December 31, 2013

Modcast #289: Mr. Suave's Best of 2013

Another year down as they say. But what a year. This past year saw an explosion of mod friendly sounds from soul to power pop to sixties beat and everything in between. I've collected here some of the songs from some of my favorite artists and albums from the past year. Give it a listen, I think you'll agree that 2013 was pretty good, musically speaking.

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The Chase -- Misspent Youth
RAF -- Hadrian's Wall
The Vice -- Singing Around
The Luck of Eden Hall -- Queen Of The Stars
The Sha La La's -- Feelin' Real
Alfa 9 -- El Morocco
The High Learys -- Two To Match
The Strypes -- What The People Don't See
The 45s -- Around And Around
The Attention! -- Button-Down Harry's Back
The Ace -- The Poet
The Most
-- I'm Not Your Man
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings -- Goldfinger
Shaolin Temple Defenders -- Kung Fu Fighting
French Boutik -- Ici Paris
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators -- Time To Get Business Straight
The Excitements -- Keep Your Hands Off

The Chase - 'Wantaway'

The Attention! - Have a Drink & Messer Raus

The Excitements - Ha, Ha, Ha

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December 25, 2013

Modcast #288: Mr. Suave's 2013 Christmas Extravaganza

Another year, another Christmas office party. For this year's rat pack Christmas celebration, I'm joined again by my sometimes sober co-host DJ Ken from The Shingles. This year's extravaganza is strictly BYOB. You bring the spirits and we'll bring the cheer. Bottoms up!

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Dean Martin -- It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Mel Torme -- Good King Wenceslas
Nat King Cole -- Buon Natale
Bing Crosby -- A Time To Be Jolly
Frank Sinatra -- Christmas Dreaming
Rosemary Clooney -- Christmas Time Is Here
Perry Como -- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 -- The Christmas Song
Louis Prima -- Senor Santa Claus
Pearl Baily -- Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha
Al Hirt & Ann Margaret -- Baby, It's Cold Outside
Julie London -- I'd Like You For Christmas
Lena Horne -- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Kay Kyser & His Orchestra -- What Are You Doing Christmas Eve

The Rat Pack -- Frank, Sammy, & Dean joined by Jonny Carson

December 15, 2013

Modcast #287: Mr. Suave's 2nd Annual Christmas Modcast Invitational

Light the lights, trim the tree, shake up some holiday concoctions. Then sit back, relax, and let the mods bring you some Christmas cheer.

Last year I invited a bunch of my favorite mod bloggers, mod podcasters, mod musicians, to share what they were listening to over the holiday season. It was a fun show, so I'm going to make it a tradition. I've got a whole bunch of great folks who'll be making guest appearances on this week's modcast and I think you'll dig it.

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X -- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Ken From The Shingles: Farrah -- Christmas Is Cancelled (This Year)
RAF: The Kinks -- Father Christmas
Chaise Lounge -- Snow Day
Warren Peace From We Are The Mods Podcast: Sharon Jones -- Retreat
Bad Religion -- Joy To The World
Patrick Foisy From Parka Avenue Blog: Clarence Carter -- Backdoor Santa
Penny Lane From Punks In Parkas Podcast: Thee Headcoatees -- Santa Claus
Dean Stickley From Mod Soul Review Podcast: Charles Brown -- Please Come Home For Christmas
Jonny Magus From The Ace: Floyd Dixon -- Empty Stocking Blues
The Sonics -- Don't Believe In Christmas
The Hives vs Cyndi Lauper -- A Christmas Dual

Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine -- Christmas in Las Vegas

James Brown -- Soulful Christmas

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December 10, 2013

Modcast #286: The Mod's Mod -- Burt Bacharach

[Update 2.09.23] I just don't know what to do with myself. The mod's mod, Burt Bacharach, has walked on by. RIP]

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This week's show is a tribute to a man I consider as mod a composer, as mod a musician, as mod a man, as any mod out there. Mr. Burt Bacharach.

Ever since his first chart hit --written for Nat King Cole in 1952-- Burt Bacharach has written music that swings with soul. He wrote a number of hits for northern soul singers like Jerry Butler as well as groundbreaking chart toppers like The Shirelles (arguably the first all-girl soul group to top the chart) not to mention sixties superstars like Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick and Sergio Mendes.

Bacharach has done it all. He's got grammys, emmys, and oscars. He's dated supermodels, hung with the rat pack, and even gave the Beatles a run for their chart supremacy. And then, somehow became the poster boy for easy listening as the king of lounge music during the cocktail music revival of the 90s.

The Five Blobs -- The Blob (1958)
Jerry Butler -- Make It Easy On Yourself (1962)
Dionne Warwick -- Anyone Who Had A Heart (1964)
The Shirelles -- Baby It's You (1961)
Paul Weller -- Close To You (2004)
Noel Gallagher-- This Guy's In Love With You (1996)
Shonen Knife -- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (1998)
Naked Eyes -- Always Something There To Remind Me (1983)
The White Stripes -- I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (2002)
Jack Jones -- Wives And Lovers (1963)
Tom Jones -- What's New Pussycat? (1965)
Arthur Lee & Love -- My Little Red Book (1966)
Splittsville -- I'll Never Fall In Love Again (1998)
Robin McKelle -- Walk On By (2012)
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach -- God Give Me Strength (1998)
Burt Bacharach -- Trains And Boats And Planes (1965)
Burt Bacharach -- Hasbrook Heights (1971)
Burt Bacharach -- Nikki (1966)

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach -- My Little Red Book

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December 3, 2013

Modcast #285: It's Alive!

