NUTsCast – Sessions – part 4

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series NUTsCast - Podcast

Welcome to The Nutscast Sessions, the newly revamped podcast from the New Untouchables. Each month we will bring you a band ‘in session’ recorded especially for Nutscast. In addition, your host Graham Lentz will play a mixture of the best new music, club classics and few surprises.

Stone Foundation at Modstock

Episode 14: (or 4 of the new format) of Nutscast. Join Graham Lentz for this special Xmas edition of Nutscast Sessions with a look back at 2014 and ten live recordings from Modstock 3.

The featured artist is Stone Foundation, plus tracks from Secret Affair, Mergers, Apemen, Eddie Philips, Kenney Jones, The Velvelettes and Brenda Holloway.

In addition, we have songs from French Boutik, Phroggs, Eddie Floyd, Toots and The Maytals, Temptations, Nick Waterhouse, Muleskinners and Ronnie & Robyn. Presented by Graham Lentz brought to you by NUTsMag (newuntouchables.com).

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Graham Lentz

Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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December 28, 2014 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music News Picks Podcasts Tags:, , ,
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Motown Shop Around

Collectable early UK Tamla Motown singles

Along with Rock’n’Roll, The Beatles, Stones and Dylan, it’s probably fair to say soul has been one of the most collectable forms of music since the first record collectors started scouring junk shops looking for deleted obscure 45’s back in the late 1960’s. With it’s massive UK fanbase, Tamla Motown soon became one of the most popular labels to collect and there are plenty of choice UK rarities to empty your wallet with. The first release came out on the most celebrated of UK labels, London American, which was set up by Decca Records to release the latest sounds from the USA it held the rights to release.

In the mid 50’s the explosion of great R’N’B tracks released in the USA and the fact Decca had the rights to release music from Specialty, Atlantic and Chess meant we were treated to all manner of classic American music in the UK. And so in May 1959 the Marv Johnson US Tamla single “Come to me” was released on London HLT 8856, this was followed in November the same year with the piano led instrumental “The Hunch” by Paul Gayten (London HLM 8998) which had been released in the US on Anna records the previous month. Neither sold particularly well but do appear for sale occasionally, neither should cost more than £80 in top condition.

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In March 1960 London took up the option to release Barrett Strong’s classic single “Money (That’s what I want)” (London HLU 9088) which was at the time moving up the US hot 100 on it’s way to a #23 chart placing. Unfortunately the same thing never happened in Britain and the single flopped making it the most expensive London single to locate, a mint copy usually selling for around £100-£120. Britain had to wait another eleven months before the next UK release, but what a release it was.

The Miracles had just had Motown’s first million selling 45 in the USA , “Shop around”, and the track was released over here on London on HL 9276. Although it wasn’t a chart hit sales were respectable which is probably what tempted London into releasing a follow-up “Ain’t it baby” in September 1961 (London HL 9366) and even an EP release the following month “Shop Around” (London RE 1295). The EP is by far the hardest of the London releases and when it does appear is usually guaranteed to fetch way over £100.

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After six releases and no UK hits, Decca gave up and the releasing rights for Tamla and Motown moved to Philips subsiduary Fontana. A real mixed bag of a label, early releases ranged from Aretha Franklin and James Brown tracks to Cleo Laine and Sooty & Sweep! And so in November 1961 The Marvelettes debut US single and Hot 100 #1 smash “Please Mr Postman” was released on Fontana H 355 in Britain. Although not a hit over here it had steady sales prompting Fontana to release three singles from the label in quick succession early the following year.

The first release was from The Miracles “What’s so good about goodbye” (H 384), The Marvelettes “Twisting Postman” (H 386), and Eddie Holland “Jamie” (H 387). Not one of these singles bothered the UK charts and the Miracles and Eddie Holland singles are now prized rarities for the collector, the former usually selling for around £100 and the Holland 45 easily doubling that in perfect condition.

Around the same time (August 1961) a Motown anomily gained a UK release, The Spinners US Tri-Phi release “That’s what girls are made for” which was a Fuqua / Gordy composition sneaked out on Columbia records in the UK (DB 4693). Some discographies list this single and some don’t as it isn’t an official Motown release but we’ll go with the former as it is a £100+ rarity!

The fact that Fontana’s Motown releases were not selling as well as their Johnny Mathis releases was the probable reason the label was on the move again in autumn 1962 to the upcoming independent Oriole label.

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Originally set up in the mid 1920’s in Whitechapel, London, Oriole had begun to have regular chart hits in the late 50s and early 60’s with artists such as Chas McDevitt, Russ Hamilton and Maureen Evans all reaching high positions in the UK. Head of A&R at the company at the time, John Schroeder brought Berry Gordy over to London to sign a twelve month distribution deal and In September 1962 the company launched their “Oriole American” series with three singles leased from the Tamla-Motown stable.

Mary Wells “You beat me to the punch” (CBA 1762) was swiftly followed by The Contours “Do you love me” (CBA 1973) and The Marvelettes “Beechwood 4-5789″ (CBA 1764). All three were steady sellers, unlike the next release in December 1962. Mike & The Modifiers “I got myself a brand new baby” (CBA 1775) must have got lost in the Christmas rush as it sold pitiful amounts hence it’s rarity today. This along with the other ultra rare Oriole / Motown release “I found a girl” by The Valadiers which was released in March 1963 (CBA 1809) have both sold for up to £1000 each and are jewels in any UK Tamla Motown collection.

