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The Who announce Quadrophenia tour

By Stefano on January 28th, 2013

Following in the footsteps of Macca – who was everywhere in the summer – and The Stones who played a series of dates at the end of last year The Who have announced a run of dates. The twist is that in keeping with the ongoing trend for playing classic albums the band is going to run through their 1973 opus Quadrophonia.

Pete Townshend is obviously very keen on that album. He recently made a fascinating documentary for the BBC about the album and it became the 1979 film which inspired the first mod revival.

Personally I’d like to see them blast through Sell Out, but there’s no denying that Quadrophenia his held in a very high place by both the band its fans.

The tour dates are below. Tickets go on sale on February 1st from here.

According to Digital Spy

The ‘Quadrophenia Tour’ has been personally directed by frontman Roger Daltrey and focuses on the original rock opera album, replacing the narrative used in previous stage versions with imagery projected on screens.

June 8 Dublin The O2
June 10 Belfast Odyssey
June 12 Glasgow SECC
June 15 London The O2
June 18 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
June 20 Newcastle Metro Arena
June 23 Manchester Arena
June 25 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
June 28 Birmingham LG Arena
June 30 Liverpool Echo Arena



The Parka revival – and why I won’t be buying one

By Stefano on October 17th, 2012

I was never really a proper mod, but have worn mod gear for most of my life. Even more so as I have got older. Maybe the assertion that mod clobber is something that is perfect for the elder gentlemen has a grain of truth in it.

Personally I have never really got on with so called ‘mod parkas.’ Actually let’s call them ‘classic parkas’ to differentiate them from the man-made fur trimmed zip up variety so beloved of 70s school kids and birdwatchers. While most mod gear from button down shirts to three button jackets seem to perfectly encapsulate the mod creed of ‘clean living in difficult circumstances’ and look sharp, parkas seemed to be a bit of an anachronism for me. What is the point in investing in that perfect mohair suit if you are going to stick a large shapeless and rather scruffy looking coat over the top? Also the original fishtail parkas back in the 50s came from Army Surplus stores and were often the worse for wear.

Fishtail parkas remind me of the part time mods from the 80s who couldn’t be bothered with the trappings but just flung on parkas adorned with Who badges to keep in with their tribe. A few weeks later they morphed into casuals. In fact you could argue that their popularity largely stemmed from the association with Quadrophenia. Maybe Phil Daniels is the only person who ever looked cool in one.

Sure if you are scooting round town on your Vespa parkas make more sense, but for me parkas especially of the classic fishtail variety are a bit of a retro revival too far. Surely the ultimate mod coat is a very smart three/four button crombie style in mohair.

It is interesting though that the classic parka seems to be making a real comeback this year. Part of this is being fueled by stirrings of a mini mod revival – you really ought to see this - but I guess the re-emergence of the parka is largely due to the fact that prominent retro brands from Ben Sherman through to Merc and Pretty Green, are all exercising a very serious pull over style conscious 30 and 40 something blokes. And they all have parkas in their range.

What is also interesting are the various ways in which the parka is being reinvented. The North Face, and other decidedly non-mod leisure brands have their own take on the parka. Then there is this bizarre coat from Ben Sherman which adds leather (!?) trimmings. Very odd.

Anyhow, if you do fancy a parka here are few to look at.

Ben Sherman Plectrum Leather Sleeve Parka £495

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The Mod meets Rocker parka that incorporates bits of leather. That would have confused them on Margate beach in the mid 60s Ben Sherman

Coats & Jackets

Jimmy’s Quadrophenia Parka returns with £500 Pretty Green limited edition

By shinychris on October 13th, 2011

This limited edition Quadrophenia Parka will set you back £500

Liam Gallagher’s clothing label Pretty Green has announced a collaboration with the reissue of The Who’s Quadrophenia – The Director’s cut.

To mark the collaboration‚ Pretty Green has designed a limited edition parka made legendary by Jimmy from the Quadrophenia album cover.  The album tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s.

The Parka has been an iconic image since the album was released and Pretty Green is planning to revive it with 100 limited edition jackets costing £500 each, available from the Pretty Green Carnaby Street store.

Says Liam Gallagher: “As I’m a massive fan of The Who, and Quadrophenia being one of my favourite albums of all time, it’s an honour to be associated.”

Pretty Green will also be showcasing Pete Townhend’s archives of notes, desk diaries, photos and original lyrics from the making of Quadrophenia alongside album artwork and outtakes in a never been seen before exhibition at their flagship store in London’s Carnaby Street.  The exhibition opens to the public on Thursday 27th October.

Lifestyle & Gadgets

Lambretta launches Quadrophenia bike

By shinychris on September 30th, 2009

Lambretta Bike Mens 01 -.jpgMust confess I’m not a big fan of bikes or the goddam ridiculous gear cyclists wear while jumping red lights or ignoring zebra crossings. But this retro-chic Lambretta would be enough to get me back on two wheels cruising the streets of Brighton in my Sta-Press trousers rather than Lycra of course.

Brought to you by Fisher Outdoor Leisure, the world’s first Lambretta Bicicletta (Li126) is modelled on the Lambretta driven by Jimmy in cult film Quadrophenia and will be launched to the public at the London Cycle Show 2009 at Earls Court, 8-11 October.

Every one of the 500 £599 limited edition models is individually numbered and comes with its own certificate of authenticity. Rather fittingly number 1 of this limited edition model is owned by the self-styled ‘modfather’ himself, Mr Paul Weller.

Comments Fisher Outdoor CEO Richard Allmark: “We are very excited to be launching the Li126 Lambretta Bicicletta. We are huge fans of Lambretta, and as such have been faithful in our efforts to create a bicycle with style and class, that is in keeping with the brand heritage.”

Though the brand is vintage, Lambretta claims the Li126 is a thoroughly modern bicycle incorporating the latest developments in bike technology and design to create a beautifully honed and high-performing ‘city cruiser’ bike. Further models in the Lambretta Bicicletta range will be announced in Spring 2010.

More images of this beautiful bicycle over the turn.

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