There is something about a live show, about hearing a band perform live, that just can't be beat. It is hard to capture the same energy with a studio recording. It is also hard to record any live show and get the same sort of feeling. But, I've got some pretty good live tracks for you that will give you a sense of how that band would sound live and loud in the flesh. From the sixties icons like The Stones and Georgie Fame to acid jazzers Corduroy to punks like Social Distortion, I've put together 15 live tracks for this week's modcast.

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The Plimsouls -- Hush Hush (1981)
The Rolling Stones -- Time Is On My Side (1965)
George Fame & The Blue Flames -- Money (That's What I Want) (1963)
The Creation -- Painter Man (1967)
Haircut 100 -- Love Plus One (1983)
The Style Council -- Move On UP (1985)
Corduroy -- Don't Wait For Monday (1994)
The Untouchables -- Stepping Stone (1985)
The Specials -- Nite Klub (1981)
Bad Manners -- Samson & Delilah (1998)
Agent Orange -- Fire In The Rain (1991)
Social Distortion -- Telling Them (2000)
Paul Collins' Beat -- Rock-n-Roll Girl (1997)

The Untouchables -- I Spy For The FBI

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November 21, 2013

Modcast #284: Biff Bang Power Pop Vol. 2

That's right, it's power pop time here at suave headquarters, Of course, it is almost always power pop time here, I mean when isn't a good time for some power pop right? This is Volume 2 of Biff Bang Power Pop, and if you're so inclined you can download Vol 1 here (link coming soon I promise).

If anyone can tell me what inspired the image for this episode of the modcast I will give you .... a hearty "well done, good fellow." I'm sure a couple of you out there must know what I'm talking about.

Now, on with the show.

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Ivy & The Teachers -- No More Plans (1981)
The 45s -- Devil of a Woman (2013)
Diesel -- Sound of the 60s (1984)
The Pleasure Seekers -- Never Thought You'd Leave Me (1964)
The Really 3rds -- Everyday, Everyway (1981)
Rotjoch -- Accident (1981)
The Nightriders -- I Saw Her With Another Guy (1979)
Moon Martin -- Hot House Baby (1979)
The Trends -- In My Dreams (1980)
The Invaders -- Rockin' in Boston (1980)
The Toms -- Let's Be Friends Again (1980)
The Hi-Fi's -- Look What You've Done (1978)
The Scientists -- Last Night (1980)
The Know -- I LIke Girls (1980)
Screen Gemz -- Teenage Teenage (1979)

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The 45s --It Ain't Over

November 12, 2013

From The Vaults Modcast #205: Get it While the Gettin' is Good

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 2011. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

Welcome to Mr. suave's Mod Mod World, it's time to get some while the gettin is good. As always, you'll be getting some good gets with this modcast. A little bit of jazz, a little bit of soul, a little bit of rock and roll. From floor stompers to slow burners, this week you get it all.

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The Go! Freaks -- A Ton Of My Love (2011)
Belleruche -- Clockwatching (2010)
Caro Emerald -- Back It Up (2009)
TM Juke & Alice Russel -- Playground Games (2009)
The Bahama Soul Club -- Serious Soul (2010)
The Underbelly Feat Roxie Ray -- Confession (2010)
Frank Popp Ensemble -- Gettin' Down (2005)
Mr. Suave's Reveiws You Can Use Nick Pride & The Pimptones
Nick Pride & The Pimptones Feat Jess Roberts -- Waitin' So Long (2011)
Quantic Soul Orchestra -- Hold It Down (2009)
Gabin Feat Z-Star -- Life Can Be So Beautiful (2010)
Duffy -- Mercy (2008)
Aloe Blacc -- I Need A Dollar (2010)
Deep Street Soul Feat Shirley Davis -- Greenbacks (2009)
Healer Selecta -- Cruisin' On The Highway (2010)
Smoove Feat Jess Roberts -- Coming Back (2005)

Caro Emerald - That Man

Caro Emerald - Stuck

Aloe Blacc - Loving You Is Killing Me

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November 6, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcast #200 5th Anniversary Special

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 2010. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

Welcome to the 200th modcast of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. And, this is the 5th anniversary of the modcast. That's right we've all survived 199 modcasts. When this show started Osama really was living in a cave, no one outside of chicago had ever heard of Obama. My how things have changed.

I started this modcast in part because it seemed to me that a lot of great mod bands from the original Southern California scene of the 80s never got their due. My first few shows were dedicated to sharing the music of some great 80s mod bands and then it just sort of grew from there. Here we are a couple hundred shows later, and I still feel like some great bands are just lost in the mix. So, I'm circling right back to where it all started.

Joining me this week is my long-time compadre Ken who survived all those early days in the scene along with me a few other concert-tested veterans. We've each picked out some key songs from the likes of The Question, Manual Scan, The Three O'Clock, The Modsters and more. Enjoy, and for my tenth anniversary I promise something more contemporary. See you then.

