Friday, 15 July 2016

Something For The Weekend: The Keepers


Good afternoon, Sir... perhaps a little Something For The Weekend?

The Keepers describe themselves as Indie Mod N Roll, with Psychedelic Britpop. They were founded in 2015, by singer/songwriter and guitarist Jordan Jones, and accompanied by Tonner Pettitt on bass guitar, Liam Taylor also on guitar and Taylor Hart on drums. The Keepers are a fusion of 60's Pop Melodies and Psychedelia, 70's Punk energy, 80's Madchester madness, 90's Britpop and 00's Indie Rock. They list their main influences as The Beatles, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Jam and Supergrass.

The Keepers in action! (Photo by Dammo Photography)
The Keepers released their debut EP, No Exit in October 2015 on CD and iTunes, and have since been gigging and touring across the UK, bringing their share of retro goodness to audiences everywhere. 

They have played sold out shows at venues such as The Picturedrome and The Craufurd Arms, supporting the likes of Noasis, The Total Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets' frontman Tom Hingley and The Kar-pets, The Jam DRC and VANT.

The band have recently been sponsored and endorsed by Hofner and plan to head back into the studio to record new material in the near future. Show original message Make sure you catch a show soon! (Deets below!)

Would you like your band featured here? Email details to lindsey@atomretro.com and you could be the next Something For The Weekend! (All types of music, bands and artists welcome! All genres, signed, unsigned, young and old!)


Upcoming Gigs for The Keepers:

15th July - The Picturedrome supporting The Jam DRC (Northampton)
16th July - Enderby Music Festival (Leicester)
22nd July - Tramlines Festival (Sheffield)
30th July - The 12 Bar (Colne)
6th August - The Islington (London)
13th August - The Apple and Parrot – Torquay

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thekeepersuk/


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A Guide to Mod Hairstyles: The Seventies and Eighties

Part three of our Mod hairstyles guide and we're into the 1970s and beyond. Along with your Mod wardrobe, your choice of hairstyle is part of your style, your image and who you are. The Seventies and into the eighties saw a backlash against the long, non-conformist hairstyles of the sixties and styles when to the other extreme, short, shorter and almost nothing at all.


Paul Weller in his Jam and Square Cut days
1970s - 80s: The Weller Square Cut

Similar to: The Cesar Cut, The French Crop, The Other Steve Marriott Cut

A 70s version of the Cesar Cut or the French Crop, this square cut is as the name suggests, blunt, blockish and full of attitude. Harsher than most French Crop cuts, the style has a very short, mid forehead blunt fringe and squared, helmut style to sides and back. The hair is cut as short as you might expect as short back and sides, but with the added optional longer lengths at the sides and front. The hair is generally cut around the shape of the ear. This style can also be adapted as an Ivy League, Flat Top or crew cut style.



Chas Smash from Madness with a slightly longer than
some skinhead cuts.
1970s - 80s: The Skinhead

Similar to: The Buzz Cut, The Flat Top, Suede head

A haircut so extreme that it gave it's name to a mod subculture! The Skinhead is, as you might guess, a cut so short they may have very little or no hair at all (to the desire of the wearer) - hence skinhead.

Skinhead culture started in the late sixties and peaked in the seventies and eighties. As a reaction and rejection to the conservative fifties and peace and love ethos of the sixties, Skinheads went for a much more severe and dramatic look, incorporating mod fashion and Jamaican Rudy Boy culture. Most first wave skinheads wore their hair at a three or two grade length - short, but not bald. Towards the end of the seventies, most skinheads had a grade two or shorter, with an optional side parting shaved in. Into the eighties, most skinheads cut their hair with no guard or shaved it completely with a razor.


Suggs from Madness with a variation of the
Flat Top hairstyle
1970s - 80s: The Flat Top

Similar to: The Flat Top, The Ivy League, The Rude Boy

The Flat Top is a short haircut where the hair on the top of the head is usually standing upright and cut to form a flat-appearing deck. This deck may be level, or it may be upward or downward sloping. With it's roots in military fashion, it might be surprising to learn that the Flat Top has been around since at least the early 20th century. A very popular look in the 1950s, it faded out of popularity in the 60s and 70s, but had a mod fashion resurgence in the 1980s and early 90s (possibly as a less severe alternative to the Skinhead look).

The haircut is usually created with electric clippers utilising the clipper over comb technique, though it can also be cut shears over comb or freehand with a clipper. The exact length is dependent on skull shape and the style of flat top.



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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ray-Ban Icons Sunglasses: The Caravan


"...They brought light, minimalist design that easily turned any outfit into a designer brand."
- The Caravan, Ray-Ban Icons

Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses arrived on the scene in 1957, twenty years after Ray-Ban designed and patented the world's first Aviator Sunglasses. A new take on the Aviator, the Caravan featured a square lens to replace the iconic large teardrop shaped lens of the classic Aviator, a brow bar and a streamlined, geometric design. 

