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Newbreed – Maker

We recently caught up with Maker who are based in Kent, United Kingdom, prior to their appearance at the Margate Mod Weekender this year, with Band Members: Alessandro Marinelli (Vocals, guitar) Andrew Donaldson (guitar), John Austin (Bass), Gavin Donaldson (Drums) heres what they had to say. 1. How long have you been active for and […]

‘When I’m gone – UK Brenda Holloway releases’

 ‘When I’m gone – UK Brenda Holloway releases’ Of the many legendary artists that released records on the magical Tamla-Motown imprint, one who holds a special place in most soul fans hearts is Brenda Holloway. For us fans, the appearance of Brenda at this year’s May bank holiday NUT’s weekender in Margate is a must-see […]

Hey Mrs DJ – Chris Sweet

We recently caught up with Chris Sweet (Northern Soul Rave Patrol) who is based in London, UK, about his love of rare Soul music prior to his slot at the Margate Got Soul Event as part of the Margate Mod Weekender. 1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening […]

Record Reviews – Graham Lentz, May 2018

‘Stuck In A Daydream’ – LANCASHIRE HUSTLERS LP I confess, the Lancashire Hustlers are one of my absolute favourite bands when it comes to ‘pop music for grown-ups’. So when I was asked to review this new album, how could I refuse? Ian Parkes and Brent Thorley are the ‘two-man orchestra’ who have produced yet […]

Fashion Scene – Femme Fatales

Femme Fatales There has always been a bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ about French style and no more so than during the 1960s. So we thought we’d round-up some of our favourite ‘femmes de fashion’ of the era to discover a little more about what gave them ‘le look.’ Brigitte Bardot Bardot’s more obvious […]


Dummies Guide to ‘Mod’

Origins: circa 1958, London, UK consisted initially of the young Jewish community and upper working class/ lower middle class students, (17 years +) and then subsequently the working class youth from most suburban areas of London. The Phrase 'MOD' is possibly derived from 'Modernist' - i.e. a 'modern person' who is fashionable or 'HIP' whom eschews that which is 'old'. Early Modernists are generally associated with the Modern Jazz Scene of the SOHO area of London and are viewed as being the smarter rivals of the 'Traditional Jazz' scene who often favoured a scruffy 'Beatnik' look. (see: 'Absolute Beginners' - Colin McInnes) However the emerging R'n'B music scene is also another influence, there being many smart young men like Charlie Watts and Brian Jones.

This nascent scene was largely based in the middle class and affluent suburban areas of West London like Richmond.
The early look for Mods was the predominately tailor made suit. The original style is thought to be Italian in design - the box type jacket with narrow lapels and 2 or 3 buttons.

Shoes started as the 'winkle picker' through to ‘chisel toes’ and 'Chelsea boots'. The hair was usually kept short and neat.

Scooters were hugely popular in the 1950's and the early modernists by and large adopted the Italian made machines such as the Vespa GS and series 1 + 2 Lambretta for being stylistically superior to the British machines of the day. The weather of London in this era was frequently cold thus the overcoat of choice for scooter travel was the American Army Parka, it was very warm and kept off dust although not particularly waterproof!

Around 1962 the scene increased in size enough to be reported in the mainstream press notably 15 year old Marc Feld (Marc Bolan) was interviewed in the (London based) 'Town' magazine.

Also at this time of expansion many 'casual' day clothes came into use like cycling shirts, Fred Perry sports shirts and bowling shoes.

The Mods at about this time adopted the emerging R'n'B, early Tamla Motown Soul and Blue Beat and Ska as their club sounds, primarily because the music was very new and also good to dance to and thought of as "cool".

From 1963 on 'MOD' gradually turned into a full-blown 'youth' movement attracting younger and younger teenagers, which in turn drove many older originals away. This culminated with hundreds of 'Mods' on the beaches at Bank Holidays which after a small disturbance in Clacton, Easter 1964 which was totally blown out of proportion by the national press, the resulting publicity generated an explosion in all things 'Mod', became the popular high street fashion for 1964/5. However more Tabloid 'exposé’s' associated the movement with drugs such as amphetamines, which generated a negative establishment reaction. However the movement itself began to die away naturally as the 'Swinging Sixties' era took off fully in '65 and many participants moved on to the new exciting pop, rock and psychedelic scenes.

There were two notable exceptions to this; one was the offshoot - Skinheads in the southern areas of England who retained much of the image and listened almost exclusively to Soul, Ska and Reggae.
In the North of England the mod look survived longer via clubs such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester and then directly evolved into the Northern Soul and Scooter boy scene. Paradoxically there was also another offshoot in the South West of England where several scooter clubs existed (notably The Modrepheniacs) who referred to themselves as Mods but didn't use the stereotypical image.

The Mod Scene returned by 1978 - and saw a massive 'Revival' in 1979. This petered out around about '82, picked up again in 1984 and again died down by 1989 coincidently when House music and 'E' was at the peak of popularity.

Since then it has enjoyed mixed fortunes in the UK and in numbers at least is a shadow of its former self. However it these days with the assistance of email and the World Wide Web, the protagonists of this lifestyle are much better organised and have a vibrant, diverse and well-attended club scene.

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The Mod ideals have now spread all over the westernised world and influenced many famous designers, writers and especially musicians.

There is now also a flourishing 'virtual' mod community presence on the web, where ideas, issues and consensus opinions are discussed freely with a tinge of wit.


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The Shakeup @ the Bread - Clapham's stormin' soul club last Saturday of every month. 100% original vinyl Rare & Northern Soul, Vintage Rhythm & Blues, Motown plus a touch of Boogaloo & Mod Jazz on the side just for good measure. Hosts Curtis Taylor & Jonathan Dabner & delighted to welcome back special guest deckhand Walls of Heartache's …See More
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The third Friday of every month Gary, Lucienne and Danny, plus special guests, play the finest northern soul, mod, Motown, vintage R&B, Two Tone, ska and rocksteady, all on vinyl.Now in our 8th year.Making a welcome return this month is guest DJ Manuel Lovisutti, resident at London night Spoonful and the…See More
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July's Steppin' Out features the eagerly await return of Ian Jackson, a man who's been playing soul allnighters & mod weekenders for four decades, most recently in Amsterdam, Rome & Prague! Add renowned modernist DJ Clovis Taylor to the mix + host JD & we have sounds to savour.OVO Rare & Northern Soul, Vintage Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Boogaloo, Mod Jazz. Nuff said!Free admission to the…See More
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Enjoy a scorchin' high summer night at the Bread with The Shakeup's Curt n Jon + special guest DJ Jules Pallett.The Shakeup is a 100% Original Vinyl Soul Club with an authentic 60's club vibe playing Rare & Northern Soul, Vintage Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Boogaloo & Mod Jazz.The Bread & Roses is a classy & unique venue - owned by Battersea & Wandsworth Trades Council & managed by the…See More
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