Tagged: Seven songs for spring

Madame from Shop at Maison B has tagged me to list my ‘seven songs I’m into right now’. Oh where to start? I must be the only person in London who never listens to her ipod. I mean I have one, but I never listen to it, which means that when I do decide to give it a whirl, it’s run out of charge. And also *whispers*… I don’t know how to upload it. I know, I’m a techno-moron, really I am.

To be honest, I’m quite happy playing my crackly old tapes (only £2 from the record & tape exchange!) so the winner of most-played song so far this spring/summer is The Jackson Five, Girl You’re So Together. In fact, I highly recommend any greatest hits Jackson Five album, every song’s a winner!

When I’m not listening to tapes, I listen to my treasured 45s. This week it’s The Mighty Wah, The Story Of The Blues. Talk about an uplifting anthem, Phil Spector eat your heart out mate! Another uplifting sing-a-long-a-belter from many moons ago (sorry I don’t do ‘modern’ music apart from cute-looking French bands) is The Flirtations, I’m Gonna Be There. Pure feel-good music to lift you out of the biggest doldrum. I don’t know a jot about them but D brought this home last month and I make him play it on a daily basis – gotta love those heartwarming harmonies.

The song I’ve had in my head all week is Phoenix, Too Young from the Lost in Translation soundtrack. In fact, the entire album is amazing, not a duff song throughout. And the intro to Jesus & Mary Chain’s Just Like Honey at the end always stop me dead in my tracks (which reminds me, must see that film again).

When I’m not listening to tapes and vinyl, I listen to music on YouTube. Joe Strummer’s version of Redemption Song is really touching not least because of the intro to this video (spot the Jim Jarmusch cameo). I’m so going to visit that mural when I go to New York in September.

Another blast from the past that’s come back to haunt me is Orange Juice, Falling & Laughing. I went to see Edwyn Collins play at Shepherds Bush Empire a few weeks ago and it was beyond fabulous. Silly me, I only realised recently that Falling & Laughing is about 20 years old and not the fairly new track that I thought it was. Finally, the Beach Boys is the soundtrack to my summer every summer. Their song Disney Girls helped inspire my blog so it’s gotta be my number 7.

The rules of the game as set by Simon Reynolds: “List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”
I’m tagging:

(WARNING: Do not attempt this exercise in a hurry. Once you get on Youtube, you’ll get hopelessly sidetracked by videos like this, this and this.)

On Helmut, Jil, Joseph, Juergen, Corrine, Kirsten and Stella

As Jen at Mahalo fashion bemoans, every drop of interest has been squeezed out of the ’70s so what’s next on the retro rehash front? I hate to say it but the fact cannot be ignored, it’s time for the nineties revival proper. It’s had a couple of false starts, the latest being nu-rave, but I think we can start looking at the 90s revival from a grown-up point of view. As Fashionista reports that 1990s finest alterna-models Kirsten Owen and Stella Tennant are rumoured to be the faces of Marc Jacobs’ fall campaign, I’m thinking the following will start looking fresh now:

Skinny black suit trousers and pointy black ankle boots -very Helmut Lang/Jil Sander, very Alison Mosshart

Spiky kitten heels – Remember when Dolce & Gabbana did these? I can totally see Vicky Beckham working a kitten heel and sheath dress combo

Non-trashy silver: Who can forget Jean Colonna’s silver jeans, silver leather jackets, silver-sprayed Cons?

McQueen’s ‘ugly’ aesthetic – think edgy tailoring, angry walks, intricate details, elaborate shows

Tom Ford for Gucci’s smoky eye and liquid jersey dresses with punky patent boots (wow, was that really 10 years ago?)

Isaac Mizrahi’s AW04 ballskirt and tee combo – legendary!

Joseph – when did it all go wrong with Joseph? I used to lust after those big black slouchy knits like a junior fashionista possessed, not to mention the boyish trouser suits, luxe hoodies and flat-front trousers with trademark stripe up the side

Patrick Cox loafers – I’m still regretting that I could never afford the gold ones. With news that Patrick Cox has been bought by Eddie Davenport, may I suggest they revive these pretty sharpish?

Camel: AW 94/95 = Camel suits at Calvin Klein (complete with chignons and 60s eyeliner), camel Crombie-style coats at Helmut Lang, camel dresses at MaxMara and Ann Demeulemeester (with aforementioned black ankleboots)

1990s models – Supermodels aside, who doesn’t miss the golden greats: Emma Balfour, Bridget Hall, Lorraine Pascale, Kiara, Veronica Webb, Kirsty Hume, Cecelia Chancellor …

1990s photographers: Ellen von Unwerth, David Sims, Juergen Teller, Corinne Day

CK Jeans: That iconic ad is imprinted on my brain!

Agnes B garconne look – admittedly I never stopped rocking this look but I reckon it’s time for it to resurface. Agnes B has been under-the-radar for most of this decade so let’s hear it for the stripy tee, Black picot-edge cardi and beatnik sunnies. PS, old Agnes is opening up shop in Spitalfields Market soon too.

CK One
CK One
Emma Balfour in iD
Juergen Teller for Katharine Hamnett Denim
iD cover with Lorraine Pascale
Milla Jovovich wears Alberto Biani in iD photographed by Bob Richardson

Teddy Boys of The Edwardian Drape Society

I’m so glad I went to see Bruce Weber Shorts yesterday, a lovely hour of cinematic gorgeousness and perfect for a Saturday afternoon. Alas, I had to dash off moments before the end to catch a train to Leeds for a last minute BBC debate on the evils of teen magazines (I had to defend them). Before I left, tripping over my wheelie Globetrotter in a rather non-elegant fashion, I managed to catch the gem that was Teddy Boys of The Edwardian Drape Society, a three-minute movie showing a selection of old timer teddy boys (and girls) still dressing up, quiffing up and generally tearing up the dancefloor. These characters are passionate about their scene as can be witnessed in this old interview with Ritchie Gee who runs the Edwardian Drape Society. What a character!

[Images: Teds Corner]