Please God I keep my job this year!”
And bleakly, as the cold strikes through,
Their entrails like an icy spear,…
George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, 1936.
It’s called Saltdean, and I presume the derivation originates from the sulphurous air that permeates the atmosphere from the sea. It’s about five or six miles outside of Brighton, and unlike its celebrated neighbour, it’s bereft of any of the trappings that you’d expect to find at the seaside; no pier, no cafe, no illuminations or smell of fish and chips. In fact, aside from an imposing hotel that wouldn’t be out of place in The Shining, there’s very little here in Saltdean that one could call memorable.
I've been long excited about The Action's "In The Lap Of The Mods" book like it was the second coming. The Action, along with The Small Faces, The Kinks and David Bowie are my favourite 60's artists. From their first single as The Boys all the way down to the material cut before they became Mighty Baby (released in the 80's on a mini LP "Speak Louder Than") and even lead singer Reg King's 1971 solo LP I'm all on board as a one man American cheering section. I'm still, 18 years later, slowly wrapping my head around Mighty Baby.
The Small Faces were one of the coolest bands to come out in the sixties. Four impeccably dressed lads originally from East London, Steve Marriott (Guitar and Vocals), Ronnie Lane (Bass and Vocals), Kenney Jones (Drums) and Jimmy Winston (Vocals and Keyboards), who was replaced by Ian McLagan in November 1965.
Ian Page and Dave Cairns release the first new Secret Affair album since 1982. 10 years on from their reformation and 30 years from their last album, it really is business as usual for Secret Affair as they return with a long awaited new album. The album kicks off with the title track Soho Dreams, a slow burner that builds and pulls you in, paving the way nicely for Walk Away, all punchy brass, smouldering Hammond and that signature Premier drum sound over a great hook.
Modism, Mod living, is an aphorism for clean living under difficult circumstances” Pete Meaden