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Oriole released a total of nineteen singles in just under a year, including UK debut discs from Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas and Little Stevie Wonder. Most can be found at a reasonable price apart from the Eddie Holland “If it’s love (It’s alright)” (CBA 1808), The Marvelettes “Locking up my heart” (CBA 1817) and Martha & The Vandellas “I’ll have to let him go” (CBA 1814) 45’s which are all £200+ rarities.

Just as Oriole looked on the cusp of a UK chart hit with Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips” (CBA 1853) which was released in August 1963 the US label was snapped up by the giant EMI group of companies and after one final release from The Miracles “Mickeys’ monkey” (CBA 1863) in September Tamla-Motown found itself being released on the legendary Stateside label in Britain. But that’s another story altogether…

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James Clark

Loves collecting records. My main loves are 50's rock'n'roll, 60's soul and r'n'b, beat, mod and psych and hopefully will be sharing some nuggets with you over the next few months. Apart from being a vinyl junkie I'm a Arsenal obsessive and a hopelessly romantic drunkard, but don't let put you off, we all have our faults.

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November 10, 2014 By : Category : Front Page Music Picks Reviews Tags:, ,
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Northern Soul – Film Review

‘Northern Soul’ by Elaine Constantine

The ICA, London, SW1Y 5AH – October 2014

The anticipation had reached fever pitch here in the UK for the release of ‘Northern Soul’ by Elaine Constantine. Delays after funding troubles and soundtrack licence issues only added to the great sense of achievement when the cinema doors finally opened. I had heard glowing reports from scene stalwarts who had managed to see the film before its release so I was already won over. A social media campaign ensured that the film was shown in well over one hundred cinemas on the opening weekend. I managed to get along to the Institute of Contemporary Arts on the Mall to see it for myself on the big screen.

It’s a tale of two friends growing up in a small town in the north of England during the early seventies who discover the world of Northern Soul. The main character John played by Elliot James Langridge meets Matt (Josh Whitehouse) by chance at the local youth club and the adventure begins. The two lads dream of travelling to the US to find Northern Soul 45’s and becoming hotshot DJ’s, encouraged by discovering Wigan Casino DJ Ray Henderson (James Lance) cover up record by the Salvadores.

During their journey the two boys come across all sorts of characters in a roller coaster ride of emotions and amphetamine fuelled tragedies, triumphs and tribulations. Plenty of humorous moments including John’s fascination with the excellent Soul sister Angela (Antonia Thomas) which transcends you back to those awkward adolescent teenage years with a smile. In fact that is the beauty of this film it reawakens all those memories and the excitement you felt when you first discovered the scene and other people who shared your passion.

What Elaine also manages to capture with great effect is not only the landscape, clothes, cars, haircuts and language of the era but the excitement and energy in the dance floor scenes which are incredibly hard to film. All those practice and casting sessions clearly paid off as well as promoting talent from within the scene and consulting key people from the era to give ‘Northern Soul’ a rare authenticity.

Naturally the excellent soundtrack is the driving force and had plenty of people shuffling around in their seats whom under normal circumstances would be up dancing and clapping at the appropriate moments but were very encapsulated by the film.

The ICA was full of folks around my age group who really enjoyed the movie however I hope this film will reawaken the long lost tribes and inspire the youth of today to make it their own.

You can purchase the soundtrack as well as the film on DVD but do try and get along and experience the film on the big screen if you can. Check out a list of Cinemas showing the film HERE!

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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October 21, 2014 By : Category : Film Front Page Inspiration Media News Picks Reviews Tags:, , ,
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NUTs – August Bank Holiday in Brighton 2014

I think the first time I really had an idea about how big Brighton would be this year was sometime around the beginning of June. It seemed as if everyone I spoke to from that time, kept telling me they were going to Brighton. Social media was awash with people ramping up the anticipation and excitement as the weekend got closer.

Ticket sales for Komedia were sold out months ahead of schedule. The Volks Tavern nights were equally snapped up so a new third venue, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar was opened more on that later. By the time we got to the week leading up to the Bank Holiday, there were barely any tickets left for any of the venues. There was no better indication of how busy it would be as Friday approached.

Friday 22 August

I was at my day job for most of Friday and by 11am, I had to turn the sound off and put my phone away, such was the activity on social media regarding Brighton. All day I was receiving updates from those who got there early and every message I looked at said the same thing: Maderia Drive was packed with scooters and mods from lunchtime onwards. This was unprecedented for a Friday afternoon. There were always some, but never packed! I arrived in Brighton at about 8.30pm and made my way to The Dorset. It was busy already. An hour and a half later and it was heaving. I left to help get Komedia ready for the opening night party. It never ceases to amaze me how the Komedia staff are so well drilled that within minutes of the comedy night ending, the place is transformed and ready for a modernist party. The upper room was hosted by the Ham Yard DJs, while downstairs in the main room was the NUTS team including Chris Dale, Lee Miller and Rob Bailey and special guest Graeme Very.

