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by Jim Allen

June 18, 2013

It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

by Jim Allen  |  June 18, 2013

In mid-'60s London, a movement emerged that was all about young white kids getting dressed up and drugged up and dancing their asses off all night to black music in sweaty, crowded clubs. Sounds a lot like disco, doesn't it? Well, the clubs were among the first discotheques, as they were called then, but the sharply clad kids in question were Mods. It was short for "Modernist," and while their iconography incorporated plenty of pop art, their musical roots were in American soul, blues and jazz.

Of course, it didn't take long for the Mods to cough up some bands of their own, who hewed closer to the rock realm but incorporated all the aforementioned influences. Maybe you've heard of a couple, like a little combo called The Who, or a pack of lads known as the Small Faces. By the end of the decade, the Mod scene was pretty much kaput, but in the late '70s/early '80s a Mod revival rolled around, ushering in The Jam, Secret Affair and more. If you ever wondered what Mod music was all about, come along for a comprehensive clamber up the family tree, from the deepest roots to the longest (carefully pruned) branches.

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