Sunday, 21 December 2014

Cheap clobber (8)

Another visit to the "cut Price" shop.
It´s getting colder and I´ve been on the search for a decent pair of shoes for winter conditions. Nothing decent enough (size  or style wise)  had turned up in the various places that I go hunting but this time there was the near perfect pair.
Nothing too fancy,(keeps the cleaning down to a  polish) and decent "None slip" soles.

Along with the shoes, I got a couple of scarfs. Granted, they are slightly different widths and lengths but they are all made from wool and at 50 Cents a scarf, you won´t hear me complaining.
And when getting winter scarfs, why not a few silk neckscarfs? Also 50 Cent a Pop.
How much the for the lot?  Considering the shoes were a bit of a state when I found them, scuffed and they hadn´t seen polish for an Age, I managed to deal the whole lot down to 12 euros which means the shoes cost  a fiver :-D

Saturday, 20 December 2014

All that Jazz -2

Another 10 "Mod" Jazz tunes.

Paul & Rick - Hen House (1967)
The Pac-Keys - Dig In  (1966)
Chuck Higgins Sorry 'Bout That (1960)
Eric Kloss - Comin' home Baby (1967) - (A cover of Mel Torme´s tune..Below)

Mel Torme - I'm Comin' Home   (1962)
King Curtis - Free For All (1961)
Bobby Jenkins And His Quartet - Troubles (1962)
Floyd White - Finders Keepers (1958)
The Miles Grayson Trio - You Were Wrong (1965)
Freddy Washington's Band - Congo Buggie (1953)

All the above  tracks can be found on Mod jazz and then Some
Also included on the collection;
2. DIG IN - Pac Keys
3. HARD WORKING GIRL - Clarence Daniels & Obie Jessie
5. HEN HOUSE - Paul & Rick
6. SISTER SADIE - Shirley Scott
7. SATURDAY NIGHT STOMP (INST) - Eddie 'Blues Man' Kirkland
8. LEAVIN TOWN - Nightbeats
9. FREE FOR ALL - King Curtis
11. THAT'S A LIE - Billy Larkin
12. WATERMELON WALK - Five Counts
13. CONGO BUGGIE - Freddy Washington's Band
14. CHILI WITH HONEY - Danny Bell & The Bell Hops
16. COOKING IN GREASE - Reuben Wilson
17. TROUBLES - Bobby Jenkins & His Quartet
18. SORRY 'BOUT THAT - Chuck Higgins
19. COMIN' HOME BABY - Eric Kloss
20. IN THE DARK - Dave Hamilton
21. BUCKET FULL OF SOUL - Trudy Pitts
22. NATURE BOY - Etta Jones
23. YOU WERE WRONG - Miles Grayson
24. EL TACOS - Frenchy & The Chessmen

Friday, 12 December 2014

All that Jazz

The 1959 novel Absolute Beginners describes modernists as young modern jazz fans who dress in sharp modern Italian clothes.
Not all Modern Jazz is "listenable" or "cool" enough to have that "Modernist Sound" but there are some cracking tunes, especially from the late 50´s and the 60´s.
Here´s ten to start with.
Alvin Cash and The Crawlers - Twine Time (1965)
B.B King -3 O'clock Stomp Aka Poontwangie (1962)
Dave "Baby" Cortez - Rinky Dink  (1962)
Dave Davani Four - The Jupe (1965)
George Stone -  Hole in the Wall  (1965)
Jr Walker & the All Stars -   Cleo's Mood (1966)
Mike Vickers - On the Brink (1965)
Terrell Prude - Frog-Eyes (1963)
The Young-Holt Trio - Wack Wack (1966)
Willie Mitchell  - 30-60-90 (1969)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Cheap clobber (7)

Another Little collection of additions, Shirt, scarf and coat, all for 8 euros the lot.
The herringbone pattern caught my eye.
For 6 euros, you can´t really complain eh?
Ok, it isn´t pure silk but it´s worth the 50 Cents.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sawdust Caesers

"These long-haired, mentally unstable, petty little hoodlums, these sawdust Caesars who can only find courage like rats hunting in packs, came to Margate with the avowed intent on interfering with the life and properties of its inhabitants." Part of the speech made by Dr George Simpson, chairman of Margate magistrates as he passed sentence on 4 who had taken part in the disturbances in margate , 1964.

