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Quadrophenia and Northern Soul 1979

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Guardian website has an article up featuring what his name and Leslie Ash looking back at the making of the film Quadrophenia 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/sep/10/how-we-made-quadrophenia-by-phil-daniels-and-leslie-ash

Yep 40 years ago, which sad fact led me to thinking about the recent highlight of the Wigan Casino Northern Noise magazine topic,  that was also from that year and in it there's a article where Russ W comments on the effect the mod revival was having on wigan (upped orig by @paup-ine )

here are...

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looking back that short period of northern was a sort of a 'odd' but interesting time, that perhaps doesn't get talked about that much nowadays

so seeing its 40 years on, maybe worth a shout of...
anyone else remember this period of 'The Mods revival and Northern soul'...

 

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Big time of bringing film / music and the mod scene together . 

Roy Barrett still takes his iconic Union Jack scoot to loads of small festivals and meets around the country.

Brighton was a bit far to go on my scoot from Liverpool ... so Bank Holidays where spent at Rhyl . 

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On 11/09/2019 at 07:25, Mike said:

Guardian website has an article up featuring what his name and Leslie Ash looking back at the making of the film Quadrophenia 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/sep/10/how-we-made-quadrophenia-by-phil-daniels-and-leslie-ash

Yep 40 years ago, which sad fact led me to thinking about the recent highlight of the Wigan Casino Northern Noise magazine topic,  that was also from that year and in it there's a article where Russ W comments on the effect the mod revival was having on wigan (upped orig by @paup-ine )

here are...

 

looking back that short period of northern was a sort of a 'odd' but interesting time, that perhaps doesn't get talked about that much nowadays

so seeing its 40 years on, maybe worth a shout of...
anyone else remember this period of 'The Mods revival and Northern soul'...

 

 

On 11/09/2019 at 08:04, Stevegods said:

Big time of bringing film / music and the mod scene together . 

Roy Barrett still takes his iconic Union Jack scoot to loads of small festivals and meets around the country.

Brighton was a bit far to go on my scoot from Liverpool ... so Bank Holidays where spent at Rhyl . 

cheers Steve

as said  looking back at it all now, that period northern wise was all a bit odd

anyone else thoughts on it all?

 

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I was a young Mod soon after Quadrophenia and it was ultimately my route towards Northern Soul.

My first allnighters were as a Mod which then dropped away as I stayed with Soul music.

As a young kid at first it was all very confused and to me, the same thing - so I can understand the young Mods turning up and Wigan trying to accomodate them in some way (frustrating as that would of been to the existing members).

It was the Kent LPs and Rob Smith who started to educate me and Mod dropped away by late 1984 for me.

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Wigan trying to accommodate ? Remember this was 16 years after the first wave. I suppose the casinos attempt to accommodate was the Mods Mayday all-nighter May 79 which was absolutely rammed . 

I recall also buses from an oldies night going to the first Scarborough mod meet in 79 and causing a whole load of chaos also ! The two scenes have more or less been intertwined since the Twisted Wheel in one way or another and what that revival done was brought a more discerning crowd back to the casino at a time when the numbers were not good, lots of these were of course old Wheel visitors well “according to them lol ! 

It was a great time but short lived however the feel for sixties soul was carried on at Stafford etc so in a way it helped . I also think at the time it was part of a big melting pot soul Wise and no one blinked at the casino if you had your suite on lol ! Pic of me below early 79 waiting for the casino bus, a good 15 of us or so always went suited and booted at the time ! 

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Great photo

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Remember those times well ,  it was a kind of third faction at Wigan .Tim Finch mentions it in the  Northern  soul book  , says something like  the newies crowd , the mods  and  us.  don't remember any real hostility towards them other that the label " plastic mod" being used . My overall impression was that the place was  used as a kind of backdrop to their Quadrophenia  fantasy  , gangs of guys huddled together in parkas  , just thrilled to bits to be there, many slumped over tables by 3am ,just clogged the place up really . Of course some of this crew stuck around  , I would imagine the vast majority became New Romantics casuals or whatever by 1981 .  Even back then I got a sense that the real northern  crowd at this point were the true descendants of the early sixties mods and these 79 guys were little more than these kids   Around town today with keep the faith bags and t shirts  , after all to be accepted on the scene in the seventies took a lot more than a trip to the tailors . Loved the film by the way , 40 years ago , wow .

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Just thought you’d like to see these . Some early , from 60’s and some later from early 80’s 

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