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My missus ain't a Mod. That said, she like some of the fashion, loves a bit of the 60's bands such as Who, Kinks and Small Faces; she does like a bit of Tamla and enjoys the Soul stuff but she fuckin hates; HATES Mod revival bands; ALL of them.
Reading a nice piece on them in this months Record Collector and it certainly appears that the Revival bands were cursed even before they had begun. While The talent of The Jam seemed to see them through the period without getting tarnished, Merton Parkas, Chords, Purple Hearts, Lambrettas, Secret Affair all got it in the ass for being plastic and cliche??? From reading what some of the bands said, it appears to be not far off the mark. Most of the bands only found out they were a 'mod' band when they read about it in the musical papers. Most were interested in playing some guitar fuelled post-punk music......but the question is, why didn't the 2-Tone bands recieve the same backlash from the media for being revivalists???
I have to say, I am no big fan of the that particular genre of Mod with the exception of a few Chords and Purple Hearst numbers.......it is just too far removed from the original Soul and R'n'B sound of the original movement. The Who and Kinks just about got away with it but as Ian Paige correctly points out "a mod from 1963 wouldn't even recognise a mod from 1979. And of course, that movie gets plenty of blame for the dismissal of Mod Revival. Personally, I much prefer Makin Time or Prisoners but what is it cursed that era of music which o the face of it, was quite an exciting period in pop music????