Six songs that inspired the Mod Revival

The mod revival was a music genre and subculture that started in England in 1978 and later spread to other countries although to a lesser degree.

The revival’s mainstream popularity was relatively short, although its influence has lasted for decades.

It was partly inspired by the 1979 film Quadrophenia (music composed by The Who) and by mod-influenced bands such as The Jam, Secret Affair, Purple Hearts and The Chords
There was also the influence of course from legends like The Who and The Small Faces who some bands tried to imitate not only in look but also sound.

Here is the list:

  1. The Hipster Image – Make Her Mine – 1965
  2. The Action – Land of 1000 Dances – 1965
  3. The Kinks – Who’ll be the next in Line – 1965
  4. The Creation – Painter Man – 1966
  5. The Who – Pictures of Lily – 1967
  6. The Small Faces – Tin Soldier – 1967

To find out more about each track keep reading.

This first song is considered a true mod classic, the single Make Her Mine from 1965 by ‘Hipster Image’.

  • Formed: 1964 to 1967
  • Location: England
  • Original Known Members: Eric Lee

Hipster Image were a hot Mod band of the mid-’60s and were discovered by Animals manager Michael Jeffery, they are best known for this particular track.

Unfortunately, they only recorded four songs which was pretty typical of Mod bands at the time, who often only put out hit singles rather than full albums.

A song originally released in 1962 by Chris Kenner – here is a catchy rendition by  ‘The Action’  Land of 1000 Dances released from 1965.

  • Formed: 1963 to 1969 (reunion in 2000)
  • Location: London, England
  • Original Known Members: Reg King, Alan “Bam” King, Mike “Ace” Evans, & Roger Powell

Formed in 1963 they The Action were signed by Parlaphone and were well received by critics of the time.

Sadly, they failed to have any chart success and were dropped by their record company in 1967.

Phil Collins rates this band as one of his favorites and performed with the reunited band in 2000 – he stated “For me it was like playing with the Beatles” – not bad eh!

Here is an early release by ‘The Kinks’, the single Who’ll Be the Next In Line from 1965.

  • Formed: 1964 to 1996
  • Location: London, England
  • Original Known Members: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Mick Avory

“Who’ll be the Next in Line” was first released as the B-side to “Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy”, a single released in the U.K.

The Kinks had started as garage-rockers and only stayed in the Mod scene a brief time before alienating both the garage rocker and Mod scenes with their gentle chamber-pop sound.

With success in both the U.K. and the U.S. The Kinks would go on to have a lucrative career selling over 50 million albums worldwide.

Here is Painter Man a single by ‘The Creation’ from 1966 — This was their second and most successful single during their short career.

  • Formed: 1964 to 1982 – 1989 – 1996 to Present
  • Location: London, England
  • Original Known Members: Eddie Phillips, Tony Barber, Kevin Mann, Simon Tourle 

Painter Man was surprisingly later covered by Boney M in 1979 reaching number 10 for them in the U.K. charts.

Creation biographer Sean Egan defined their style as “a unique hybrid of pop, rock, psychedelia and the avant garde”. They were also regarded as one of the few groups who could rival the raw intensity of The Who at the time but it didn’t guarantee their success, they split in 68.

Talking of ‘The Who’ here is one of my favourite songs from them Pictures of Lily released in 1967.

  • Formed: 1966 – 1968 – mid-80’s – Present
  • Location: London, England
  • Original Known Members: Roger Daltry, Pete Townesend, John Entwistle, Keith Moon

Did you know that Keith Moon sings the high notes in Pictures of Lily?  Well Moon lent his vocals to a number of Who tracks, including lead on a song called ‘In The City’.

The Who were originally called – wait for it The Detours (not so cool) – until John Entwistle also known as thunder-fingers because of his distinct sound on the bass guitar found another band with the same name. The band then renamed themselves The Who.

They are cited as an influence not only by the Mod revival bands of the 70’s and early 80’s but also hard rock and punk rock bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.

The Small Faces actually have a connection to The Who, but I’ll tell you about that after looking at their classic Tin Soldier from 1967.

  • Formed: 1965 to 1969 – 1975 to 1978
  • Location: London, England
  • Original Known Members: Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, Jimmy Winston 

Tin Soldier’s style signalled a return to the band’s R&B roots.

So, what was the Who connection, well Kenny Jones (their drummer) would replace the late Keith Moon as The Who’s drummer in 1978 after Moon’s untimely death.

The band were only together in their official line up for just four years but in that time, they solidified themselves a notable British mod band.

This band were also one of the biggest musical influences on the Britpop movement of the 1990s.

I hope you enjoyed listening to this great music.

Until next time

Liam 🙂

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