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Agent Orange -- Bloodstains (1981)
Three O'Clock -- With a canteloupe girlfriend (1983)
Bangs -- Getting out of hand (1981)
Untouchables -- Dance beat (1982)
Chardon Square -- 65 film show (1985)
The Jetz -- Mascara (1984)
The Question -- Brand new world (1983)
Pandoras -- That's your way out (1984)
Gravedigger V -- She got (1984)
Nashville Ramblers -- The trains (1986)
Targets -- Searching for a scene (1984)
Modsters -- Why aren't you dreaming (1986)
The Event -- Nine lives (1988)
Manual Scan - Nothing you can do (1982)

The Question -- Wild Child (live 1988)

The Untouchables -- Free Yourself

October 28, 2013

Modcast #283 Halloween Special 2013: How Do the Dead Come Back?

It's time to get haunted! It's the sixth annual Halloween modcast from spooktacular guest host Ken from The Shingles.

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Sheldon Allman - Children's Day At The Morgue (Sing Along With Drac, 1961)
Ramones - Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La) (Too Tough To Die, 1984)
Dead Kennedys - Let's Lynch The Landlord (Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, 1980)
Blackjacks - (That's Why I Always) Dress In Black (Single, 1985)
Larry & The Blue Notes - Night of The Phantom (Single, 1966)
Don Hinson & the Rigamorticians - Monster Jerk (Monster Dance Party, 1964)
Danny Hutton - Monster Shindig Pt.2 (Big Bright Eyes B Side, 1966)
Paradise - Creatures of the Night (Garage Monsters: The Best of the GaragePunk Hideout, Vol. 9, 2012)
Rattles - The Witch (The Witch, 1971)
Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, 1967)
Prisoners - Creepy Crawlies (A Taste Of Pink, 1982)
3-D Invisibles- I Wanna Dig Up Bela Lugosi (Vampires A-Go Go, 2009)
Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads - Goo Goo Muck (Single, 1962)
Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages - All Black And Hairy (Single, 1966)
Hasil Adkins - No More Hot Dogs (Out To Hunch, 1955)
Bleu - Dead in the Mornin' (Four, 2010)
William Shatner - You'll Have Time (Has Been, 2004)
Vincent Price - Boys (2:04)

The Electric Prunes - Vox Wah Wah Commercial

Vintage Halloween Party c.1956

October 24, 2013

Modcast #282: In Mod We Trust

If you're jonesing for mod friendly music then you are definitely in the right place. I've got you covered with new music, old music, and all of it mod right to the core.

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The Sha La La's -- Can't Stop Losing You (2013)
The Ace -- Don't Go Baby (2013)
The Perms -- The Parent Thing (2013)
The Len Price 3 -- Swing Like A Monkey (2013)
The High Learys -- You've Got What I Need (2013)
The Dave Clark 5 -- Concentration Baby (1967)
Frank Popp Ensemble -- Business & Pleasure (2005)
The Ballantynes -- The Railtown Abbey (2011)
Little Richard -- I Don't Want To Discuss It (1966)
The Chords -- Something's Missing (1980)
The Untouchables -- Dancebeat (1982)
The Shambles -- Love Is All Around
The Attention! -- Blue Heat (2012)
Fun Boy Three -- Tunnel Of Love (1983)
The Jolt -- Mr. Radio Man (1979)
The Standells --Try It (1967)
The Flirtations -- Stronger Than Her Love (1967)

The Frank Popp Ensemble -- The World Is Waiting

The Bishops -- Breakaway

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October 15, 2013

Modcast #281: I Wanna Be Your Dancemaster

I'm a rug cutter from way back. I can't help but get up and dance when a good song starts spinning. So, this week I'm sharing a bunch of toe tappers, floor scorchers and blistering dance tracks. These are some of my favorite songs to dance to. I mean if I had a sprained ankle, a fractured leg and a broken pelvis and one of these songs started playing, I would have to painfully drag myself out onto the dance floor and start struttin' my stuff. So, get out the talcum mods, and put on your dancing shoes and get to shuf-shuf-shuffling.

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Secret Affair -- Dancemaster (1979)
The Len Price 3 -- Words Won't Come (2013)
Suedehead -- New Traditions (2011)
Pepper Pots -- Highway (2009)
The School -- Never Thought I'd See The Day (2009)
Joe Jackson -- Baby Stick Around (1979)
Jimmy Cliff -- Let's Dance (1969)
The Style Council -- Walls Come Tumbling Down (1985)
Eddie Floyd -- Big Bird (1969)
Jimmy Ruffin -- 96 Tears (1969)
Freda Payne -- Band of Gold (1970)
Dobie Gray -- Out On The Floor (1965)
The Brand New Heavies -- People Get Ready (1992)
Thievery Corporation -- Culture Of Fear (2011)
Koop -- Come To Me (2006)
Bill Withers -- Lovely Day (1977)

Joe Jackson -- Sunday Papers

Joe Jackson -- Beat Crazy and One More Time

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October 7, 2013

Modcast #280: Get Under The Covers With Me Baby

Covers, covers, and more covers. Just the thing for a dark and stormy night, or for any old time really. Mr. Suave here, guiding you through the dark, dreary world with little beacons of musical light. Those beacons are ones you've probably heard before. That's right it's another show of all covers. I've the good, the bad, the tributes, the not-so-tributes, and everything else. You know the songs, but you might be surprised at some of the artists. And, this time around you'll get to hear them interpreted in some new ... and uh, ... shall we say, ... interesting ways.

