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2008

Weller Cradock
Photo: The Independent

Paul Weller has been helping out with long-standing band member Steve Cradock's debut solo album.

The Ocean Colour Scene lead guitarist will be releasing "The Kundalini Target" in January/February 2009.

The album is set to feature ten tracks, including "Running Away", "Beware Of Falling Rocks" and "Ask The Sound".

Of the album, Weller said: "These are great songs of humanity, family values and family love. It’s about being inspired by life and love."

Cradock is also currently producing an album by Weller's son Natty Weller.

25 Nov 08


Hot off the press are the dates for 2009's rallies:

10-13 Apr Scarborough
2-4 May Tenby
23-25 May Kelso
20-21 Jun Cleethorpes
31 Jul-2 Aug Weston-super-Mare
29-31 Aug Isle of Wight
4-6 Sep Mersea Island
25-28 Sep Woolacombe
30-31 Oct Bridlington

Contrary to popular belief, thanks largely to the efforts of the ill-informed general media, we would like to assure the scooter loving world that rumours of the demise of the Vespa have been greatly exaggerated.

Vespa PX

Piaggio will continue to make Vespa scooters, albeit soulless 4-stroke automatic models; it is the all-time classic workhorse of the Vespa range, the PX, that has sadly bitten the dust. The last of the PX125, PX150 and PX200s have now all rolled off the production line never to return.

And who do we have to thank for this? The European parliament, that's who. The humble, congestion reducing Vespa PX, with 80-100 miles per gallon fuel efficiency, and less than half the road surface wear and tear of a car, has been outlawed by the allegedly corrupt gravy-train riders in Brussels, who have deemed its 2-stroke engine to be too pollutive.

But good news! You can still buy all the BMWs, Jaguars, Audis and 15 miles per gallon, 4.0 litre engine 4x4s your money will stretch to! Well done Europe!


Kenney Jones to appear with The Small Fakers?

The Small Faces

Yes – THE Kenney Jones, drummer with The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who. To name but three. Well, he is according to the guv’nor of The Winkfield, Lovel Road, Winkfield, Nr Ascot, Berkshire, SL4 2ES. They’re playing there this Saturday, August 16 and the pub’s owner claims to be a close friend of KJ’s. He says that Kenney's a regular drinker there and has confirmed that he's coming down and looking forward to jumping behind the kit and playing a few numbers. It could be a load of old rowlocks, or it could be true. We're certainly hoping it's the former, and wouldn't you want to be there too if it is? They're also playing Maidenhead on Friday (at The Ivy Leaf Club, 19 Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW). You'll need tickets for this one. They're £5 each.


For those of you in the Essex area who like a bit of satirical punk and are at a loose end this weekend,
why not go and see Abdoujaparov (Fruitbat's band) this Saturday?

The Venue is:

The Grand Hotel
The Broadway
Leigh On Sea
Essex SS9 1PJ

Support is from Helmholtz Resonators and Phil Burdett

Tickets are a very reasonable £5 and doors are at 8pm. Curfew is 11pm so anyone coming from London Town can make the last train back to the smoke (last train from Chalkwell to Fenchurch St is 2318hrs, Chalkwell is a 10 min walk from the venue)

Fruity would love to see some of you there.


The Small Faces Annual Convention 2008
Sunday 21st September
Carling Academy, Islington, London
www.islington-academy.co.uk

Tickets available for this gig! A celebration of everything Small Faces.
Stalls, Sales and of course the bands playing homage, including:
Small Fakers, 17 Black, Secret Affair, Small World, The Petty Hoodlums & more
+ very special guests - including members of the Marriott family and some people not allowed to mention!!