Mingling among the smokers outside, even at midnight, there were still people desperate to find a spare ticket to get in! Needless to say, it was some party in both rooms and a perfect way to get the weekend started. As the revelers headed for their beds at 3am Saturday morning, thoughts turned to what promised to be a special day.

Saturday 23 August

Arriving at the Volks Tavern on Maderia Drive was something of a revelation at 11.30am. It was the first time the full magnitude of the weekend hit me. I could barely believe my eyes at the numbers of people and scooters already in attendance. There is no more impressive a sight than gleaming Vespas and Lambrettas lined up along that road, with the sea and pier as the backdrop. As the stall holders set up and the market got underway, the Volks became a hive of activity and it didn’t stop all day. Once outside, I went up the steps to the balcony walkway which is a popular vantage point to get a panoramic view of the masses below and what a sight it was! As someone mentioned to me, it was Saturday, but it felt more like a Sunday, such was the turnout. By 2.30pm, it was time for me to introduce the first band of the weekend. I confess I knew virtually nothing about them, other than Dr Robert telling me he had seen them in Spain some weeks before and they were awesome. It didn’t give me much to work with, but I blagged it a bit and Les Grigris hit the stage. They have that slightly shambolic late sixties Pretty Things look about them, but by heck they can play! It was not long before more and more people crammed into the Volks to get a glimpse of this band and their barnstorming set. It’s not just that they sound great, but these boys really put on a show, wandering through the audience whilst playing their full-on r&b laced, garage, freakbeat repertoire. They played two 45 minute sets and I think it’s safe to say their performance has already gained legendary status. As I said at the time when I returned to the mic at the end of their second set; “I think we have just witnessed one of those ‘I was there’ moments.” And I stand by that statement. The afternoon wound down at 5.30pm as everyone went off to prepare for the night to come. Les Grigris were the talk of the town for the next few hours at least.

My evening started at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar where the Fuzz 4 Freaks session was held. It’s a perfect venue for our psych-loving friends, a basement room, low ceiling and a great acoustics. I was on hand primarily to introduce the Exploding Sound Machine, the Birmingham-based outfit that had the audience enthralled with their brand of rich, textured, early-Floyd inspired songs. If Les Grigris set the standard earlier in the day, Exploding Sound Machine matched them in quality of performance, albeit, in their own style. From Sticky Mike’s, I made my way to Komedia with Rob Bailey heading in the opposite direction. By all accounts the Fuzz 4 Freaks was rocking all night. It was the same story at the Volks Tavern. Sarge from Scootering Magazine told me he’d never seen the Volks that rammed and in full-on party mode. As for Komedia? Astounding. Both upstairs and in the main room. Just astounding. The dance floors were never empty and the DJs produced the goods time after time. The buzz was palpable.

Sunday 24 August

11.30am again at Volks Tavern and, although some were carrying hangovers, the mood was one of relaxed enjoyment. The sun shone and ‘family day’ was well under way. It really was like a family day, a mod culture family day. Children, parents, first, second, third and fourth generation modernists all mingled, chatted, laughed, took photos, made new friends and reacquainted with old friends. The scooters were admired, inspected and talked about. The spectators gathered as 2pm arrived and the scooter competition got underway. Rob Bailey was assisted by Gary Milan and Gary Wall as judges and what a tough task they had. Spectacular barely describes the turnout, especially the Lambrettas.

Finally, the awards were made:

Best Vespa went to Simon Neale from Leamington Spa with his Silver GS160 – Reg: 286XUT.
Best Lambretta went to Cameron McKinnon from Kettering with his Green and White LI150 and sidecar.  – Reg: VSY706
Best Mod Scooter went to Barry Hewes from Lincolnshire with his Red TV175. – Reg: 865YUA.

At 3pm, the rideout got underway led by Peter Edwards from the Bar Italia Scooter Club. There seemed to be some confusion on-route, but when you consider the estimates were that between 750-800 scooters took part, we will be looking for more stewards next year.

As the Volks afternoon wound down, there were already people asking about tickets for Komedia. The demand was staggering. And so to the grand finale of the weekend. I had the pleasure of introducing The Dials and Hypnotic Eye at Sticky Mike’s. For those that didn’t get to see them, you missed a couple of brilliant sets from two quality bands. I would have to say the NUTS team enhanced their reputation for finding top-draw live talent after this weekend. All four were outstanding.

As I left Fuzz 4 Freaks to head over to Komedia, I got word that Volks Tavern was in full flow again, which was good to know. However, the atmosphere in Komedia was unbelievable. The main room was hosting the Northern Soul night, while upstairs was pure mod r&b. A fitting end to a magnificent weekend.

Three nights, three venues, countless scooters and people and a brilliant atmosphere all weekend from start to finish. That in itself says as much about the people who attended the August Bank Holiday as it does about us as organizers.

Our thanks go to the management and staff at Komedia, Volks Tavern and Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. To our sponsors, Jump The Gun and Rimini Lambretta Centre. To the entire NUTS team, but most of all, to all of you who came to Brighton. You made it one of the most talked about events of recent times. Social media has been flooded with positive feedback and great photos. So here is a word of advice; don’t leave it until the last minute to book your tickets for next year. Subscribe for FREE to the NUTS network here  to get your early-bird ticket notification.

