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Mod fashion and style / Re: Italian knits
« on: Today at 11:36:55 AM »
See we discuss collars a lot when it comes to knitted polos and the consensus seems to be to go for long ones. The collar in this pic is about as long as I would like to go, although some would still think this is on the shorter side.
I did a blog post about this once and used a pic of Jimmy in Quadrophenia at the house party at which hes wearing a beige knit polo with what to me had a huuuuuge collar but some people like em that way. Horses for courses!

Truth is I have catholic tastes on that: Big (not huge) Italian style collars work fine for me, they add a nice retro vibe, but I also like the standard Fred Perry-esque smaller collars (they possibly suit better my tiny frame, tbh), as long as they don't fall into micro-collar territory.

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Books and other printed media / Re: Mod Ghosts finally hits the streets
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:15:39 PM »
A fascinating debate. I know it's a bit off-topic for the books section but hopefully our benevolent moderators will indulge us a bit longer. For me, exploring the 80s with the supposed wisdom of middle-age is not about nostalgia or a longing to re-live times past. I love being 53 and the kind of guy I've turned out to be. I wouldn't go back to those days even if I could.  No, it (and the book) is about looking back to make sense of our formative years and the extent to which those experiences contributed to who we became. Now that does interest me. In a recent interview, I described this notion as human terroir - that is to say, the way in which we are all the product of time and place. So I personally see value in analysing the past to help me better understand who I am in the present.  The seeds of my exemplary taste in modern music today were sown during my musical education in the 1980s! As were the seeds of my drink problem  ;)

I contend that Henry Ford was spectacularly way off the mark in this regard when, a hundred years ago, he famously remarked that, "History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today."  Great cars, Hal, but rubbish philosophy  ;)

Maybe it's stretching the debate a bit, but an old saying goes: "People who don't know their own history is condemned to repeat it". It doesn't apply here squarely but I get what Andy means, weighing the past to make sense of the present. Henry Ford words are wrong, IMO, he was more of an action man than a thinker (just like most original mods, or teenagers for that matter).

I disagree with Andy in his "nostalgia" assesment. No matter your intents, Andy, I reckon "Mod Ghosts" will be a source of nostalgia for many readers. Call it a "collateral effect" and forget about it, you've done your work well.

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Italian knits
« on: January 17, 2020, 10:26:51 AM »
Not Italian (to my knowledge, I could be wrong) and totally out of my price range (520 !!!), but I like the collar, the 4 buttons placket and the colour combo of this one:




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General music chat / Re: Recent vinyl purchases
« on: January 17, 2020, 10:24:10 AM »
Both of you are right, I didn't choose the right term. I was thinking along the lines of a competition at the top of the game, in the Geniuses league so to speak (the Stones, the Who, the Kinks, Hendrix...)

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Banter / Re: Lord Dunsby Appreciation Thread
« on: January 17, 2020, 10:21:30 AM »
Wow, what a sad surprise. His illustrations show a true talent, got one of them framed at my study and it looks superb. It just don't seem fair guys that are still kind of young pass away before their time. Sorry for their family, RIP

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Italian knits
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:19:37 PM »
^The striped crew neck on the bottom is the only one I could see myself in^

I know this will not be to everyone's(or possibly anyone's  ;D) taste, but this caught my eye:


But that chevron is pointing the wrong way!!  :-[ Not for me, Mike, but as long as it floats your boat that's what counts

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Italian knits
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:54:49 AM »
Some more Doppiaa beauts I can only dream about, as none of them left in my size, and prices, even discounted, are still steep as hell (think an average 180-200 each).

As just size 50 is left (roughly a Brit 40) in every one of these, maybe bigger gents want to take a punt. If so, code "WINTERSALE" will provide an extra 15% discount to sweeten things a bit. Oh, the webstore is Italian DRESTIGE:










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General music chat / Re: Recent vinyl purchases
« on: January 16, 2020, 10:43:49 AM »
Bobby Womack: Across 110th St - Soundtrack
Leroy Hutson: Closer to the Source
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (never had a copy)
Peter Tosh: Equal Rights (vinyl 2 LP reissue, 2nd LP is a Dub version of the LP)
Yuseff Latiff: The Gentle Giant

Good stuff, Mike. Conversely, "Pet Sounds" is the only Beach Boys LP I own (got some of their discography on CD, including the "Smiley Smile" sessions), but it's a flimsy vinyl 80s reissue, with a so-so sound that doesn't do justice to such an influential record.
A friend of mine I was with insisted I buy the Pet Sounds LP, I was never a big BB fan, but that one LP has the only work I dug of theirs... That "Smile" LP was rubbish IMO. There was a DJ here who wouldn't stop talking about it as "the greatest lost rock album of all time", when I finally heard it, I thought he was as hig as Wilson must have been when he conceived it!

TBH, I think "Smiley Smile" could have become a great, classic LP if someone would have reined a bit over Wilson's chaotic-paranoid ways, but in its actual "reconstructed" state is more of a flawed grandiose project than anything. Three or four truly great songs -"Surf's Up", "Heroes and Villains" immediately come to mind- and snippets that go from the curious/boring, plainly unfinished stuff to the fascinating. A talent not matched by circumstances or means. Anyway, I've always preferred the British contenders, ie, the Beatles, they're closer to my sensibilities (and I think they had more talent than Wilson, or at least knew better how to translate their inspiration to current sounds), likewise the Byrds.

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General music chat / Re: Recent vinyl purchases
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:35:05 PM »
Bobby Womack: Across 110th St - Soundtrack
Leroy Hutson: Closer to the Source
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (never had a copy)
Peter Tosh: Equal Rights (vinyl 2 LP reissue, 2nd LP is a Dub version of the LP)
Yuseff Latiff: The Gentle Giant

Good stuff, Mike. Conversely, "Pet Sounds" is the only Beach Boys LP I own (got some of their discography on CD, including the "Smiley Smile" sessions), but it's a flimsy vinyl 80s reissue, with a so-so sound that doesn't do justice to such an influential record.

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