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{MUSIC MINUTE} “Woodstock” – Joni Mitchell

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me
I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm
I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band
I’m going to camp out on the land
I’m going to try an’ get my soul free
We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe it’s the time of man
I don’t know who l am
But you know life is for learning
We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation
We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil’s bargain
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
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{MUSIC MINUTE} “All The Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople

 

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All the young dudes (I want to hear you)
Carry the news (I want to see you)
Boogaloo dudes (and I want to talk to you all of you)
Carry the news

– All the Young Dudes,  Mott the Hoople {written by David Bowie}

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The band Mott the Hoople are all Gods of Glam in our eyes; and we weren’t the only ones who see that! In fact, the King of the Gods of Glam himself practically initiated them into the cult with this 1972 cult hit penned by the master himself.

Bowie also offered the band “Suffragette City” after learning the band was on the brink of breaking up just at the verge of their success.

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They went through several names for themselves including The Doc Thomas Group, The Shakedown Sound, and the Silence – but it was the 1966 novel, Mott the Hoople, by Willard Manus that truly stuck.

We love this jam, and hope you do too!

DON’T GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!

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{STYLE WISE} Wild for Kicks! ‘Beat Girl’Est Tres Chic!

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From the cusp of 1960’s culture came a film documenting wild teen tomfoolery and squaller.  Daughter of local divorced architect father, was born Jenny; an impressionably sexy young woman who falls into the towns scene of beatnik culture and electric youth.

When Jenny’s divorced father Paul marries a Parisian woman named Nichole, Jenny’s distaste for the new woman in her life is immediate.  Her now ‘mother’ is not much older than vibrant Jenny which infuriates the teased haired beauty.  In a tit for tat attempt to expose Nichole’s seedy past, Jenny begins a journey into the dark side that is deeper than she could ever have planned for.  Discovering Nichole’s root’s in the unsavoury night scene abound with strippers and rock’n roll, Jenny is determined to undermine and manipulate Nichole to get whatever the fuck she wants.  Bad girl antics ensue while attracting the attention of Kenny, owner of the dance hall.

Full of cheese-ball rebels and hot girls this flick from 1960 delivers action and vulgarity.  We surely recommend this one if you are in the mood for a badass black and white.  We know we can never get enough of greaser culture and faster kill pussycats, this flick may just get you to buy a leather jacket and bleach your hair platinum blonde… but we suggest avoiding games of ‘chicken’ despite the peer pressure.

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Music Minute: “My Only Love” by Roxy Music

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These guys are legends, and their music echoes like the voice of a lost memory. Dreams, and fantasy, illusion, and grandeur – these are all summoned by their music. Formed in 1971, Roxy Music lives on today as one of the most popular bands there have ever been, and were even honoured by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the “Immortal” in a list of their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

We’d have to go ahead, and add them to our Best-Dressed Artists of All Time list with their wild nod to the past injected with the blinding buzz of Glam Rock England. We included a few pictures of these Idols, and were hoping the song be a great way to settle down into the night.

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And what do you know? Looks like foil metallics and leopard print are right on their way back, so watch out! Also green suits, mysteriously enough . . .

Hope you enjoy.

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “Ouija Board, Ouija Board” by MORRISSEY

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There’s a saying that goes:  “You either have it, or you don’t”.

And although, most people these days would love to believe they have it, there is definitely one person you can look back on and say they did “have it”, and equally today too, we are still singing their praises – MORRISSEY.

That sweet croon, and wicked wild hair-do, not to mention that beautiful romantic new wave styling he was always sporting. Striped and houndstooth blazers were never a challenge. Always a little stripped down and casual, that’s the rockstar in him.

Hordes of Mexican teens have adopted him as their Jesus, and Carrie Bradshaw’s little sister has a hamster named MORRISSEY on “The Carrie Diaries”. He’s definitely not one of those forgotten ones.

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We came across this lovely wonder, and decided immediately to make it our latest {MUSIC MINUTE}. If you’ve never heard it, you might be expecting something a little creepy from the title, but the song gives a lot more love and tenderness than you might ever expect from a song called “Ouija Board, Ouija Board”.

The record needle is currently hovering over anything and everything with an occult theme, so whether it was today, or twenty years ago, this song is destined to be a, dare I say it, cult classic.

Please enjoy this very special {MUSIC MINUTE}!

 

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The Nagging Doubt You Can’t Shake . . . PRISSY LIPS!!!

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Meet PRISSYLIPS, a Brighton-based alternative due consisting of Crysi de Milo & Reuben Drake. They play “post-apocalyptic new wave protest songs shaped out of love letters, suicide notes, death threats, and shit lists”.

Being the “bright new darlings of the avant-garde”, we couldn’t but help give our friends, fans, and followers a little taste and insight into the “nagging doubt you can’t shake” that is PRISSY LIPS. Keep your eyes and ears open for this gruesome twosome.

Once again, our brilliant correspondent John Wisniewski was able to get the inside scoop!