The Aviator had originally been designed with pilots in mind (giving rise to the name) who required a pair of large lens sunglasses to block out glare from the sun while flying. The style to launch Ray-Ban, (the name itself literally derived from the "banning of the sun's rays") the Aviator with it's oversized, protective lens and lightweight metal frame had gained popularity in mainstream fashion following the second world war. US army General Douglas McArthur had been photographed wearing Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses as he strode ashore in the Philippines in 1944 and the military inspired look had taken off. 

Robert DeNiro wearing Ray-Ban Caravan Sunglasses in
Taxi Driver, 1976
By the end of the fifties, Ray-Ban were ready to develop a new Aviator design. There was a demand for a smaller version of the classic Aviator, and the fashion was moving towards geometric influences. Also, as the Wayfarer had proven popular in the 1950s, Ray-Ban was also looking for a way to rejuvenate the Aviator design, and so the Caravan was born. 

Available in all the classic Ray-Ban colour ways - the G-15 or B-15 lens with the gold, silver or gunmetal frame, the Caravan's sharp, minimalist design also offered the gradient and mirror lens. The smaller lens still offered a good amount of protection for the wearer from glare and a certain amount of anonymity desired by politicians and celebrities. 

Barry Gibb in Caravan Sunglasses
During the Aviator revival of the 1970s, the Caravan style also gained ground as an alternative Aviator option. It was prominently featured in Martin Scorsese's 1976 film, Taxi Driver, being worn by Robert DeNiro as he played Travis Bickle.  

The Aviator style was adopted as the sunglasses of choice for the disco scene in the seventies as well, so too the Caravan provided an alternative look. Here is Barry Gibb wearing a pair of Caravan sunglasses in the seventies. 

Skier Jean-Claude Killy looking cool in Caravans in the 70s








Following the demise of disco in the 1980s, the Aviator's popularity waned, and this had a knock on effect for it's younger Caravan brother. To combat this, Ray-Ban secured a very lucrative deal in 1982 for product placement in movies and TV shows for the following five years. With Tom Cruise and other movie stars wearing Aviator style sunglasses in many high profile films, the Aviator was soon back in fashion. 

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men.


In recent years, the Ray-Ban Caravan has proven a popular style among mods who are attracted by the Caravan's streamlined, classic and clean shape and style. The Caravan was also chosen as the style for Jon Hamm to wear as Don Draper in Mad Men, invoking a late fifties and early sixties classic American Retro look. 



Up&Atom Magazine - Issue 7 Out Now!


The long-awaited issue 7 of Up&Atom is out now! Free with all orders of clothing and/or shoes (while stocks last)!

The fab new issue features:
  • Instant Karma: Interview with Craig Sams, the man who brought the Afghan Coat to the UK!
  • Ballroom Blitz: Interview with Michael Stanfield of mod band, Blackdog Ballroom. 
  • Feed The Kid: We chat to Curtis Taylor, frontman of indie rock band, Feed The Kid. 
  • This is MODTreal: The Fab Four's Gavin Pring talks to Patrick Foisy about the Canadian mod festival, MODTreal.
  • A Pint With... David Pottinger: Kevin Stone has a swift half with mod blogger, David Pottinger. 
  • The Girl With The Strawberry Hair: Interview with singer-songwriter, Sarah Beatrice.
  • Who's Next play The Most Famous Club In The World, The Cavern, Liverpool. 
  • Plus: Newgate Clocks, Irregular Choice Shoes, Dr Martens Boots, Weekend Offender and more! 
Want to get your mitts on a copy? Simply place an order at www.atomretro.com or www.madcapengland.com!

Up&Atom is free with all orders of clothing and/or shoes, until stocks run out.

(Some of the articles will also be featured on the Up&Atom blog - right here!)

Monday, 20 June 2016

Festival Fashion - Fab Retro Festival Outfits

It's almost the time for festivals and make sure you bag this fab Retro festival outfits! We have created a quick guide with awesome festival outfits for guys and girls this Summer.

Festival Fashion For Guys...



Perfect for them summer festivals, this outfit is sure to keep you cool whilst you're rocking out to your favourite bands. The barrel bag is sure to come in handy for your essentials and a pair of Ray-Ban's are a must for a sunny day!


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It's all about statement prints this summer and whats better than this fab Pretty Green paisley camo jacket? Teamed with a pair of skinny jeans and deserts boots, it finishes it off with a hint of military inspiration.


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Festival Fashion For Girls...


A gorgeous outfit featuring the striking daisy denim dress. Teamed with a light weight crochet cardigan, it's sure to come in handy for them cooler festival nights!


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These super cute scallop striped shorts are sure to make a statement at every festival this summer. A stunning clothing assemble finished off with the essential pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses!


