January 5, 2009

Mod-A-Day: The Lambrettas

The Lambrettas were one of the first mod revival bands I ever heard, and this song instantly became a favorite of mine. Beat Boys in the Jet Age was the sort of original song about the mod scene that many mod revival bands were doing around 1980, in an effort to put their own modern stamp on the music. Secret Affair did the same with Time for Action and Glory Boys, and The Times had their cheeky take on the scene with Whatever Happened to Thames Beat, and Squire did Walking Down Kings Road. Even with their cheesy ultra-vivid colored suits, The Lambrettas stayed true to the revival more so than some of the other scenesters. Their power pop was classic, and when they experimented it was to include more soul, and at times a bit of a ska vibe as they did with their biggest hit Poison Ivy. Sadly, Lambrettas frontman Jez Bird died of cancer in 2008.

The Lambrettas -- Beat Boys in the Jet Age

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