I've always been....conflicted with the Mod Revival of the late 70's and 80's. It seems like a mob mentality and conformist ideals overtook what is supposed to be a culture of individuals who try vigorously to stand out in the crowd. All it took to be a Mod was an M-51 Parka and a Keith Moon target shirt, but that was just one part of a very large scene, in which many followed the original Mod ideals and added to the culture as a whole. And its understandable at the time that Mod would evolve into the more basic Mod Revival, due to the chaotic youth tribes that were running about England at the time, Rockers, Skinheads, Soulies, New Romantics, Casuals! It was madness, but the Mods second wave proved to be a great time for a new wave of ideas,style, and music. Below is a list of my five favorite Mod Revival bands and my opinions on their music and their effect on the scene.
A FLASH mob burst into the Market Place Shopping Centre taking shoppers by surprise.
Dressed as ordinary members of the public, the flash mob, Bolton’s Got Soul, got toes tapping with their Northern Soul routine, led by two children who appeared on the scene dragging their “mother” in all directions before breaking out into a dance.
Coming soon: Acid Jazz Mod two-CD compilation Strangely, this isn’t actually on the Acid Jazz label, although the content of Acid Jazz Mod derives from that label. Confused? You should be. Anyway, let’s clear things up.
Next was this seemingly standard looking 60s tie. The reason why I had to have it was that it's a vintage James Bond 007 article. The James Bond signature on the inside silk liner is the "killer" detail that brings it over the top.
In July 1966 a mimeographed pamphlet titled ‘Heatwave’ began to circulate around the various shops, venues, and meeting spaces that constituted London’s counterculture. The pamphlet’s title references a track performed by Martha and the Vandellas, released in 1963, which would be covered by The Who on their 1966 record, A Quick One. The pamphlet isn’t a fanzine, though; it hardly addresses music at all. Instead, it introduces a range of youth subcultures: Mods
When something has been as seen and as discussed as Quadrophenia has, you often wonder if there is really anything left to said on the subject. For the past 35 years, this movie based on the Who's album of the same name has woven in and out of the collective consciousness and at this point, one wonders if there is anything new we could learn about this cult movie.
This week on the modcast it's all acoustic tracks -- raw, stripped down, just the bare bones. I love how acoustic versions of songs can so drastically change a song. Sometimes that stripped down, raw sort of thing is just more pure.
Steve Cropper has had a composing hand in a number of iconic songs, from Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour” to Booker T. and the MGs’ “Green Onions” to Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood.” He’s served as a producer for countless others, including Tower of Power, REO Speedwagon, John Mayall and Poco.
But there was one time that stands out, one time in which Cropper says he knew — right from the first — that he had a huge hit on his hands: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” a song Cropper collaborated on with the late, great Otis Redding.
JAMES BROWN, THE GODFATHER of soul, is the subject of a new biopic produced by Mick Jagger and directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).
Chadwick Boseman will play The Hardest Working Man In Show Business in Get On Up: The James Brown Story, a film that looks set to chart Brown’s rise from his beginnings in rural Georgia through his truly thrilling R&B/gospel stylings and revolutionary funk grooves to jail terms, drug addiction and the battle for survival.
ITV’s documentary ‘The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song,’ aired in the UK last night (Sunday 6th), culminated in the revelation of the Tamla track that won the vote for that title among the broadcaster’s panel of viewers. And the winner was…Marvin Gaye’s 1968 classic ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine.’