Part of it became a catchphrase and the titel to Tony Beesley´s Book, which covers the rise of the Modernist style from the late 50´s and it´s development into present times. Not an easy Thing to cover and record the "movement" which has gone through a lot of alterations since it´s beginings over 50 years ago,  but Tony has covered it extremely well, combining photos with the voices of modernists who have lived and breathed it´s history.

A definate "Must have" for anyone interested in Modernism

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Blast from the past (3)

Just got hold of this bit of 60´s Technology, a 1961/62
Loewe Opta  
Bella - Luxus 6730 W
The Sound, which is deep and rich kicks modern Radios into the Long grass.
Fully functional, it was in a bit of a mess when I got it and needed a lot of cleaning, the box had coffee Cup stains, the dials had to be removed for cleaning, the glass had a thick layer of grime over it. At some Point the material covering the Speaker will have to be taken off and cleaned.
It´s big and heavy, 44 x 27,5 x 21 cm and weighs 6kg´s.
When it was first produced this cost DM269.....quite a lot back then and calculated (using THIS online converter) into it´s equivalent worth these days would cost DM1088.99 or 556.77 Euros!!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cheap clobber (6)

Just when I was in the market for a decent winter coat...and one turns up.
3/4 length coat...57% Alpaca and 43% wool mix...6 euros :-D
Best bit is the maker...Loro Piana.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Blast from the past (2)

Bit´s and pieces from my "scrapbook" from 78-/79 - 84-/85.

A brand new GP for 402 quid with VAT!!
As far as I remember the "Disco" was bloody awefull..virtually None of what was promised and asking the DJ for anything decent was a waste of time.
Mr Piller. The write up (don´t ask me which paper or mag it was in) that went with the pic is on another page. It says that Eddie is 18 at the time of the article. I won´t print what Eddie Said in the article as we all know, journos do tend to take things out of context.  
A cut up Flyer.
Don´t remember a topless dancer..maybe they meant that one of the blokes got thier Shirts off....
Paul Weller "getting back to nature"  in his Style council days..

Sadly ecstatic. That their heroes are News!
Looking at these newspaper clppings you´d think mayhem ruled, but as I said above, journos do tend to the creative side of presenting what happened. For instance..note the Headline with Death threat in inverted commas.
Just one of the many pages in the "scrapbook".

Friday, 26 September 2014

Cheap Clobber (5)

Another visit to the Flea market and more bargains. What does 11 euros get you?
The Shirt, made by Luciano,  isn´t anything  Special, but it´s a nice fit and colour and the more, the merrier.
The Jacket. Also not an expensive and will Need a wee bit of tailoring but for the Price, ok.

The shoes are the best bit of the deal. I was looking to aquire some "new" shoes in black and Bingo...a pair made by Pierre Cardin Pops up. There´s a bit of scuffing and the leather Needs some replenishing and polishing but  basically they are Sound.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Style Tutorial

The pics below are from a really excellent FB Page called The Style Tutors.  They Feature some pretty amazing clobber, if I had the Money, their suggestions would keep my bank account very low.

There seems to be a constant discussion as to wether Modernists  should keep to the 60´s original style or look Forward and expand the look.
With a lot of the featured stuff on the Style Tutors page there´s enough (if you´ve the Money) to find something to add to the "original" look with Little subtleties...different types of desertboots, colour combinations etc. They also have regular links to other sites that give tips on all Areas of how to care for, wear and and..

There´s really no Need to have to Resort to defining your Modernism with an overpriced re-pro italian style suit (that invariably does not fit) or by wearing a  parka covered in badges and patches.

Below are a couple of thier pics. Chosen because,
1. I like the combinations and ...
2. I´ve got most of the clobber to be able to make up the Combos.....I´ll have to find the waistcoats somehow :-D

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Scooters and the Famous - 1

The titel says it all.
Charleton Heston
Charleton Heston and Stephan Boyd (1959)
Audrey Hepburn 1953
John Wayne (date unknown)
Paul Newman (date Unknown)
Henry Fonda (1956)
Jean-Paul Belmondo (date unknown)
Audrey again, this time with Gregory Peck

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Cheap Clobber (4)