Finally, a date for your diary. 28-31 August 2015. That’s when we do it all again.

Photos by:  Carlo Sesto & Paul Boddy 

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Graham Lentz

Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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September 3, 2014 By : Category : Articles Events Front Page News Picks Scene UK Tags:, , , , ,
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Introducing James Clark

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Collectors Corner

Good evening fellow NUT’ster’s. James Clark is my name, or Freakbeat James to some. I’m hopefully going to take you on a bi-monthly trawl of the magic 7″ vinyl treasures released in the UK in the magical musical period of the late 50’s to the early 70’s. I’m a complete 7″ vinyl obsessive and hope to share some ramblings and pictures of my vinyl loves with you over the next few months. Some titles you’ll probably know, maybe some you won’t, but I promise it’ll be kept light hearted and informative. My ears prick up at anything from classic 50’s rock’n’roll, r’n’b and doo-wop, through classic 60’s soul and Motown and they’re especially receptive to noisy British beat and psych,both well known and famous. So join me as we have a light hearted trawl through some of the great music of the past including London American R’n’B, The Creation, 60’s Bowie, Sue singles, Motown on Stateside, The Action, LaVern Baker, collectable company sleeves,  Kaliedoscope, Decca freakbeat rarities, and much, much more. Oh, and being a hopeless vinyl junkie myself, I promise there’ll be lots of pictures too!

See you at the record deck.


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James Clark

Loves collecting records. My main loves are 50's rock'n'roll, 60's soul and r'n'b, beat, mod and psych and hopefully will be sharing some nuggets with you over the next few months. Apart from being a vinyl junkie I'm a Arsenal obsessive and a hopelessly romantic drunkard, but don't let put you off, we all have our faults.

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July 8, 2014 By : Category : Front Page Picks Tags:,
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NUTsCast – NUTsMag: Newbreed Live Music

Newuntouchables.com ‘head honcho’ Dr. Robert and NUTsMag Review’s Editor Graham Lentz together select some of 2013’s best tracks from our Newbreed Bands. Well worth a listen! To listen to the Podcast, click the play button in the left hand corner of the Podcast Player above! Et Voila!

Music Running Order For NUTsCast

01. Last Of The Troubadors –  Never Forgive You
02. Gizzelle – I’m A Good Woman
03. Jacco Gardner – Puppets Dangling
04. Soul Naturals – If It’s War
05. French Boutik – Ici Paris
06. King Zoot  – Flying
07. DC Fontana – Devil Angel
08. The Sha La La’s – Twenty Five
09. The Faith Keepers  – You Got It
10. The Riots  – Hate To See You Go
11. Button Up  – Someday
12. Electric Stars  – Isolation
13. Alpha 9  – El Morroco
14. Stone Foundation  – Warning Signs
15. The Universal  – This Is A War CD

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Graham Lentz

Like many of his generation, The Jam started Graham's love affair with all things mod back in 1977. He is the author of 'The Influential Factor - A History Of Mod' which was originally published in 2002. An extract from the book was re-printed in Paolo Hewitt's 'The Sharper Word - revised edition' in 2011. Being a self-confessed 'broad-church' mod, Graham's interests range from Modern Jazz to today's up-coming new bands and everything in between. Although he has a passion for mod history, he also has a passion for the new. Whether it's music, clubs, media of every kind, clothing, scooters or art and photography, Graham supports, promotes and encourages as much as he can, because that's how we keep going. 'Give it a chance' is his motto. If it's not for you, that's cool, at least you tried it.

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November 18, 2013 By : Category : Bands Front Page Music Picks Podcasts Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Euro Ye Ye – (Wild Weekends)

01. Please tell us how and when one of the most famous weekenders on the scene was born and who are Trouble & Tea?

Euroyeye was first thought of while hanging out in a club in late 1994 or early 1995. Three friends (one of them JC lives in Thailand now and eventually got married there, Juan is still with me) complaining about not having time to enjoy the allnighter or watch the interesting concerts. Nobody was doing it at that time, so we decided we must do it then. Trouble & Tea is thanks to Manfred Mann, it was also good for a cool teapot logo (very British). We were always into ‘trouble’ a bit less than ‘tea’, unless you understand ‘tea’ as the Rutles did. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

02. Who attended the event in the early years and what are your most treasured memories from this period?

First year we had an attendance of over 200 people, 20 of them were djing in the all-nighters, hahahaha we had four bands and everything happened in the top terrace club of the Parque del Piles, over two nights. In 1996 we moved into the discotheque for the concerts and organized four nights – the rest is history. I specially remember bringing the ‘Knave’ to Spain and listening & dancing to their full set like crazy. They HAD something.

03. When did Euro Yeye become the International event attended by fun seekers from all over the World?

I think Rob and I first spoke in 1996 in La Rochelle (France). After that, I asked Rob to DJ and also to book the ‘Adventures of Parsley and Dutronc’ in 1997. Rob loved the feel of that 1997 Yeyé Weekender and after the event offered to join in the organization. I said “sí, ho, claro, joder (hell yeah)”.

