To me, so far, there are a few go-to numbers. “Everything you’ve come to expect” is good, as is the “Dream synopsis”. Nothing stands out immediately on first listen, but the songs are all bit more groovy than they were on that previous album and there are some frankly hilarious, as well as clever, lyrics. It plays well as an album without stopping and starting, which is unusual for music of this generation and is a concept I suspect many people under-appreciate. With iTunes, you might as well go and download all the greatest hits of everyone in the charts into a single playlist and that will give you objectively the most popular music. But for an artist to put together a sustained body of work that flows well is quite unusual.
You might be astonished to hear a 27-year-old say that, but it’s true! Despite the click-and-download culture, the idea of a LP or album still has its fans.
They wear a lot of roll-necks and they had a great look in the video for “Standing Next to Me”. But they equally frequently wear totally bizarre shit that I wouldn’t be seen dead in. Recently, Alex Turner’s look seems to owe more to Joe Strummer than Pete Townshend. Miles Kane has shaved his head. Not a complete lack of form if he was going skinhead, but I see no evidence.
So they might be a bit Mod sometimes and that’s fine.
But for them it is not a way of life. They do not live clean under difficult circumstances. They dress up for the stage and that’s that.
If you’re looking for something a bit razzmatazz, don’t go to Sherry’s, go here.
Based in Liverpool, Beatwear draws its inspiration directly from the Fab Four, down to the fact that its jackets and suits are almost all replicas of stuff worn by the band members themselves. In fact, given this emphasis and indeed, the fact that they sell shirts in “Band Bundles” of 4, I think it highly likely all this stuff is actually intended to corner the clearly booming market in Beatles tribute bands. Some of it is very flashy even for a Mod to wear down the street. But the website is still a work of art.
Of course, there is great debate over whether the Beatles were Mod or not. Some of their more stylish garments from their early years definitely cross over, making them a legit source of style ideas. I am, for instance, a big fan of the military style jackets (especially in “persian” blue) and the suede, cuban-heeled Chelsea boots here. Also quite a fan of the other details like red leather linings on the shoes, etc. Prices are what you might expect for the boots and the jackets seem reasonable too. Click pics to see more info.
From the perspective of pure facts however, the Beatles themselves obviously were not Mods themselves and soon deviated from their original look.
Fortunately Beatwear has frozen that look in time right here.
Not quite the full Sherlock, but this upstart mod shoemaker has a few designs that might shake up your wardrobe. All the styles are named after prominent sixties figures - including a healthy representation from the Small Faces.
The fact that they manage to run the whole thing from a wordpress site is pretty cool too.
“High-quality materials : leather, suede, Florentí (brushed leather) and stitched leather soles . In order to achieve the highest quality and durability of the shoe. Attention to detail and following the traditional process .
A few things from Atom Retro. Sorry about the third one - it's all gone so I don't have a name for it!
Okay so either these guys are massive UKIP fans or there is a certain amount of potential wedding-centric theming going on here. Difficult otherwise to see what all this purple would go with on a regular basis, but doesn’t stop them being pretty stunning to look at.
I suppose you could have an iTailor shirt made in purple explicitly for this purpose and then maybe a light grey suit? I’m not sure, but I seem to have spent rather a long time on this website trying to justify buying some shoes, despite the impracticality of the overall outfit. The “Vanguard” broxfords perhaps, or the “Harvard”, again brogue/oxford but with a less burnished toe. Most of the others are a bit gaudy for my taste, I must admit, but these ones I've picked out here are my top 6 and they look great!
Also, their marketing is on point: get their slogan “Subtly Extrovert” - could be a Mod slogan? And the names given to the shoes are hectic... so grandiose.
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