Psychedelic, blues, soul, rock and roll. Mod has it all, and then some. Bands like The Who are the obvious shout, but from the Mod came aspects of music and popular culture which have continued for generations. Fashion, hairstyles and the famous mentality have all prospered. Still today, the Mods is everywhere, evolving become part of our lives and today's youth cultures. So let's celebrate it, here's a list of Third Outing's most influential Mod records.
1 The Who My Generation (1967). Where else could we start? This had to be number 1. My Generation is said to be one of the best rock album of all time. Whether you agree or not, The Who shaped and defined the Mod. They embody what Mod meant and still means today.
2 The Small Faces The Autumn Stone (1965). This week, we introduced The Autumn Stones. Now you know why Mod week makes sense. If you get the connection, then clearly this album is just a posthumous retrospective double album. A must have, of course! The original Mods, with the original Mod album.
3 The Jam All Mods Cons (1978). Ah, a Punk and Mod revival together. The Jam at their best. After all Paul Weller did influence Johnny Marr, who influenced Noel Gallagher. who influenced...you know the story. Arguably the most important Mod album of all time, because without this, there'd have been nothing to follow.
4 The Creation We Are Painterman (1967). This is the only LP released during the brief life-span of the band. One of the few beat groups to rival the raw intensity of The Who. Featuring the guitarist Eddie Philips, this guy put violin bow to guitar strings long before Jimmy Page, and was allegedly even courted by Pete Townshend to become The Who's second guitarist.
5 Nuggets II Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond (1964–1969). If you're busy and don't have time to listen to all the other records, then this is the one you really need. From obscure 60's band to mega group The Who, in just 109 songs in total. I think that should do the trick!
6 John's Children Orgasm (1967). Before Marc Bolan blew minds as T Rex, even before he gently blew beards as Tyrannosaurus Rex, he was demolishing stages with John's Children, a pop-art Mod band hell bent on upping The Who in the auto-destructive art department.
7 Motown Records (1959). Okay more a label than a record, but we had to talk about Motown. Why? The progression of this Mod subculture continued to Northern Soul in the UK. After all, it was a time when The Who covered James Brown and young kids in the 70's were into old Soul music.
8 The Sorrows Pink Purple Yellow & Red (1987). Is this the best band to ever come from Coventry? The Specials, Adorable and The Primitives are also on the list. But this record is the kind of record which would have been amazing even 20 years before its release. The Kinks is all over the eponymous Pink Purple Yellow & Red.
9 The Action Action Packed! (2001). The Liverpool-based quintet The Action graced the world with some of the best R&B and soul ever to come out of Britain, music utterly convincing and played with complete conviction. This compilation contains the very best of The Action, and is surprisingly highly underrated.