The Society of Cool!
Spot on choice Dave. Cliff had a really soulful voice and the Rebel Rousers provided superb backing.There's great footage on You Tube of Cliff and the Band performing "One Way Love" with the Rebel Rousers in matching plaid madras jackets.Had all his singles EP's and LP's but regret giving them to a jumble sale in the mid 70's when I was into folk/rock.
Although Simon Dupree and the Big Sound were best known for the hippyish "Kites" they were another underrated band with a rich soul sound. Their album "No Reservations" has a superb medley of "Ain't That A Lotta love/60 Seconds Of You Love" plus a version of "What Is Soul" which I think compares to Ben E Kings original.Bought the Album on Boxing Day '67 with tokens I'd been given which were burning a hole in my Parka.
The Untamed were a pretty good 60's mod band, Wimple Winch recorded some amazing stuff too, although not technicaly mod-oh yes and not forgetting The Game. If you like revival bands The Circles, Small World and Long Tall Shorty are well worth checking out as are Speedball and The Onlookers.
Alot of these bands you lot have mentioned i defenitely agree that they're not appreciated enough, such as Les Fleur De Lys who apparentely and by the sounds of things a big influence to The Small Faces, which i learnt from a free mojo magazine consisting of all of the small faces inspirations
The Prisoners, The Clique, The Embrooks, The James Taylor Quartet, These Animal Men, Five Thirty, The Shadowland, The Romleys, The Faction, The Broken Vinyl Club....etc', etc'....
These Animal Men, I thought they were pretty good.
While we're talking 90s, does anybody remember the Weekenders?
At the time These Animal Men where one of the best live bands i'd seen for ages. "[Come on, Join] The High Society" was one of the best albums of the 90's. I think for some people they was to Punk to be Mod, and to Mod to be Punk...with a bit of Glam chucked in...LOL. Loved them and still do.
And yes The Weekenders where good as well.
Right Gordon I saw 5:30 as an opener to Chapterhouse in London, 1991, I think. Forget about the main act, but 5:30 were a CRACKER! Went home with their "Bed" album, which I think I will give a spin right now!
Lucky you. I missed out on seeing Five Thirty live. I've got the album and all the singles. Infact their two best singles where not even on the album. [IMO].
I think they released singles several years prior to the album, right?
How's about the Dead 60's? Well under the radar and underrated, unfortunately now defunct... Check em' out
The Dead 60's - The Dead 60's
Time To Take Sides - The Dead 60's
In the 60s The Creation with Our Music is Red with Purple Flashes is pretty hard to beat. How they were not successful I will never know - check out the You Tube cut of Making Time Live!! Also Georgie Fame..
And in the 90s it has to be Corduroy for sheer cheek.
I for one was kinda ashamed of the so called mod bands in the 80s...The Merton Parkas and the Lambrettas...it was... well crap really e.g. You need a tie..if you wanna get high!" urgghhh