THE THIRTEENTH MAN
Tin-Kan Records, 2014
Penny Black Music - Malcolm Carter
One of the things that has made this particular writer smile over the last couple of decades is the way that certain people have been labeled as mod icons and even as a Modfather. It’s been said that Mod wasn’t just about fashion or music but a way of life…there’s obviously a lot of fakes about then; clever fakes admittedly but not the real thing at all.
A name that is always missing when these so-called Mods are sprouting off about their all so obvious influences is that of Graham Dee. Dee has just turned 71; take a look at the sleeve of his latest single, ‘Duckin’ n Divin’ released on 10” vinyl for Record Store Day (and included on this album) if you can track down a copy, the clothes, that stance, the hair even, and yet we dare give the accolade The Modfather to a whippersnapper in his mid-fifties?!
Dee has achieved so much in his life...
Eyeplug - Nick Churchill
The Thirteenth Man - Graham Dee
I flatter myself that anyone should notice, but before we go any further I must declare an interest here, I have a songwriting credit on this album, generously bestowed on me for providing the title of track three, Emily Nuthin.
More than ever it is impossible to separate the critic from the review and this is much too close for comfort, but here we go…
The very existence of The Thirteenth Man is little short of a miracle in itself.
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