04. Who has performed over the last nineteen years and does any particular live show stand out for you?

I have special faves, say JTQ and Les Hommes in 1998, The masters of groove including Reuben Wilson, Pretty Purdie, Grant Green Jr, Dr Lonnie Smith, Brian Auger, the Action, Arthur Brown, the Pretty Things, Jaybirds, Little Barrie, the Knave, Sugarman 3 + Lee Fields, the Strypes last year, Wau y Los Arrrghs, Maxine Brown, Tommy Hunt, the Teenagers, Martha Reeves, Flirtations, Dean Parrish, Nick Rossi Set (I won’t forget this one)… there are soooo many. If I just had the posters with me I’d remember many more for sure.

05. Apart from the all-nighters and live music what else is going on at the event?

Since 1996 we’ve done art exhibitions to the point that we have three artists in 2013 showing their stuff for one month July-august Since 1997 we’re doing a small but selected 60’s cult film festival in where all films are screened in OV (with Spanish subtitles when needed) Since 2012 Merli Marlowe programmes it which has given it the strength of an absolute 60’s film fanatic and connoisseur. This year we have Alex Cooper introducing us his new series of books about ‘rock stars’. Of course we also have the Scooter Rally within the weekender, which is one of the biggest in Spain. Moreover, the 60’s market and record fair is always very interesting every night at the disco and since 2009 we’re giving much more importance to the all-dayers with great DJs playing music by the beach during the afternoon. And since 2012, the Battle of The Bands has gained its own room at Yeye. Last year nine bands applied for great prizes, this year we have over 12 bands participating. Summarising, underground sixties culture is not just about the music IMO, it’s a way of life and this includes all aspects of art.

06. Please tell us about the amazing Oasis venue where the all-nighters and live music takes place?

Well, the Oasis disco is perfect for summer events. It’s located at one and of Gijón’s main beach, within walking distance from the centre (and what a nice walk over the beach in the wee wee hours!). It has a big parking and taxis are there upon a call in five mins. There’s also a bus stop in front of the main door that drops you in the centre in less than 10mins. It’s big enough to hold over 1000 people comfortably. Half is an outdoor terrace – half covered – with a nice stage and dance floor and room enough for 2 long bars and a bunch of stalls, space and plenty of seats to chill out, relax or smoke and have a drink. It has two separate dance floors.

We usually use the big one with two bars and a small stage (usually packed with dancers) for beat, garage, psyche, 60s rock and the really cool one in the end with room for 200 people (it’s always packed) for the black sounds, R&B, 60s soul, Jamaican, jazz dance, boogaloo and so on… also with a bar. Both of them are decorated like an Arabic palace with the Oasis with water in the middle. It’s beauuuuutiful, we add some 60s visuals.

07. Euro Yeye always has many funny moments during the weekend is there one in particular that stands out for you?

Well, it’s all about fun, but I specially think of every year’s Miss and Mister Yeye contest. It begun as a joke, and indeed it is, but people takes it very seriously and there’s much talk about it. Winners get a banner and a bottle of Champagne. We usually choose one Spanish guy and a chick from abroad or vice versa. They must have stayed for the whole weekend partying not missing anything and dressing cool. Style will always be important for us, how could it not be?

08. Who are the people who bring Euro Yeye to life every summer for our enjoyment?

Well, the team’s quite small, me & Rob, Arantxa doing marketing and communication, Juan takes care of hotels and accounts and plays the films, Vic does the stage managing. We also have a runner (we had Lara last couple of years) an official photographer and video crew, a small team for the sound and lights, backline crew, stage hands when needed and the disco crew. Before the weekend it’s really four people working, programming, producing & promoting. It still retains the fun and the DIY attitude inherent to any underground weekender IMO. If it’s not us (people from the scene) doing it, then it’s  just Disneyland and I’m not interested in that at all.

09. Where is Gijon and how do you arrive in the Asturian City?

Gijón is right about the middle of the northwest coast of Spain. The main town of Asturias is perfect for a holiday. The nearest airport is Asturias Airport (OVD) but Santander is also close (two hours’ drive), then Bilbao and then probably Galicia or Madrid.

10. Where are the best places to eat in Gijon?

Gijón and Asturias are very well known for its gastronomy, rich, special and varied, including fish, seafood, different meats, veg and desserts. The typical places are the Sidrerias, where you can also drink our very own sidra (alcoholic apple juice).

11. Where are the best places to stay in Gijon?

There’s a wide selection of hotels, hostels, camping. Everything can be checked in our website by the way www.euroyeye.es

12. Where to shop in Gijon?

If you’re a 60’s lover you definitely must visit Cleo, Modern & Vintage Clothing www.cleogijon.es. There’s a wide selection of vintage clothing (lots of 60’s stuff inc footwear) and the brands that we all like from Fred Perry and Ben Sherman to Merc, Lyle & Scott, DNA Groove, Delicious Junction, Art Gallery and a few more that you’ll love.

There’s another vintage furniture and stuff in general very close to Cleo called ‘La Merced 3’. There are also a couple of small record shops, Paradiso & La Bomba.

