Archive for July, 2007

Piaggio's retro-like Vespa S scooter

by Modculture 29 July, 2007

Piaggio has a new scooter model on the market, claiming the Vespa S is a direct descendent of its 50 Special and Primavera.

The idea, apparently, is to appeal to the Italian youth who may have heard tales of those older models from their parents – and indeed the fun they had riding them in the late 60s and early 70s.

Saying that, it does look not unlike a modern Vespa, with the addition of the rectangular headlight, trimmed-down mudguard and sporty rear light. There’s a choice of 50cc and 125cc and a variety of colour-schemes, each with its own accessories – with prices at 2,500 Euros for the 50cc and 3,200 for the 125cc.

Find out more at the Official Vespa website (translated from Italian)

Decca 7-inch box sets

by Modculture 25 July, 2007


Three Decca 60s 7-inch boxsets are set to hit the shelves in September – but you might have to order now as they’re limited to just 500 each – and as they’re packed with big price rarities, cut directly from the analogue masters with original labels and sold with a booklet, they’re sure to be in demand. Details of tracks below…

Decca Mod Masters Volume 1 – Circular Grooves

Sandra Barry & The Boys – Really gonna Shake c/w When We Get Married
Graham Gouldman – Stop! Stop! Stop! (Or Honey I’ll Be Gone) c/w Better To Have Loved Than Lost
St Louis Union (pictured) – East Side Story c/w Think About Me
Marc Bolan – The Third Degree c/w San Francisco Poet
Eyes of Blue – Supermarket Full of Cans c/w Don’t Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart
Wards of Court – All Night Girl c/w How Could You Say One Thing

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London Cancer Awareness Mod night

by Modculture 25 July, 2007

If you happen to be in London this weekend, make a point of heading down to the 100 Club and showing your support for Above The Clouds.

It’s taking place on Sunday July 29th at the The 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street and is in memory of Jenny Scales and in support of breast cancer awareness, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

Live music comes from 17 Black and Darron J Connett, with DJ support from Paolo Hewitt, Kev Lock and Andy Lewis. There’s also an auction for some items well worth owning.

Admission is £10 and it all starts at 7pm. It’s tickets in advance, so if you want to know more, contact [email protected] or find out more on the web here.

Simon Carter Target cufflinks

by Modculture 22 July, 2007


I noticed recently that Simon Carter is now doing a fashion line that’s very late 60s influenced, but he’s still probably best know for his cufflinks and watches. Indeed, if you’re after that old favourite – the Target Cufflinks – he’s got a pair on sale right now.

Just as you’d imagine – enamel target design with silver metallic clip. But as he’s a man with a reputation in the field, you can be sure they’re well made.

Available online at his website, they retail for £19.95.

Find out more at the Simon Carter website

Georgie Fame: 1967 – 1971 CD

by Modculture 20 July, 2007


Georgie Fame’s CBS output is back under the spotlight for a new compilation CD – Somebody Stole My Thunder (Jazz-Soul Grooves 1967-1971).

It’s a mixed bag of material, headed up of course by the title track and regular mod dancefloor filler, as well as a number of soul and soul/jazz tunes (as the title suggests), including the likes of Knock On Wood, Roadrunner and the marvellous Seventh Son. And there’s some material new to CD, notably a live take on Parchman Farm.

Read on over the turn for the full tracklisting. It’s out on 30th July, look out for a review on here.

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