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The 88 - Save Me (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
JackSoul -- My Ever Changing Moods (The Style Council)
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine -- Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (The Jam)
Da Lata feat. Floetic Lara -- Going Undergroun (The Jam)
The Rifles -- Rat Race (The Specials)
Amy Winehouse -- Monkey Man (The Specials)
The Wonder Stuff feat. Ranking Roger -- Save It For Later (The Beat)
The Smithereens -- The Seeker (The Who)
Blink-182 -- Another Girl, Another Planet (The Only Ones)
The Lolas -- Fox On The Run (Sweet)
Social Distortion -- Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)
The Methadones -- Starry Eyes (The Records)
The Dickies -- The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
The Damned -- Alone Again Or (Love)

The Wonder Stuff -- Blackberry Way (The Move)

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September 25, 2013

Modcast #279: Got It All Goin' On

Welcome to the big show kids. I've got a great lineup of new to you (and me) music from 2013. By the time year's end rolls around and I put together my annual best of show, it's likely to be shows plural, that's how much great stuff has come out this year, or is still due to arrive. Of course, new is all well and good, but some old school sounds are worth revisiting, so I've thrown in a few of those this week as well. This show indeed has got it all goin' on.

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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra -- Diamond In Your Heart (2013)
Caro Emerald -- Liquid Lunch (2013)
Nicole Willis & The Sould Investigators -- Time To Get Business Straight (2013)
The Jazzinvaders -- No Cure (2013)
The Movements -- The Death of John Hall D.Y. (2013)
The Strypes -- Perfect Storm (2013)
Quitty & The Dont's (2013)
Miles Kane -- Better Than That (2013)
Johnny Marr -- Upstarts (2013)
Franz Ferdinand -- Fresh Strawberries (2013)
Tell Daddy -- The All-Night Workers (1970)
Executive -- Tracy Took A Trip (1967)
Moody Blues -- Go Now (1965)
Living Daylights --Always With Him (1967)
The Monitors -- Telegram (1979)

The British Masters -- Johnny Marr

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September 19, 2013

Modcast #278: Time, Oh Give Me Time

Time. We are running out of it. All of us. Time is important. Right. How else do you get through the day? There is no way for us poor humans to not think about time. Try it. Try to not think about time right now. How long did you last? Exactly. See what I mean. And, as they say time is money. So you are gonna be rich by the end of this show. This week I've got a time theme going, all of the songs are about some element of time. Seconds, minutes, hours, whatever you can rest assured that because this is the Mod Mod World you know it's gonna be time well spent.

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The Smithereens -- Time Won't Let Me (1994)
Green Day -- Fuck Time (2012)
Small Hours -- Midnight To Six (1979)
The On/Offs -- 54 Hours (2005)
The Corner Laughers -- Grashopper Clock (2012)
Baskervilles -- A Little More Time (2008)
The Jakpot -- Underneath The College Clock (2006/7)
Seth Swirsky -- 20 Minutes To Myself (2010)
The Elephants -- 5 MInutes (2007)
Rumble Strips -- Alarm Clock (2007)
Belleruche -- Clockwatchin (2010)
Corduroy -- Clockwork Man (2013 remastered)
Shirley Ellis -- Soul Time (1966)
The Guess Who -- No Time (1970)
The Black Carnations -- What Time Did You Say It Is In New York City (1986)

The On/Offs - This Town

The Corner Laughers - I'd Rather Be Counting Cormorants With You

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September 10, 2013

Modcast #277: Cops, Criminals, Prison & Punishment

How many songs about cops or crime are there? Well dozens, if you're just listening to The Clash. This week's modcast is all about crime and punishment, the cops and the criminals. Every song touches on some angle of the overall theme from The Clash to The Kirkbys, from the 60s to the 90s and beyond, it's a pretty popular theme.

First things first, quick shout out and thank you to the Ice Cream Man for hosting last week's show, and it was a pretty damn good show. He was fresh off the debut of his own power pop podcast which you can check out at his very excellent blog at

Now reach for the sky mods, you've got a lot of crime to catch up on.

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Social Distortion -- It's The Law (1988)
The Riptides -- Dial M For Murder (2009)
Willie Nile -- Police On My Back (2006)
Green Day -- I Fought The Law (2004)
Standells -- Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail? (1966)
Sindicate -- Hangman (196?)
The Kirkbys -- It's A Crime (1966)
The Untouchables -- Mandingo (1985)
The Skeletones -- Mugsy Shambles (1988)
The Specials -- Rude Boys Out Of Jail (1980)
Bad Manners -- Inner London Violence (1980)
The Clues -- Almost Framed (1981)
Tearjerkers -- Murder Mystery (1980)
The Clash -- Somebody Got Murdered (1980)
Supergrass -- Caught By The Fuzz (1995)

The Untouchables -- Free Yourself

The Clash -- Bankrobber

September 2, 2013

Modcast #276: With Guest Host The Ice Cream Man

A big welcome back to The Ice Cream Man, guest hosting the modcast for a second time. He is hot off the debut of his own newly launched power pop podcast which you can find it at his most excellent blog, The Ice Cream Man Power Pop and More!.

If you're familiar with his blog, then you know that this will be a fantastic modcast with really great music from bands like The Riots, The Solicitors, The Judes, The Most and much more. What else would expect from The Ice Cream Man?

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The Above - The girl with the peacock tattoo
The Solicitors - Pretty Penny
Mark and The Spies - Please Think it over
Nick Piuntin - 13 in my head
The Pinecones - Kimbererley Keep
The Most - I Don't want it
The Sympathy - When The Sun Goes Down
The Riots - Out Of Control
The Shade - Tommy aint your thief
Shelta - Faraday
Stephen Lawrenson - Words to say
Souvenir Stand - Days I spent with you
Bobby Fuller Four - Magic Touch
The Judes - Let's fall in love again
Attic Lights - Say You love me

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August 27, 2013

Modcast #275: Always Stick The Landing

Here it is, the 275th of its name, the modcast to end ... this week's modcasts. As full of fine tunage as any modcast, to be sure. A nice mix of new and old, classics and classics to be.

