The Who
The Who Sell Out
Small Faces [Decca]
Small Faces

Pop/Rock » British Invasion » Mod

Technically, Mod refers to a lifestyle and fashion more than music itself. During the early '60s, legions of teenagers in Great Britain began dressing in stylish, neo-Italian fashions and listening to American R&B, particularly Motown. Soon, these teens were dubbed mods. The original mod bands were all R&B cover bands, but soon they began writing their own material that was generally in the vein of their influences. Mod bands played R&B harder and faster than the original recordings -- it was relentless, amphetamine-driven rock & roll. Many of the mod bands were barely heard outside of the United Kingdom, since the lifestyle was primarily a British phenomenon. Two bands -- the Small Faces and the Who -- were able to crossover to the United States market, but that was after both bands began developing and expanding their R&B-based sound. By the time psychedelia came around in the late '60s, mod had died out in Britain. However, mod -- both the music and the lifestyle -- came back in full force in the late '70s, thanks to the Jam.

Mod Artists Highlights

The Who
The Who
Small Faces
Small Faces
The Creation
The Creation
The Sorrows
The Sorrows
The Birds
The Birds
John's Children
John's Children

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Mod Album Highlights

The Who Sell Out
The Who
The Who Sell Out
Small Faces [Decca]
Small Faces
Small Faces [Decca]
The Ultimate Action
The Action
The Ultimate Action
Collectors' Guide to Rare British Birds
The Birds
Collectors' Guide to Rare ...
Our Music Is Red - With Purple Flashes
The Creation
Our Music Is Red - With ...
High in a Room: The Smoke Anthology
The Smoke
High in a Room: The Smoke ...

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Mod Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
The Kids Are Alright The Who
Snap Crackle & Pop Ray Columbus & the Invaders
Something Has Hit Me The Action
(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice Amen Corner
Making Time The Creation
Baby Take Me
The Steampacket
Take a Heart The Sorrows
Circles (Instant Party) Les Fleur de Lys
My Friend Jack The Smoke
Won't Get Fooled Again The Who

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