The Society of Cool!
''On one memorable occasion a crowd of over one hundred mods on scooters arrive at the television studios of Ready, Steady, Go with the declared intention of sorting out the four Beatles, who are at the time recording a session inside, and it is only the quick-witted presence of a policeman on a white horse''…
as lifted from the subcultures.com website...
and this is pretty interesting too...
''Sometimes, mod aggression is put to positive use, like when Sir Oswald Moseley attempts a comeback speech in the East End and sets up a meeting in Ridley Road market on the platform of Jewish landlordism and black vermin overunning the country, whereby a united front of local mods and taxi-drivers hound the former Cabinet minister a his attendant pusillanimous blackshirts from the streets, never to return henceforth.''........
Anyone know if this is true ? was you there ? or remember it ? can imagine the beatles reaction to the news a hundred mods are outside to kick ya head in...lol...
true or folk law ?
Sounds like folklore to me, PD! They played RSG only twice, once in 1963 and again in June 1966 and by then, Mod was already starting to be on the wane anyway, sad to say.
And on one occasion you see Mickey Tenner and his mates dancing merrily in the background. He´s a member here, maybe he can enlighten us!?
Don't want to nit-pick but these are actual dates and appearances by the Fab Four on RSG.
The Beatles as a group appeared three times on READY STEADY GO.
4 Oct 1963 (Grey collarless suits) Live transmission
20 March 1964 (Famous one with Mickey Tenner and other known Mod dancers in crowd wearing Harringtons and cycle gear) Live Transmission
27 Nov 1964 (Appearance which culminates in stage invasion and a then unknown Gary Glitter ridding the stage of the said 'invaders') Taped a few days prior to the 27 Nov transmission.
16 April 1965 (An appearance by John and Geoge only in interview)
Some sections of these appearances were dropped into 'Special's here and there but these are the actual dates and background.
AROUND THE BEATLES a 1964 Special is now often referred to as an RSG special but was at the time just a stand alone TV Special with the Fabs appearing in sketches and musical sequences.
Think you may be getting a TOP OF THE POPS appearance mixed up in there for '66.
In terms of the validity of the original posting and quotes it sounds a bit ridiculous.
Sorry, I was thiniking TOTP for June 1966. I wasn't thinking clearly. I knew all those dates. Like Ron Nasty's book, I was "Out of Me Head"
Gadd the cad LOL
Before the whole 'Sgt Pepper' hippy thing, would you call The Beatles mods?
No, and we´re tired of discussing it, hahaha!
LOL! Be nice boys!
Small Faces where big fans of The Beatles as where a lot of the London beat groups. And where any of the bands of the 60's real Mod's apart from the Small Faces?
Was Otis Redding a Mod?
The Beatles are fantastic, fabulous, my favourite band EVER (well, allmost) since I was 8 years old, but they were not Mod.
Same here! The Beatles used to be Teds in the late 50s and Rockers in the early 60s, but Mods? Never! Brian Epstein somehow liked dressing them up as Mods because the little fan-girls disliked the leather look but The Beatles themselves actually hated suits at the time.