"I really liked that EP, come down and record in my studio!" Paul Weller. The Lost Boys.

************What Others Are Saying!************

"I really liked that EP, come down and record in my studio!" Paul Weller.

"Good songs sir" Edwyn Collins.

"Really dig it. Sounds really solid and the songwriting is strong. Nice harmonies and chord changes. Keep up the good work." Andy Crofts of The Moons/ Paul Wellers Band.

" Very nice!" Boz Boorer - Morrissey.

" Southampton should be proud of The Lost Boys. Bloody amazing band!" Dodgy.

"Pure Pop... What a chorus! we were all singing along with our hands in the air! They have a great way of transmitting fun. Cocky with a reason to be!"

"A mighty fine band, with a great sense of humour and character to their catchy music." Both quotes from BBC Radio Solent.

"I could whistle along on first listen." Tom Robinson, BBC6Music.

"Thankfully the only thing this 4 piece have in common with Craig David is Southampton. They’ve got a great feel, more Stone Roses than Arctic Monkeys but with funny, touching lyrics. Great stuff. 5/5 " Rhythm Magazine.

“A classic indie cocktail to warm the cockles of most Britpop hearts” Xan Philips, Playdio.com

"Ridiculously catchy... their sense of fun and individuality makes them stand out from the crowd!. 4/5" Bournemouth Echo

"If The Kooks had written more than two good songs with lyrics as intelligent and funny as the ones on show tonight then maybe they could be half as good as The Lost Boys." Southsonic.


30 years ago today... Paul "I quit"... French broadcast.

Le 28 octobre 1982, les Jam annoncent dans un communiqué qu'ils se sépareront après une ultime tournée.
28 octobre 2012, la Gold Liste rend hommage à ce groupe culte, et au grand Paul Weller.
Au programme: Death In Vegas, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, et bien évidemment The Jam

Faces Live, Crown Jewels, 1972. 43 minutes.


Chat with Bradley...

Following a phenomenal summer of successes, we caught up with Tour de France winner and multi-gold medallist Bradley Wiggins to chat heroes, sport and why he'd be more at home playing bass guitar than fronting the band.
I remember my first Fred Perry shirt. I got it in 1989 I think it was. It was the standard polo shirt in blue, I bought it myself.  At the time, in the late eighties, Fred Perry wasn’t a common thing to wear. I remember when I was about ten everything was Fila. Everyone went through this Fila thing.  It was Fila and Kickers boots. I’d just started getting into the mod look, I’d seen Quadrophenia and that’s where the Fred Perry top came from. That’s where it all started for me really. So I was kind of a bit unique at the time - Fred Perry in the late eighties was going through a bit of a dip in recognition of its heritage and what it was selling, so I guess I was a bit out there for going for a Fred Perry.

I was a bit nervous about whether people would take to the collaboration or not. But the timing I don’t think could have been better, with what happened in summer with the Tour and the Olympics. It’s been brilliant really; everything’s just come together both on and off the bike. It’s nice for me that people like Paul Weller have thanked me for the shirt, and seeing people like Steve Craddock and Andy Croft wearing theirs, it’s just really nice. And then Johnny Marr Tweeting about it and going to the store - it’s a bit like, bloody hell!
I’ve got to meet many of my heroes the past few months. And some of them being slightly in awe to meet me is very strange, and that’s through sports. I got to watch the Stone Roses, and they were brilliant and Miles Kane.  It’s bizarre but that’s what really nice about the crossover between sports and music. Everybody wants to celebrate cycling and the successes of the summer by wearing this heritage crossover piece. As I said, the timing couldn’t have been better for everybody.
For me, looking back, the mod look will always be about the Small Faces. I met Kenney Jones a while back after the Olympics, and he’s one of the original forefathers. But then after that obviously Weller and The Jam, the revival thing, and then again in modern day, him being able to be a trendsetter as well as evolving it and not being a cliché in that look; he has taken his own stamp on it. But then also for me, it’s weird for me to try and take my own style into all this. Because people look at me like that now, which is nice, it’s nice to have that. And I’ve seen a lot of stuff in the Press like ‘Mod’ on the cover of The Sun, or the Mirror and that and I guess it has given it a revival in a way really. TBC HERE

Jennifer sits alone. The Moons.

