1970s road bike stars in video for new British Sea Power single (+ video)

Album title track Machineries of Joy features 1970s bike from Croydon's Allin Cycles

by Simon_MacMichael   March 20, 2013  

British Sea Power Machineries of Joy YouTube still

A 1970s road bike is one of the stars of the video of the forthcoming single Machineries of Joy by acclaimed Brighton-based rock band, British Sea Power. Released on 1 April, it's also the title track of the group's new album. The video, filmed near Biggin Hill in Kent, was made by BBC documentary maker Clare Tavernor and Angus Sutherland - an editor and cinematographer who just happens to work on the Tour de France for ITV4.

The single is being released by Rough Trade records, which says:

The film has two stars – sometime triathlete Kate Tiernan and a 1970s road bike by Allin Cycles of Croydon. Apparently, as well as filing frame lugs into elegant filigree-like patterns to save weight, the Allin Cycles staff would also sell gramophones to boost winter income. Now the worlds of cycling and recorded sound are once more combined in the British Sea Power video.

British Sea Power, described by The Sunday Times as “the best band in Britain”, are based in Brighton and released their first album in 2003. Cycles have been an occasional feature in the band’s history. The lyrics to the 2008 track No Lucifer include mentions for the Carlton Corsair road bike and the Raleigh Twenty shopper bike. Frontman Yan Wilkinson worked in the Kendal branch of Halfords while at school.

The Classic Lightweights website has more information about Allin Cycles.

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I definitely ride around there with Dulwich Paragon. Love the song =]

posted by Linkinbassist [34 posts]
20th March 2013 - 16:32


Didn't like the look of those freshly- cut hawthorn hedges.

posted by wild man [287 posts]
20th March 2013 - 16:39


I bet she is warm in that pulley.

posted by Some Fella [842 posts]
20th March 2013 - 18:45


I hate seeing a bike laid over on the derailleur. It'll be all scratched now! Wink

posted by zok27 [3 posts]
20th March 2013 - 20:27


That's not a pulley it's a 'vintage' base-layer. And judging by her face at the end, as itchy as it looks.

posted by robert_obrien [118 posts]
21st March 2013 - 12:14


How did they find empty country lanes round there without hordes of Dulwich Paragon in shot? Thinking

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posted by gazpacho [90 posts]
21st March 2013 - 13:08


I unashamedly love British Sea Power, to the point I nearly took a kicking by a man mountain of a security fella in Texas defending one of the band.

They've hinted, probably a bit tongue in cheek mind, that they'd like to do their own line of bikes:


posted by farrell [1605 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 12:05


Sorry, only one cycling video for me. Ever Changing Moods - The Style Council. Would kill for Weller's Magniflex - Torpado jersey.

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posted by daysofspeed [10 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 19:46


OK I lied. I liked it. Applause

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posted by daysofspeed [10 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 19:50