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RockBoar.com Picture    The prime of British mod rock was very short-almost all of the key records were made in 1965 and 1966. Only two pure “mod” groups, the Who and Small Faces, could be said to have had substantial commercial and artistic impact. And even then, this impact was largely limited to Britain at the time; not only that, by the time they’d been recording for a couple of years, each of those groups had largely moved beyond mod music entirely. Yet mod remains a durable part of rock’s fabric, providing the key link between the British Beat Boom and British psychedelia, and fusing melodic harmonies, power guitar chords, soul/R&B, and distinctly British breeziness into a genuinely new and exciting style that typified British pop it most energetic and effervescent.[1]

     There were a few other fine mod bands in the mid-‘60s that had same degree of success in the U.K.; in the U.S., they are known only to collectors. Prominent among these were in the Creation, who emulated the Who’s feedback screeches and drones, though their material actualy quite poppy. Creation guitarist Eddie Phillips pioneered the use of violin bow on electric guitar before Jimmy Page adapted the device for the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.[1]

     It was, perhaps, in the cards that mod wouldn’t last long. The whole mod ethic, after all, was built upon flash, sensation, and living for the moment. It was the type of adrenaline, rush that was difficult, to sustain, particularly as the movement’s leaders, The Who and the Small Faces, quickly evolved into psychedelic-influenced hard rock bands in 1967. The evolution from mod to psychedelia, actually, was fairly natural, as many of the bands were already pioneering the guitar distortion the would be one of psychedelia’s hallmarks, and moving towards more ambitious and personal lyrical statements. Even same of the lesser known mod groups, such as the Creation, the Smoke, John’s Children, and even Wimple Winch (from Liverpool) were moving in a decisively psychedelic direction by 1967, and each case produced work in the idiom that was just the impressive as their mod outings.[1]

- Richie Unterberger


1. "All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive guide to Rock, Pop, and soul". Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas. 3rd Edition. Publisher: Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-653-X. p. 1321-1322

Mod Rock bands50 bands in database


Mod Rock artists: 292 artists in database

Adrian MetcalfeAlan "Bam" King
Alan Escombe-WolhuterAlan Glen
Alan HeidelbergAlan Mair
Alan PriceAli McKenzie
Allan JonesAllen Ellett
Andy Fairweather LowAndy Mitchell
Andy PetreAndy Ross
Anthony "Top" TophamArmando "Blacky" Lindinger
Arthur SharpBarry Allchin
Barry HewittBarry Jenkins
Beer KlaasseBen King
Benny QvotrupBernard Basso
Billy Boy MiskimminBlue Weaver
Bob GarnerBob Langham
Bob ScrivenBobby Fisher
Bobby LilesBoudewijn "Bob" Bresser
Brian AugerBrian Bastow
Brian CocoranBrian Katterhorn
Bruce BowlesBruce Foxton
Calvin ColemanCharlie McCracken
Chas ChandlerChris Bennett
Chris DrejaChris Holmes
Chris KritzingerChris Lovegrove
Chris StoneClive Griffiths
Clive TaylorClive Thacker
Colin WoodDane Stephens
Daniel SwanDaniel van Bergen
Dave ClaphamDave Lawson
Dave MaineDave Mason
Dave MeredithDave Pether
Dave PrestonDave Rowberry
Dave SpencerDave Waller
Dave WinthropDavid Beaver
David CairnsDavid Smale
Davie LennoxDee Murray
Dennis BryonDennis Smith
Denny BallDexter Dalwood
Dick Heckstall-SmithEarl Slick
Eddie CampbellEddie Hardin
Eddie PhillipsEric Burdon
Eric ClaptonFlemming Knud Sørensen
Frank AielloFrank DIxon
Fred GandyGary Leport
Gene LatterGeoff Krivit
George WoodGinger Baker
Gordon JacksonGraham Bond
Graham Carter DimmockGraham Gouldman
Gypie MayoHans Klitgaard Larsen
HardyHarvey Shield
Heinz HoffHilton Valentine
Hugh "Tudge" WilliamsonIan Gillan
Ian McLaganIan Page
Ian WhitemanJørgen Stig
Jörg "Jockel" Schulte-EckelJack Bruce
Jack JonesJack McCulloch
Jacques EckhardtJamie Crompton
Jeff AllenJeff Beck
Jeff DeanJens Henrik Dahl
Jeremy ValentineJerry Donahue
Jim CapaldiJim McCarty
Jimmy HartJimmy Johnson
Jimmy McCullochJimmy Page
Jimmy PowellJimmy Tarbutton
Jimmy WinstonJoe Allanson
John "Junior" WoodJohn Acutt
John AllenJohn Allsebrook
John DaltonJohn Du Cann
John GustafsonJohn Halsey
John HartyJohn Hawken
John IdanJohn Kerrison
John KinradeJohn Knightsbridge
John McLaughlinJohn Steel
John WeiderJohnny Eaton
Johnny FosterJohnny Kreuger
Jon HisemanJulie Driscoll
Karel "Kid" van EttingerKeith Powell
Keith RelfKeith West
Ken GudmanKen Lawrence
Kenney JonesKenny Aaronson
Kenny GodlassKenny Pickett
Kenny WhiteKevan Fogarty
Kevan FoggertyKevin Godley
Kevin MannKim Gardner
Larry RaspberryLarry Wall
Laurie GarmanLen Tuckey
Les JonesLinda Millington
Long John BaldryLouis Cennamo
Mal FordMal Ritter
Mark FelthamMartin Pigott
Martin ShawMartin Stone
Matt McIntyreMichael Dunford
Mick 'Chippie' CarpenterMick "Spud" Thompson
Mick AvoryMick Carter
Mick GallagherMick Hawksworth
Mick UnderwoodMick Waller
Mick WeaverMicky Groome
Mike EvansMike Falana
Mike FewingsMike Gardner
Mike GregoryMike Patto
Mike SmithMike Webb
Muff WinwoodMyke Scavone
Neil JonesNeil Korner
Nick SheppardNick Tweddell
Nick WymerNigel Olsson
Nippy NoyaNorman "Miff" Mitham
Ollie HalsallPaddy Chambers
Pat NealPaul Bultitude
Paul ComerfordPaul Samwell-Smith
Paul WellerPeder Jelsbak
Perry JordaanPete Brown
Pete ClarkPete Hogman
Pete McDanielsPete Shannon
Pete YorkPeter Cowap
Peter MariosaPeter Watson
Phil GaynorPhil Heatley
Phil SawyerPoli Palmer
Rainer BleckRandy Ashe
Ray FenwickRay Majors
Ray PhillipsReg King
Richard HenryRick Buckler
Rick WillsRicky Brown
Rob HendryRod Demick
Rod StewartRoger Deane
Roger GloverRoger Groome
Roger PowellRoger Sutton
Ron PattonRon Wood
Ronnie LaneRonnie Smith
Rudolph Alexander Hanius HansenRuud van Buuren
Seb SheltonSheila Carter Dimmock
Simon "Boots" AlcotSimon Tourle
Spencer DavisSteve Brookes
Steve GoldSteve Grant
Steve GregorySteve Horton
Steve HoweSteve Jacobson
Steve MarriottSteve Speer
Steve ValentineSteve Winwood
Terry BrennanTerry Crowe
Terry NolderTerry Sylvester
Tommy BishopTony Barber
Tony CookeTony Dangerfield
Tony LanderTony Liddle
Tony McIntyreTony Munroe
Tony OllardTrevor Williams
TwinkUlli Grün
Vic BriggsWerner Krabb
Wesley StaffordZoot Money
 

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