Excited? Spain got Soul! ;)


In the beginning of 2010, and in such an uncommon place for their soulful passion as Barcelona (Spain), The Excitements have come crashing out the gate delivering a Rhythm and Blues breed of music with a Soul and Rock edge, completely unseen in stages nowadays. 
Influenced by the finest black music of the preceeding century, its rhythm section delivers tight backbone, and is complemented by a horn section in the late 50's and early 60's tradition, all of it fronted by the powerful howl of Koko Jean Davis. And so, the Mozambique-born Soul Sister adds her ferocious whirlwind of power and energy, pushing the band towards a territory in which having a good time, dancing and shouting is all that matters. 
Etta James, Ike and Tina, early James Brown or Sugar Pie de Santo are only a few names you should expect as the basis to the Excitements' stay-true-to-the-roots sound, which, at this time, you can find on a string of scorching 45s preceeding their inminent LP debut, all of it released on Barcelona's Penniman Records, one of the most important R&B and old school Soul labels around the globe. 
So put on your dancin' shoes and join to the groove and energy show of The Excitements, very soon hittin' YOUR town! 


Paul Weller News: Japan Set list and Pic.

Mod Ball!

We got tickets link

Change of headliner now featuring.....STEVE CRADOCK BAND PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS playing all the classic Weller, OCS and Small Faces numbers...

this is a party set specifically for the evening.


Spot + Start (Jimmy Kimmel).

The Moons, A french review.

Le second album de The Moons est un ovni sonore, une sorte d'énigme musicale qui ne se comprend qu'à l'aune des codes mod et psyché anglais du milieu des sixties, treize titres exécutés avec brio par le groupe d'Andy Crofts, claviériste de Paul Weller, ici lead singer et songwriter. Passés par la case Pretty Green et Merc, mis en avant par Bradley Wiggins qui avait fait de Fables Of History la bande son de sa victoire au Tour de France, The Moons offrent donc un échantillon vintage qui aurait certainement pu être l'album de l'automne 1967.

Fables Of History s'ouvre donc avec Be Not Me, titre kinksien classieux qui fera sans aucun doute les belles heures de quelques mod allnighter londonienne. Simple et efficace, il définit en trois minutes et vingt-cinq secondes la quintessence du garage britannique. Forever Came Today, tout commeDouble Vision Love, devrait plaire aux inconditionnels des Beatles période Revolver : basse mise en avant, mélodie indélébile, des classiques en puissance.


Carnation Greek Theatre.

For my friend Alex... No comment. Rest in Peace, Brother. And keep the groove...

A new review for "The Gift",

The JAM - The Gift (1982)
Par BAAZBAAZ le 19 Octobre 2012          Consultée 129 fois
The Gift est le grand disque mod de THE JAM. Étincelant et passionné, il révèle la persistance chez Paul Weller de l’influence de la soul des années 60. Des racines profondes mais restées jusque-là discrètes, qui affleurent à peine dans les albums précédents où la priorité est donnée au punk, à la pop kinksienne ou aux expérimentations new-wave. Mais n’était-ce pas cela, avant tout, l’état d’esprit des mods originels ? L’innovation, l’audace, la volonté de ne pas regarder en arrière afin de rester ouvert aux évolutions de son temps… En 1980, Sound Affects avait ainsi fait taire ceux qui pensaient que Weller était exclusivement tourné vers le passé.

Mais à l’heure d’entrer à nouveau en studio, cela ne lui suffit plus. Le génial songwriter, en effet, est fatigué. La gloire inattendue, l’hystérie des fans et la pression continuelle – il a écrit pas moins de cinq albums en quatre ans – le mènent au bord de la dépression. La thérapie passe par la rupture : il décide de faire évoluer de façon radicale le son de THE JAM et d’y incorporer les styles qu’il aime tant, la soul, le funk et le R&B. Ce retour aux sources le fait entrer sur le territoire de ses idoles d’autrefois – THE SMALL FACES ou THE ACTION –, lui permet de débrider sa créativité et d’étancher sa soif d’évolution artistique.

