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We were sorry to hear that Steven Strange front man for Visage has passed away at such a young age 55. This is our nod to the man and a great song.
The picture accompanying this post is a rare E.P version of his most famous song Fad to Grey (extended playing record.) These records know as twelve inch single were played at 45 RPM instead of the 33 RPM that albums of the same size would be played at.
The motorbike anthem blast your ears as blast down the road.
Ton Up Day – Just for Kicks!
Sunday 3rd November
9am – 5pm
“If there’s one thing that I like, it’s a burn up on my bike”, released on 7″ vinyl, at 45rpm, by Parlophone, R4974 and charting in 1963, written by Charles Blackwell, produced by Robert Stigwood and famously sung by Mike Sarne, “Just For Kicks” is the Ton Up anthem!
Celebrating this seminal song daytime at the cafe on Sunday 3rd November, occasion of the cafe’s annual Ton Up Day, with raffle prizes up for grabs to include the cafe’s 70th anniversary CD album “Bikes n’ Leather Rocking at the Ace!” which features the song at track 10.
Other prizes include 2 pairs of tickets to attend the cafe’s annual Johnny Kidd Tribute Night with the band The Fireballs on Saturday 9th November together with the books “Classic British Motorcycle”, “How To Build A Cafe Racer”, “Building Budget Brits” and an Ace 75th anniversary goody pack.
Spend £5 or more over the counter at the cafe on Sunday 3rd November from 10am and receive a raffle ticket.
Draw to be held at 3pm.
The Sha La La’s Mod band will be playing originals and covers, and promoting their new track (Keep On) Risin’ Up To Love, supported by The High-s, at the Ace on Thursday 4th April’s Mod n’ Mini Night ( 6pm – 11pm). Free Entry.
In the year Bradley Wiggins helped put Mod and 6Ts style back on the international stage, it’s nice to know there are a few bands out there determined to add a new spin and twist to a time-served musical force.
And just a month after the latest deluxe re-issues featuring The Jam, on the strength of The Sha La La’s (Keep on) Risin’ up to love EP, the flame still burns.
Think back to the urgency of Weller, Foxton and Buckler’s first LP In The City, and speed 35 years forward (yes, it’s that long) to find a similarly-driven trio inspired by that spirit of classic soul and high-octane guitar-based r’n’b.
Lead track (Keep On) Risin’ Up To Love has shades of The Who’sI Can’t Explain and the feel of a Weller classic, and you could so easily see Otis giving this fine track his all on Ready Steady Go way back when.
Losin’ It has a touch of a James Taylor Quartet cover of a long-forgotten TV theme, but with added zip and plenty of old Motown, Atlantic, Northern Soul and Stax magic.
It is funny how things come about, a friend of a friend is a disc jockey and runs a mobile disco. He had been at a gig when a couple of lads who were slightly worse for wear managed to trip over his speaker stand, bringing it down with an almighty crash.
The following day he checked the speaker cabinet over, from the outside it did not look to bad with just a cracked corner, on further inspection he found half a dozen screw mounting points broken off and the bracket that held the tweeter in place had broken into four. He was not impressed to put it mildly! Being a resourceful man he glued all the bits back into place. Job done! or so he thought. The hard work was undone when he screwed the cabinet together, braking the repairs.
After a long chat he gave us the speaker box to repair, but still was not sure if it would be strong enough. The big problem for us was making all the joints completely clean of glue. Any contamination would degrade the effectiveness of the welding and could cause failer. Another consideration was the build up of heat; we would be working deep inside the enclosure and being one of the softer plastics it would not take much to make it melt.