Shaun Wootton is a DJ at the clubnight Bopp and a live music photographer who regularly snaps at a number of music venues across the Midlands. He has a penchant for sixties garage, nice suits and all things Mod. Shaun has been kind enough to make a Spotify mixtape exclusively for Fred Perry Subculture...
1. 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
Some classic sixties garage to kick things off, this is 13th Floor Elevators' debut single released in 66' and it's one of my all time favourites. It features as the last track on side 2 of the Nuggets compilation; which is an absolute must have record for anybody's collection. Hailed as one of the earliest Psychedelic bands this track blends the perfect amount of psych with garage.
2. Booker T & The MG's - Green Onions
Legends of the Memphis Soul scene, Booker T & The MGs were the house band at Stax Records and had a surprise hit with this single in 1962 as it was originally a B-side to 'Behave Yourself'. Their influence and contribution to RnB and Soul music isn't as widely known as it should be in my opinion, although having said that, this beauty is in Quadrophenia...
3. The High Numbers - Zoot Suit
Classic Mod tune from The Who while they were briefly known as The High Numbers and under the management of the original Modfather - Peter Meaden. The flip side to this record is 'I'm The Face' which is just as good; however it wasn't a hit back in 64' so they changed their name back to The Who, sacked Meaden, released 'I Can't Explain' and the rest is history.
4. Small Faces - Whatcha Gonna Do About It
This is the 1965 debut single from the impeccably styled Steve Marriott and the rest of The Small Faces. This track takes heavy influence from the Soloman Burkes 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' which let's face it, is not a bad track to use as a source of inspiration.
5. The Strypes - Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
Bringing it more up-to-date with this one, and you can't get much more contemporary that a bunch of lads aged 14-16 who haven't even released an album yet. Anybody who has got the attention of Paul Weller, Jeff Beck and Noel Gallagher is well worth keeping an eye on. These smart lads could well pioneer another mod revival.
6. Marvin Gaye - Can I Get A Witness
What a song, Marvin Gaye bellows this 1963 Motown classic with The Supremes on backing vocals and no matter how hard you try you've just got to get up and dance to it. Thoroughly expected though seeing as it's a single from the most famous songwriting team in the history of soul music 'Holland-Dozier-Holland'.
7. Nick Waterhouse - Some Place
Ashamed to say I have only recently discovered this truly talented artist and I wish I had sooner, I love it, his music, his style, he is a true blue-eyed soul. This single was released back in 2010 but features on the 2012 album 'Time's All Gone'. It is an exceptional album and you should all go listen to it.
8. Allah-Las - Catamaran
The Allah-Las are possibly the only current band that capture the spirit and essence on both sides of the Atlantic during the sixties. Their eponymous debut album they released last year is a record you'll listen to start to finish; it is nothing short of captivating and you'll notice your foot didn't stop tapping all the way through...
9. The Kinks – I’m Not Like Everybody Else
Currently reigns supreme as my favourite Kinks track, not a statement to be taken lightly when you consider its competition. Apparently The Animals turned down this song written by Ray Davies, so the Kinks released a version as the B-side to 'Sunny Afternoon' in 1966.
10. The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
So I'm going to end it how I started; with a belting classic garage tune. This is the absolute epitome of garage, with all the passion, the energy and fuzz drenched sounds, what’s not to love? Its worth noting that it was actually written by Richard Berry who also wrote 'Louie Louie' (made famous by The Kingsmen in 1963) - what a guy.