Nous sommes en novembre 1981, et c’est un coup de tonnerre en Angleterre : pour la première fois depuis des années, les bacs à disques ne proposent pas le nouveau THE JAM pour Noël. Le groupe s’est accordé une pause et son leader vacillant en a profité pour composer l’album le plus fascinant et le plus controversé de sa jeune carrière. Une œuvre incroyablement ambitieuse, à la fois flamboyante et déroutante, destinée autant à déstabiliser son public qu’à prendre le contre-pied de l’évolution commerciale qui lui tendait les bras. Plutôt que de devenir le roi de la pop, Weller a embarqué Foxton et Buckler pour un dernier coup d’éclat.

Forces parallèles' site. TBC Here.


Weller and Varvatos + KCSN Station, check Paul Weller News.

From Rolling Stone:

There is no bigger music fan in fashion than John Varvatos, who's turned that love into relationships with a number of rock stars, from Chris Cornell and Dave Matthews to Alice Cooper, all of whom have played outside of Varvatos' West Hollywood store. Last night, his newest model, Paul Weller, came in to the WeHo spot to help Varvatos celebrate his 10-year anniversary at the location.

Before the show, Varvatos introduced Weller as one of his biggest influences, both musically and in fashion. In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year Varvatos said, "Paul has always been this super-cool, stylish guy, from the first time I saw him with the Jam in 1977 to today. He's probably one of the best-dressed, best-looking guys in rock & roll."

Perhaps fired up by Varvatos' continuous praise, Weller, who plays L.A.'s Greek Theater this Friday in his last U.S. show in 2012, led his three-piece band through an hourlong set at maximum volume for a celebrity crowd that included Jakob Dylan, Twilight's Jackson Rathbone and Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver.

Button Up: If I Could Only Be Sure


Chroniques électriques. Sound Affects, 2012.

Lorsque sort Sound Affects en novembre 1980, les JAM sont à l’apogée de leur popularité. Ils sont devenus le fer de lance du rock anglais (le vrai, pas la variétoche de THE POLICE) et suscitent l’adoration du grand public et des médias. En mars, déjà, le très punk « Going Underground » a été le premier single du groupe à atteindre la tête des charts. Dans la foulée, « Start ! » gravit les mêmes sommets en boutant de la première place le « Ashes to Ashes » de BOWIE. Et tant pis si le reste du monde demeure obstinément hermétique : en son royaume, Paul Weller marche sur l’eau, et tout ce qui ce qu’il touche se transforme en or.

On entend souvent dire que Sound Affects marquerait le virage new-wave et post-punk de THE JAM. C’est partiellement vrai : des chansons mordantes comme « Pretty Green » et « Music for the Last Couple », avec leur rythme vif et frénétique, rappellent le funk blanc un peu déglingué pratiqué alors par GANG Of FOUR ou THE TALKING HEADS. Et le fameux « Start ! », single syncopé, est un décalque explicite du « Taxman » des BEATLES qui s’adapte ici parfaitement à l’air du temps. Weller, après avoir suivi des années durant les traces de Pete Townshend et Ray Davies, a voulu écrire le Revolver de son époque. La suite ici.


Noel Gallagher in Lille (10 miles from my place).

A lot of videos on youtube. And I couldn't be there. My wife could! 

Menahan Street Band's new LP.

With a deep connection to the Brooklyn soul scene and a lineup comprising members of the Budos Band, El Michels Affair, Antibalas, and the Dap-Kings, it would be easy to assume that Menahan Street Band plays soul. That the group also backed throwback soul singer Charles Bradley on his 2011 debut, No Time for Dreaming, co-written and produced by MSB co-founder Thomas Brenneck, only bolsters that assumption. Formed of a desire to play music outside the strict disciplines associated with the Brownian soul revue of the Dap-Kings or the Kuti-fueled Antibalas, Menahan’s music incorporates elements often associated with the likes of Neil Young and RZA’s early Wu-Tang productions to reveal a sound that is as much indebted to the influence of classic rock and hip hop as it is to the Godfather, the Black President, and historic labels like Stax/Volt. Complete review HERE.


Richard Hawley opens up about his new album, Examiner...

Richard Hawley is an artist who has filled many roles in the music industry for years, decades really. His intelligent lyrics and guitar mastery are showcased in the music he makes album after album. Hawley's seventh studio album Standing At The Sky’s Edge has been reviewed as a bit of a departure from his signature sound but when I caught up with him he classified it as a progression that was molded by the loss of relationships and friends. You won’t find this seasoned artist embittered though, jaded maybe, but with an impeccable sense of humor still in tact.