13. Please give us an overview of Euro Yeye 2013 and what to watch out for?

I always say best thing to do is to check the website or facebook, if I was to focus on anything it would be unfair to the whole event. I love the exhibits, the scooter run, the films, the ‘battle of the bands’, the all-nighters with some of the best international DJs in our scene that make our long nights something unforgettable.

MicroSite: www.euroyeye.es 

Links: facebook.com/euroyeyegijon facebook group: facebook.com/groups

Next Event: facebook.com/events

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Felix EuroYeYe

Organizador de weekends mods y 60's como el Euroyeyé y el Beat Goes On. In Gijon, Spain.

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Articles Europe Events Front Page Music Picks Scene Tags:, , ,
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Scooter Scene – Rimini Lambretta Centre

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Scooter Scene

Rimini Lambretta Centre are a well known Italian based scooter restorers and original ‘Casa’ Lambretta dealership specialising in bespoke 60’s style restoration & customising, with rare original parts & accessories. They are also the designers and suppliers of the ‘Cyclone 5 Speed’ Lambretta gearbox. The shop is based at: Via Gessi 14, 47030, Borghi (FC), Italy.

NutsMags’ Rob Bailey caught up with an old friend Dean Orton owner of Rimini Lambretta Centre for a chat about his very own ‘Italian job’.

When and how did your passion for Lambrettas come about?

The answer to that is really two-stage. Firstly, I saw ‘Going Underground’ on the TV as a 10-year-old in 1980 and that song hit me sideways. The passion for scooters came later. In 1984, walking home from school, I saw a moded-up Vespa V100. It was amazing – really mind-blowing. Lambrettas were in the family as my Father had loads during the 70s, which he bought to ‘do up’ and then sell on. From 14 I could see the differences between all the Lambrettas we had and the smaller Vespa 100. My first Lambretta – a Starstream – was given to me by the owner of the Vespa V100. That was followed about a week later by a Lambretta Pacemaker 150. The reason we had Lambrettas rather than Vespas was simply that we didn’t have the money (or were unable to convince our parents) to buy a new PX, like the older scooter boys. Potless meant Lambrettas, like it or not.

When did you turn your passion into your job?

As the mod scene in the UK dwindled at the beginning of the 1990s and the numbers attending rallies became a fraction of what we’d seen just a few years previously, our lot, the Allstars AMSC, started looking for alternative events. In 1990 Marc Boddy and I rode a GP175 over for the Rimini mod rally, taking in a European tour as we went. The trip was amazing, Marc got us arrested and we made a load of new Italian friends. Come 1992, I decided to make the move to Italy for good, and with just a few quid in my pocket I left the UK to start afresh. I found digs and got a job making neon signs. The first thing I did was buy a good, clean original GP125… and then stick a 225cc engine in it. Most of the local Rimini mods had standard 125s and 150s, so one evening I let several of them have a little spin. They were taken aback by the sheer acceleration, so in no time at all I was spending my evenings building engines and scooters. By the time my year-long contract came to an end I was already making much more from my evening ‘job’ so the premature unemployment was good timing.

RLC is famous for some the finest restoration jobs over the last twenty years many of which appeared in Scootering magazine, do you have a particular favorite?

The ‘Tollazzi’ pale blue TV175 Series 2 ‘works’ aesthetically and that seems to be liked by most people who have seen it. The two Bel-Air SX’s we did also look amazing. These are what we’d call ‘Street – Mod’ machines as they don’t have lights and mirrors. If it was to be a ‘proper’ mirrors & lights mod scooter then it’d either be Marco’s Li150 Series 1 or my own Speedball TV200. We built those to be purposely over-the-top mod bikes. It’s not just a case of ‘bolting on bling’ though. If you check out the lights & horns on the front of the Mod bikes we build, the spaces between each and every part is millimetre perfect and symmetrical. Even apparently simple things such as the racks and crash bars are ALL cut-n-shut to get them to flow with the bikes’ lines. There is no room for grey in the building process; It’s black or white, right or wrong, simple: OCD at its very finest.

How long does the average restoration job take?

If it’s a straight ‘factory resto’ then 100 labour hours will see to it. If it’s a full blown mod bike then that can be tripled, easily. Every bike is different and takes as long as it takes. We’re not willing to cut corners because we’re simply running out of time.

How many scooters do you own and does that include any Vespa models?

Time, or lack of it, dictates that there’s little point having a dozen personal scooters getting little or no use. Currently I have the Speedball TV200, the last known Innocenti produced GP200 Electronic, a TV175 Series 1 mod bike project and a French Mors-Speed 125. I also recently bought a nigh-on zero km Indian GP150 that was owned by the accessories company ‘Vigano’, who were going to use it on their last ever annual calendar. That’ll get sorted out and then used to travel to Istanbul on this summer.

Please tell us about where you are based, the workshop and the RLC team who play a vital role in the companies’ success.

As I said previously, there are five of us here at RLC in Rimini. Marco is my long term friend and partner in all RLC’s Mod type creations. He runs the workshop side of things. Isabella runs the website sales, Italian customer liaison. Mickyboy is Marco’s right hand man and is a true mechanical genius. He is one of the main figures behind the creation of the Cyclone 5 Speed gearbox. Our latest addition to the team, Joe, is still a Vespa man but we’ll soon sort that out. It’s a really mixed team. Soon RLC will be heading to new larger premises and that means we’ll be looking to take on another two or three mechanics, but those with a mod leaning will definitely have the edge. Mod is what drives RLC, no question.