Check it out:

JOHN: How did Prissy Lips form?
PRISSYLIPS: PRISSYLIPS is what happens when living becomes desperate… it’s the voice of the beaten generation… it’s the culmination of ten years on the edge of the blade.. I met my guitarist, Reuben, about 4 years ago when we were both fucked-up self-destruct-button-pressers and we embarked on a crazy schizo train-wreck of a relationship and this is where we ended up. PRISSYLIPS is like finally clearing your throat properly after 10 years. It is my catharsis, my therapy, my bread and butter and my deepest secrets.
JOHN: What was the first record that you released?
PRISSYLIPS: We haven’t released an LP yet but have an EP (“Hissy Fits”) in production. The first song we released was a 6-minute Bolan-esque guitar ballad  called “Hermaphrodité” which is about the choice I made in being true to myself and so forsaking love! The post-gender blues. I always thought of it as “the Breech Birth of Venus”… it’s a very depressing song but a lot of our songs have come from the dankest, most fucked-up or self-loathing corners of my mind.
JOHN: Prissy recorded a cover of the song “Female Trouble” used in John Waters film of the same name? Are you both fans of John’s films?
PRISSYLIPS: John Waters is pretty much the Pope at our house. His films are staggering works of genius, and Divine a legend. We were honored to be asked to perform at the Brighton premiere of “I Am Divine”, which was an awesome night full of beauty and reverence and boundary destruction… I want to be friends with the Dreamlanders and visit Baltimore. I think John’s book “Shock Value” should be on the bedside table of the world!
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Be sure to check these guys out on FACEBOOK, and sample their incredible music on SOUNDCLOUD.

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{DISCOVERED} Bathing in Brighton: Vintage Memories and Musings

Who are the  dapper gents in top hats and scandalous bathing shorts?

None other than some of the original members of The Brighton Swimming Club. This photo was taken circa 1863 by photographer Benjamin Botham.

Seems like the boys of Brighton have been stirring up a lot of conversation on the net, which seems quite remarkable for a one hundred and forty nine year old memory!

It’s remarkable that photographs like this have survived,  helping keep the past alive, and showing all of us here in the {PRESENT} the weird and wonderful moments of the past they don’t teach you in history class.

The Brighton Swim Club was established on May 4th, 1860, following a meeting of swimming enthusiasts at The Jolly Fisherman in Brighton’s Market Street. The members, all serious for the sport, were completely revolutionary to the strict mandates of Victorian dress codes often ditching their scanty shorts to swim the seas nude.

As noted in our story on Men’s Vintage Swimwear Styles, swimsuits were made of heavy cottons or wools and covered most of the body, making it highly uncomfortable and straining.

Due to public outrage over the sight of the naked male swimmers, authorities in Brighton would introduce regulations that insisted that men who wanted to swim on the main beach between the hours of 8 AM and 9PM, would have to wear a bathing costume to “preserve public decency”.

{The club’s  “two-dolphins” crest is embroidered on these suits – a symbol of the seaside town. This photo was taken outside their clubhouse at No. 231 King’s Road Arches on March 1881}

That’s where the calecons, a French creation, came into play allowing for the coverage authorities desired, and the lack of coverage desired by the club members. They were truly rebels of the waters, treading the fine lines of societal morality and the function they knew they (and WE) needed!

The Brighton Swimming Club is still alive and well today! The Swimming Club has gone through great efforts to keep their history in tact so all can see. Floating Memories is an archive dedicated to preserving and curating their collected history, and features a remarkable database of vintage clothing and lifestyle. Their Vimeo channel yields some true wonders!


If you enjoy the beach (I know you do), and vintage styles (I know you do too) be sure to check this out!

Thanks to Callum James for bringing this remarkable tradition to our attention. His blog Front Free Endpaper features many cool vintage treasures to adore. Also David Simkin, whose Sussex Photo History blog featured a brilliant page on The Brighton Swimming Club, including a detailed breakdown of that fantastic picture of the gentleman wearing top hats that’s been buzzing around the place!

Once again, history prevails and shows it’s not going away anytime soon. So have fun! Do what you want!

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

Sincerely,

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E.O.F. CELEBRATES! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE MOSS!


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Fashion Feline. Vintage Vixen. Mystic Muse.

We celebrate all the independent states of Kate, who turned 39 today!

Amazing to see her beauty has not faded a bit since she first appeared on this iconic cover of THE FACE Magazine in 1990!

In fact, it is her unique beauty that stood apart then, and still stands apart to this very day, which is why she is already a legend at not even 40.

We expect this real life Wonder Woman will continue breaking ground for the next 39 years to come.

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“You lie, in faith; for you are call’d plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town,
Thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded,
Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs,
Myself am moved to woo thee for my wife.”

– William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

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So once again, Happy Birthday, Kate!

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MUSIC MINUTE {Birthday Edition}: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID BOWIE!

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It’s hard to believe that the Starman is 66 years old today (That’s one 6 away from being the Antichrist – powerful stuff . . .)! Not too many seniors look as god damn good as this odd fellow – it’s hard to believe he’s a day over 30, still.

If looks could kill, there would be a lot of people dead from Bowie’s one-of-a-kind style sensibilities he rocked throughout the 60s and 70s; embracing androgyny and flashing it up to the max. And yet, his way has become a sort of classic in our day and age, and you can still look back and aspire to his flamboyant elegance . . .

Bowie has released a brand new single today, as well, entitled “Where Are We Now?” (good question), but in true Eye of Faith style I think we need to take it back a little and celebrate Bowie in all his Glamour Glory!

Please enjoy . . .

“I don’t know where I am going from here, but I can promise it won’t be boring.”

-David Bowie.

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Music Minute: Ghosts – Japan (1981)


While sitting in our favourite local cafe, Cool Hand of a Girl,  we heard a favourite melody and it reignited our love of gothic new-wave (Not that we’re saying the flame ever went out). We were in fact listening to Japan.

Forming in 1974, it would be this band from South London who’d help usher in NewWave.  Achieving success in the late 1970s, early 1980s, they have been cited as an important influence on 1980s synthpop bands such as Duran Duran and Camouflage.
They would forever be associated with the ‘New Romantic ‘ fashion movement, an association which would always be denied by Japan.

In the early 80s, the group would garner their most notable success with “Ghosts“.  From the 1981 album ‘ Tin Drum, it reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in 1982.   Although it was their biggest hit, this was not enough to stop the band splitting only a few months later.

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