The Society of Cool
Here are some fantastic clips from French channel ina.fr which unfortunately cant be embeded properly on the Video page so I am adding them here instead. …
Added by stephen hughes on May 18, 2012 at 14:39 — No Comments
This weekend found me at The Knights Quest pub in Blackheath on the outskirts of Birmingham. It is a regular venue for bands and has something on every week. As there was nothing going on in the city centre (well not that I could find) I took myself there to see see a girl group called "Baby Love", you have probably guessed from the name they were a tribute band to the sixties girl groups.
Well, first off, I…
Added by Chris Queen on May 15, 2012 at 8:04 — No Comments
The Urges, from Dublin, have been around since 2007, playing an energetic and exciting brand of garage rock and thrilling audiences with their live shows.
However, not being the…Read More
Added by stephen hughes on May 10, 2012 at 12:57 — No Comments
Some questions have been raised in recent days over the Scottish Mod Rally to Ayr, organised by Friday Street. These question came about as the Station Hotel which hosts the event has recently come under new mangement and it has been reported that the owners dont, as yet, have an entertainment licence.
However, Friday Street Chairman, Mickey Collins, himself headed down to…Read More
Brum Beat Mod Night
So Saturday night I took myself off into Digbeth in Birmingham for the Brum Beat Special, having just only got back into the scene, or should I say trying to, more about that later !!. I wasn't sure what to expect, so dressed accordingly, Mod enough for those who know, but understated enough to go somewhere else and blend in should the night turn out…
Thanks for the kind comments about part1.
I would…Read More
Added by PETER HEED on March 12, 2012 at 9:46 — No Comments
Here was me a spotty 16 yr old, into punk, when I believe I watched the 'London Weekend Show' with toothy Janet Street Porter, one Sunday morning - talking about these things called 'mods' I was immediately smitten, all my mates were punks or skins and I wanted to be different.
I bought my first scooter off an old man for…Read More
Added by GARETH RIDGE on March 5, 2012 at 13:17 — No Comments
...MOD to Psychedelic...
Described as VERY '60s...1660s, 1760s, 1860s and, yes, even 1960s The Steppes were originally formed as a powerpop trio in 1982 by brothers John and David Fallon with drummer Eddie Grzyb under the name, "The Blue Macs." There were five demos that were recorded and given a brilliant review in Melody Maker in March of '83. John and David relocated from Dublin to Los Angeles and added Tim…Read More
Added by John Fallon on February 27, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments
The film Quadrophenia was, as most of you know, a massive influence on the 80's Mod scene, it was our bible on film, we done all that we could relating to the film, here are a few episodes to intrigue you. All this happened in and around Birmingham...
The Cafe on Broad Street we went to, could have been straight out of the film, not…
Being born and growing up in London’s Eastend it was inevitable that I would come across the great music and fashion called Mod. The music could be heard in any Church Hall Youth Club that we attended. People would bring their records along to play on the club's record player - usually a Dansette. The records would be 7" singles, they were the order of the day. 6s 8d…Read More
Then I thought, hang on…
Added by Mick Harwood on February 11, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments
So, there I was, a schoolboy in his last year, just coming up for seventeen, Punk rock was riding high, the year, 1979. One of my favorite "punk" bands was a three piece known as The Jam, I liked there style, I liked their suits. I noticed whenever I went into town on a saturday, punks with spiked…Read More
Mod Girl Memories
Back in 1982 a young mod girl stood back and admired her first scooter-a black Vespa 90 with customized Union Jack side panels. Bleached blonde and bouffanted wearing a little too…Read More
I have just come across this great British Pathe site. There are loads of period clips including the audience at Ready Steady Go, scooter rallies and fashion. Here are some I like.
This is a very weird silent clip of Mayfair in 1957 but it does show some early modernists on scooters. Not sure what Nell Gwyn and the flamenco dancers are about.
Added by Rob Hill on January 21, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments
Karla Milton and Steve Trigg from internationally renowned band DC Fontana have individually announced that from 31st December 2011 they will be leaving the group.
They have decided to follow on from their success with DC Fontana by collaborating to form an exciting new group The Karla Milton Collective.
This new project will launch in March 2012. The first gig will showcase brand new…Read More
Close your eyes for a moment and try to imagine a band that could capture every element of the mod scene you love, from the 60s to 79, from ska to revival, from Hammond organ to trumpet, be totally rooted in the original 60s mod scene, and yet utterly contemporary…an impossible dream?
In September I found that band.…Read More
Behind Closed Doors - The Ladies Rooms
Let’s face it-there are certain things that only us womenfolk are able to experience or understand, you know the sort of thing, the need for vast numbers of shoes for example or the reason we possess ten lipsticks all the same colour, and why it takes us hours to pick a dress yet less than five seconds…Read More
WINTER WARM UP
Step back a few decades to the 1960s and Pontins was probably once a thriving little holiday destination with Camber Sands as the perfect beach backdrop. Nowadays though the old place has lost its sparkle and the chalets are a little sad with the same old style kitchen appliances that were probably installed when the…Read More
Added by trACEy Wilmot on December 12, 2011 at 14:00 — No Comments
As far back as I could remember, my tastes seemed to have stuck out from other children. It was the mid 1990s, and I was settling into my new home in Long Island, New York after spending my infant years in Queens. Along with other kids of my generation, I was sort of attached to my television set, except that I was absorbing the likes of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' (the first music video I could remember seeing) and 'Dreams' by The Cranberries in tandem with the flow of cartoons and that.…Read More