CLUTCH

Sunday 24th March 2013

Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine’s latest film starring James Franco, Rachel Korine, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Gucci Mane. Dollar sign spinner’s on James Franco’s Camaro and the best ever scene involving a white piano since Britney in Crossroads.

Released in the States,  March 22nd and in the UK, April 5th.

Saturday 23rd March 2013

A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (We’ve Got)

…boom it your in your Jeep, or your Honda, or your Beemer, or your Legend, or your Benz…

Friday 22nd March 2013

Jean Paul Goude and Grace Jones for Citroen in 1985.

This amazing Citroen CX advert featuring the French art director’s muse and lover, Jones was apparently banned in a number of countries. You can watch it here.

Thursday 21st March 2013

1 9 9 X by North Carolina based Dreams West.

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Bilbao and The new MINI Paceman.

The lovely people of MINI invited Clutch to Bilbao to drive the latest addition to the Mini squad, the MINI Paceman. Driving the smooth, winding roads surrounding the Northern Spanish City in this car was fun. Good tapas and a visit to the Bilbao Guggenheim made it a really good trip.

A quick visit in March meant I didn’t get a sense of the Bilbao nightlife, but the Guggenheim and beautiful coast roads are enough reason to go. Driving through some of the small coastal towns, we saw surfers making the most of the deserted breaks on clean, out of season beaches.

Available in petrol/diesel, Sport and also 4-wheel drive. Adaptions to this MINI’s body imply a meaner, faster car than previous models. The descending roof and larger bum make a tougher, more powerful image. A sports suspension will bring it lower to the ground and 4-wheel drive could open up opportunities for trips to more remote or snowy locations. More than two people in this car on a trip would start to be an issue. Depending on the length of trip and attitude of the back passenger/s. Just two seats in the back, in-between which is room for accessories including cup holders. We like cup-holders. There is an unnecessarily large (and ugly) round speedometer which frames an awkwardly rectangular media screen. The controls of which are located down by the handbrake. Rear sensor indicator is helpful. The circular, bubbly details run across the dashboard and on to the door handles. A particular taste, but a consistent and defining detail of the MINI range.

An enjoyable drive, which felt tough enough to tackle more than I had a chance to test it on, and small enough to dash around narrow european winding streets. A good trip, made particularly good when I found Cy Twombly’s, Nine Discourses on Commodus, 1963 tucked away on the top floor of The Guggenheim.

 

JM.

Monday 18th March
Sitting in for Jarvis Cocker on BBC Radio 6 yesterday, Alison Mosshart chose Outlaws and Highways as the inspiration for her track list. An excellent show. Available here for the next week. The tracks are listed below.
Kate Mossman of The Observer writes of Mosshart;
"It’s hard to imagine Mosshart blazing up Dalston’s Balls Pond Road, though. "How many speed bumps do we need, people?" she says. "The most boring place to be in a car – in the world – is this city. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to explode.”
"… travelling back and forth to Nashville, where she’s bought a "muscle car" and finally has access to the open road she craves. She’s writing new Kills songs at the wheel – "literally, with a pen and a paper. Believe me, it’s so dangerous…"

Read more here.
Bo Diddley Cops and Robbers
Johnny Cash Deperado
John Lee Hooker I’m Bad Like Jesse James (Live)
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis What Must Be Done
Woody Guthrie Billy The Kid
Mississippi John Hurt Stack O’ Lee Blues
The Soggy Bottom Boys I am a Man Of Constant Sorrow
Howlin’ Wolf I Aint Superstitious 
Royal Trux Esso Dame
The J.B. Pickers Freedom of Expression
Primal Scream Kowalski
Chuck Berry You Can’t Catch Me
Unkown Mortal Orchestra Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)
The Velvet Underground Run Run Run
The Modern Lovers Roadrunner
The Cramps Route 66
Townes Van Zandt
Jeff Buckley Lost Highway
Laura Marling Blues Run The Game
Waylon Jennings I’ve Always Been Crazy
Neil Young Unkown Legend
Canned Heat On The Road Again
Fiji Song For Charles Manson
Shocking Blue Harley Davidson
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Queens of the Stone Age Outlaw Blues
The Doors My Wild Love
Goth Star Pictureplane
Bat for Lashes Daniel
Le Tigre Deceptacon
R. L. Burnside Let My Baby Ride
Creedence Clearwater Revival Up Around The Bend
Dean Martin My Rifle, My Pony And Me
Tom Waits Ol’ 55

Monday 18th March

Sitting in for Jarvis Cocker on BBC Radio 6 yesterday, Alison Mosshart chose Outlaws and Highways as the inspiration for her track list. An excellent show. Available here for the next week. The tracks are listed below.

Kate Mossman of The Observer writes of Mosshart;

"It’s hard to imagine Mosshart blazing up Dalston’s Balls Pond Road, though. "How many speed bumps do we need, people?" she says. "The most boring place to be in a car – in the world – is this city. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to explode.”

"… travelling back and forth to Nashville, where she’s bought a "muscle car" and finally has access to the open road she craves. She’s writing new Kills songs at the wheel – "literally, with a pen and a paper. Believe me, it’s so dangerous…"

Read more here.

Bo Diddley Cops and Robbers

Johnny Cash Deperado

John Lee Hooker I’m Bad Like Jesse James (Live)

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis What Must Be Done

Woody Guthrie Billy The Kid

Mississippi John Hurt Stack O’ Lee Blues

The Soggy Bottom Boys I am a Man Of Constant Sorrow

Howlin’ Wolf I Aint Superstitious 

Royal Trux Esso Dame

The J.B. Pickers Freedom of Expression

Primal Scream Kowalski

Chuck Berry You Can’t Catch Me

Unkown Mortal Orchestra Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)

The Velvet Underground Run Run Run

The Modern Lovers Roadrunner

The Cramps Route 66

Townes Van Zandt

Jeff Buckley Lost Highway

Laura Marling Blues Run The Game

Waylon Jennings I’ve Always Been Crazy

Neil Young Unkown Legend

Canned Heat On The Road Again

Fiji Song For Charles Manson

Shocking Blue Harley Davidson

Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited

Queens of the Stone Age Outlaw Blues

The Doors My Wild Love

Goth Star Pictureplane

Bat for Lashes Daniel

Le Tigre Deceptacon

R. L. Burnside Let My Baby Ride

Creedence Clearwater Revival Up Around The Bend

Dean Martin My Rifle, My Pony And Me

Tom Waits Ol’ 55

Sunday 17th March 2013

As the Geneva Motor Show comes to an end this Sunday, let’s enjoy a look back at some of the fashion choices chosen to promote the cars.

Beautiful women. Strange clothes. Odd marketing in 2013?

Saturday 16th March 2013

LOOK BACK

Early electronic cars at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development in 1973. The Symposium was held on October 14th - 19th at the Mariott Motor Inn in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was sponsored by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

Photographs by Frank Lodge.

Read more here

These images were made available online by The U.S. National Archives. They uploaded the images along with many more commissioned by The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Documerica project running between 1971 - 1977. The EPA commissioned the work to highlight environmental issues in 1970’s America. 

The site includes thousands of images which give a rare insight into everyday America in the 70’s. We will include more in future posts. Visit the site here.