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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Gems From My Collection: The Mod Revival Part Two


We begin the second part of this reflection of the music of The Mod Revival (and I think I might have to stretch to a third part as well) with a band that I had the pleasure of working with briefly back in early '80's - Long Tall Shorty.

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Their first single was released on Warner Brothers as part of a collection of bands signed up by Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69 (the others were Angelic Upstarts and The Kidz Next Door), but due some dodgy tactics by the label the single never really got the shot it deserved.

What I liked about LTS was their ability to not only draw upon the great weight of fine 60's tunes but also their nack of writing great songs themselves clearly inspired by the whole Punk scene (something that many a Mod would never admit to!). When they got back together again in 2000 it was not uncommon for them to be playing songs by The Heartbreakers and Angelic Upstarts.


The Purple Hearts were another band I really liked and they managed to release a few cracking singles starting with the anthemic 'Millions Like Us'. They were another band who had their roots in the Punk movement, they had formed in 1977 as The Sockets and changed their name and sound in 1978 heavily influenced by The Jam of course.

In support of their debut single they hit the road with Secret Affair and Back To Zero on 'The March of The Mods Tour'.


Quite a number of the bands from back in 1979-80 are still out playing today, Purple Hearts are among them.

For more information on Purple Hearts check out their Official Website.

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 Described by Charles Sharr Murray as - 'the best piece of teenage whingeing since 'Teenage Depression' by Eddie and the Hotrods'


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What Am I Gonna Do Now.


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