October 21, 2007

The Mod Sound: The Targets - Searching for a Scene

I'm starting something new, where in every so often (I hesitate to say daily, or even weekly, as I'm a notorious procrastinator) I will be sharing single songs from my collection. These will primarily be mod songs that are perhaps obscure, or at least not mainstream. My hope is that this will introduce you all to things you might have missed otherwise and that you will search out the artists, buy their music or support their live performances.

So the first upload I've selected is from a band that I saw play live only once right at the end of their existence, The Targets. They were a southern California mod band from Claremont, fronted by a young woman named Nikki. The guitarist was Perry Tollet who went on to form the mod power pop band Chardon Square that played the So Cal mod scene throughout the rest of the 80s. This track is Searching for a Scene. It's a simple song, a sort of blend of sixties pop with eighties power pop, and definitely geared for dancing. The lyrics are simple too, but perfect for sixteen year old mods that were into reviving all things sixties, cool and British. We wanna be sharp/when we go out at night/We don't wanna look like skanks/we don't wanna fight/We're so far from London/that sometimes I just ache/Working next here on our own/We're all gonna shake.

Get it here.


Anonymous said...

When I was in high school (in Claremont/Upland area) in the early 80's, my friends and I were total groupies of The Targets, as a matter of fact, they even partied with us at my parents house on occasion. We were especially close with Nikki and Biff (the drummer). I would love to get my hands on a copy of their album, I have long since lost all my vinyl.

Anonymous said...

Yep, they were a great bunch of guys (and girl). Biff was a DJ at KSPC, and he'd let us hang with him and answer the phones, and we were only in high school at the time. Awesome band!

Anonymous said...

I hate to say it but I allways thought they were sort of weak.. but with a really cool Mod name for a band. They had more of a ska sounding to there music than the Mod angst. the only song that I found that had merit was Searching for a scene (even thou I must say the lyrics were very High schoolish... not much substance) but with all the nag nag I'm putting down in writting.. I'm glad they were around... I would rather have something than nothing.