I was thinking about the relation between mod scene and music.
I know people say "The Who and Kinks weren't mod bands" and in a conscious way they truly weren't, In many interviews we see a young Townshend talking about a bigger movement, sometimes even saying bad things about the mods.
But the three great bands...Kinks, Who and Small Faces gained this status because they confronted the main elements of 64 generation...which were:
-Sing about the daily life and the english society by the young working class perspective (in Ray Davies lyrics)
- The rebelion and the hate against an alienated society, captured in Who's songs
- And the power of r&b developed in the work of Small Faces.
So we could say we love their music coz' they captured the spirit of an era (and why not to say...they captured too the essence of the mod lifestyle, if they didn't we would not be listening their songs 50 years later).
More than this...Townshend had a key role talking about the frustrations and expectations of a whole generation.
The 70's was not different.
The Jam had a great importance, first singing songs about street lifestyle...and after "All Mod Cons" evolving their sound...talking in a critical way about english society which culminated in great phrases like:
-"We're just the next generation of emotinally cripped"
Even in the radicalization of Paul Weller's discourse. In their final days The Jam were singing about class struggle (Just a 5 o' clock hero, Hey Mister) and capitalist explotation (Smithers-Jones, We've only started)...a path which Paul Weller would go further and further in Style Council (an interesting thing...the movement of taking a radical speech happened at the same time Weller approached more and more the black music)
Not only the Jam, Purple Hearts and Secret Affair talked about the frustrations and the hopes of the young working class of the late 70's sometimes almost in a existencialist way (I remember a interview I read on the NME special of Mods and the fact Ian Page was from a middle class family apparently was very important coz' of that I'm constantly talking of working class).
And again like Townshend had a key role, Weller had one too at his time.
There's no doubt those two moments (62 - 66 and 77 - 82....I can be wrong in the dates) were the biggest of the Mod history.
Lately we're seeing a new movement trying to emerge, the thing is: Looks like is trying for over a decade, and nothing really relevant happened.
Maybe today we have more bands in every scene, all over the world (many cities in UK, some in the US, in Colombia, Brasil, Barcelona, Italy) compared to the number of bands of the mid 60's and the late 70's, but none scene could bring, even slightly, the same force of those two great eras.
Here's my question...perhaps what is missing is a spokesman of this generation? Like Townshend and Paul Weller were...and don't get me wrong I don't think we need a man to be looked as a god we wait to say something smart. But a person, or some people which have the capacity to be a creative force, or even confront the status quo like early Who and Jam did.
What you people think?
(sorry about the bad english...I tried hard to put those thoughts together)