Missing Link Mods

Since I cam across this blog I've read all kinds of references to "Hard Mods", "Soft Mods", "Soul Mods" etc. etc.,

many of htem, I think spurious or purely notional. I hesitate to add yet another sub-category, but I wonder how many mods are out there who, like me, fell chronologically between the cracks of the original mods (by whom I was mentored) and the Revivalist Mods (whom I viewed with interest but little first hand involvement).......perhaps we should call ourselves the "Missing Link Mods"!!!

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    • Good point, Ms. Odetta, although I grew up in London, I recently became aware of American 60's garage music scene. looking at the You Tube material out there, those kids looked a lot like Mods to me, and no doubt they were cross-influenced by the British Invasion of the time.

  • Aside from seeing a decent amount of images of northern (Mods) from the early to late 70s I have never came across any from other parts of the country. Even the northern one's looked a lot like ELO on scooters, hardly what we would nowadays class as Mods. In recent years I have came across at least half a dozen guys in Glasgow who claimed to have got into the scene in 1977. I find this quite strange as I stayed close to the city centre when I was young and never came across any Mods. I also knew (and still know) a lot of guys who were into it in the very early days of the revival, and these guys have always admitted that there was no Mods in Glasgow before late 78. I remember a scooter club that I knew claiming they had been formed in 1978 when it had not came about until 1980. Not sure if some people actually start to convince themselves that something is true when its not, or there was maybe a small army of Mods running around Glasgow that no one knew about.

    I fully believe there were the odd Mods around so I am not doubting your word Graham. We know for a fact that PW was into it by 1974. But I would find it really hard to believe that it was widespread until the revival.
    • I agree with your post Chris, I was a very early convert to the Mod revival in 1978. I knew of three guys from Blairedardie who were into Mod before myself or any other mod running about the Mars bar. However they were into punk/new wave, but primarily the Jam, New Hearts, etc.The older brother got into the Who then into Mod and the others followed him. But all this was in 1978.P.S. they were in the iconic article in the evening times, but some of them were cut out.

    • I know what you meam MW. There were shots of the guys driving down York street too and they somehow never made the cut. You will remember there was another Evening Times article when it first came out.(maybe Oct 79) it showed some of the early Mods such as Tony Taylor, Steph Thompson, and Jason Sloss driving around Glasgow Green. There were more than that but I cant recall straight off.
    • I agree Chris, I saw one or two mods here and there, total in all those years  - usually older and more sophisticated, and the odd scooter boy; I'm not suggesting that there was a noticeable movement of mods at that time. My own story is that several friends and I self-identified as mods and tended to hang around with our older brothers and cousins who had been original mods as soon as we could get into a pub with them.. I think there were 4 or 5 of us - hardly a conspicuous number, and we called ourselves (believe it or not) "the small faces" because we were all short-arses. But we were odd-balls, to be sure, because "mod" was considered very much history at that time ...... just like  punk is today....no-one else seemed remotely interested in it until the 70's revival. Funnily, my oldest friend (now in his 60's and living in Basildon) still ends his emails with "Keep the faith"...... a phrase he coined regarding the mod connection  long before we had ever heard of Northern Soul.

    • Well good on you for being into it when there was scarce few like minded souls around Graham, could not have been easy.
    • Graham keep the faith seems a fair motto for you and your pals at that time
    • Yes George, and here we all are today; no accident that the title for a recent book on mod was "Mod; The New Religion!"

                Honestly, I put this discussion out there tounge in cheek, expecting a lot of detractors,  and  yet responses have been generally positive. I really don't much care for the concept of another sub-category of "Missing Link" mods, and I'm not feeling a need to establish my credentials. I just wanted to know if there were any other mods around during that time other than me and Paul Weller (LOL).

           Of course PW wasn't the only one.....he was one of a few rare birds who, like the Merton Parkas and the Lambrettas etc. were turned onto mod and stayed with it when it was an offbeat thing to do. I myself was involved with a group of lads who started a band at about the same time, but didn't want to follow them into the hippie/glamrock trend of the early 70's. In fact, ironically, it was the lead singer who was turned onto mod, who tried to talk me into joining the band to reinforce his mod tendencies (shades of Pete Townsend) They had some success, and toured with Gary Glitter.


    • Very interesting tales graham
      Good hearing others experiences
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    • Yes, that's true Kai, I grew up in Stamford Hill in the mid-60's and my older brother was very much a mod. And he  was also determined not to be embarrassed by his younger brother, so I was groomed (literally and figuratively) for the role early in life.So it's part of my core identity, like it or not now. 

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