The Society of Cool
Well it was third time round for The Mojo Club, at the Bear Tavern, and it was another exceptionally good night, with a few more guys and girls from the Birmingham Mod scene turning up along with the daters from the Dating site and everyone had a great time. I think the weather helped as it was a bit cooler in there, which meant the dance floor was full all night. I have no idea what you all…Read More
Added by Chris Queen on September 12, 2012 at 4:30 — No Comments
After last months first Club Mojo you never know if its going to be any good the second time round. What with kids off school, taking the parents spare cash and an opening ceremony for the Olympics on the same night, could this one be as good?. Well, thankfully, there seems to be enough olympic hating, no dependents, people out there because it was another good turnout from the dating site as well as music lovers from the locality.
Again, there were not many Mods as such, but then I…Read More
Added by Chris Queen on August 9, 2012 at 15:25 — No Comments
Bunny Lee: ‘The main t’ree people was when I come a Englan’ forty odd years ago, right, was who now . . .? Mrs King . . . and . . . husband name Benny. Benny use’ to come a Jamaica too, yunno, an’ put out – a get record. Him use’ to put out anyt’ing wha Ken Lack [Caltone imprint] make, Rita an’ Benny, y’understan’ . .…Read More
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Added by Chris Queen on July 10, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments
My record list from The Scene Club...
The Markeys - Last Night
Hank Jacobs - So Far Away
Slim Harpo - King Bee
Rufus Thomas - Walking the Dog
Charlie & Inez Foxx – Mockingbird
John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom Boom
James Brown - Night Train
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