Wednesday, 21 September 2011

THE SAINTS (I'M) STRANDED


Classic classic classic, is where  im starting on this album,i never had this album as a youth,however i had the single "know your product" and it was only till the mid 90s that i actually went out and got my  own copy of this classic album,think it was released in 1976 or early 77 but here it is CLASSIC!

Friday, 16 September 2011

"I DONT WANNA BE THE SAME AS EVERYBODY ELSE.THAT'S WHY I'M A MOD, SEE?"


"I don't wanna be the same as everybody else. That's why I'm a Mod, see?" great quote and a line that's been used over the years on tee shirts,flyer's,badges,even painted on parkas,a classic line from quadrophenia, but on reflection how true is that statement? most of the older mods nowadays are mods because of this film, OK a lot where Jam fans (myself) before the great uprising in 1979 but when people are asked why they are a mod its because of this film,But is it a true reflection on today's mods? over the last couple of years I've been to a few mods events,mainly gigs and a few scooter club do's and there just seems to be a certain uniform,which  was the look in 1979-80,and to be honest most of the people at these do's are the same as everybody else, ie in wearing the same clothes and having the same look, i lost count of mid 40's blokes dressed in Fred Perry's,checked shirts, Harrington jackets, Levi's and either suede boots or shoes and doc martens, its the uniform of the mod, but wasn't mod about being different and not being part of a uniform?you know the stereotype? that the specials sung about, don't get me wrong these are great clothes and classics,but its one half of the mod cult,i was well pissed off at attending an event and finding most where dressed like this, and wanting the same jam records, the same 2 tone records,the same madness records, the same 60's bluebeat records, and the same northern soul records,its as if they want to relive there youth and want it to be just like the early 80s,(which it aint!)the other part of mod is more about being different,where nobody is wearing the same type of clothes everybody wants to be different, I've briefly skirted around this issue on a previous post HERE now what got me thinking about this subject was a truly great post by PATRICK on his excellent PARKAAVENUE Blog,about making a 6 hour journey from Canada to Boston USA in search of clothes,how dedicated is that? to me this is what it's all about,searching out great clothes that nobody else will have,nowadays you can buy the look all in one shop and even online from the comfort of your own home,myself and my mates would search high and low all over Sheffield and beyond for clothes that we hoped nobody else was wearing,to create our own take on the mod look.
i was sat in a friend's scooter shop around 2001 and a lad came in asking about lambretta's when he was asked what colour he wanted it doing he just looked around and pointed at a SX and said "oh that colour" it sums it all up, we would sit at rallies and watch scooters coming in,"another green and white sx" etc they where all looking the same,which to me aint what its about,if you like that kind of stuff then go and buy a motorbike which all come in the same colours,  over the years certain faces have kept the scene going and constantly changed it,and now obviously a lot of mid 40s are back into there "youth"  so to speak and just dont seem to realise the scene has moved on and changed to keep it fresh and exciting, when i spoke to a lad whos never been away from the scene in sheffield his view on all the new faces was "they had a couple of jam records in 82,thats there claim"
Now im no way against this look but all im saying is try and be a bit more original,have a search around,look at different types of clothing,myself im really into the pretty green polo's and grandad style shirts at the moment which paired with slim trousers they look very good,im going to stop now as im probably upsetting a few viewers to the blog so any thoughts?

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

BRUTUS TRIMFIT SHIRTS



A few months ago,Brutus relaunched there classic 60's trimfit shirt, similar to a Ben Sherman with the button down collar and the tab on the back,these where a must have item for mods and suedeheads as they where soooo damn smart! i had a couple of these in the late 70s which where hand me downs, and i clearly remember buying 2 Brutus button downs in the early 90s from a denim shop in Sheffield called bankrupt clothing company,which was an Aladdin's cave of denim, these shirts are fitted so if you have a bit of a beer belly as most of us mid 40s seem to have then you may just look a bit daft wearing them,they would look great with a cool pair of narrow trousers and loafers or a 3 button suit,or Levi's bootcut, in fact maybe anything as they are just so smart!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

BE BOP DELUXE 1976

One of the 1st band's i seriously got into that where not punk or new wave, was be bop deluxe, led by the great bill nelson,who wrote some truly great lyrics, they never got to massive stadium status,(no shame there) but always filled out the 3-4000 halls in late 70s england! ive posted before regarding be bop and bill nelson here anyway here's Be bop from 1976 and a american gig recorded at  the Riviera Theater, Chicago 9 tracks of classic  be bop!
1. Fair Exchange
2. Stage Whispers
3. Life In The Air Age
4. Sister Seagull
5. Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape
6. Maid In Heaven
7. Ships In the Night
8. Bill's Blues
9. Blazing Apostles



THE VACCINES T IN THE PARK 2011


The Vaccines live in the wah wah hut at t in the park earlier this year,really enjoyed watching these at the monkeys hometown gig and glad we got tickets for there upcoming uk tour,they remind me of the strokes,just straight into each song, a bit of the punk attitude!!
many thanks to teaandtoast for the upload


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

THE BUZZCOCKS LOVE BITES


Love Bites,the 2nd buzzcocks album from 1978,this is a great album, with "16 again" and "late for the train" my personal favs,more to follow!!

THE BUZZCOCKS BAND ON THE WALL 1976


The buzzcocks the early days from the band on the wall in manchester from 1976,this is one of a few buzzcocks im going to upload over this week,great band great image and still going strong after 30+ years.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

NEW BUTTON BADGES

Here's some new button badges that ive just made,they are now available on my BADGE SITE there is some new ramones,buzzcocks, couple of new clash,generation x and the specials new uk tour,if you are interested in buying please email at spiritof79@live.co.uk