Though it’s almost impossible to give a definite answer about what ‘Mod music’ is in the modern era, in the 1950s and 1960s, mod culture dominated most of what was going on in the UK in terms of culture.
The classic 60s “MOD” scene is usually considered a cultural phenomenon, not a musical one, but the original genre did have certain parameters, although it’s easier to determine what Mod music was by looking at what it wasn’t.
Originally, mod was about modern jazz (listened to by the modernists), but as we entered the 1960s, it was R&B, soul and Jamaican ska – the music of choice for the clubs of the day, augmented by the beat bands of the day who often re-interpreted the imported soul grooves, creating the beat group sound of the mid-60s.
When the mod revival emerged in 1979, the kids of the day formed their own bands, fusing the sound of the original 60s bands with punk sound and energy of the day, creating a scene that mixed modern-era bands with classic/vintage grooves.
The typical Mod song fused the harder, earlier Motown R&B sound with traditional British pop virtues; as a result, the songs were slick, up-tempo, yet soulful, featuring hard guitars and drums but also pop harmonies and, typically, sporting a cynical attitude about romance.
Mods were hip and cool, and it was reflected in the trend setting fashion and music to come from that time period.
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