Thursday, 16 April 2015

Issue 28 of the excellent Heavy Soul Modzine is available to buy now with 20-track CDr and 8-page Reggae Newsletter


Inside are interviews with Mark Baxter on his new film about Jazz legend Tubby Hayes, DJ of the people David Edwards, Dirty Water Records on their history, Paul Orwell, Ed Silvester on life as Mod in the early '80s, Dizzy Holmes on the labels latest releases, Gareth Atkinson from Track Records on the new 7" by The Interns and The Mourning After too! Articles on John Fred, The London Modernist Literary Event by Jon Marsh, The Mike Stuart Span, Garage band The Bare Facts, Italian singer Brunetta, John Hopkins and the new 45s released, eBAy spy, news etc and 20 track CDr as well as the 8 page Reggae newsletter 

Track listing for CDr: - 

1. TUBBY HAYES – Voodoo 

2. NINA SIMONE – African Mailman 

3. SILAS HOGAN – Just Give Me A Chance 

4. JAMES BROWN – Hold It 

5. IKE TURNER – The Groove 

6. SLIM HARPO – Don’t Start Crying Now 

7. LITTLE WALTER – You Better Watch Yourself 

8. JOHN FRED & THE PLAYBOYS – Boogie Children 

9. THE STANDELLS – Dirty Water 

10. THE BARE FACTS – Bad Part Of Town 

11. CLIFF BENNET & HIS BAND – Take Your Time 

12. BRUNETTA – Baluba Shake 


14. MANFRED MANN – Don’t Ask Me What I Say 

15. JOE BATAAN – Continental Square Dance 

16. THE VELVELETTES – A Bird In The Hand 

17. THE VALENTINO’S – Sugar Dumpling 

18. PRINCE BUSTER – My Sound That Goes Around 

19. DEREK MORGAN – Hold You Jack 

20. ERROL DUNKLEY – Please Stop You’re Lying


Back in October 2014 Universal Music launched The Who Jukebox to begin the celebration of 50 years of The Who. Building up to the 50th anniversary we asked the cognoscenti among the community of to vote on their favourite lesser-known gems from each of The Who’s eleven studio albums. 

Working with Pete Townshend on curating these fan favourites, the Who Jukebox is proud to present three gems from each of The Who’s eleven studio albums. Accompanying these tracks are anecdotes by Pete specially written for The Who Jukebox. 

Squire to release 'Eight Miles High' c/w 'Rain' 7" 45 rpm single on Hi-Lo Records

In honour of Record Store Day, Squire re-create one of the most influential A-sides and B-sides, combined into one great single!
7” 45rpm, colour bag, limited edition!

The Zombies: 50 Years and Still Kickin’ - Co-founders of the legendary rock band discuss the past, present, and future

Melv's Weld and Fabrications - Stainless Steel Accessories for Lambretta and Vespa Scooters (and the garden)


Boot survived shifting sands of fashion

It has been worn by Hollywood stars, music legends, mods, and of course its own designer, and now a new exhibition is celebrating the 65th birthday of the iconic Clarks Desert Boot. 

Nathan Clark found the inspiration for his winning invention when he was serving with the Royal Army Service Corps in Egypt in 1949. Off-duty his comrades wore simple, comfortable, boots constructed in the bazaars of Cairo from only a handful of components. 

Mr Clark, great-grandson of Quaker James Clark who co-founded the Somerset-based company, cut a pattern by hand and took the 'Desert Boot' back to England. Undeterred by the initial dismissal of his designs back at Clarks headquarters, he took his creation to the United States and launched it at the Chicago Shoe Fair with the help of belly dancers and a tonne of sand. 

The boot, with its soft suede upper and crepe sole, was launched on the fashion scene in 1950 and the rest is history. 

So it was fitting that when the exhibition, featuring 100 different styles of Desert Boot, and memorabilia associated with it, opened at the Museum of Bath at Work, in Julian Street, belly dancing was part of the festivities. 

Musicians and fashion students rubbed shoulders with graphic designers to celebrate the continuing success of the classic design which has frequently been adapted by Clarks and a host of artists and fashion designers with whom, they have worked, including Vivienne Westwood. 

The exhibition has been prepared and created by Dr Pam Walker and her team at the Shoe Museum in Clark's home town of Street. 

Included is memorabilia from Clarks staff who made the shoe and of famous wearers – including the Beatles, The Smiths and Oasis. A Lambretta scooter – lent by a Desert boot wearing Mod has pride of place along with his much loved Parka coat. Both date from the mid-1960s. 

