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Ace Cafe London have teamed up with Vintage Rock magazine to bring you a special trial subscription offer

Vintage Rock magazine celebrates a time when music really did change the world – 45s, youth culture and the odd thrusting pelvis! The magazine chronicles all the stellar artists and their music, the legacy of those early pioneers – and why it still endures.

Spanning the dawn of the 50s to early Beatles (pre Eastern mysticism!), Vintage Rock covers a time of Mods and Rockers, crinoline skirts and blue jeans, rock star movies and screaming-girl concerts. This special magazine rejoices in the music and verve of Elvis, The Shadows, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent and a host more, and speaks to a contemporary audience that relishes the vitality and flair of the era. Six issues per year are published.

Try out the magazine and get it delivered direct to your door at this fantastic price. The normal cover price is £5.99 but you can get 3 issues for just £3! If the magazine isn’t for you, then simply cancel your Direct Debit (Continuous Credit Card for overseas), and no further payments will be taken. If you decide to continue with the subscription you will continue to save 25% off the normal shop price, paying every 3 issues (6 months).

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Fade to Grey.

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.


Another date for the diray.

Mod n’ Mini Night Gig – 4th April

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.

Where The Jam’s seminal debut material showcased everyone from Small Faces and The Who through to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, all that and more is woven into the grooves of this South-East three piece’s latest output.

Lead track (Keep On) Risin’ Up To Love has shades of The Who’s I 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.

Loud and broken.

asoft plastic repair

A soft plastic repair.

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.