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Dot Dash -- (Here's to) The Ghosts Of The Past (2013)
Shaolin Temple Defenders -- It's So Easy (2013)
Candace Bellamy -- Put Down The Foot (2013)
Robin McKelle -- Fairytale Ending (2012)
French Boutik -- Pousse au Crime (2013)
Hot Chocolate -- Heaven Is In The Backseat Of My Cadillac (1975)
James Brown -- Sex Machine (1970)
J.J. Jackson -- Come See Me (I'm Your Man) (1966)
Miles Kane -- You're Gonna Get It (2013)
The Francis Jetty -- Room 111 (2009)
Mr. Bridger -- Get Away (2010)
D4 -- Get Loose (2002)
The Gigolos -- This Generation (198?)
Too Many Crooks -- Too Many Crooks (1996)
The Clash -- Career Opportunities (1977)

Shaolin Temple Defenders -- One Way Or Another

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August 21, 2013

From The Vaults Modcasts #154 & #156

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 2010. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off two classic modcasts that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

Modcast #154: Give A Dog A Bone

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Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Got a great show lined up for you this week. Some well known things here, but a few more obscure itmes that you might not be familiar with as well. I think you'll dig it.

Morning Benders -- Dammit Anna
Foxboro Hot Tubs -- Highway 1
Naz Nomad & The Nightmares -- (Do You Know)I Know
Mornin Wood -- Beth Olive
Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames -- Bend A Little
Manfred Mann -- She
Eddie's Crowd -- Take It Easy Baby
Purple Hearts -- Gun of Life
The Jolt -- Mr. Radio Man
Sham 69 -- Give A Dog A Bone
Oppenheimer -- Look Up

Purple Hearts -- Millions Like Us

Manfred Mann - Ha! ha! Said the Clown (1967)

Modcast #156: Play That Song

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Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, modcast #156. In honor of Valentine's Day I've done nothing. Nothing for Valentine, but everything for you dear listener -- and it's a much better story.

I've got a couple of brand new tracks from The Eddies and the Len Price 3. The Eddies are twins Dean and Dale Hoth backed up by legendary producer Earl Mankey on the drums. (If you don't know, Mankey was an original member of Sparks when they started out and later became a producer in the LA undergrounds for The Quick, The Last, Three O'Clock, Long Ryders, Leaving Trains and more.) Their new song shows off Mankey's producing with lots of cool sound affects throughout. The Len Price 3's latest album dropped last month to rave reviews, and you won't get any argument from me. They've outdone themselves again. In addition there are a few supercool, superhero number and some sixties stuff. Nothing not to like here.

The Eddies -- I Want You and I Want You (2010)
Len Price 3 -- Mr. Grey (2010)
The Svengalis -- Runaway (2007)
Radars to the Sky -- Victoria (2009)
The Kinks -- Apeman (1970)
The Jam -- Batman Theme (1977)
The Ramones -- Spiderman Theme (1992)
The Monkees -- Let's Dance On (1966)
The Groove -- Play That Song (1968)
? & The Mysterians -- Smokes (1966)
The Odd Numbers -- Time For Truth (1995)

The Kinks -- Apeman

The Jam -- Move On Up

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August 14, 2013

Modcast #274: Everybody's Going To The Love-In

Not sure how it happened, it just did. This week's modcast has a decidedly garage rock feel to it. In putting the show together these songs just seemed to work. So, you get a little power pop, some new garagish songs, and a little bit of soul. What's not to like about that?

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Material Issue -- Out Right Now (1991)
Ballard -- I Won't Be Coming Home (2013)
The Primates -- I Go Ape (1986)
The Trip -- Never Too Late For Linda (1984)
Thee Gravemen -- Rockin' In The Graveyard (2012)
The Flips -- That Girl Stacey (2009)
Mystic Eyes -- I Lost My World (1985)
Mark & The Spies -- Everything I Need (2007)
The Excitements -- Let's Kiss & Make Up (2011)
JoJo Effect -- The Beat Goes On (2005)
Action Now -- I Want You (1981)
Secret Service -- You've Been Gone For So Long (1988)
Last -- She Don't Know Why I'm Here (1977)
New Salem Witch Hunters -- At The Border (1986)
Hello -- Teenage Revolution (1975)

The Last -- Wrong Turn

Mark & the Spies - Won't Work On Me

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August 8, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcast #178 Featuring Keith Slettedahl lead singer of The 88

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 Fall 2010. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. This week the mod world is full of wonderfully pure pop music. What a show, what a show, what a show. From new to old, from The 88 to Manual Scan to the Small Faces, the whole show is packed with great music.

And a great interview with The 88's own front man, Keith Slettedahl who is the band's lead singer and main songwriter. If you're not familiar with The 88 you should be. They are a great power pop band that is carving out a really nice original sound for themselves. Rather than be just a derivative sort of soundalike band, they've incorporated influences from a lot of classic sixties bands like The Kinks, The Beatles, and The Zombies into a very modern, very original, pop sound that is all their own. You might also know them from the movie and TV work they've done, including recording the theme song to NBC's the Community. I've got some of their older stuff, as well as a taste of their brand new album appropriately titled The 88 which officially comes out next Tuesday, Sept. 28, but is already available through iTunes. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

The interview comes in two parts. In part one we talk about The 88's work this past year as the backing band for mod legend Ray Davies, how they write their songs and the sound of their new album. In the second half you'll find out how the band knows Danny Benair of Three O'Clock fame, some of Keith's other musical influences and what they're up to next.