Continuing the "it don´t have to cost a fortune" series with a couple more finds. For the outlay of 15 euros, and along with a rather nice silk tie and a lilac Cotton button down Shirt, These two ...
A waterproofed double breasted Trenchcoat. The colour is a bluish-green  and appears a bit darker in real life.
Sleeveless Lacoste Pullover. This one will get "recycled" as I´m not too keen on the colour red.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Cheap Clobber (3)

Some more aquisitions..
A "harrington" style jacket and another pair of brogues. Both bought for 6 euros a Piece.  :-D
The jacket is a good can be seen from the Label. The spanish subsiduary  of Burberrys  was closed down in 2010 but the clothes are still, if not with the Made in England Label, Burberrys.
Another pair of brogues. These are Italian made but the makers Name has been worn away. Leather uppers with man made soles, I was going to have a bash at "up-grading" them with a Patina effect but until I´ve tried it out on another less "nice looking" pair of shoes, I´ll use them for day-to-day.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sweet Soul Music

Managed to get hold of 4 pretty good Soul CD´s..not the usual collection of tracks that are normally be found on such collections  and covering the years where my main Musical interest lays, the late 50´s to the mid 60´s. Not all the tracks are  necessarily what I´d  Label as purely Soul, there´s a mix of bee-bop and blues, but maybe the titel "Sweet Soul Music" is intended to be more inklusive..that any my idea of what is directly a Soul track differs from what others would call Soul..and visa - versa.
Shame I couldn´t get hold of the  Cd covering 1963