Director of the museum Stuart Burroughs said 'It is an honour to host this exhibition and to work closely with Dr. Walker and her team at Street in presenting this unique collection of the first proper casual shoe ever made. And a local invention. Is there a more iconic shoe from the second half of the twentieth century than the Desert Boot? We are delighted to have worked with the Shoe Museum and the Alfred Gillet Trust – who funded the exhibition-and hope everyone will come to see it." 

The exhibition is on display in the museum's top floor display hall until November 1, it will then begin a tour of the country. A programme of films and activities to coincide with the exhibition, has been arranged.

Sunderland Echo Interview: The Lambrettas, Riverside Live, Chester-le-Street

Katy Wheeler speaks to a Mod band who are bringing their scooters back on the road for a revival festival. 

Mods and more are set to descend on Chester-le-Street next month for a festival which will celebrate one of Britain’s most defining musical eras. Riverside Live, which takes place at Riverside Park on Bank Holiday Sunday, May 24, will see sets from From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, as well as a day of performances from The Selecter, Secret Affair, The Whodlums, LoGOz, The Style Selektors and The Last Fakers. 

Also looking to get the crowds rocking at Riverside are The Lambrettas. The Lambrettas, with original members Doug Sanders, Paul Wincer, Mark Ellis and Jez Bird, came to prominence with their cover of Poison Ivy and had follow up hits with Go Steady and Beat Boys In The Jet Age. 

Fast forward to 2009, and the anniversary of Quadrophenia. Doug and Paul were asked if they would get back together to do a short set at a Modrophenia event in Brighton. They were joined by Phil Edwards on guitar and Chris Venzi-James on bass. After the Brighton gig, the phone didn’t stop ringing and it was clear that they were back together permanently. Doug says he’s looking forward to heading up north. “We’re absolutely looking forward to it,” he said. “We only played there before once, a year or two ago and that was really good.” 

Doug says fans can expect classic tracks, as well as new material. “Doing a festival like this people would be annoyed if we didn’t play stuff off the first album. We’ll also be doing some ’60s homage stuff and maybe a couple of new tracks,” he said. 

“We had some legal problems with our back catalogue, but that’s sorted now and we recently released our first album Beat Boys In The Jet Age in its original form, with another album of music. And that’s going pretty good. 

“We’ve also signed a deal to do new stuff and we’re hoping to release a new EP in the summer.” 

In 2014, due to other commitments, Chris was replaced temporarily by Nick Beetham on bass. However, they now have a new full time bass player Ant Wellman. 

Doug said: “It took a while, but we are really happy that Ant, as well as being a nice bloke and great bass player, has helped us get back to our original sound, but with an up-to-date slant on it.” 

This year saw the 35th anniversary of the release of Beat Boys in the Jet Age. The record, which was re-released in February and is available on the Salvo label, also includes a second CD with Ambience, singles and B-sides. Doug says the resurgence of interest in the band was unexpected, but he’s loving every minute of it. 

“We didn’t know how the public would react, I spoke to the drummer and we decided to give it a go, so we got a couple of young whippersnappers in and rehearsed,” he said. 

“After the show the phone didn’t stop ringing. I don’t think One Direction will be ringing us anytime soon but the response has been great, I’ve got nothing to complain about.” Speaking of original highlights from the band, he said: “I remember doing Top of the Pops for the first time in 1980. As a kid I would buy old guitars and go to jumble sales and buy Bakelite radios for 50p which I would link together to make an amplifier. I would blast it in my neighbourhood and the neighbours said I would never get anywhere. So being on Top of the Pops was a real moment for me. 

“There’s aspects of the music business that have changed, the records and gig thing is different. Back then, we would go out on the road and from a financial point of view we’d lose money, but the idea was to promote the record and encourage sales. 

“Now it’s the opposite, you have to deliver live now, you can’t just be a wizard in the studio. You really have to deliver and hopefully we do that.” 

Doug says he expects faithful Mod fans, as well as other music fans at the one-day festival. “When we play places like this, most of the audience are of a certain type. When we play festivals it’s more general public, but the Mod fashion, compared to something more fringe, is very easily accessible. More so than an out and out punk band. Something like that is more of a culture shock to the general public. Our music is not too far removed from the mainstream.” 

• Riverside Live is at Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, on May 24. Early Bird tickets are £25 via