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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 bands54 bands in database


Mod Rock artists: 312 artists in database

Adrian MetcalfeAlan "Bam" King
Alan Escombe-WolhuterAlan Glen
Alan HeidelbergAlan Mair
Alan PriceAlan Shacklock
Ali McKenzieAlistair "Bev" Beveridge
Allan JonesAllan Wilson
Allen EllettAndy Fairweather Low
Andy MitchellAndy Petre
Andy RossAnthony "Top" Topham
Armando "Blacky" LindingerArthur Sharp
Barry AllchinBarry Hewitt
Barry JenkinsBeer Klaasse
Ben KingBenny Qvotrup
Bernard BassoBilly Boy Miskimmin
Blue WeaverBob Garner
Bob LanghamBob Scriven
Bobby FisherBobby Liles
Boudewijn "Bob" BresserBrian Auger
Brian BastowBrian Cocoran
Brian GlascockBrian Katterhorn
Brian RedmondBruce Bowles
Bruce FoxtonCalvin Coleman
Charlie McCrackenChas Chandler
Chris BennettChris Dreja
Chris HolmesChris Kritzinger
Chris LovegroveChris Stone
Clive GriffithsClive Taylor
Clive ThackerColin Wood
Dane StephensDaniel Swan
Daniel van BergenDave Clapham
Dave LawsonDave Maine
Dave MasonDave Meredith
Dave PetherDave Preston
Dave RowberryDave Spencer
Dave WallerDave Winthrop
David BeaverDavid Cairns
David SmaleDavie Lennox
Dee MurrayDennis Bryon
Dennis SmithDenny Ball
Dexter DalwoodDick Diamonde
Dick Heckstall-SmithEarl Slick
Eddie CampbellEddie Hardin
Eddie PhillipsEric Burdon
Eric ClaptonFlemming Knud Sørensen
Frank AielloFrank DIxon
Fred GandyGary Leport
Gene LatterGeoff Krivit
George LynamGeorge Wood
George YoungGerry Feley
Ginger BakerGordon "Snowy" Fleet
Gordon JacksonGraham Bond
Graham Carter DimmockGraham Gouldman
Gypie MayoHans Klitgaard Larsen
HardyHarry Paul Ward
Harry VandaHarvey Shield
Heinz HoffHilton Valentine
Hugh "Tudge" WilliamsonIan Gillan
Ian McLaganIan Moncur
Ian PageIan Whiteman
Jørgen StigJörg "Jockel" Schulte-Eckel
Jack BruceJack Jones
Jack McCullochJacques Eckhardt
Jamie CromptonJeff Allen
Jeff BeckJeff Dean
Jens Henrik DahlJeremy Valentine
Jerry DonahueJim Capaldi
Jim McCartyJimmy Bilsbury
Jimmy HartJimmy Johnson
Jimmy McCullochJimmy Page
Jimmy PowellJimmy Tarbutton
Jimmy WinstonJoe Allanson
John "Junior" WoodJohn Acutt
John AllenJohn Allsebrook
John DaltonJohn Du Cann
John GlascockJohn Gustafson
John HalseyJohn Harty
John HawkenJohn Idan
John KerrisonJohn Kinrade
John KnightsbridgeJohn McLaughlin
John SteelJohn Weider
Johnny EatonJohnny Foster
Johnny KreugerJon Hiseman
Julie DriscollKarel "Kid" van Ettinger
Keith PowellKeith Relf
Keith WestKen Gudman
Ken LawrenceKenney Jones
Kenny AaronsonKenny Godlass
Kenny PickettKenny White
Kevan FogartyKevan Foggerty
Kevin GodleyKevin Mann
Kim GardnerLarry Raspberry
Larry WallLaurie Garman
Len TuckeyLes Jones
Linda MillingtonLong John Baldry
Louis CennamoMal Ford
Mal RitterMark Feltham
Martin PigottMartin Shaw
Martin StoneMatt McIntyre
Michael DunfordMick 'Chippie' Carpenter
Mick "Spud" ThompsonMick Avory
Mick CarterMick Gallagher
Mick HawksworthMick Underwood
Mick WallerMick Weaver
Micky GroomeMike "Oz" Osborne
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 GarnerPeter Mariosa
Peter ShoesmithPeter 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
Stevie WrightTerry Brennan
Terry CroweTerry Nolder
Terry SylvesterTommy Bishop
Tony BarberTony Cahill
Tony CookeTony Dangerfield
Tony LanderTony Liddle
Tony McIntyreTony Munroe
Tony OllardTrevor Williams
TwinkUlli Grün
Vic BriggsWerner Krabb
Wesley StaffordZoot Money
 

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