RLC is an original ‘Casa Lambretta dealer’ and has worked closely with Vittorio Tessera to improve the range how did that come about?

We have worked with Vitty for over 15 years and he trusts RLC 100 per cent. He knows that we too want the entire Casa range of products to be as good as possible. If the products are bettered then so is the quality of RLC’s end work, simple. There’s no point moaning if something isn’t right, much better to look for the solution to that problem. If RLC discovers something amiss in a Casa product, or room for improvement, then it has now got to a point in trust where Vitty is happy that we contact the maker directly and get the changes instigated, without even consulting him. That means he has the workload and relative stress removed and we (and all the other Casa dealers) get a better end product to use, fit and sell. Everyone’s a winner.

How did you manage to crack the enigma and develop the ‘Cyclone 5 Speed’ Lambretta gearbox?

That is something that is on-going and the most difficult thing RLC has ever taken on. My own work ethic (and outlook to life) is, ‘be part of the solution and not the problem’. I knew deep down it could be done and working with people who have a similar outlook to my own helped. The ‘original’ Omega-made 5 speed gearboxes were (and still are) shite. Rather than trying to sort them out, we started afresh and those in the project worked to guidelines I insisted on. Once we were all clear on what the final outcome had to be, we went through the whole show, piece by piece until we got it right. It was two years from idea concept to final production and testing. The very first prototype Cyclone 5 Speed gearbox now has 25,000km on it, and it’s still in daily use.

Does the ‘Cyclone 5 Speed’ gearbox enhance the performance and work on all Lambretta models?

The idea is that your scooter becomes more enjoyable to use and thanks to the ratios we insisted on, it can be used in anything from a Series 1 Li125 Framebreather through to a TS1 240. The Cyclone 5 Speed will give you a higher top speed, it’ll give you faster acceleration through the gears (as there’s no ‘drop-off’ between gear changes) and you’ll use less fuel as there’s no need to hammer the scooter before changing up; it’s a no-brainer. Whatever engine configuration you have – standard or tuned – whatever barrel kit is fitted or whatever exhaust you have, you’ll always have an Achilles heel, and that’s four gears. The Cyclone will solve it, and that’s no sales pitch, it’s just simple fact. I challenge anyone to ride a scooter with a Cyclone and remain unimpressed.

You sell an amazing amount of spares and accessories are these all originals or are they being manufactured today?

Ninety-nine per cent of the accessories we sell on line are originals; that’s what RLC is primarily known for. Original accessories will always be top drawer and desirable and the market is important for us. The numbers of these that are available are obviously continually dwindling as time passes – but the demand is continually increasing. This makes it difficult to locate original accessories and their market prices reflect their rarity and or desirability. On our site, the accessories are divided up between original Lambretta, original Vespa and remade. They need to be (and are) kept separate and relative descriptions must be clear for buyers. RLC remakes some things, such as Pegasus seats, but not mass production accessories. We do make bespoke accessories for ourselves and for in-house restos but these are too time consuming and costly to mass produce. Also, it’s nice to keep some things in very limited numbers to make them exclusive.

Are you still able to find Vintage Lambretta models in Italy and do you end up keeping them for your own collection or restoring and selling them at RLC?

It’s as hard to find original scooters as it is to find original accessories nowadays. We’re obviously here to do business and keeping scooters isn’t the way forward. However, if one of us is considering doing a project and a scooter part comes to light that he or she wants, we have no objection to this. At the end of the day, we really enjoy what we do and I positively encourage all at RLC to have a scooter project on the go. This ensures everyone stays on their toes and a healthy competition between us can be very creative.

Where do you see RLC heading over the next decade and any exciting projects in the near future?

One of the reasons I detest things such as facebook is that it all seems such a celebration of the past. That’s okay, we all had a laugh on the rallies back then; but I’m more interested in what I’ll be doing tomorrow. It’s what I’m going to do next that really counts; RLC needs more space so it’s exciting times with the move to bigger premises.

Fortunately some of RLC’s customers are keen to give us free reign to come up with scooters that we want to build them and that’s amazing: being paid to create your ideas. It’s also satisfying to see customers’ faces. In-house (non-customer owned) scooter projects include a full blown, tuned, mirrors and lights TV Series 1, two near-identical fully enclosed 50s style racers, a Vega chopper (can I say that in here?) plus a mad sidecar combo; it’ll be an interesting year.

The RLC shop is currently situated in the foothills overlooking Rimini on Italy’s eastern coast. For more information see the website and social media contacts at the top of the page.


riminilambrettacentre.com and lambretta5speed.com


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 10, 2013 By : Category : Cars and Scooters Europe Front Page Interviews Picks Scene Tags:, , , ,

Buckingham Palace Ride out – 25 May 2013

Classic scooter ride outs through London bring together a cross section of people to enjoy the sights of the capital as well as meet up with like-minded folk and discuss the common ground of our beloved 50-year-old lawn mowers.