Rounding it all out I've got a track that Bart Mendoza from Manual Scan sent me special for the show, a rare live track of Manual Scan backing up Squire's Anthony Meynell in 1985. If you missed my interview with Bart head on over to and look up modcast #177.

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The 88 -- Haunt You (2005)
Orange Peels -- Something In You (2005)
Franz Ferdinand -- Send Him Away (2009)
Supergrass -- Sad Girl (2005)
The 88 -- Center Of The Sun (2010)
The 88 -- Go Go Go (2008)
The Who -- Circles (1965)
The Kinks -- I Gotta Move (1964)
Small Faces - Sha La La La Lee (1966)
Manual Scan w/Anthony Meynell of Squire -- Walking Down The King's Road (live, 1985)

The 88 -- Coming Home

The Making of Love Is The Thing

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July 31, 2013

Modcast #273: Instant Action

Welcome to the real world people. This week's show is full of instant action, and is what's real for mods in the world today. And yesterday. And maybe tomorrow.

Speaking of yesterday, today and tomorrow, I've been ruminating of late about what are my top ten favorite songs. Turns out it's rather hard to do. Should I pick my absolute single favorite song in each of ten different genres? Or top ten songs in specific genres? But I'd be curious to know your thoughts about how one can go about picking out their top ten favorite songs. All time? All genres? One genre? Bands only? Solo artists? By decade perhaps? Leave me your thoughts below, or head on over to the modcast Facebook page at and let me know what you think.

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Too Much Saturn -- Photogenic
The Jam -- That's Entertainment
Elvis Costello and the Attractions -- I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
The Godfathers -- If I Only Had Time
The Decibels -- Go Away
The Go -- Instant Reaction
The Early Hours -- Two Girls
Camera Obscura -- Do It Again
Belle and Sebastian -- Dirty Dream #2
Would-Be-Goods -- Emmanuaelle Baert
Small Faces -- You've Really Got A Hold On Me
George Baker Selection -- I Wanna Love You
The Artwoods -- I Take What I Want
Ever-green Blues -- Three's A Crowd
Dean Parrish -- Turn On Your Love Light
Aunt Nelly -- Daytrippin
US3 -- Cantaloop

The Godfathers - I'm Lost And Then I'm Found

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July 24, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcast #209 Hour of Power

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 Summer 2011. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

The mod world is busier than a fly at a crap convention this week. So, I picked out songs that for the most part need no introduction, by artists that you are all well familiar with. Then I just get out of the way and let the music testify. The verdict? Guilty of greatness I'm sure.

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The Jam -- Set The House Ablaze
The Kinks -- I'm Not Like Everybody Else
The Rolling Stones -- Have You Ever Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow
The Monkees -- Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Attack -- Feel Like Flying
The Move -- I Can Hear The Grass Grow
The Creation -- Through My Eyes
Steve Marriott & The Moments -- Good Morning Blues
Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66 -- With A Little Help From My Friends
Generation X -- Friday's Angels
The Specials -- Stereotype
The Last Ones -- Number One Again
The First Steps -- I Got The News
The Jags -- She's So Considerate
Secret Affair -- I'm Not Free
The Style Council -- Have You Ever Had It Blue
Squire -- Girl On A Train
Mod Fun -- Your Eyes Reflect
The Jetset -- Count The Beating Hearts
The Red Button -- Free
Graham Coxon -- Freakin' Out

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July 17, 2013

From The Vaults: Modcast #206 Sum-Sum-Summertime

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 those oh so sweltering days of Summer 2011. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a classic modcast that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World, it's time to get some summertime booze. At last, at long last, summer has come to seattle. This has been one of the coldest springs on record in the northwest, but the times they are a changin'. The thermometer has actually eeked up over 80 degrees fahrenheit. Not exactly Vegas temps sure, but I'll take it.

This week you're going to get a full dose of sunny, hot, summer songs.
But don't blame me, it's not my fault. Give credit where credit is due right, so I have to give credit and a shout out to one of the best blogs on the net Music Ruined My Life. If you dig power pop, punk, pop-punk, mod, new wave and so on then Music Ruined My Life should be one of the blogs you follow. Jeffen the man behind the blog recently did a great post featuring summer songs -- which got me to thinking. I started putting together a list in my mind and voila here's the modcast to prove it.

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The Cute Lepers -- It's Summertime Baby
Psychotic Youth -- Summer is On
Hidden Peace -- Summer of Love
The Infidels -- Summertime Sucks
Fountains of Wayne -- It Must Be Summer
Honey Rider -- Summer of My Life
PAS/CAL -- Summer Is Almost Here
The School -- Summers Here
Seth Swirsky -- Sonic Ferris Wheel
Jeffrey Foskett -- I Live For The Sun
Mr. Suave's Reviews You Can Use Acid House Kings
Acid House Kings -- Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?
The Californias -- Summer Days
60 Ft. Dolls -- Back To The Summer
Seargent -- Sunshine
The Billionaires -- The End Of Summer Song

Seargent -- Sunshine

60 Ft. Dolls - Stay

July 10, 2013

Modcast #272: You Can Dig It

Welcome to the mod world friends. Lots of new stuff on this week's show, as well as some older tracks, a bit of acid jazz later and a few surprises along the way. can you dig it? I think you can.

