The Society of Cool!
Or are we reminiscing of days gone by? For me personally mod/the sixties was a time for teenagers to evolve. A time for cutting apron strings and to live your own life,that must have been some bloody feelin...independance!! To listen to the music you wanted to listen to,and not the bloody archers? For me there has and never will be the birth of another new generation! If its soley down to nostalgia then so be it!! But for me personally there a link that i have no right to have, but i bloody love it....everything was the way it had to be! Change was due to happen sooner rather than later. Are u affected in this way,if you are there is no medication! :-)
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Clem mate, i think site's like this and the people who are on it answers your question as to ''how relevant it still is'' in 2012. The whole sixties mod look is defo transforming allbeit at a very slow pace,just hold on and embrace for as long as it feels good!! :-)
With one foot firmly in the past, each passing decade brought along something to broaden our horizon; pop art/psychedelia, ´79, acid jazz and brit pop. All these wonderful new influences to absorb and enrich our way of life. Of course the sharp 60s look is fundamental as a basis to build on and has simply prooved best throughout the decades. It is beyond me how fashion industry (for they are the ones who dictate these things) can ring in 70s- or 80s revivals, as mainstream fashion really looked s*** back then.
Good thread , being the retroman68 cos i was born then , I love the look of the sixties but attempt to bring it bang up to date . I dont look back to the 80's which is my wave of mod for the reason I have never changed my way or style so I have changed with the passing years. I love new retro bands and I am still discovering gems from the past. Listening to a lot of late sixties psych at the moment but I keep going through the years, I was late 50's not long ago but I keep travelling through time and then back again whilst keeping in the now and looking to the future as well. I'm not strictly mod! although most would say I am in appearance but have always done my own thang!!! I mix vintage with the latest Pretty Green gear sorta thing! Are we timeless.......yes cos there is no such thing as time and space....it's a man made illusion !! I'm an out of time guy haha
Since comin on ere discovered everyone really has a different take on MOD. We all have different likes/dislikes Music/Clothes-Scooters=Or Not! I feel its more individualist than ever now. I take all the best from 60s/79 to present day.Im Very much a Scooter riding, workin class Mod, the positive of bein a Mod now is its not mainstream following the fashion as it was in the 60s n 79, Mods now are more dedicated to the cult. Im gonna be an Old Mod til I die, not just the teen fashion of the 60s, MOD A Way Of Life!
Didn't know any teen fashion following mods meself , there were plenty of unrelated boppers,weekenders and dandies about ,in fact,it was a later generation that decided that people who dressed up like The Beatles or bleedin' Quinten Crisp were actually mods and had 'evolved' lol.
The mods I remember wore a clear anti fashion uniform that changed very little over the years and carried the same message ............fck off authority and take the fashion sheep with you ! lol
But apparently,thanks to the experts , they've been stuck into convenient cubby holes and renamed lol.......the signs on the cafe and dance hall doors said ' NO MODS' and not 'nobody dressed like Terry Scott' lol
Steve, i think if people didnt have a different take on mod then it would be too much sameness! I dont agree with some peoples outlook (or inlook) on being mod but if they are doin there own thing and more importantly enjoying it, well just maybe its everyone else thats wrong. I think its better to look for the common bond than shoot others down for not conforming to other peoples perception of mod!
Mod is now very much a mainstream fashion, you lot have your own shops, websites and bands who are trying and failing to be us! us being the guys (not birds), who started the whole thing off! We were young men enjoying rebelling against what the country expected of us. Some of you guys replicate us , well shall I say not us but sixties mockers, tweeners, dandies, hippies but nothing like what we actually were! Believe you me , I was there me duck! Derby mods were fkin hard bastards, almost gangsters, some of my mates moved on into a life of crime, still dress like mods an all though lol.
Mod was more of a mainstream fashion from 1965 onwards than it it today when everything in the slightest way related to popular culture was termed "mod". Just my personal opinion, of course. That said, I wouldn´t accept every piece of rubbish plastered with targets that you can get your hands on today as "mod".
In 1964-6 you were either a mod or you were'nt , you were easilly identified,the gangs on scooters were a bit of a clue lol and your lifestyle was that of a mod,don't recall anyone who wasn't a mod actually being called one,or wanting to be called one lol , but I do remember seeing people being described as 'modern' , a very diferent animal,the latter being someone who actually followed fashion , the opposite of mod.
But whatever the media said was usually sh't ,at jhome or abroad , so nobody really cared.But now I think this conversation will go down the usuall avenue of those modernists we were supposed to have derived from lol.I wonder where they all disapeared to round the coastlines of Britain of the 60's ? probably all busy listening to their Johnny Leyton and jazz vinyl lol
Nail on the head Clem lol If there were no grebo's , gimpies or dandy's about , we always had the blokes a mile up the road to have an argument with lol It wasn't personal,he'd be by your side at Brighton the next weekend having a go at them blokes from 20 miles up the road lol