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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 bands52 bands in database


Mod Rock artists: 307 artists in database

Adrian MetcalfeAlan "Bam" King
Alan Escombe-WolhuterAlan Glen
Alan HeidelbergAlan Mair
Alan PriceAli McKenzie
Alistair "Bev" BeveridgeAllan Jones
Allan WilsonAllen 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 DiamondeDick Heckstall-Smith
Earl SlickEddie Campbell
Eddie HardinEddie Phillips
Eric BurdonEric Clapton
Flemming Knud SørensenFrank Aiello
Frank DIxonFred Gandy
Gary LeportGene Latter
Geoff KrivitGeorge Lynam
George WoodGeorge Young
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 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 "Oz" OsborneMike Evans
Mike FalanaMike Fewings
Mike GardnerMike Gregory
Mike PattoMike Smith
Mike WebbMuff Winwood
Myke ScavoneNeil Jones
Neil KornerNick Sheppard
Nick TweddellNick Wymer
Nigel OlssonNippy Noya
Norman "Miff" MithamOllie Halsall
Paddy ChambersPat Neal
Paul BultitudePaul Comerford
Paul Samwell-SmithPaul Weller
Peder JelsbakPerry Jordaan
Pete BrownPete Clark
Pete HogmanPete McDaniels
Pete ShannonPete York
Peter CowapPeter Garner
Peter MariosaPeter Shoesmith
Peter WatsonPhil Gaynor
Phil HeatleyPhil Sawyer
Poli PalmerRainer Bleck
Randy AsheRay Fenwick
Ray MajorsRay Phillips
Reg KingRichard Henry
Rick BucklerRick Wills
Ricky BrownRob Hendry
Rod DemickRod Stewart
Roger DeaneRoger Glover
Roger GroomeRoger Powell
Roger SuttonRon Patton
Ron WoodRonnie Lane
Ronnie SmithRudolph Alexander Hanius Hansen
Ruud van BuurenSeb Shelton
Sheila Carter DimmockSimon "Boots" Alcot
Simon TourleSpencer Davis
Steve BrookesSteve Gold
Steve GrantSteve Gregory
Steve HortonSteve Howe
Steve JacobsonSteve Marriott
Steve SpeerSteve Valentine
Steve WinwoodStevie Wright
Terry BrennanTerry Crowe
Terry NolderTerry Sylvester
Tommy BishopTony Barber
Tony CahillTony Cooke
Tony DangerfieldTony Lander
Tony LiddleTony McIntyre
Tony MunroeTony Ollard
Trevor WilliamsTwink
Ulli GrünVic Briggs
Werner KrabbWesley Stafford
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