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Virtual Synthesizer Museum

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 by eddie

Wanna know what those old synths and drum machines sound like before you plonk down your hard paypal dollars on ebay?

Play the virtual instruments here!

Sharpie Culture – Melbourne, Australia

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2009 by eddie

Greg Macainsh (who went on to form the band ‘Skyhooks’) made this short film about Sharpies in 1974.  Influenced by Skinheads in hair and style – substitute the patterned cardigan for Fred Perry shirts, and add a rat-tail of hair to the Skinhead crop – Sharps were unique to Melbourne in the 1970’s.  They also did a weird ‘arm-rolling’ jerky dance that mimicked the skank.   Their music of choice though, was straight ahead Rock; local band ‘Lobby Lloyde & The Coloured Balls’ became their figurehead group.

The Sharpies was truly a ‘gang’ movement, and amplified all the thuggish aspects of skinhead behavior.  Having lived through it, they definitely weren’t fun to be around…

Northern Soul Patrol

Posted in Dance, Mod, Uncategorized on January 8, 2009 by lili

A piss take? Or a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun? Who cares, this clip is hilarious. Love it.  When are the Northern Soul Patrol coming over to my part of town? 🙂

Some background info on the NSP on the Johnny Vaughan Show.

Somebody please post more videos!!!!

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)

Young Birds Fly

Posted in Film, Uncategorized on July 23, 2008 by lili

Mod movies are a rare thing so I was excited to learn about the new feature movie – Young Birds Fly – based right here in L.A. Here is the trailer for Young Birds Fly. I am bummed that we missed this when it screened in LA in May this year.

Three things that intrigue me about this movie:

1. It is about Mod GIRLS, which I find refreshing because Mod is traditionally a “Guy thing”. Just as much as I loved This Is England (the new definitive Skinhead movie which I cannot recommend enough!), it was primarily a Guy film and seeing the Girls in there was an added buzz. (Hey where did the Get Up Edina website disappear to?)

2. This film is about AMERICAN Mods. There are no Birtish working class roots here. This is all style and music-based. Come to think of it, American Mod = a much broader spectrum of 60’s culture than in England. The lines between Mod, Skinhead, Rude Boy, 60’s Hipster… are very fine. There is as much French Pop, 60’s Garage, and Latin Boogaloo in this scene as there is Rocksteady and Northern Soul.

[historically, Northern Soul was a distinctly different subculture from Mod]

3. This is a film about Contemporary Mods. Neither 60’s mods nor 80’s mods. But Mods in the 2000’s! As ‘groundbreaking’ a film as Quadrophenia was in defining what Mod is, its 80’s-ness was way too obvious with the (wrong) hair and fashion and (ahem)… limited soundtrack, and IMO, a true 60’s style mod film still needs to be made…

[preliminary artwork for our new DANCE CRASHER project]

Well, here’s hoping that there will be another screening of Young Birds Fly … is the DVD out soon?

Back again!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2008 by lili

I notice that the last entry was dated a whole year ago. Well, we’re back! Just spent our past two years working on our first animated feature movie and we have been blogging mostly on Myspace…
Eddie’s myspace
Lili’s myspace.(Note: I don’t add anybody as a Friend)

Let the Fwak! Grab Bag project continue with more subcultural notes and clippings….

P.S. Please ignore all the spam comments on this blog. Still need to figure out how to delete them.

Gundam Guitar

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2004 by lili



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