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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Summer Of Sport - Heritage Sport Outfits

The three big sporting events are up and coming this Summer; Euros 2016, Wimbledon and Tour De France, here at Atom Retro we have picked out outfits which are packed with Retro sporting heritage which will look great for the events. With top Retro sporting brands like Ellesse and Fila Vintage, they are sure to make you look stylish whilst watching your favourite sporting matches!


Euro 2016



With the Euro's 2016 well on there way, why not get that classic football terrace look with this awesome outfit. Including the 80s Casuals Ellesse track top teamed with a Kappa football style tee! Finished off with a pair of sporting heritage Gola trainers and some cool Ray-Ban's!


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Wimbledon 2016



Wimbledon this summer is soon approaching, get your best tennis style outfit ready! The classic Fila Vintage Borg polo and Settanta track top, was once worn by tennis legend; Bjorn Borg. With a heritage Gola sport bag and bullet trainers, it's sure to add sporting heritage to your outfit whilst you watch the Wimbledon matches!

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Tour De France 2016



Tour De France starts in July this year and why not rock a cycling top just like the world best cyclists! Classic sporting heritage combined with cool indie influences. Pair with some tennis shorts for a great look to watch the Tour De France this summer!

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Friday, 17 June 2016

New GPO Retro Ambassador Bluetooth Portable Record Player now in stock



The new Ambassador Record player from GPO Retro is now available from Atom Retro! This is the first record player from GPO Retro to feature bluetooth connectivity and also be fully portable, with a rechargeable battery with up to two and half hours playback. This vintage briefcase style record player comes in two colours - Green and Black or Cream and Brown leatherette with vintage look brass corner protectors - and plays 33, 45 and 78 RPM records.

With bluetooth connectivity, the Ambassador record player will connect to any bluetooth speaker and is compatible with the GPO Retro Westwood speakers. A USB stick is also included with the record player.

A beautiful record player which looks great as a centrepiece in any room or pack it up and take your vinyl collection with you everywhere!

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

A Guide to Mens Mod Hairstyles: The Sixties

Part two of our Mod hairstyles guide explores the 1960s - the birth of the Mod look. Along with Mod clothing, Mod hairstyles are part of intrinsically part of mod style and image. How you chose to wear your hair contributes to your over all identity, and none more so than within a culture like Mod or any of it's subcultures Mod Revivalists, Scooterboys, Skins and more. The Sixties saw a lot of social and political change and this was reflected in fashion and style. The new generation wanted to break away and create its own identity. Mod was born!


Steve Marriott with his classic layered look
1960s: The Steve Marriott Layered Cut

Similar to: The Mop Top

Maybe the first proper mod hairstyle, the Steve Marriott take on the classic mens layered cut landed somewhere in between a long haired lover from Liverpool Mop Top and the shorter, neat Ivy League look of the past. The hair is cut in layers, resulting in a choppy, different length look which is typically longer at the front, sides and fringe and cut shorter at the back. At the side, the hair might be cut around the ear, or worn slightly over it. There is a soft centre parting which reaches the front where the fringe is worn swept to the sides.

Although not as famous as other 1960s hair cuts, this mod hairstyle is as iconic and popular among mods today as it ever was.




The Beatles with their classic Mop Top look

1960s: The Mop Top

Similar to: The Pageboy

The Mop Top, or Beatle Cut, (or 'Arthur', according to George Harrison!) is probably the most famous haircut of the 1960s. Named because of it's resemblance to a literal mop, the haircut originated from the Beatles Hamburg days. Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer and the girlfriend of original Beatles bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe is credited with the style which was worn first by her, her friends and Stuart. Later all the other Beatles (except for a reluctant Pete Best!) adopted the look giving the band it's first cohesive and truly unique look. The hair is cut long, down to the collar and covering the ears with a long fringe at the front and no parting. Although ridiculed by adults at the time, the mop tops was vastly popular in the sixties. In the Britpop nineties there was a revival to this intrinsically sixties mod hairstyle.

Steve Marriott with a shorter, jagged cut 


1960s: The Other Steve Marriott Cut

Similar to: The French Crop

Like a sixties update to a classic French Crop haircut, this is the shortest style in our sixties mod selection. Still cut with choppy layers and in different lengths, this is a much shorter, low maintenance version of the Steve Marriott layered cut. It can be cut around the ears, or overlapping them as the wearer desired and features a blunt, choppy, short fringe at the front with a little bit of feathering.

Neat, sharp and with lots of attitude, this is a mod haircut which harks back the short back and sides of yesteryear, with a modern update. 





