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Univ of Virgin Islands, St Thomas, VI 00802
"I may be getting old but I've got young fashioned ways"--Muddy Waters I am in the process of writing about my teen-and-early-twenties, including the time when I was a London Mod. I can claim with some justification to have been a Face. I have a few photos of myself from 1963/64/65 wearing mod clothes and hairstyle I left England a while ago and currently teach at the University of the Virgin Islands, an American University in the Caribbean. I am happy to share my memories and catch the attention of other aged Mods (like me) or younger people who find Mod styles interesting. In April 1963 I bought a Vesper GS Scooter but by November 1964 it had been stolen and trashed. Its exhaust system comprised twin chrome pipes, 1 1/2 inch diameter, which gave a lovely throaty drone like a Second World War bomber. I was fined for excessive noise more than once. By 1964, I was wearing “parallels,” shorter length trousers which fell three inches or so short of the shoe. They hung straight and were neither flared nor pegged, hence the name. I wore linen or tweed sports jackets with deep vents, and shirts with Nehru collars, or light woolen Fred Perry shirts. I saw musicians like Rod Stewart, the Stones, and the Who (High Numbers) in small West End clubs. Although these acts later came to fill arenas, in those days there were only a couple of dozen people in the audience. I am currently writing about The Scene Club in Soho where I was a regular, especially during Guy Stevens’ Monday evening record sessions. I describe the Block and the Bang, two dances that Mods developed at that time. French chalk would be put on the floor to make it slippery and good for dancing. I have listed records that I remember Guy Stevens playing. Later I had an extensive Bluebeat/Ska record collection. I believe people who find Mod styles intriguing will be interested in my recollections. Robert Nicholls (“Rob the Mod”)
Top 5 tunes at the moment:
Slim Harpo “Got Love if You Want It”(1957), Buster Brown “Fannie Mae” (1959), Mary Wells “You Beat Me to the Punch”(1962), Alvin Cash and the Crawlers’ “Twine Time” (1963), Major Lance “Monkey Time” (1964).
Vespa, Lambretta or other?
Vespa GS c 1963 - 1964