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Booker T. Jones -- Fun (2013)
Johnny Marr -- The Right Thing Right (2013)
The Vice -- Rain Came Down (2013)
Hanky Panky -- A Precious Bitch (2013)
Groove Tunnel -- How Do You Feel (2001)
The Brilliant Corners -- Growing Up Absurd (1985)
Mad Monster Party -- Something More (2013)
Mayer Hawthorne -- Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin' (2009)
Soul Senate -- Good Side (2013)
Allo Darlin' -- Woody Allen (2010)
Mother Earth -- Hope You're Feeling Better (1995)
Raw Stylus -- Use Me (1993)
Corduroy -- January Woman (Remastered, 2013)
Steely Dan -- Do It Again (1972)
Veronica Falls -- Teenage (2013)

Mad Monster Party -- Death Valley Days, Just Lucky, and Interview

Groove Tunnel -- Rainy Day

Mayer Hawthorne -- The Walk

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July 3, 2013

Modcast #271: The Soundtrack of My Summer

Sun. Surf. Sand. It's summertime, at least in California. Who better to give you a musical spray tan than guest hosts Ken from The Shingles and Michael from Sparkle*Jets UK? No one else can do to your ears what they can. So, get yourself a lot of gin and a little tonic, collapse onto your beach chair, and prepare to get some summer sun.

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Catalinas - Summertime's Calling Me (Single, 1975)
Mike Viola - Soundtrack Of My Summer (Electro De Perfecto, 2011)
Silver Sun - There Goes Summer (Neo Wave, 1998)
Thorns - Long, Sweet Summer Night (The Thorns, 2003)
Beach Boys - Your Summer Dream (Surfer Girl,1963)
Love Jones - Hey California (Forever, 2010)
xTc - Summer's Cauldron (Skylarking, 1986)
Glenn Tilbrook - This Summer (Demo, 1995)
10cc - Sand in my Face (10cc, 1973)
Phoenix - Summer Days (United, 2000)
Wombats - Summer Hit (Wombats EP 2, 2008)
Red Button - On a Summer Day (As Far As Yesterday Goes, 2011)
Explorers Club - Summer Days, Summer Nights (Grand Hotel, 2012)
Tikiyaki Orchestra - Mana Pacifica (Aloha, Baby!, 2011)

The Zombies -- "Summertime" (1965)

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June 27, 2013

Modcast #270: A Musical Tour of the 60s

On this week's modcast I'm bringing you some wonderful music from that decade of decades, the 1960s. The sixties got stuck in my craw early on, when I was just a young'un. For some reason from a very early age I just really liked all sorts of sixties stuff -- movies, tv, music, fashion. It was only natural that when I got to be a teen that I would get sucked into the mod scene with it's love of all things sixties. Recently I was talking to a friend about Mad Men about how many changes the decade went through. Thanks to watching Mad Men we realized how everything duuring the sixties seemed to radically change every few years. Just look at the difference between music in 1960 and music in 1970. So this week I'm taking you on a year by year trip through the decade highlighting some great songs, one per year, with a few bonus songs to wrap up the hour.

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Sam Cooke -- Wonderful World (1960)
Ike & Tina Turner -- It's Gonna Work Out Fine (1961)
Booker T & The MGs -- Green Onions (1962)
George Fame & The Blue Flames -- Baby Please Don't Go (1963)
The Rolling Stones -- (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (1964)
Them -- Bright Lights, Big City (1965)
The Who -- Batman (1966)
The Creation -- Making Time (1967)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 -- Look Around (1968)
Burt Bacharach -- Pacific Coast Highway (1969)
Les Baxter -- Que Mango! (1960)
Roy Budd -- Love Is A Four Letter Word (1971)
Small Faces -- My Mind's Eye (1967)
The Chobb -- We're Pretty Quick (1966)
Graham Bond Organization -- Long Tall Shorty (1964)
The Who -- Pictures Of Lily (1968)

Nat King Cole Trio -- Route 66

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June 13, 2013

Modcast #269: The Big Booze Show

Time to get your booze on kiddos. It's the big booze show. Of course every show is a big booze show for me. But this time I've got all the boozy songs in one place for you, and a few drinks that you can slurp up while listening. From The Who to The Gymslips, from Indigo Swing to The Heartbeat, lots of drinking songs to go with your libations.

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Dee Rangers -- Leave My Bottle Alone
The Who -- Whiskey Man (1966)
Cream -- Sweet Wine(1966)
Herman's Hermits -- Moonshine Man (1965)
The Gymslips -- Drink Problem (1983)
Tim Timebomb -- Jockey Full Of Bourbon (2012)
The Heartbeat -- Cigarettes And Booze (1979)
UB40 -- Red, Red Wine (1987)
The New Pornographers -- The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism (2000)
The Rapscallions -- Great Swines Drink Alike (2008)
Indigo Swing -- Drinkin' It Up (1998)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy -- Gimme That Wine (2012)
Cherry Poppin' Daddies -- Drunk Daddy (1990)
Dinah Washington -- Me & My Gin (1958)

In a shaker put ice
4 parts gin
half a part vermouth
shake and pour
add an olive or a twist or a cocktail onion to garnish.
The key is having it as cold as possible.