4pm 'til 11pm. Tickets are £20 + £1 postage (sent recorded delivery)
Please send a self addressed envelope with your cheque for £21 (made payable to MB Ents) to:
c/o Small Fakers, 3 Maple Close, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4QH

Also available at our gigs, or in person!

www.smallfakers.co.uk
www.myspace.com/smallfakers


World's Largest Quadrophenia Memorabilia Collection

Quadrophenia

Looking for somewhere interesting and different to take the kids this summer? Why not treat them to a visit to the largest single collection of Quadrophenia memorabilia in the world, currently on display at Littledean Jail, near Cinderford in Gloucestershire? From original scooters and costumes to signed photos, posters and film stills, the collection has been roundly endorsed by the film's director Franc Roddam and Phil Daniels.

The display will be open until the end of October from 10am-5pm, Thursdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only.

For more details, go to http://www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk/page691.asp#.


Read vespa.org.uk's interview with Quadrophenia's 'Spider' Gary Shail. Exclusively for vespa.org.uk readers! Here

Quadrophenia

Gary as Spider in Quadrophenia, between Sting and Mark Wingett (pork pie hat).


Chris' stolen scooter, was lifted on Saturday night (3rd May) from his back yard in Northampton. Not a rich man, it will be years before he can buy this scooter again.

It is a 1966 Vespa VBB which is painted Burgundy and was imported from Thailand earlier this year. It has several distinguishing features. Late 1950s ACMA handlebars and headset, PX200EFL engine. The kickstart, gear selector, carb case and flywheel cover are all powder coated white. It has separate seats rather than a traditional one piece seat. The frame has a hole cut for a PXEFL autolube, the hole is too small for a regular grommit and has a makeshift one in place with a penny filling the hole. The rear brake pedal does not have the retaining pin and this has led to the brake switch smashing. As a result of this the lights and horn do not work as they require the earth on the switch to be grounded. If the thieves have the lights working the headlight is yellow.

Chris will be able to identify parts if the scooter has been stripped.

There is a reward for its return.

Please call Chris on 07999 574998 or use cjwhite123@hotmail.com or chris.white@uk.tesco.com


The Elements

I got my mitts on a promo copy of the new single by The Elements this week, thanks to Rich at Acid Jazz Records. As we said in our article about the launch party last week, it's called Caught In A Storm, and was written by Elements frontman and occasional OCS member Andy Bennett. I spoke to a couple of people who were at the launch and they were suitably impressed.

Fans of revival bands like The Chords and Small World, as well as Solarflares and of course OCS, will love this record. Crunching power chords and thundering drum rolls herald an energetic intro into a surprisingly melodious vocal harmony that's so smooth it almost puts you in mind of Simon and Garfunkel or The Beatles. Judging by the amount of copy the vocals are getting in write-ups, the lads are very proud of them and rightly so.

Also apparent is the influence of recent OCS material that Bennett's been involved with, such as that from On The Leyline. This is an infectious A-side that will get feet tapping and heads nodding at any rally or scooter club do this year, provided the DJ discerning enough to have it in his CD box that is!


Al Wilson, 19 Jun 1939 - 21 Apr 2008

Al Wilson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul singer Al Wilson, who topped the US pop singles chart in 1974 with "Show and Tell," died on Monday, local media reported.

Wilson succumbed to kidney failure in a hospital in Fontana, a city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, said the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. He was 68.

The Mississippi native issued his first single "The Snake," which reached No. 27 in the US charts, in 1968. "Show and Tell" spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hit 100 singles chart in January 1974. The romantic ballad was written and produced by prolific songwriter Jerry Fuller, and first recorded by Johnny Mathis.

Whilst Wilson's records have been a regular feature on the Northern Soul circuit for many years, "The Snake" enjoyed a recent resurgence in general popularity thanks to being featured in a UK TV commercial.


PLAYBOX THEATRE COMPLETE MUSIC FOCUS TRILOGY WITH
CLASSIC 1960S ALBUM FOR 2008 OXJAM EVENT

OGDENS’ NUT GONE FLAKE BY THE SMALL FACES STAGED AS NEW
MUSIC-THEATRE PRODUCTION

Nut Gone Flake

Playbox Theatre in 2006 staged a new production of Michael Pinchbeck’s surreal play The White Album based on events in, around and inspired by the 1968 Beatles album. It was a huge success in both the UK and USA where it played the famous Santa Monica Playhouse.