With that in mind find out what he told me about the writing of his album and why he claims his dog, Freddy, should be given credit for some of the lyrical content. I guarantee his dry wit and light hearted banter will make you laugh...at least a couple of times.

TBC Here


David Barrow "mods and soul" exhibition. Samlesbury Hall.

Samlesbury Hall is situated between Preston and Blackburn at the heart of Lancashire’s travel networks, with easy access from the M6 and M65 motorway networks

Just for Curtis...for Alex.


For Alex, 1969/2012...

One of my best friend Alex died today, at noon, after he collapsed yesterday night in his kitchen... 43...Three kids. Didn't come back...He was found of music and Bobby Gillespie was his "Weller"... We went to a Scream's gig together and he had a special taste for Screamadelica...He was my partner in crime for all the things we did for the students about music! meeting musicians, gig, cinema  music festival, etc. We love you, Alex...Miss you...

October 11 st, 1969, Arthur of the fall and... Kinks.

Dedicated to Arthur, of course. ;) 

50 years later... Grrrrrrrrr....

Magical mistery crew, after the BBC Special Broadcast...

Ren Harvieu's new video.

BBC Review

In gentler, less reality-TV-show-saturated times, 21-year-old Salford chanteuse Ren Harvieu would have been a shoo-in for the highlight song spot on every light entertainment programme in the schedule, such is the instant familiarity of her gilded pipes and her, at times, astonishingly mature delivery of the Big Pop Chorus.
No production line, Brit-school graduate, Harvieu is an instinctive, ingenuous singer whose naturally potent instrument instantly recalls Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield and occasionally, on this soaring, sometimes melodramatically produced debut long player, the likes of lamé-and-sequin belters such as Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey.

Harvieu has already won some high-profile fans, not least fellow Salfordian Johnny Marr. His regular tweets were a source of inspiration when Harvieu’s fledgling career was interrupted by a freak accident – an over-refreshed herbert accidentally stumbling on top of her at a party, fracturing part of her spine in the process. It took a couple of months in hospital, and Marr’s encouragement, before Harvieu was sufficiently recovered to complete Through the Night.

Fans of classic, anthemic orchestral pop should be grateful to the NHS and the erstwhile Smith, as this decade-defying album delivers grand phalanxes of unashamedly huge, old-fashioned string and brass-laden arrangements, all in support of a singer whose pleasure centre-targeted melodies repeatedly do their nape hair-sensitising thing.

Thus, Open Up Your Arms arrives swathed in exultant violins, with Harvieu pleading yet self-possessed on the verses, just like Dusty, before ratcheting up the ache on the towering choruses. The strutting Tonight, all Bond-theme brass and Bassey-recalling images of stars “hanging like diamonds”, is no less instantly affecting.

Harvieu is not all about stentorian pop grandeur, however. There’s a soulful intimacy at play on the relatively restrained Holding On – imagine Dusty in Memphis by way of Rumur – and it’s no surprise that Nashville is already pricking up its ears. Meanwhile, Summer Romance, a gloriously importuning (“please don’t let me hear you say goodbye”) Roy Orbison song in all but name, pulls off the double whammy of tenderness and anthemic opulence with an effortless aplomb which, like much on this impressive debut, belies Harvieu’s tender years.
--David Sheppard


Lou Doillon's debut LP.

Well, She's Jacques Doillon (director) and Jane Birkin's daughter. She's Charlotte Gainsbourg Sister and so  I was a bit afraid to have another "Son of" record... And it's a brilliant folk one, introspective and smart. She wrote all the songs. Reviews are excellent: Cat Power, Feist, Karen Dalton, Kate Nash,  Marianne Faithful are the names quoted... Could try... Album "Places". Her mother's English. Is it ok about the accent? 


XX review by top fella Mike Cobley...

To me The xx crept silently under the radar and appeared fully formed bearing the perfect gifts of two almost faultless albums. A youthful trio locked in their own bubble of intensity and self-belief, delivering songs of atmospheric lovelorn lyrics and melodic beauty.

