MARRIED TO THE MOD.

“IVE HEARD THERE’S A FEW MODS ABOUT”,WELL NOT IN MY TOWN THERE WEREN’T.HOW,WHEN OR WHY I BECAME A MOD I HAVE NO IDEA BUT I KNOW THE STYLE AND THE LOVE OF THE MUSIC HAS NEVER LEFT ME.I REMEMBER RAIDING DADS WARDROBE FOR ANYTHING THAT WAS FRED PERRY,I HAD TO START SOMEWHERE!I RECALL IT HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EIGHTIES AND IT HELPED RELIEVE THE BOREDOM OF MY TEDIOUS EDUCATION AND ALL THAT EIGHTIES MUSIC, WHICH DIDN’T STRIKE A CHORD WITH ME AND ME MATES, IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE JAM,THE PURPLE HEARTS,THE SECRET AFFAIR,THE GENTS AND A WHOLE LOAD OF SIXTIES MUSIC WHICH WAS ALL INCLUDED IN THE MOD PACKAGE,THAT TO ME SOUNDED A LIKE A GOOD DEAL,SO WE ALL SIGNED UP TO THE MOD SCENE AND WHAT A BLAST WE HAD ALONG THE WAY.OUR EXPLORER TICKET WAS A WAY OUT OF OUR ONE HORSE TOWN,EACH WEEK WE WOULD GET THE DOUBLE DECKER BUS TO NEWCASTLE AND MORE SHARPLY DRESSED MODS,POINTING US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO COOL OUT OF THE WAY RECORD AND CLOTHES SHOPS,WHERE WE WOULD SPEND OUR PAPER ROUND MONEY ON THE MUST HAVE MUSIC WHICH ALL OF THE MODS WERE LISTENING TO.THE NIGHT THIS MINI MOD REVIVAL ROLLED INTO OUR TOWN WAS A NIGHT I WILL NEVER REMEMBER AS I GOT TO PISSED AND MISSED THE GIG(THREE LITRES OF OLDE ENGLISH CIDER!BASTARD!)BUT THE ANTICIPATION OF SEEING THE GENTS,A MOD BAND FROM SOUTH YORKSHIRE,WAS FEVER PITCH.MODS AND SKINHEADS FROM AROUND THE AREA JOINED TOGETHER, FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY,TO SEE THIS MOD BAND COME TO LIFE FROM INSIDE THE GROOVES OF OUR WORN OUT LPs.IT WAS A FANTASTIC GATHERING, WAS PROBABLY THE LAST THING I REMEMBER THINKING.I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS THE MUSIC OF THE GENTS AGAIN AND IT BROUGHT ALL THESE GREAT MEMORIES FLOODING BACK.

MOD IS A SUBCULTURE THAT ORIGINATED IN LONDON, ENGLAND IN THE FIFTIES AND PEAKED IN THE SIXTIES.WITH BANDS LIKE THE WHO.

GREEN ONIONS.A SIXTIES MOD CLASSIC.

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