Playbox Theatre is determined to affect young peoples' lives and aspirations. Each year the company partners Oxfam’s Oxjam Music Festival to raise funds for children worldwide in distress, poverty and dire conditions. An unusual live stage event based on classic and inspirational albums has been the plan for 2006-2008 with The White Album, being followed by Pink Floyd’s The Wall with live band Breathe and over 40 young people recreating the epoch’s most revered concept album in a two-hour stage show.

To complete this trilogy of works in 2008 and to take a different direction, Playbox Theatre will stage Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake – The Small Faces 1968 concept album – as a show for all the family telling of Happiness Stan and his quest to discover the missing half of the moon. With live music from The Small Fakers – the UK’s only facsimile Small Faces band, actors, dancers, movement animations and puppeteers from Playbox and a guest narrator (tba) – the event promises to be unique and it is hoped to raise a substantial amount for Oxjam from the show. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake will premiere on Thursday 20th November with subsequent performances Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November at The Dream Factory, Warwick.

Director will be Stewart McGill, director of The White Album and The Wall. Production consultants are John Hellier editor of The Small Faces website Darlings of Whapping Wharf and Mark Cunningham editor of Total Production International who will provide essential production and biographical support to the creative team.

The Small Fakers (www.smallfakers.co.uk) will play Ogden’s album live each night with an extra set featuring hits of The Small Faces including Itchycoo Park, Tin Soldier, All Or Nothing etc.

In addition each performance will feature a local rising band in support (tba).

Playbox Theatre begin development of the new production immediately and further information will be available shortly.

Source:
Nikki Claire Cross Playbox Theatre Ltd
Tel: 01926 419555 Email: nikki@playboxtheatre.com

Playbox Theatre, The Dream Factory, Shelley Avenue, Warwick, CV34 6LE
Tel: 01926 419555 www.playboxtheatre.com


Fresh from a successful support slot with The Inspiral Carpets at Shepherd's Bush Empire, The Elements, appear live at The Cock Tavern for the launch party for the debut single, Caught In A Storm. Release date May 12th.

Birmingham quartet The Elements, the latest signing from Acid Jazz Records, are releasing their debut single Caught In A Storm. Coming out on Monday 12th May 2008, the single will be available on digital download and, for the collectors amongst you, limited shiny 7" black vinyl.

The band, who feature sometime Ocean Colour Scene musicians Andy Bennett and Tim Jaques, have added a whole host of gigs and radio sessions to launch the forthcoming album, titled simply The Elements, due for release in July.

We hope to get our hands on a demo copy of Caught In A Storm soon so we can review it here on the site, but in the meantime, here's details of the single's launch party:


AA to use scooters to beat jams

The AA

The AA say the motorbikes will reach breakdowns quicker AA patrols are to use electric scooters and motorbikes to beat traffic congestion and get to breakdowns in central London. The three-month trial coincides with the publication of figures by the AA that showed the average central London traffic speed is just 10mph.

The new patrols trial is the first time the AA has used bikes to attend breakdowns since the mid-1990s. It says the bikes will be able to reach breakdowns up to 25% quicker. The AA has compiled a city speed league table, with the Bristol average worst at 16.8mph, followed by 16.9mph for the whole of London. The next-slowest cities were Glasgow - 17.3mph - followed by Southampton and Liverpool, both 17.8mph, and then Manchester with 18.8mph.

AA president Edmund King said: "By cutting through traffic, AA bike patrols will reach breakdowns more quickly and get our members and other drivers back on the move with the minimum delay."We need radical action to beat record slow traffic in our cities and decided that two wheels are quicker than four."Our analysis of traffic speeds in major cities shows that congestion is not just a London problem, with Bristol bottom of the league, and Glasgow, Southampton and Liverpool less than 1mph quicker than London." BBC website.

