Americanos in South East London

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Local film maker Fred Rowson is asking for your help to track down Americana in this neck of the woods:

I'm currently shooting a music video for this band - www.policedoghogan.com - who are sort of American bluegrass, country, by way of suburban London. One of the major themes of the video is finding those odd pockets of American culture in suburban London, like the pink Cadillac in the scrap yard near New Cross Gate, or the LVPD patrol car I've often seen parked at the bottom of Gellatly Road.

I was wondering if you could do a little shout out on the blog to see what people come up with?

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19 comments:

Matt-Z said...

Rock Steady Eddie's Cafe on Coldharbour Lane used to be full of American Memorabilia, 50s rock and roll stuff etc. usually had a bit of Elvis or similar blaring out over the radio. I think it's still there, not been in for some time though.

Chrissy said...

As a native Texan living in Nunhead, I have lots of American flags and silly jewelry (earrings in the shape of Texas, anyone?) and even have a coon skin cap fresh from a visit to the Alamo last month. If you need props, give me a holler!

Anonymous said...

There's a Totom pole outside the Horniman Museum.

MikeSE13 said...

I'm always playing alot of ol' time Appalachian music at my house and I make a mean Biscuits and gravy!

pistol in my pocket said...

I saw Brokeback Mountain and was disappointed to see that cowboys regard 'chaps' in a different way now

TM said...

On a sort of connected note there is a band called The Rocking Eddies playing the Wickham this Saturday (1st Oct).

I have seen them before and they are really good.

Don't let the fact the Lead singer is one of my neighbours put you off.

;0)

Danja said...

There's a Totom pole outside the Horniman Museum.

A cluster of mock ones have also been put up in Fordham Park.

Anonymous said...

Chrissy - do yourself a favour and don't go around Peckham saying you have a "coon-skin cap" - you have quite the faux pas awaiting you if you do.

Matt-Z said...

Also, don't ask British ladies if you can see their fanny pack.

drakefell debaser said...

Poppies Diner on Cable St E1 has a similar theme to Rock Steady's complete with Dolly (Poppy) Parton-esque hostess. They used to have a very cool Cadillac parked outside too, although looking on Google maps it looks like an estate agent has hijacked the parking places... Worth a look even if it isn’t SE London.

THNIck said...

Didn't there used to be a macdonalds in SE London with 1950s diner decor, complete with a couple of half cadillacs? (and "used to be" I mean "in about 1990").

Is there style the Marilynj at Aladdin's cave on Lewisham way?

Pete said...

The McDonald's you're thinking of is in Surrey Quays (towards Deptford).

Matt-Z said...

Forgot about the best one. Fat Boys Diner on Trinity Buoy Wharf (opposite the dome).

http://www.fatboysdinerlondon.com/

Great but unrealistic suggestion said...

If you can borrow a horse and a stetson i reckon you could film a ride out to a classic sunset over Hilly Fields tonight?

Sue said...

There's a house on Shell Road with a few American street signs in the front garden, IIRC. Can't remember what number, but it's just past the junction with Ellerdale Street.

Sash said...

I would say the most surreal bit of Americana I've ever come across is FatBoys Diner in Trinity Buoy Wharf (Basically Canning Town, across the river from the O2)



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Fred said...

Thanks all - great suggestions! The house on Shell Road sounds very interesting, as do the Totem Poles in Fordham Park.

And you might not be as far off the mark as you think with the Hilly Fields horse suggestion! I will, of course, see that the Video is screened on Brockley Central when it's done...

Anonymous said...

yes the Detford Mcdoanlds with the chev inside... what about the Rivoli Ballroom "Diner Chairs" in the bar area.

R

Anonymous said...

There is an american post box outside a house on Harefield rd. near the flats.

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