June 28, 2009

From the Vaults: Modcast #41 Back to Basics

Once more into the vault my friends, once more into the vault. Step back in time, to a time when the modcast was young and fresh. Take a giant step outside your current listening constraints and journey with me all the way back to the cold and blustery days of January 2007. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

It's time to get back to basics, to brush up on the foundations of the whole mod thing. So, I've put together a list --certainly not definitive-- of what I think are some of the most foundational bands of the mod scene. Some of these were bands that actively championed the mod movement, and others were bands that embodied a mod sense of style and sound. All of them have inspired mods, and laid the groundwork for later punk, powerpop, and garage bands.

  • The High Numbers (The Who, 1964) -- Leaving Here
  • Small Faces -- Wham Bam Thank You M’am
  • The Kinks -- Susannah’s Still Alive
  • The Creation -- Can I Join Your Band?
  • The Standells -- Barracuda
  • The Chocolate Watchband -- Medication
  • The Sonics -- Like No Other Man
  • The Attack -- Colour of My Mind
  • The Monkees -- Sweet Young Thing
  • The Action -- Shadows and Reflections
  • The Pretty Things -- Get The Picture

  • Love the show? Hate the songs I selected? Have a question about what I'm listening to these days? Want to just bitch moan or whine? Comments are nice, as is e-mail: rob@mistersuave.com.

    Bonus Videos:

    The Who -- I Can't Explain
    More than any other video, I think that this one captures the sounds as well as the sense of style that made up the original mod scene. And, how can you argue with The Who, the absolute leaders of the sixites mod scene. So, I deem this the greatest mod video ever.

    The Pretty Things -- Midnight to Six