Our Generation: The Mods!
The Punk era was not all about Punk Rockers! and as we all know a big part of Punk Rock, amongst many other variations and spin offs of the genre and ideoligy, was the Mod influence!
The Sex Pistols played Small Faces covers (albeit in their anti-Sixties HATE mode) as well as The Who's Substitute, The early Clash were undoubtedly influenced by the Mod sounds and - to a degree - the look in some of their early photo sessions... but the most outstandingly visual and musical Mod attack of the Punk days came from Wokings finest 'The Jam'. Their story has been told many times so our site is not one dedicated to re-telling it. There are many interesting Jam anecdotes and gig experiences, meetings with Paul Weller, gig tickets, photos etc within the books 'Our Generation' and 'This is Our Generation Calling'..but here the enthasis is on the Punk era Mod Revival showing photos (some that are featured within 'Our Generation' but many not) and any interesting memorabilia items...reviews etc...and as always any suggestions most welcome. To start off here are some exclusive Mod related photos.
Above Left: Mods captured dancing at a Above Right: Sheffield Mod Darren-
Scarborough Weekender in the mid 80's -Gray 1979
Above: Mods in 1979
Right: Thats me trying to find the chords to
some song (probably an 'Who' song) in 1982
Above: John Harrison playing bass for The Way in 1985
Below: John tuning up for a 'Reaction' in 1983
Above: Serious young Mods
Left: Me and the other half - Scarborough Mod Weekender 2005 at the Spa Pavillion
Left: 'Goodfellas' - yours truly with my old Mod pal Martin 'Ridgy' Ridgeway at another Scarborough allnighter May 2006. A great r&b band 'The Five aces'(formally 'Boogaloo
Investigators' played on the 2nd night of the weekend. The Bass player bought me a Whiskey and we chatted enthusiastically about r&b, Mod sounds and our shared love of 'The Clash'.
Right: A more recent Mod event. A flyer for one of two 'Back to the Roots' Mod nights I organised in 2007.
'The first night was the best and quite well attended. It was an almost exclusively Mod turn out with some fantastic r&b being played as well as a great selection of blue eyed Soul tracks and the very best of the coolest Mod sounds!
Below: Donny Mod Neil 'Top class'
mover with Rotherham Mod Gareth joining in on the dancefloor at the first
'Back to the Roots' night
Right: Rawmarsh Mod Martin can't resist cutting some rug to the Soul and r&b sounds at Janine and Gareth's 'Touched by the hand of mod night at Rotherham Charters a few years ago.
Above: My girlfriend Vanessa ready for a Mod night out 2006
Left: Local Mod lasses Janine and Nicola Ridgeway
Above: Various Mod photos
Left, right and below: myeldest son Dean inheriting the Mod look in 2007
Above: Rotherham Mod lass Lynne and myself 2007
THIS IS OUR GENERATION CALLING
A SELECTION OF SOME MOD PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK
Photos by kind permission of Louise Mckinley, Jeff Platts and Pete Skidmore
Check out the Mod gallery of photos and exclusive and rare photos of The Jam, Secret Affair, the Specials and more in the book 'This is Our Generation Calling! (all feature in B/W in the book)