Dean Rudland of Ace, which is planning an extensive reissue programme of material recorded by Hall in the studio in its heyday.

Check it out online if you get a minute.

Muscle Shoals in The Independent

eBay watch: Generation X book

by Modculture 26 May, 2011

We have featured this before when it's landed on eBay, but as it's long out of print and always popular, we'll flag up a 'new' copy of Generation X by Charles Hamblett & Jane Deverson, which has just landed on the auction site.

One of our five must-buy mod-related books, it's a vox pop of teens in the years 1963 and '64, originally intended for a magazine, but as the views were a bit too much for Woman's Own, they ended up in a book.

This one is described is having no 'noticeable flaws'. £2.45 is the current price, but note that you'll have to factor in postage from Canada.

Find out more at the eBay website

The Birds live in Leeds

by Modculture 26 May, 2011

The band started playing live in 2010 once more,  but in June, there's a rare chance to see The Birds 'up north' with a gig in Leeds.

Of course, the cult '60s R&B are much changed from the band pictured above, with just vocalist Ali McKenzie flying the flag for the original line-up the rest of the band made up of the Small Fakers (who you might know from their Small Faces act).

Anyway, much of the material is culled from the 1960s sets (most of which features on the must-have The Collectors' Guide To Rare British Birds album) and as a bonus, you get a support set from the Small Fakers themselves. DJ support too, all of which takes place at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on Saturday 25th June. Tickets on sale now at £10 each.

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1960s Yale USA t-shirt remade

by Modculture 26 May, 2011

If the t-shirt above looks familiar, it's probably because you own a copy of the Mods book by Richard Barnes, where it is featured at least a couple of time within the book. Actually. it's also showing at the Reading Steady Go exhibition too. Anyway, the main point here is that this Yale USA t-shirt has been remade.

The wonderfully-named Watch The Cloth Moth has remade it, with the t-shirt available to order online in the colour scheme above in sizes S M L XL XXL. No idea if it's limited, so you might want to get in quick if you fancy it for summer wear.

Price? £20 plus postage and packing. Details of how to order on the Facebook page.

Watch The Cloth Moth on Facebook

Liar Liar Club relaunch – London

by Modculture 24 May, 2011

We have featured the night before, but the Liar Liar Club has a new venue and as such, a relaunch too.

The new venue is at Proud Camden's, South Gallery, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH, with free entry offering up DJs Danny Grave (Liar Liar Club) and Jonny Owen spinning psych, soul, garage, beat, Britpop, ska and some indie. But as well as the tunes, there's also some live bands for nothing too.

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Andy Lewis live in London

by Modculture 24 May, 2011

If you missed out on his last live appearance (which by all accounts, was a fine night), you can catch Andy Lewis live at The Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, Islington London, N1 this coming Thursday May 26th.

No doubt the former Blow-Up DJ and Paul Weller's current bass man will be playing tunes off his 41 mini album (which is reviewed here and pictured above) and the rest of his back catalogue. Maybe even some new stuff too. What has been confirmed is that there are 'likely to be some special guest vocalists well worth seeing'. Make of that what you will.

Tickets are available until midday on the day, you can secure yours here or get in touch with the venue. If you want to know more, Andy Lewis is on Twitter, you can follow him here.

On TV: Haunted House of Horror

by Modculture 24 May, 2011

Just in case you've never seen it, cult swinging sixties horror, the Haunted House of Horror is showing on Friday night on BBC2. Or theoretically, Saturday morning.

The time is actually 2:25am on Saturday morning, perfect after a night out – or just set the timer. It's a typically oddball storyline, 1960s London hipsters bored at a party, go to a haunted house, murders ensue. You know the kind of thing. Very entertaining nonetheless.

There's a clip / preview below to check out (with blood, if that kind of thing leaves you shaky). Oh yes, the actual 'Haunted House' is currently being developed into flats if you want to live if yourself, you can find out about that here.


Brighton Beach 15th anniversary night

by Modculture 24 May, 2011

For one night only, Brighton Beach will be returning to Sheffield City Hall to celebrate the club's 15th anniversary.

The club launched in Sheffield in 1996, becoming a regular in the ballroom of the City Hall. The night has since been for a 'wander', but on June 4th, it will be back at the place it is most remembered for.

Similar set-up as past, with the main room playing a more mainstream mix of soul, Motown, indue, northern and Britpop, while the smaller second room will host a more obscure set of 60s tunes on original vinyl from 'special guest DJs'. The address is City Hall, Barker’s Pool, Sheffield, S1 2JA, with a running time of 11pm – 3am, £5 gets you in.

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Uncut with Mod Soundtrack CD

by Modculture 21 May, 2011

Probably the most hit and miss of all the monthly music magazines, Uncut is worth a look this week, both for the lead feature and the CD.

The cover act is the Small Faces, with a 13-page (I think) feature inside, focusing mainly on Steve Marriott. Nothing all that new, but well worth a read if you want another insight.

The included CD is called Here Come The Nice – A Mod Soundtrack. Whilst not digging too deeply, there have been  much, much worse offered at full price. Probably more of a beginner's guide to some 60s grooves or one for the car. Certainly worth owning for both of those reasons. Tracklisting over the page.

Uncut magazine

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