Month: July 2008

Bill Wyman 1960s Vox bass guitar

After 40 years, the bass created specifically for Bill Wyman by Vox has been reissued in very limited numbers. The Vox Teardrop VBW-2000 has been recreated in almost every detail, with the same styling and the same unique parts. That means a semi acoustic body, a craved maple top with […]

Mod-friendly gigs at the Jazz Cafe

London’s The Jazz Cafe have announced upcoming live performances by Alton Ellis, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, and The Beat. The ‘king of rocksteady’ Ellis plays the legendary venue on Sunday August 10th. Tickets cost £20 plus booking fee. Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas play for three consecutive […]

Ray Davies set to star in own musical

Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies has written a musical about growing up in post-war London. Davies composed 20 new songs for the production, which he is also set to narrate when it hits the stage later this year. Come Dancing focuses on the vibrant London ballroom scene of the 1950s. […]

The Wrong Box in Blackpool

If you happen to be planning a late season break in Blackpool, you might want to check out The Wrong Box. Taking place at West Coast Rock, Abingdon Street, Blackpool on Saturday 6th September, you’ll get a couple of live bands (The Valvetronics and Yeh Yeh), followed by the resident […]

Rhoda Dakar at Da Doo Ron Ron

Brighton’s long-running 60s girl group night Da Doo Ron Ron is having a special guest DJ – Rhoda Dakar (Special AKA / The Specials, The Bodysnatchers). Actually, there’s two guest DJs, as she’ll be joined by Nick Welsh (The Selecter, Lee Perry, Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Judge Dread, Skaville UK) […]

New band: Nicole Willis

Ah yes, another female ‘retro-soul’ singer appears on our doorstep. But Nicole Willis And The Soul Investigators are no cash-in, just a very talented band. Hailing from Finland, Willis has the sort of modern soul voice which unites the nu-soul and 60s soulie crowd. The production on tracks like ‘If […]

The System (1964) DVD reviewed

Mentioned this a while back, but The System (directed by Michael Winner and starring Oliver Reed and David Hemmings) is now available to buy – and we have a review online. This lost 60s gem focuses on the exploits of a seaside gang who practice ‘The System’ to meet as […]

San Paolo Napoli cord boots

I rarely spare much time for PR and press sheets, but I’ll paraphrase the one promoting the San Paolo Napoli range of leather and cord boots just to offer some background. These are the brainchild of Paolo Hewitt – or rather, whilst visiting his family in the Naples area, he […]