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Here we have our Latest tights. We think these are just fab.
Here we have our Latest tights. We think these are just fab.
It has been widely acknowledged the part that The Beatles and The Stones played in gaining a wider audience for Soul and R&B artists in the UK. Their early albums are awash with covers of music of artists of black origin. The intoxicating and hypnotic rhythms captivated young (mainly white) audiences opening both ears and minds in the process. That spiritual connection between the black struggle and white working classes oppression has remained ever since.
However, there was another recording artist who should also be remembered for their part in not just embracing black music but actively promoting it and in the process becoming one of the greatest exponents of what became termed blue-eyed-soul. Born Mary O’Brien in London just before the outbreak of World War Two; Dusty Springfield as she became known professionally started her singing career in a couple of pop-folk acts; The Lana Sisters and even had a top 10 hit with The Springfields before launching her solo career in late 1963.
Her first single I Only Want to Be with You married a Phil Spectre Wall of Sound production, awash with luscious layers of strings to a Shirelles pop/soul style melody (one of her big influences). It matched her glamorous excess of smoky heavily made-up eyes, her towering peroxide bee-hive and her flowing floor-length gowns. It was a huge hit and went on to sell a million copies.
1964 was a defining year for Dusty. Hot on the heels of two more massive selling singles, the Bacharach penned Wishin’ and Hopin’ and the emotive (and career defining, musically at least) I Just Don’t Know what to do with Myself Dusty toured South Africa with her group The Echoes. The tour was controversially terminated and resulted in her deportation for playing to an integrated audience at a theatre in Cape Town which was against the then government’s apartheid segregation policy. Dusty’s contract went on to become one of the first to exclude segregated audiences. She often appeared as the only white artist in black-artist reviews.
1965 and with her star still in its ascendancy Dusty, who was already good friends with producer Vicki Wickham (who co-wrote the English lyrics to one of Dusty’s biggest hits; ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me) was especially chosen to host the country’s leading music show; Ready Steady Go’s Sound of Motown Special. After covering many of their tunes it was of particular pleasure to Dusty to facilitate the first UK TV appearances for The Supremes, The Miracles, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Recorded live Springfield opened each half of the show accompanied by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas backed by the incomparable Motown in-house band, The Funk Brothers.
Its exposure gave the associated touring Tamla-Motown Revue featuring many of the same artists a much-needed shot in the arm and there was a huge uplift in interest at both the shows and on record. What was once the preserve of a few clued-up Mods and music-fans was now a national passion. The charts across the latter half of ’65 and ’66 are awash with Tamla tunes. Even Dusty’s singles from the period like Stuck in The Middle and Little by Little carry a certain Motown swagger.
Dusty had always had an vulnerable emotive feel to her singing; an air of loneliness and longing about it. In ’67 and in the capable hands of Burt Bacharach and Hal David that longing practically became lust. The smokiness of her eyes matched the sultriness of her sensual voice and earned her another sizeable hit both here and in America with what can only be described as a bona fide classic The Look of Love.
Sadly, with the progressive counter culture pulling away from her now ‘unfashionable’ classic-pop stylings and with perhaps some poorly advised sojourns into orchestrated jazz Dusty’s latter sixties output was a little hit and miss. That is, until she revisited her more soulful roots and decided to sign for her idol, Aretha Franklin’s record label Atlantic Records and to record her next album in Memphis at the renown American Sound Studios. Producers’ Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd recognised her natural soul voice and dispensed of the all-too-often saccharine orchestration in favour of back-up vocal group the Sweet Inspirations and seasoned Soul musicians’ The Memphis Cats. Despite its critical successes (Dusty in Memphis received excellent reviews both sides of the pond) it failed to translate into sales, even with the comparative top-ten success of Son of a Preacher Man. Latterly of course the song and the album have both been lauded as the classic and essential listens that they are.