Fronted by the elf-eyed and mysterious Romy Madley Croft, and foreboding presence of the menacingly lanky Oliver Sim, the band is perfectly complimented by the musical genius of Jamie Smith.

The xx recorded their self-produced debut in the unusual surroundings of indie label XL's office, West London. 

"In the actual offices where people work,"whispered Romy. 

"It was like a garage when we first went there, like a mattress on the wall - it was really derelict and then they refurbished it and we were the first band in there." 

"We worked with a lot of producers before but it ended up sounding more like them than us,"adds Jamie. "Eventually I just decided to do it myself."

David Bowie...

A major exhibition of vintage posters and memorabilia from David Bowie’s golden years (1969-1981), including on display for the first time in 30 years the original HeddonStreet K. West sign that originally appeared on front cover of Bowie’s groundbreaking 1972 album The Rise and Fall of ZiggyStardust and the Spiders From Mars.
The exhibition will take place at The Movie Poster Art Gallery, 1 Colville Place, London, W1T 2BG, from Saturday 17thNovember until Saturday 1st December. Admission is free. A special Private View will be held on Thursday 15th November from 6:30pm – 9pm. RSVP: info@mpag.co.uk.
40 years ago this year saw the release of an album and the meteoric rise of a performer who was to overturn the landscape of pop culture more thoroughly than any artist since the Beatles. David Bowie and ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ landed like a bolt of lightning on the increasingly grim landscape of 70s Britain.
As the centerpiece of the exhibition, the gallery is proud to unveil publically for the first time in 30 years the original Heddon Street K. West sign from the album’s front cover - probably the single most iconic cover location in British rock history, along with the Abbey Road zebra crossing. Rescued by a music industry veteran and finally restored, this is the original sign face seen on the album cover’s famous Brian Ward photograph, with Bowie standing underneath, a pose recreated in the original location by countless fans.
From Ziggy up to the beginning of the 80s, Bowie embarked on an unprecedented, rollercoaster of creative renewal and reinvention. From London, to Los Angeles and Berlin, each musical chapter was accompanied by a startling visual transformation, a personification of the musical and cultural ideas firing Bowie’s restless creative changes expressed through his record sleeves and posters.
As with his astute selection of musical collaborators, Bowie also had a knack of working with highly talented design collaborators; the exhibition highlights the world famous images created for Bowie, by Brian Duffy, Edward Bell, Masayoshi Sukita, Guy Peellaert, Steve Shapiro, and Eric Stephen Jacobs. In common with a surprising number of major artists from the 70s, original posters and promo material on Bowie are hard to come by, and the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to purchase classic vintage posters, and more, from his greatest period.

Noel Gallagher's DVD Official Trailer


New Menahan Street Band 45 rpm.

Pre-order only, out October 9th.
Dark, triumphant and mysterious; the new Menahan Street band 45 single "Light's Out" conjures images of hard-fighting pugilists battling it out under a bare bulb, of a matador's graceful execution of a lumbering bull, of sweat, romance and victory.  Brought in by a rollicking, almost tipsy, Hammond melody and backed by a smoky smooth guitar line, “Keep Coming Back” eventually erupts into a swanky nightlife anthem, complete with red velvet curtains and a garnished highball.

Menahan Street Band's upcoming album, "The Crossing," is out October 30th.


Thick As Thieves: Fans Get Passionate Between The Covers With The Jam, Mike Cobley's Brighton Magazine.

Tick, tock the hour is near. It’s the 9th December 1982 and there’s a gig ticket on top of The Jam’spile of vinyl that lays neatly piled on the Dansette. Not just any old gig ticket, but one so I can say a fond farewell at the Brighton Centre to the band that had defined the last six years of my life.

Tick, tock, tick just two days to go. It’s 3pm and I’m in bed. I’m covered head-to-toe in a red rash.I feel s**t, but I’m gonna beat this. In forty-eight hours I will be seeing The Jam live for the twenty-seventh and last time.

Tock, tick rewind. It’s a another wet and windy Spring evening in 1977 and a barely known group of Woking Herberts are in town to try to win over the twenty or so punters who lurk menacingly in the corners of the Embassy Cinema, in Western Road, Brighton.

If we were expecting chit-chat and niceties then The Jam were not ticking any of the light entertainment boxes. TBC Here

Van the Man...Album Preview.