Jump to content

Modernism - Cd Review

Modernism - Cd Review magazine cover

I was never a Mod. Ok, I had the sta-prest trousers and the Ben Sherman shirts, listened to some of the music, but would never have classed myself as a Mod. This was rural south-west Scotland we are talking about, not one of the major cities where you could find numerous clubs playing the music you enjoyed. However, visiting bands at the local Town Hall were generally from the north-west of England, so there was more often than not an r&b, Stax/Atlantic and of course Motown influence in the music that they played. This is where I got hooked.But no, I was never a Mod.

The music, however, was certainly appealing, like this latest offering from the Kent/Ace Stable, entitled - ‘Modernism’ a follow up to their recent release ‘Modernists’ and one that the Mods scattered around the country should certainly appreciate.The majority of the tracks are obviously from the mid to late sixties and as the music echoes out of the speakers, you could close your eyes and be transported back in time to one of those smokey, sweating, Brut smelling basement clubs where fashion was as important as the sounds.

To my ears, one or two of the tracks, lean more to the r&b side of things like Eddie Bo’s ‘Tee Na Na Na Na…’, while others, such as Chuck Jackson’s ‘Beg Me’ and The Ambertones ‘Clap Your Hands’ definitely sound dated. The Shirelles offering - ‘Crossroads In Your Heart’ first saw the light of day in 1987, with the opener from Teddy Reynolds – ‘Ain’t That Soul’ an un-released version of a late sixties track, ‘We Gonna Rub Pt1’ by Joe Johnson, which lay in the vaults until the 1990’s and Wallace Johnson’s ‘Private Eye’ being another that failed to see the light of day when it was recorded.

For me though it was the more ‘northern’ tracks that shone through such as The excellent Lou Johnson with his ‘Magic Potion’, The M&M’s and the Peanuts ‘The Phillie’ and Joan Moody’s ‘The Life of the Party’. The Stax/Atlantic sounding ‘Soul Is My Game’ by Chet ‘Poison’ Ivey and his Fabulous Avengers is another that got a second play.

As for the last track, the oldest on the disc, dating from 1958 – ‘Listen to me (Baby) by Ralph Ventsha and Red Julian Quartet, I imagine that this, as the booklet notes hint to, would be a perfect ender in any Mod club.

With the Mod scene, arguably having never been away, but lurking behind the effervescent Northern Soul one, this twenty-four track cd will be well received by those of the former persuasion and as it says in the usual first class booklet, penned on this occasion by Dean Rudland, “we are trying to depict the timeless nature of the whole world of mod”.

Marks out of five? As I said, I was never a Mod, but can imagine four would be about right.
Cheers, Iain

Iain McCartney

June 2016

Video Ad


 1. Beg Me - Chuck Jackson
  2. Everybody's Feelin Good - King Carl
  3. I'm Gonna Get You - Leroy Harris
  4. Listen To Me (Baby) - Ralph Ventsha & Red Julain Quartet
  5. Cinderella Jones - Sammy Jones
  6. I Know What I Want - Tommy G & The Charms
  7. Ain't That Soul - Teddy Reynolds
  8. Crossroads In Your Heart - The Shirelles
  9. Magic Potion - Lou Johnson
  10. Soul Is My Game - Chet Poison Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers
  11. I've Gotta Know Why - Darrow Fletcher
  12. Tee Na Na Na Na Nay - Eddie Bo
  13. We Gonna Rub Part 1 - Joe Johnson
  14. I'm On The Move - Joe Mayfield
  15. Night Beat - Kenny Smith & The Loveliters
  16. Private Eye - Wallace Johnson
  17. Clap Your Hands - Ambertones
  18. Go - Little Johnny Hamilton & The Creators
  19. The Phillie - M&M & The Peanuts
  20. The Duck Part 2 - Jackie Lee
  21. Dancin' Everywhere - Bob & Earl
  22. When One Of Them Won't - The Turnarounds
  23. The Life Of The Party - Joan Moody
  24. Do It - Pat Powdrill

More information

Modernism Various Artists (Kent)


Members Comments

Recommended Comments

interesting thought, even in the eighties i thought "mods" wore parkas, the odd few in mac's. but thats the first time i've seen so many in macs such as those.

was this a London style, or national, as i don't remember see many dressed like this in Derby in the eighties. must of passed me by that one.

Link to comment
Social source share
1 hour ago, Peter99 said:

The 80's - really?




Paul Hallam:" In 1981 I went on an a ski trip and took an old Olympus Trip with me. I thought I took some pretty good pictures with it, so the next year, when I was 17, at the height of the mod scene, I started taking pictures again. There's a few from 82, but the bulk are 84. There's no pictures from 83 because I bought a proper camera and had no idea how to use it"


Link to comment
Social source share

Rob Messer,Paul Hallam and Dave Edwards I think.This was post 79 and the mod revival when the mainstram press ignored it and the mods that were left  were getting into the early black sixties music and dressing in the tailored 64 style.....apart from the white socks.

Link to comment
Social source share

Get involved with Soul Source

Add your comments now

Join Soul Source

A free & easy soul music affair!

Join Soul Source now!

Log in to Soul Source

Jump right back in!

Log back in to Soul Source now!

Related Soul Music Links

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.