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Paul Weller (the Mod-Father) was a bike racer??

Old 01-17-24, 11:17 AM
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Paul Weller (the Mod-Father) was a bike racer??

I wasn’t raised with MTV. Had to watch nite-flights on Friday nights.

I was watching a compilation of Brit hits of the 80s when this popped up.

anyway, enjoy…..

https://youtu.be/rmVkOlZFF3Y?si=DY6iuFumY1yvPvOb


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Old 01-17-24, 11:29 AM
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One of those guys is on a bike with safety levers. Poser. The other guy might be legit.

I've read that both Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were amateur bike racers in their teens. In the 1980s, Clapton picked up a Cinelli Supercorsa from the factory. Don't know what Jeff Beck's bike was.

Ginger Baker had planned a career as a professional bike racer, but then he happened to sit behind a drum set at a party and discovered that he could play.

Edit: closer to the All Mod Cons era, here's Kraftwerk:


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I have questions:

if those were sirens, would you leave your lunch and bolt?

what race stops for lunch?

mighty trophy for two participants.
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Pretty sure they were racing through a town called Malice.
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Originally Posted by Robvolz
If those were sirens, would you leave your lunch and bolt?
I'd leave my lunch, but not my bolt.
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Originally Posted by Romany275
Pretty sure they were racing through a town called Malice.
But there was no jam for lunch. Weller was well off jam by then.
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"One of those guys is on a bike with safety levers. Poser. The other guy might be legit."
"Safety levers" is Mr. Weller hisself. Guess the Style Council voted that this was permitted as long as his jersey passed muster.

Another trivia point:
Elvis Costello (Declan MacManus) had a custom-made Bob Jackson (which I doubt had any turkey levers)
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Originally Posted by FrejusFlyer
But there was no jam for lunch. Weller was well off jam by then.
Well, as the saying goes, “That’s Entertainment.”
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LOL, Paul Weller was my great grandfather.
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was?
He is still performing.
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Riding through the not-so-wild wood....
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There used to be an awesome vid of Caterina Caselli singing Sono Bugiarda in a car driving through the pro peloton in the mid 60s. It was on u tube until RAI made them pull it.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak

Ginger Baker had planned a career as a professional bike racer, but then he happened to sit behind a drum set at a party and discovered that he could play while high on heroin. (Cheap shot, yes but watch 'Farewell Cream' again)
He was awesome.
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I got to ask him about the video when I met him. It was a visual thing for him.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
Edit: closer to the All Mod Cons era, here's Kraftwerk:
https://youtu.be/ps6wRHFdKdA?si=9W8P2sz2dSnuzaZs
Yeah, those guys were the real deal. Ralf and Florian were avid cyclists:
https://road.cc/content/news/5098-kr...-about-cycling

And speaking of Kraftwerk, as a fan and as a surf guitarist, these guys are ticking all my boxes recently:
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Originally Posted by iab
There used to be an awesome vid of Caterina Caselli singing Sono Bugiarda in a car driving through the pro peloton in the mid 60s. It was on u tube until RAI made them pull it.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine
Yeah, those guys were the real deal. Ralf and Florian were avid cyclists:
https://road.cc/content/news/5098-kr...-about-cycling
Great article. Thanks.

A bike racer friend of mine was the stage manager in Smokey Robinson's touring organization in the '80s. He always took his Pinarello along in the tour bus. For residencies such as at a Las Vegas venue, he got to do rides of four or five hours every day.

After he left that job, I told him that, between his experience in tour support and his cycling stats (won numerous time trials and road races throughout the mid-Atlantic circuit), he should go to a Kraftwerk concert and ask for a job.

If I'd thought of it, I'd have mentioned the jokey job application written up by Buster Keaton, a huge baseball fan, in the 1920's for his film company:

O Can act
O Can play baseball

Passing grade: 50%
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Here are some photos taken during the Style Council's "My Ever Changing Moods" video shoot.

The images were scanned from the "My Ever Changing Moods" sheet music book published by Warner Bros. Publications Inc. in 1984.






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Weller's shift in the video is a little less than smooth....... but I suppose he is lip-syncing at the same time, so.....
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The gentleman that is the “starter” with the checkers is Tim Pope. If you know, you know!
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Wow, Paul's cranks are "Mexico'd"

And Tim Pope. Good find! Never knew his name but through his IMDB, he lists at least 7 people who are either clients or in my list of top 20 friends.
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I confess, I knew nothing of this side of Paul Weller until now.
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