Modism, Mod living, is an aphorism for clean living under difficult circumstances” Pete Meaden
John Hellier - Mods in the 60s listened and danced to mainly Black American artistes. At the time that was seen as the real thing, it was fairly snobbish really. British bands in the main got their material from this source and even the early Beatles and Stones records are peppered with covers of American R&B classics. Very early Motown (pre- Supremes, Four Tops) records were particularly desirable to Mods, things like “Money” by Barrett Strong, “Shop Around” by the Miracles,
For most men over thirty their best days are far behind them. The good times they once had have gone along with their hair and recollections of nights spent drinking until dawn have faded far into the memory. But for Andy Lewis the good times have only just begun. Given the enviable chance last year to play bass in Paul Weller’s band, he has since then appeared on the album “22 Dreams” and spent months touring the world, playing venues as far apart as The Tivoli in Brisbane, Australia to the legendary Isle of Wight festival.
Anybody who was lucky enough ever to see The Jam live will know that his bellowing introduction to the band - ‘LET’S HEAR FOR THE BEST FUCKING BAND IN THE WORLD – THE JAM!’ was a vital part of the live ritual.
Dennis Munday’s Paul Weller biography is reminiscent of a Jam seven-inch single. A new song by The Jam was not just another record from the hit parade. It was an event, kids would bunk off school, and workers would phone in sick, just to purchase the newest release from Woking’s finest.
There is a strong argument that the best way for the guitarist to learn their favourite song is to play along to the record. However having a useful reference book nearby can only improve their chances.
The impact of hearing music for the first time on an adolescent can be a life changing moment. Suddenly life takes on a new journey, a spiritual connection is made and an obsession for music has begun. The need to know everything about music, to collect records and to follow a fashion is consuming. In many cases the inspiration to become an artist themselves is just as strong.
It’s the early 80s, and it’s a hot idyllic sunny Sunday afternoon in southeast London. A group of teenagers are togged up in Italian and French polo tops, sporting faded jeans and bright coloured cords, with an array of smart trainers and desert boots on their feet. They are in a relaxed frame of mind, as they swap anecdotes and jokes in a friend’s back garden.
After being absent from the public eye for over a decade, Rick Buckler is back where he rightfully belongs. Playing the drums with a new band called The Gift. A live outfit that perform hits from Rick’s former band The Jam.