Eddie, Dean and Jonny went it alone on the New Years Special rounding up the first full year of the Modcast.. here are some the contributions we were sent through from our guests..

MARK WINGETT

My highlight was actually making 50 years of age!.. Fave record has to be Newport State of Mind

PAOLO HEWITT

HIGHLIGHT – Watching The Mumper be turned into a film, hearing actors such as Bob Hoskins speak some of my lines, shaking the hand of Dudley Sutton.

RECORD _ A tie between DJ Shadow and Little Dragon’s Scale It Back and Liana La Havas’s No Room For Doubt featuring Wily Mason.

NEXT YEAR – God willing, I will be overseeing the publication of the A-Z Of Mod and Love Me Do – Fifty Great Beatle Moments books, selling hundreds and thousands of my books Fab Gear, Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky, and The Mumper, embarking on a Ronnie Lane biog to match our Marriott book, creating with The Stone Foundation, hugging Harry Redknapp at the party to celebrate Spurs winning the Double, and above all watching my memoir The Looked After Kid – My Life In A Children’s Home turned into a film.

PAUL GALLAGHER

Highlight of the year : it aint over yet.. so many..mostly where did summer go?

Fave record : Cults debut album

Coming up: more DJ touring in 2012.. writing..and making a road movie.. think spinal tap meets father ted

ANDY LEWIS

My highlight of the year was recording the Red Inspectors album in February. An excellent time was had by all involved.

My favourite record of the year is an album called “The Hosting Couple” by a band called Rotifer, especially the tune “Aberdeen Marine Lab”, a ridiculous garage punk thrash in the fine tradition of The Prisoners, Milkshakes, Headcoats etc.

My plans for next year include the release of The Red Inspectors album in January and live shows with them and the Andy Lewis Band. I’m also looking forward to being out and about with Paul Weller again.

MARK BAXTER

Seeing my film ‘Outside Bet’ for the first time at a screening in Soho in July. A wonderfully surreal moment

‘I Read A Lot’ by Nick Lowe – From his album ‘The Old Magic’. That song is a classic ballad, simple as.

I have the film ‘Outside Bet’ based on our book The Mumper being released on April 13th and a new book called ‘The A-Z of Mod’ out in May. I once again collaborated with Paolo Hewitt on it and Martin Freeman has written the foreward. In for an interesting year I think/hope!

CHRIS SULLIVAN

Highlight of the Year – Thousands of people complaining about  uber twat Clarkson’s deplorable comments.

Fave record of 2011 – I Believe in Miracles – Sunlight Square Latin Combo

What you have coming up – Weekly DJ residency at Novokov Mayfair, my film script entitled Anarchy in the UK which has absolutely nothing to do with punk rock, has been optioned by a Hollywood production company so I will be working on that with a view to shoot next August.

My book We Can Be Heroes should hit the shops in April and I  and it looks as if I will  be back onboard with The Vintage Festival this summer.

FRED EKANDER

Being guest (with Marshall Chess) on The Modcast, of course! And the opening of the first Cosmos Music Store in Stockholm…

Fave record.. “Out Of Bounds” – Trummor & Orgel

A long overdue Holiday to Thailand in the New Year, then back to work and hopefully some more hits in the UK, so that we can justify opening our first office there soon!

WELSH PETE

Highlight of 2011 – Stone Roses reforming.

Best Song – ‘Suzanne & I’ by Anna Calvi.

Coming Up – Delivering a pilot script for The B-Team to the BBC for the spring and hopefully seeing that and other projects in development!

DEAN CHALKLEY

Highlight of the Year- I think it’s got to be the launch  of Young Souls. The Film launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club a brilliant night with 2 floors of great music supplied by legendary djs the film was screened a number of times ..brilliant! The Photographic exhibition at the Youth Club Gallery in kingly Court off Carnaby street proved a big draw and attracted national media coverage too. Young Souls the film and Photographic Exhibition were the realization of an idea and the result of a lot of hard work by many people. I’m pleased to say it was received really well which is of course very nice but more importantly I think it is a solid piece of work that celebrates a culture that I admire and love.  You can see the film at http://tinyurl.com/656vnmc.   It has also been excepted into the London Short Film Festival details at http://shortfilms.org.uk/events/2012-01-12-new-shorts-16-music-video.  The Young Souls Photographic Exhibition will appear next at the Hotel Pelirocco  private view on the 19th January – 29th March details of the hotel are on http://www.hotelpelirocco.co.uk/

Fave record of 2011 The funny thing about collecting old records is that they are new to you even though they are decades old, so my fave record would have to be Daryl Carter ‘ The thing that saved me was the love you gave me’ but from new artists I really like Nick Waterhouse and his track ‘I Can Only Give You Everything’, a great record and I think the vinyl will be a collectable thing in the very near future..i’m looking forward to hearing and seeing more of this chap when he comes over..

What you have coming up It is mad busy over here at Chalkley Towers..I’ve got some big Jobs on as well as several exhibitions too… a number of my Photographs will be exhibited in an NME Magazine  exhibition  between the 4th Jan –11th Jan the show features the winners of the annual NME photography competition, its good to see the young blood of the medium coming through.  The Magazine awarded me a very nice honour ..’Outstanding Contribution To Music Photography Award’  so I think it will be a nice little show private view on the 5th Jan at The Print Space in Kingsland Road London..come on down.

Then there’s the Pelirocco Exhibition 19thjan-29th march

And then 3rd Feb opening Party –view  in Leigh on Sea  Essexof ..”LOOK HEAR”  a collection of  Photographic works based around Music some classics and some less well known..it will be held at the WHITE WALL SPACE GALLERY check www.deanchalkley.com for details or the Gallery’s site.. http://www.whitewallspace.co.uk/

We have a load more guests lined up for 2012 so watch this space..

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