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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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Crawdaddy! with guest DJ Ali Bongo Goby at The Fiddler's Elbow

August 18, 2017 at 9pm to August 19, 2017 at 2am
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 her Crawdaddy! debut this month is guest DJ Ali Bongo Goby.Recently seen playing at Sidewinder,…See More
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The Mod Story in 12 records

Imagine you are 18 years old and you live in London in 1959. You've just heard 'What'd I say' by Ray Charles. Your cool friend somehow managed to buy it off a GI last week for an extortionate fee. Is this the first MOD anthem? If not then what is? If you could tell the story of the original Mod scene from Ray Charles in 1959 to the Who releasing 'My Generation' in 1965, what twelve tracks would you choose?Would you even include the Who? Would you stop at the High Numbers?Or would you go further?See More
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"Having a ball at the OoT weekender Wolverhampton. Great night,top DJ,s and a class crowd. Brighton,....let's ave it!"
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"Top night at OoT thanks to you and Sean and guest DJ.'s. See you at the Komedia Brighton mate."
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Steppin' Out at Mascara Bar

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Yep - Steppin' Out's 1st Birthday Party!! Launched as a breakaway experiment from the Dugout, this club has firmly established a soul night of distinction featuring the cream of London's soul DJs.Host DJ Jonathan Dabner & the Mascara Bar are delighted with the response and excited to welcome top international DJs Paul…See More
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Beatbrother Pascal spins records from 21.30 till 02.00 from the era 63-69, Nederbeat, freakbeat, garage, British Invasion. Café De Ouwehoer RotterdamSee More
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Another Book About Mod!?

Hello to the community,I have been contracted to write copy for a new photography book:MOD: A WAY OF LIFEHardcover: 192 pagesPublisher: Carpet Bombing Culture (9 April 2018)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1908211598ISBN-13: 978-1908211590The book will feature photography from the original wave, much of it previously unpublished. The text will be accessible to the complete newbie. I don't have the resources for heavyweight research but I hope to make it interesting by drawing on a wide range of…See More
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