1. The Vibrations - The Watusi (2:34)
2. The Miracles - Shop Around (2:48)
3. Maxine Brown - All In My Mind (2:33)
4. The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow (2:41)
5. Clarence "Frogman" Henry - (I Don't Know Why) But I Do (2:20)
6. Roy Hamilton - You Can Have Her (2:47)
7. Slim Harpo - Rainin' In My Heart (2:35)
8. Chuck Jackson - I Don't Want To Cry (2:17)
9. Freddie King & His Orchestra - Hide Away (2:37)
10. Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes) (2:21)
11. The Drifters - Some Kind Of Wonderful (2:35)
12. Jimmy Reed - Big Boss Man (2:50)
13. The Marcels - Blue Moon (2:16)
14. Shep & The Limelites - Daddy's Home (2:53)
15. Ernie K-Doe - Mother-In-Law (2:25)
16. Little Junior Parker - Driving Wheel (2:37)
17. Bobby Lewis With Joe Rene Orchestra - Tossin' And Turnin' (2:21)
18. The Pips (With Gladys Knight, Lead) - Every Beat Of My Heart (2:02)
19. Ben E. King - Stand By Me (2:59)
20. Dee Clark - Raindrops (2:51)
21. The Jive Five With Joe Rene & Orchestra - My True Story (2:32)
22. Ike & Tina Turner - It's Gonna Work Out Fine (3:02)
23. The Mar-Keys - Last Night (2:38)
24. Chris Kenner - I Like It Like That, Part 1 (1:54)
25. The Jarmels - A Little Bit Of Soap (2:11)
26. Fats Domino - Let The Four Winds Blow (2:18)
27. Solomon Burke - Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) (2:48)
28. Lee Dorsey - Ya Ya (2:23)
29. The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman (3:03)
30. The Impressions - Gypsy Woman (2:19)
31. Bobby "Blue" Bland - Turn On Your Love Light (2:35)
1. Barbara George With The A.F.O.Studio Combo - I Know(you don't love me anymore) (2:21)
2. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Letter Full Of Tears (2:48)
3. The Sensations - Let Me In (3:03)
4. Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl (2:32)
5. Solomon Burke - Cry To Me (2:28)
6. Etta James With The Riley Hampton Orchestra - Something's Got A Hold On Me (2:47)
7. The Falcons & Band - I Found A Love (2:57)
8. Arthur Alexander - You Better Move On (2:44)
9. King Curtis & The Noble Knights - Soul Twist (2:45)
10. Clyde McPhatter - Lover Please (1:57)
11. The Shirelles - Soldier Boy (2:40)
12. Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now(My Wild Beautiful Bird) (3:22)
13. James Brown & His Famous Flames - Night Train (3:31)
14. Joe Henderson - Snap Yor Fingers (2:56)
15. The Marvelettes - Playboy (2:44)
16. Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford - I Need Yor Loving (2:56)
17. The Isley Brothers - Twist And Shout (2:33)
18. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom (2:31)
19. Little Eva - The Loco-motion (2:26)
20. Booker T & The MG'S - Green Onions (2:52)
21. Mary Wells - You Beat Me To The Punch (2:42)
22. The Contours - Do You Love Me? (2:54)
23. Bobby Bland - Stormy Monday Blues (4:08)
24. The Drifters - Up On The Roof (2:36)
25. Marvin Gaye - Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (2:47)
26. Esther Phillips - Release Me (3:18)
27. The Cookies - Chains (2:29)
28. Jimmy McGriff - I've Got A Woman part 1 (3:57)
1. The Tams - What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am?) (2:00)
2. Timmy Shaw - Gonna Send You Back To Georgia (2:23)
3. Major Lance - Um Um Um Um Um (2:18)
4. The Sapphires - Who Do You Love? (2:41)
5. Tommy Tucker - Hi-Heel Sneakers (2:49)
6. The Temptations - The Way You Do The Things You Do (2:39)
7. Betty Everett - The Shoop Shoop Song (2:15)
8. Bobby Bland - Ain't Nothing You Can Do (2:37)
9. Irma Thomas - Wish Someone Would Care (2:17)
10. BB King - Rock Me Baby (2:58)
11. The Dixie Cups - Chapel Of Love (2:46)
12. Mary Wells - My Guy (3:04)
13. Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go (2:43)
14. Jimmy Hughes - Steal Away (2:22)
15. Otis Redding - Security (2:27)
16. Shorty Long - Devil With The Blue Dress (3:12)
17. The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk (2:40)
18. The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go? (2:40)
19. Willie Mitchell - 20-75 (2:14)
20. Joe Hinton - Funny(How time slips away) (3:04)
21. James Brown & His Orchestra - Out Of Sight (2:21)
22. Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street (2:38)
23. O.V Wright With The Keys - That's How Strong My Love Is (2:57)
24. Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Mercy Mercy (2:25)
25. The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving (2:50)
26. Mitty Collier - I Had A Talk With My Man (3:40)
27. Ike & Tina Turner - I Can't Believe What You Say(For Seeing What You Do) (2:01)
28. Solomon Burke - The Price (2:46)
29. Maxine Brown - Oh No Not My Baby (2:35)
30. The Larks - The Jerk (2:35)
31. The Velvelettes - Needle In A Haystack (2:26)
1. The Radiants - Voice Your Choice (2:33)
2. The Ad Libs - The Boy From New York City (2:59)
3. Joe Tex - Hold Whay You've Got (3:06)
4. Alvin Cash & The Crawlers - Twine Time (2:22)
5. Fontella Bass & Bobby McClure - Don't Mess Up A Thing (3:00)
6. The Temptations - My Girl (3:08)
7. Jr.Walker & The All Stars - Shotgun (2:58)
8. The Impressions - People Get Ready (2:39)
9. Solomon Burke - Got To Get You Off My Mind (1:55)
10. The Dixie Cups - Iko Iko (2:03)
11. Marvin Gaye - I'll Be Doggone (2:47)
12. Tony Clarke - The Entertainer (2:34)
13. Barbara Lewis - Baby,I'm Yours (2:27)
14. Booker T & The MG'S - Boot-Leg (2:05)
15. Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:11)
16. Little Milton - We're Gonna Make It (2:37)
17. The Supremes - Back In My Arms Again (2:52)
18. Fred Hughes - Oo Wee Baby,I Love You (2:18)
19. Four Tops - I Cant Help Myself (2:41)
20. Lee Dorsey - Ride Your Pony (2:52)
21. Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour (2:32)
22. Billy Stewart - Sitting In The Park (3:16)
23. Ramsey Lewis Trio - The 'In' Crowd (3:15)
24. James Brown & His Famous Flames - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag part 1 (2:05)
25. The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears (2:55)
26. Jimmy McCracklin - Think (2:29)
27. Roy Head & The Traits - Treat Her Right (2:05)
28. Fontella Bass - Rescue Me (2:52)
29. Don Covay & The Goodtimers - See Saw (2:57)
30. Kim Weston - Take Me In Your Arms (2:50)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Cheap Clobber (2)

Another small visit to the secondhand shop...
Another jacket, this time a 3 button  needle cord (5 Euros)....

...and another pair of Bally shoes. Not as nice as the last pair but for the Price paid (5 euros) well worth adding to the collection.