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Japanorama “Bad Girls”

Posted in Art/Style, fashion, Film, hybrid culture, Music with tags on July 7, 2010 by lili

Kogals, Ganguro and Yamanba girls:

Para para, Reiko Ike:

Anna Tsuchiya from Kamikaze Girls; Puroresu, pop stars/bands etc:

There are many more episodes of  Japanorama (BBC, 2009) on YouTube.

Zoku episode:

p.s. I wish that Professor Nobuyuki Mori – “researcher and illustrator of uniforms” –  had a website.


Posted in Film on July 5, 2010 by lili


Related link: From Skinhead to SoulBoy (YouTube)

Interview with Walter Hill on “THE WARRIORS” etc.

Posted in Film, hybrid culture on September 11, 2009 by lili


Walter Hill:

I saw The Warriors as graphically driven, as situational; it was broad, easy to understand, but kind of self-mocking at the same time… those were the aspects that suggested a comic book flavor to me. The idea really came up because when Paramount made the movie—and Paramount was a very different place back then—they hated it. They couldn’t understand what the fuck it was, or what it was about. They wouldn’t show it to critics. So I was trying to explain it to them: “In some sense, it’s science fiction, or… imagine a comic book based on a story from Greek history…” But it was like talking to the fucking wall.

I don’t think I could have done it as my first movie, but at that point I thought, “Well, they’re either going buy it, or not.” If I deserve credit for anything, it was for knowing I couldn’t go halfway. Halfway was death. And I just didn’t think it could be done realistically; the premise of the story was ridiculous. I think that was something Sol Yurick never understood about his own novel: he was trying to be socially accurate within this preposterous plot. Most people probably would have tried to make the movie more real; I said no, let’s make it more unreal.

I consider it a pretty good movie for the first… well, the first hour or so. We never really figured out what the hell to do at the end.

[an earlier blog post on The Warriors]

John Hughes vs Shane Meadows

Posted in Film, Thoughts on August 11, 2009 by lili

Cinebeats has published a brilliant thought-provoking article on John Hughes’ films vs Shane Meadows’ “This Is England”:

I’m told in countless obits written about John Hughes that some segment of ’80s youth culture found comfort in the way that his movies portrayed teenagers as well as outsiders and malcontents. But if you were actually questioning authority during the ’80s it was impossible to identify with any of the faux rebellion found in Hughes’ movies. The man preached conformity over and over again. The so-called “outsiders” in Hughes’ films rejected other teens like themselves so they could date popular jocks or beauty queens. In other words, if you followed the social rules laid out by John Hughes you’d get a “hot date” for the school prom and be “accepted” into Reagan’s America.


Without a supportive family and a college fund, the future looked incredibly bleak which often led to an increase in recreational drug use. Like the kids in Meadows’ film, we ended up forming makeshift families simply based on our musical tastes and wardrobes. But our clothing wasn’t just worn for kicks. What we wore often reflected our social class and attitudes. In other words, wearing an anarchy t-shirt wasn’t just a fashion statement. It was a social statement that could get you kicked out of school in the ’80s.

Eddie: Another thing about the John Hughes films was that the music seemed ‘pasted on’:  let’s license a bunch of current, obscure british songs of now, and stick ’em on the soundtrack to give it some cred.  Doesn’t matter what goes where, ‘cos the kids in the movie aren’t really interacting with the music.    Probably not a fair comparsion, because in ‘This Is England’, the music in the film actually defines the mood and times of when the film is set.

Northern Soul films

Posted in Dance, Film, Music with tags on July 18, 2009 by lili

Function At The Junction (2001) is a short film by Justin McArdle, that, rumor has it, is being made into a feature movie…(??)

Function at the Junction’ is a 13-minute black comedy, which centres on a dance competition in a Northern Soul nightclub in 1975. The film pays homage to a scene, which impassioned a whole generation and showcases the music, dance and style of the Northern Soul movement. The attention to detail will have veterans reaching for their talcum powder once again with vintage cars, scooters, 70’s wallpaper and original Northern Soul vinyl reviving memories of an era. Tensions and stakes are high at The Junction Club for Jake Bancroft as he sparks the floor against Spike Townsend and vain mod Tony Callow to take the ultimate title. With club boss Richie Lance set to make a killing from the loaded bets, Jake will need to field some sharp moves from all directions. With breathtaking dance sequences, the film introduces some new, Kung-Fu kicking Northern Soul trained talent, who have all been put through their paces by Wigan Casio regular ‘Reeves’. The central cast also boasts a line up of rising British drama and comedy stars including Merseybeat’s John McArdle, Paul Kaye aka Dennis Pennis. This British short has a modern photographic and cutting style, which incorporates the latest digital editing techniques to create a stylish and contemporary piece of film. (via)

Here’s another one – Souled Out – that is in production

And they are looking for extras!

A new Mods film

Posted in Film, Mod on June 30, 2009 by lili

We Are The Mods – Screening in LA next month. July 18th as part of OUTFEST


Telstar, the movie

Posted in Film, Music on June 23, 2009 by lili

It opens in the UK next week. When is it coming to the US???

Related: FWAK! Jukebox – Listen to our Joe Meek playlist

Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night

Posted in Dance, Film on June 22, 2009 by lili

The story by Nik Cohn (1976) that became Saturday Night Fever.

Also: Inside The Disco Inferno

Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae Trailer

Posted in Film, Music on June 14, 2009 by lili

Live It Up!

Posted in Film, Uncategorized on August 15, 2008 by lili

This flickr set has an awesome collection of screengrabs from “Live It Up” the 1963 movie which features the music production talents of Joe Meek. Starring Heinz and David Hemmings!

Via Cinebeats:

Live It Up! provides viewers with a brief but unforgettable glimpse of a more innocent time just moments before pirate radio, drugs, shorter skirts, Beatlemania and the merseybeat sound would transform the capital city into “Swinging London.” From pop music to beat, trad jazz and American rock-n-roll, Live It Up! is a fascinating concoction of sounds and styles aimed at Britain’s youth during a pivotal point in pop culture history. Soon after Britain’s youth culture would begin to fragment more into different groups (rockers, mods, hippies, etc.) with different haircuts, different fashion sensibilities and different social concerns and attitudes. Of course most individuals during this period combined their various interests in music and fashion and rarely fell into easily defined categories usually created by the media in order to sell newspapers and magazines.

Heinz – Live it Up

Patsy Ann Noble – Accidents Will Happen

Related link: Eddie’s PROJECT JOE (Myspace)

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