Can You Judge A Man By The Clothes He Wears?

To answer the question, er, sometimes yes I think so.

I’ve always found the triple threat of Page, Beck and Clapton a bit offputting when it comes to The Yardbirds. But their modish roots, Keith Relf’s hair and their beat boom rocking blues can be more than fine from time to time. I’ve got a cheap vinyl compilation bought back in the late 80s and that’s about it apart from the odd track on compilations. Like this one.

You’re A Better Man Than I

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Starlite

No-one seems to split blogger/reader opinion quite like Paul Weller, and even some of the diehards are now suggesting the haircut should probably go for a man of his age. This year’s album (Sonik Kicks) had a cracking lead off single (That Dangerous Age), some krautrock influences, a dub duet with his latest missus, and various other things he wouldn’t necessarily have tried in the mid 90s. This song, Starlite, came out this time last year, a stand alone 12″. Listening to Sonik Kicks it’s difficult to see where it would have fitted. Musically it harks back to The Style Council. The voice may not be quite up to the tune, but it’s got a late summery feel that feels right.

Starlite

In the picture he’s wearing the white version of his Fred Perry limited edition, signature range. I got the black with grey piping one cheap in an outlet a good while back. Mine’s numbered 948/1000, and as Arthog noted re: the Bradley Wiggins Fred Perry range, black Fred Perry’s always fade. But white ones will stain. What you lose on the swings, you lose on the roundabouts.

Here Wiggo

Superb stuff from Bradley Wiggins. Long may you continue.

Making Time

Hey Fellas Have You Heard The News?

Some thumping mod action from 1965 for the last day of July. The Birds, from West London, didn’t release much in their time (four singles) but this footstomper still rings loud and true. Handy message to the chaps as well- treat the women well or they’ll leave town.

Leaving Here

Tour De France

It’s about time a mod won the Tour De France isn’t it?
And while trying to ignore Murdoch and Sky’s role in all of this we could coo over the very lovely Bradley Wiggins X Fred Perry range of cycling/leisure shirts, available here, in pale blue, white and black. Pale blue for me I think.

With crushing inevitability, from their 2003 remake and remodel album, here come Kraftwerk.

Tour De France Etape 1

It’s The High Numbers Boys And Girls

This clip is from a film started in 1964 that was never completed. It shows The Who (who may or may not have been called the High Numbers at this point) playing US rhythm and blues live at The Railway, Keith Moon already steps ahead and Pete et al resplendent in mod threads.

But the crowd are the real stars here, some very well dressed, good looking boys and girls.

Modernism 3

Third in this mod mini-series, Millions Like Us by Purple Hearts, a buzzy single from 1979 with a cracking guitar riff and lyrics about belonging and inclusiveness. The Purple Hearts story has it that they formed with the sole intention of supporting Buzzcocks to perform their ‘rock opera’ Reg. They went on after the gig releasing several more singles and some albums before the mod revival petered out.

13 Millions Like Us.wma