2014 episode kicked off with a great show featuring musician Jess Roden and journalist Ian Penman.
Ian is a respected music journalist with with an insightful and occasionally acerbic style.. A contemporary of Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons.. he has also graced the pages of The Face, Arena, Vogue, The Guardian etc..
We asked Ian to come and talk to us following his extraordinary and very in-depth critique of previous Modcaster Richard Weight’s book “a Very British style”.. in London Review of Books..
Jess’ joined us to discuss his recently released Anthology.. covering a distinguished music career which began with him being invited to join The Alan Bown Set aged 17. One of the hardest working groups of the era, the band (which included John Helliwell who’d later find fame and a not inconsiderable fortune with Supertramp) eventually morphed into The Alan Bown! as Jess recorded two albums and one live set with them before signing to Island Records and forming his own group Bronco (featuring Robbie Blunt, who went on to become Robert Plant’s guitar-player-of-choice).
After two albums, Jess began work on his first solo album, co-produced by John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (most recently The Who’s keyboard player) before that record was put on hold as he formed The Butts Band with Robbie Kreiger and John Densmore (The Doors having disbanded following Jim Morrison’s death). Jess quit after one album and brief UK and US tours and returned to work on his own project. This was ultimately completed at SeaSaint Studios in New Orleans (with The Meters) under the guidance of Allen Toussaint and London (co-produced by Island founder, Chris Blackwell). On its highly acclaimed release JR teamed up with Southampton band Iguana to form The Jess Roden Band. Three albums followed on the back of full-on touring across The UK and Europe. A major concert draw from day one, the group disbanded following less than expected album sales and Roden moved to New York to pursue his solo career. After a further two albums (featuring the cream of New York’s session players and produced by Joel Dorn), Jess left Island Records and formed The Rivits with Peter Wood (a member of Pink Floyd’s The Wall band and co-writer of Al Stewart’s mega-hit Year Of The Cat). One album followed, recorded with Doanne Perry (currently long-serving drummer with Jethro Tull) which Island picked up before Jess embarked on a series of after-hours sessions with Steve Dwire (The Rivits bass player) and producer A.T.Michael MacDonald. These sessions eventually resulted in Seven Windows – an album featuring arranger Paul Buckmaster, Elliot Randall (Steely Dan) among many other luminaries – that was released by EMI. Returning to the UK, Jess became more and more involved in graphic arts and design but, nonetheless, still found time for music with The Humans, a group featuring Gary Grainger (co-writer of some of Rod Stewart’s biggest hits) and named by Traffic’s Jim Capaldi who also recorded with them. Jess Roden & The Humans made two records – a studio and a live album.
He’s now done this beautiful Anthology with www.hiddenmasters.net. There is one copy up for grabs along with the signed artwork .. Jess has posed a question on this episode.. listen in and email [email protected] to claim your prize..
A third competition .. comes from our sponsors Modfest.co.uk.. A pair of tickets for the next 4 months (inc this episode) are up for grabs.. email [email protected] and put Modfest in the subject line to claim a pair of tickets.. For those who didn’t catch last months show.. Modfest is a new annual festival.. Taking place at Brighton Racecourse over the 3rd and 4th May this year.. We had Simon Wady .. event organizer on the show last month.
The Modcast and sister company Acid Jazz will be curating the VIP room.. which you can buy tickets for.. and Eddie and Dean will of course be there DJing.. Eddie will be compering .. plus we will be recording a show at the event..
Their line up is great and still getting added to.. They’ve just announced The Rifles.. You can hear Dean Mumford from the band on Episode 10 of the Modcast..
Full lineup to date on the website modfest.co.uk The Rifles, Steve Ellis’ Love Affair, The Neville Staple Band.. James Taylor Quartet , Norman Jay, MBE, The 45s, Trio Valore, James Taylor Quartet, Stone Foundation, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, Gizelle Smith and The Mighty Mocambos, The Universal, The Rivalry, The Last Of The Troubadours, Samuel S. Parkes, Sisteray, New Street Adventure, The Assist, The Tones, The Spitfires, The Orders, Redeye, The Repeat Offenders, Jo Wallace, Mad Mod Dj, Let Your Heart Dance and many many more to come!
Other additions now confirmed include… Stuart Deabill will be talking about and signing Thick As Thieves with Steve Carver joining him ..and discussing Supersonic. Ex Modcast guest Mark Baxter, will be reading, talk, signing A-Z of Mod and talking footie fashion..
On the cinema and screening front.. Rita Tushingham will be introducing “The Knack…and How To Get It” and “A Taste Of Honey” and will be doing a Q&A. Lee Cogswell and Stone Foundation will do a Q&A hosted by Paolo Hewitt after showing “Keep On Keepin On”.
Paul Kelly will be bringing his Quadrophenia scooters and memorabilia including original artwork by John Davies.. commissioned by Pete Townsend from the “Decade of Who” book.
On the merch side.. the Modfest team are designing an exclusive shirt with Pellicano Menswear with all profits going to Be One Percent. And.. Scooter competition on the Saturday judged by Claude and Claudia Agius and Dave Wyburn. The winners gets a photo in the winners enclosure at the racecourse, prize and leads the ride out on Sunday. Finally.. Dress Handsome Sunday – prize for the best dressed on Sunday.. Head over to the Modfest website for more details.. www.modfest.co.uk
PAST COMPETITIONS.. EPISODE 30
Universal Box set rare sevens was won by Sam Gray from Darlington… and the runners up prize of a T-shirt donated by James Harris was won by Jack Brown. The T-shirt donated forms part of his Mod inspired Phigment T-shirt company.. of which you can see examples at www.phigment.co.uk..
EPISODE 31 .. Competition.. ED .. designed a monkey boot for Delicious Junction..The competition was to name the boot… we had a massive response and the winner is Graham Clark with his name The Cornelius…
A pair of boots will be on their way to him once they are in production… samples look great.
Similarly we had a massive response to the Merc competition.. sponsors of Modfest… they kindly donated a parka.. Jack Brown is our lucky winner.. email us on [email protected] to claim your prize.. also do check Merc’s website.. merc.com
EPISODE 33.. Next show will be recorded end of February.. and we are doing another boat party.. looking at 15 June so get that in your diaries..