The Yardbirds Keith Relf with a long Pageboy cut
1960s: The Pageboy 

Similar to: The Mop Top, The Bowl Cut

A unisex haircut which suits both men and women mods. The cut first became popular in the 1920s with young boys after it was worn by child star, Jackie Coogan (who grew up to be Uncle Fester in the original Addams Family TV series!) It was named after what was perceived to be a 'pudding basin' haircut wore by medieval pageboys. The cut is worn straight and long, past the ears, where it then curls inwards and usually with a long fringe at the front.

Popular in both the fifties and sixties, it's perhaps the 1960s when it was the most prominent as an alternative to the mop top and a style which still fit with the non-conformist, long haired looks of the decade.




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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sixties Boutiques #3 - Mary Quant's Bazaar

(This article was originally published on Atom Retro's Mod Clothing Chronicles).

A life leading up to Bazaar:

Born in Blackheath, London to Welsh Parents, Mary Quant finished her studies at Blackheath High School and went on to study illustration at Goldsmith's College. Upon finishing her course, Quant took up a post as an apprentice couture milliner, whilst also taking a pattern cutting class in her spare time. It was her experiences during her apprenticeship that led Quant to realise that fashion shouldn't just be reserved for the upper classes, but should also be accessible to a younger, less privileged clientele.

Quant surmised that at the time fashion simply wasn't tailored to the youth market. Inspired by memories from childhood, images of Chelsea Beatniks and flamboyant dance outfits, Quant was to assume the mantle as a pioneer of youth fashion. Teaming up with her husband and business partner, Alexander Plunkett-Greene whom she had had met whilst studying at Goldsmith's College and Archie McNair to take on accountancy, legal and commercial aspects, Quant plotted a fashion revolution that would begin at 138A Kings Road, London.


Monday, 13 June 2016

A Guide to Mens Mod Hairstyles: The Fifties

Along with Mod clothing, Mod hairstyles have a rich and interesting history and heritage. Often how you wear your hair contributes to your over all identity, and none more so than within a culture like Mod and it's subcultures - Mod Revivalists, Teddy Boys, Rockabilly, Scooterboys, Skins and more. In our new blog mini-series we explore the history of mod hairstyles past and present, kicking off with the roots of the Mod look and mod fashion in 1950s America. Would you wear your hair like this?

A rare picture of Elvis with the Ivy League
hairstyle in the 1950s

1950s: The Ivy League

Similar to: The Crew Cut, Butch Cut, The Short Back and Sides

A classic go-to hairstyle for men everywhere. The Ivy League coins it's name from the popularity the look enjoyed with college students in the US in the 1950s, giving rise to it also being called The Princeton, although there is some argument over whether this style really originated from Harvard University. A popular haircut which is never out of style, the Ivy League appeals to mods for it's neat, sharp cut and it's versatility for a short hair cut; this cut doesn't look out of place with any outfit.

Like the Crew Cut, the Ivy League is close and high on the sides and back. The hair is shorter at the crown and gradually gets longer towards the front. The hair is generally styles with wax, known as 'Butch wax'.



A Teddy Boy John Lennon sports a Duck's Arse
hair cut in Hamburg, 1960.
(Photo by Astrid Kirchherr)
1950s: The Duck's Arse

Similar to: The Detroit, The Long Pompadour

Also known as the Duck's Tail or simply, the DA, the subtly named Duck's Arse was the go-to hair style for 1950s British Teddy Boys. Using just about an entire can of pomade, the hair is slicked back around the sides of the head, (to resemble a ducks wings) and then the teeth edge of a comb used to define a central parting at the back, running from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck, resembling it's namesake! The hair on the top of the head was left messy and disarrayed or combed up and curled down.

A barber from Philadelphia, USA called Joe Cirello claims to have invented the Duck's Arse hairstyle in 1940. His clients included Elvis Presley and James Dean. Incredibly popular in the fifties for Teddy Boys, and giving the 'Greasers' their name, the hairstyle became associated with rebels and non-conformists, especially when it was sported by Dean in Rebel Without A Cause, and of course, Elvis Presley.

Johnny Cash wore a Pompadour in the mid 1950s


1950s: The Pompadour 

Similar to: The Quiff, The Duck's Arse, The Elephants Trunk

Elvis is all over 1950s Mod hairstyles! The Pompadour - also the Quiff - is of course the style Elvis was best known for and the hairstyle of choice even today for a lot of Rockabilly Mods and Teds. The pompadour also had something of a revival in the mainstream in recent years, being worn by people like Alex Turner and friends. The pompadour hairstyle - and with the onset of the 1960s, the Long Pompadour, sports slicked back hair, similar to the Duck's Arse, but with volume on top and at the front so that it looks like a wedge from the side - or go the full quiff. Again, lots and lots of pomade is required to craft the Pompadour! This is an extrovert hairstyle with its roots firmly in that early 1950s rock and roll look that the early mods craved. We think it's this hairstyle which lead on to the longer mod hairstyles of the 1960s.

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