Suave Manhattan
In a shaker put ice
3 parts bourbon
1 part tuaca liqueur
a splash of sweet vermouth
shake and pour
add a cherry for garnish.
Man it's out of this world. It turns tha manhattan upside down. And as long as you're underneath with your mouth open, thats just fine.

Da Communist
In a shaker put ice
2 part gin
1 part orange juice
1/2 part cherry brandy
1/2 part lemon juice
Shake over ice, pour and enjoy. (Trust me on the cherry brandy, a little goes a long way.)

The Who -- Boris The Spider

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June 4, 2013

Modcast #268: Back in Business

Well, I'm back from a little modcasting break and have an all new show for you with lots of great music that I think you'll really dig. Summer is coming, and if you pour yourself a healthy drink then you can relax right into this show no problem. If you're drink is unhealthy, even better.

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Miles Kane -- Don't Forget Who You Are (2013)
The Small Faces -- You Really Got Me (1966)
David Bowie & The Lower Third -- You've Got A Habit Of Leaving (1965)
The Monkees -- Rosemarie (1968)
The Monkees -- Mommy and Daddy (1968)
The Most -- Stickin' Out With You (2013)
The Boss -- Streets Where I Live (1979)
Purple Hearts -- Frustration (1980)
Supergrass -- Mansize Rooster (1995)
999 -- Waiting (1978)
The Style Council -- Walls Come Tumbling Down (1985)
Larry's Rebels -- I'll Make You Happy (1967)
Benny Westmore & His Private Numbers -- One Hundred Years Old (2012)
The Standells -- Mr. Nobody (1966)
The Animals -- We Gotta Get Outta This Place (1965)
Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers -- Got To Get You Outta My Life (1966)

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The Style Council -- My Ever Changing Moods

Supergrass -- Mary

June 3, 2013

Don't worry, I'll be back. In the meantime The Question - Getting Through

Here's a rare video of southern California early 80s mod band The Question with Tony Rugolo on bass, Phil Cusimano on guitar & vocals, and David White on Drums.

May 16, 2013

Modcast #267: In Mod We Trust

Got a full load of new music for you to keep you shuff, shuff, shuffling your feet. And a few older toe tappers in here as well, just to keep things interesting.

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The Brand New Heavies Feat. N'Dea Davenport -- Sunlight (2013)
She & Him -- Sunday Girl (2013)
Nick Pride & The Pimptones -- White Lines (2013)
Shaolin Temple Defenders -- Kung Fu Fighting (2013)
Fitz & The Tantrums -- The Walker (2013)
Harmony & Groove -- On The Fly Melody (2013)
Charles Bradley -- Love Bug Blues (2013)
The Harrisons -- Man Of The Hour (2007)
The Anydays -- Shoot It All Down (2008)
RAF -- Nothing Seems To Fit (2013)
Epicycle -- School Girls (1979)
Boys -- We're Too Young (1977)
Twisted Wheel -- Lucy The Castle (2009)
Madness -- Benny Bullfrog (1984)

Madness - Shut Up

Madness - House of Fun

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May 8, 2013

From the Vaults: Modcasts #40 & # 45

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 those oh so sweltering days of Summer 2007. I've opened up the vaults and dusted off a couple classic modcasts that I think you'll enjoy. Again.

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Modcast #40: Take a Look at The Young Idea

At long last, the much anticipated Squire tribute album has arrived. And it's worth the wait. Seventeen fantastic Squire songs covered by a whole slew of various mod and power pop bands like The Shambles, the Little Murders, Paul Bevoir, Mega Super Ultra, Jeremy and Mod Fun. Squire epitomized the pop side of mod during the revival of the late 70s and early 80s. They were at the forefront of the scene the entire time, and later helped revitalize the American mod scene by appearances in the states --especially in California-- throughout the late 80s. Now we have The Young Idea A Pop Tribute to Anthony Meynell and Squire. I'm previewing a couple of tracks for you all on today's show. You can pickup your copy over at the Jam Records website.
  • Squire -- Take a Look
  • The Eddies -- Debbie Jones
  • The Shingles -- Girl on a Train
  • The Blocked -- Plastic Punks
  • Mother Earth -- Very Together
  • Three 0'Clock -- I Go Wild
  • Mary's Danish -- Yellow Creep Around
  • Leaving Trains -- Cigarette Motel
  • The Canary Sect -- See Me In Action
  • Code Blue -- Modern Times
  • Bim Skala Bim -- Talk Talk and Talk

Bim Skala Bim - Solitary Confinement (1985)

Bim Skala Bim - Skeleton (1995)

Modcast #45: See the Light

This week's modcast has some good stuff. There's a good dose of power pop as usual. But, there's a nice little trio of 80s synthesizer infused, soul influenced modpop as well. I think you'll find a striking similarity between Mood Six and The Truth, both sounding like precursors to later groups such as Swing Out Sister or the Orange Peels.

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  • The M.B.s (Modern Blues Band) -- Another Day
  • Green Circles -- Amourette
  • Eurovox -- In For A Penny
  • Statues -- The Audition
  • Odd Numbers -- Little Kings & Queens
  • The Last Ones -- Bit of You
  • Paul Collins -- USA
  • Mood Six -- I Saw The Light
  • The Truth -- You Play With My Emotions
  • The Housemartins -- Five Get Over Excited
  • The Pandoras -- You're All Talk

The Odd Numbers
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