This year, the decision was made to hold the Timebox Weekender on the second bank holiday weekend in May. Given the disaster that was the Kickstart ride in March (heavy snow meant cancelling the vintage stalls and food with a few hardy riders following me in the car to Greenwich for the scooter comp), it was agreed that the later in the year, the better the chance of some good weather… and maybe good karma.

Time for a well placed grumble. While the Police events team and Westminster City Council acknowledged the event, not one person informed me about major road closures until a week before the run despite me chasing information from all parties concerned (The TfL website, it turns out, is not as accurate as you or they might think).

At 10.30am on the day itself, I’m on the Lambretta racing through Central London. Pall Mall=closed=BOO! Piccadilly+Regent St=full of football fans=no go zone= BOO! Constitution Hill=OPEN=RESULT! A quick mental calculation and decision meant I had a new route so I could relax. On arrival at Bar Italia I’m straight away on the blower messaging/posting updates of the route.Various people arrive on their scooters and a big thanks is owed here to everyone who helped out with the run; Tony Schokman and team who offered their services, Bob Morris, Rob Bailey, Pete Bojangles and Mrs El Presidente herself (Karine), who had the arduous task of being the last person in the pack to collect the strays and other marshals. Carnaby St. for 1.30pm and it’s packed.

The decision to barrier off the central section for ‘essential maintenance’ ensures the flow of human traffic is disrupted as much as possible during the bank holiday weekend. This didn’t deter the scooterists in attendance though and it isn’t long before every nook and cranny in the surrounding area is littered with chrome and custom paint jobs. Time for a quick meet and great, enlisting of additional marshals and suddenly it’s 2pm; time to off! A slow cruise along Great Marlborough Street and across Regent Street this year, down to New Bond Street. I thought it only appropriate that we stop outside the Palace for a change, while I snap away with the camera for that all important social media update. On to Westminster square where we encounter our first football chanting from the masses. Odd to hear a mix of English and German fans chanting in a language I can only nominate as ‘Ger-lish’. Past Big Ben/Houses of Parliament and onto the river. Off at Blackfriars with Rob Bailey plotting up on the median strip to stop anyone from straying from the pack. Then up to Clerkenwell Road, onto Old Street and into Curtain Road where New Untouchables photographer, Lord Savage, was on hand to capture the ‘arrival’ of the pack at The Strongroom Bar.

Cue live music from Shake 101 and BBQ! After a difficult judging process this year, Rob and I awarded the trophies for best scooters to the following:
Best Vespa – Dave: Blue Vespa Sportique
Best Lambretta – Paul: Yellow TV175 series 2
Best Mod Scooter – Guy: Gold/chrome GS150

Thanks as always to all of the 500 who came from around the country, a massive thanks to the marshals who kept everyone together, Rob and the New Untouchables team for another great collaboration, the Strongroom Bar for having us, well as the Man Upstairs for the weather (and well done to Nicky once again for pulling this awesome event together, great achievement – Ed).

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Nicky Bubbles

Nicky Bubbles was bitten by the bug as a young lad in Australia. With the sounds of Otis, Diana and Marvin in the background of his youth, it was a deep seeded passion for Tamla that helped propel him towards the Mod scene in his mid twenties. The love of scooters was also apparent from a relative obsessed with Vespas. This led to Nicky joining and subsequently taking over the reigns at Central London’s only dedicated geared scooter club as ‘El Presidente’- Bar Italia SC. Based in Soho, the spiritual home of the Mod/ern/ist, the club meet on sundays at the iconic all night coffee bar, drink some of London’s best ground blend, and plan/ride through Central London throughout the year, as well as collaborate with fellow clubs in the South East region. The club, now approaching it’s tenth year anniversary as an official club, has a heavy influence by the scene and represents the more sussed part of the scootering fraternity. All other clubs are welcome, as well as any solo riders, Mod or otherwise.

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June 5, 2013 By : Category : Cars and Scooters Events Front Page Picks Scene UK Tags:, , , ,
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Betty Beat 4 – Max Galli

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Betty Beat - Max Galli

‘Betty Beat Continues. Betty Beat is an extra terrestrial 18 year old girl who comes from Planet Kromos. The action is set in the 1967-1968 period, with loads of ‘Swingin’’ London imagery.

There will be many funny characters coming along as Betty lives her adventures on planet Earth!’ I hope you enjoy getting to know Betty Beat.

Max Galli – 2012

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Max Galli

Max Galli was born in Rome in 1969, the son of a photographer and a housewife. Illustrator, graphic designer and writer, he embraced the culture and the aesthetics of the Sixties more than two decades ago. Max published three novels, an anthology of short stories and four comic books, and contributed to several magazines ( "Storie", "Vintage", "Blue", "Misty Lane" and “EyePlug”). During the years he realized loads of illustrations, pin ups, record and cd covers and posters for Italian and European clubs and bands. He lived in London from 1998 to 2003, joining in the London Mod scene, from which he took inspiration for his work. His comic books “The Beatnix” and “The Adventures of Molly Jones” reached international success, especially in United Kingdom and USA.

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November 22, 2012 By : Category : Comics Europe Front Page Literature Media Picks Scene Style Tags:, , , , ,
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