 


Paul Weller has announced a new UK tour for the spring which precedes his eagerly-awaited new studio album, '22 Dreams'.

The new dates are Paul's first tour in the UK since December 2006 and provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to hear tracks from the new album before anyone else. Also expect the vaults to be well and truly raided as Weller turns out three decades of his hits, past and present.

'22 Dreams' will be released in June.

Tickets for Paul Weller's UK tour go on sale Saturday 16th February.

May 2008

Mon 5th Halifax - Victoria Theatre
Tue 6th Stoke - Victoria Hall
Thu 8th Blackpool - Empress Ballroom
Fri 9th Middlesbrough - Town Hall
Sun 11th Doncaster - Dome
Mon 12th Derby - Assembly Rooms
Wed 14th Motherwell - Concert Hall
Thu 15th Dundee - Caird Hall
Sat 17th Bournemouth - Opera House
Sun 18th Bristol - Colston Hall
Mon 19th Leicester - De Montfort Hall
Wed 21st London - Hammersmith Apollo

TICKETS: £30.00 (£35.00 London) maximum 6 tickets per household

24 Hr Tour Hotline: 0870 735 5000

ONLINE: www.bookingsdirect.com

For more information: www.paulweller.com


This Is England wins BAFTA

Tommo

Congratulations to Shane Meadows and the cast and crew of This Is England, which won Best British Film at the BAFTAs on Sunday night.

Shane Meadows dedicated the award to the film's young star, Thomas Turgoose, who was discovered at a youth project in Grimsby for children excluded from school. Meadows said in his speech: 'For Tommo, the young boy in the film, thank you.


'I was quite a naughty boy at his age and my life turned around over 20 years and was a very steady progression.

'I took him from a worse place than I'd ever been in and he turned his own life around in six weeks making this film and I want to dedicate this to him.'

11 Feb 08


BBC Radio 4 8pm GMT Saturday 9 Feb *Listen Again*
The Archive Hour: Mods!

A pumping, music-driven history of the most stylish cult that Britain has ever produced - mods - and why having an 'ace face' never stopped those 60s seaside skirmishes with gangs of rockers.

Brighton mods

8 Feb 08


Ocean Colour Scene will be announcing a new Acoustic tour, starting off in Ireland at the end of March. Keep checking their website via our Links page for when they announce the dates.

27 Jan 08


DC Fontana will be making their way into the recording studio this spring after announcing that they will be releasing their first album later in 2008. Watch this space for more information!

27 Jan 08


Another top performance from Bad Manners at Birkenhead's Pacific Road Arts Centre last week. In fact, the night was such a good one, no one can remember a thing to write a review! (Thanks to Ritchie for the photo - Buster sporting a Cloud 9 SC t-shirt).

Buster

Don't forget - Cloud 9 SC are having their Valentine's Bash on 16th February - see our 'club events & rides' page for more info.

27 Jan 08


Duffy's Mercy is under the souley microscope at the moment - visit our forum and tell us what you think!

 


Imitated but never bettered

Vespa.org.uk would like to thank the thousands of scooterists that have visited us over the past four years. You help us to remain the original and still the best independent scootering site on the web. Best wishes for 2008 and beyond.


(From) The Jam would like to announce that they are not playing the 2008 Southport Scooter Weekender as advertised in the January issue of Scootering Magazine. More info if we get it.

27 Dec 07


The New Year's Eve All Singing, All Dancing Northern Soul Show will go ahead on BBC Radio 2 from 1am GMT on 01/01/08, only this year Stuart Maconie's shoes will be filled by Craig Charles.

BBC2

Keep an eye on the BBC Radio 2 website for a chance to submit your requests for the playlist.

16 Nov 07

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