Dusty was perhaps the finest female white soul singer of her era. She was a remarkable panda-eyed performer whose emotional resonance was matched only by her strong principles. She had few contemporaries capable of matching the flawless vulnerable heartbreak or sultry whispered intimacy in her voice. She was the very definition of blue-eyed soul.
Here we have our new ladies collection for this season. 3 New styles called
The Marianne – The Faye – The Raquel
All 3 have been based on vintage shoes we have in our library.
The shoes are made for us by the same people that make our Lolas, and are of a high quality. These shoes have been developed to suit a normal to wide fitting. They have plenty of “Toe Wiggle Space”. The leathers are super soft and require very little wearing in. The gel cushion in sole adds extra comfort without compromising on style.
Dont Forget FREE P&P In The UK
Here you can see the latest 3 colours by modshoes of the ever popular Dustys.
We love the colours and think they have a real summer vibe. With wedding season & spring coming we thought these would be fun to do.
3 New Colours
Some More Recent Colours
Are You Ready For The Weekend
Its Easter this weekend, and the start of the season for a lot of people. To me its time to forget the winter and enjoy the long weekend. Maybe your a Mod or Scooter Boy going on your first rally of the year. You may be off to a Northern Soul do, a good few miles away.
Wherever you are going you want to be smart and looking good.
We hope you enjoy the pics and it inspires you.
Shoes in this blog
Here at Mod Shoes, we always appreciate quality, and are happy to endorse and collaborate with the brands that we like and admire. Hawkins and Shepherd manufacture hand made luxury shirts, their ethos being ” A great shirt should give you confidence for the day ahead”. A sentiment that we echo with our shoes! So we are very happy to showcase two of their superb shirts in our photo shoot. One, you may notice, is for the ladies, and had some great details which you can see in the pictures.
The checkered men’s shirt is a great addition to their pin collar collection.
We think they complement our shoes, and would be a worthy addition to your wardrobe.
Shoes in this blog
Suits are the mainstay of any mod wardrobe. The classic suit comes in many forms, and there are generally a few pointers to a mod suit, over say a normal work suit, or of the peg number.
I dont want get pulled into the 3 button rules etc. As there are plenty of much better websites with that kind of thing on. Parka Ave being a very good one.
My concern is the shoes and do they go with the suit, and possible more importantly the cloth it is made from. In the pictures you can see suits which have very subtle patterns.
Yes , other aspects infulence the overall look, like tie, socks etc but the main amoount of area shown in the suit, and then the shoes !
Its the colour in the patterns that make the pallet you work with. Now its judgement and also your choice what you think works and doesnt. In the pictures is a very dark green suit, with small grey and blue fleck. The other suit is a very Dark grey with a tiny line of red running through it, which nealry impossible to see on the pics.
This kind of subtle thread are think are great, and compliment with our shoes make a really good outift.
I will end with one think that i truely believe in though, i think tis a real shame to see a great outfit, but cheap shoes ! By that i mean shoes that dont match. Make sure the quality is mainyained through the whole of the outfit .
More detials by the pics
Modshoes goes to lots of Northern Soul do’s. Like a lot of people it got me at an early age, I think 12 or 13. I was a bit late coming to the scene early 80s, but i dont think it matters really as it is the music that gets you.
So when I started this website I wanted shoes that could be danced in and look good. There are many classics which we have sold since day one, Like Loake Royal Brogues. The Tassel loafer has seen a recent come back, I remember in the 80s them being a lot more slimmer than today.
What I have also noticed is the fashion going more towards the Mod / Early 70s look.
Anyways the mens Northern Soul shoes we sell are Classics and will last ages, if looked after. The Ladies shoes we sourced because there wasnt many leather soled loafers. Some will argue you can dance in anything, but a leather based sole make life so much easier.
So see you on the dancefloor soon, I am the one dancing like James Brown (well in my head I am)
Ladies Leather Soled Shoes Suitable for Northern Soul
Ladies Shoes with Man Made soles but worn by many customers at Northern Soul events
Mens, all leather soled
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