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Jeff,

I've always thought the Chambers Brothers were a mod band, and almost all of them were black. I agree with your sentiment though. There were enuogh black mods to hae spawned a few more black mod bands. I guess the media just liked to portray mod as a white guy thing.

I can still remember seenig an interview with The Untouchables on breakfast telly back in about '86 and one of them mentioned the word 'mod' and at that moment I knew it was the kiss of death for them, as mod was totally uncool at that point. I often wondered what would have happened to the band if the 'm' word hadn't been mentioned at such an un-mod time.


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Hey All;
Interesing stuff, there, Arkmast...thanks for comps on my organ chops on Stepping Stone...whenever we performed it,I just shut my eyes and went along for the ride...That song really had 'em "moshing it up" inside the pit...I'd like to see that breakfast TV interview that you saw...in the states, we were thought of as a mod band...we were mildly concerned with how that would be perceived in the U.K....bottom line, though: we knew we were a good band...sure enough, when we got to the U.K., nobody cared much about our image, they just liked us...some may have seen us like a high paced R&B band (remember Otis Day and The Nights?)...we definitely crossed over musical genres...you mentioned the Chambers Bros, but I think a more apt comparison may have been, the 1st mod wave, interracial UK band, The Equators...know about them? Clyde (our band leader) was heavily impressed by them...B#...Acetone
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The equators can only really be classed as a fringe mod band. They played on a few mod bills but then so did Madness and The Specials. They released only 1 single a cover of baby come back produced by Eddy Grant. It came out on Stiff and earned them a slot on the son of Stiff Tour. They may have a track on the associated sampler album but I can't be bothered turning the loft upside down to check.
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I wouldn't normally draw attention to it as I think its irrelevant but since its come up there were other more closely associated bands with Black members.

Most famous would be the Name but there was also The Gangsters from Birmingham and a shed load of Soul/RnB/Ska bands such as the Q tips, Scene and Cartoons as you would expect.

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Stu, I think I've got another Equators single. It's a promo on Stiff I think and may be called If You Need me, I'll dig it out fer a look. Did promos get sent out and the general release cancelled? Mark.

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Hey All;
I was just reminded of my first encounter with the UK ska movement of the '70's...
I previously mentioned that a close friend of mine was a fellow named Roger Harris....Roger produced The General/Tropical Bird for the U.T.'s....he enlisted me to engineer and play some keys on Trop Bird...this eventually led to my joining the band... but well before that, Roger and I had been close friends for a number of years...An expatriated Londoner,Roger was a 1st generation mod...We both shared a common love of Jamaican music, though I was primarily interested in Reggae...somewhere about 1978, Roger called one night and insisted that we venture down the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, to see a new group from England...
We went to the Whiskey-A Go-Go to see Madness...The LA audience was a bit confused...No mods yet, mostly local Punks/New Wavers who didn't really get it...I must admit being a bit confused myself...I was way into the Wailers and Maytals and thought Madness was lost in a UK/Jamaican time warp...Then they busted into "One Step Beyond"...That ripped...Unfortunately, the Mod/Ska movement didn't take off in the US until a few years later, when The Toasters, Untouchables and a few other bands started to pick up on two-tone sound...I believe it was already out of fashion in the UK by this time...That's us Yanks..."better late"...B#...Acetone...
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Stu, I think I've got another Equators single. It's a promo on Stiff I think and may be called If You Need me, I'll dig it out fer a look. Did promos get sent out and the general release cancelled? Mark.



Mark, you're right,I've just done a bit of searching on the net, there were 3 singles and an LP on Stiff,

Baby Come Back
If You Need Me
Rankin Discipline (12" promo only)
Hot (LP)

all of which is news to me. Or maybe I have forgotten more than I remember. At my age its hard to tell

More to add to the list, not that it matters but If You Need Me, is it any good?



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I'll dig it out and give it another listen. I seem to remember prefering the other side, if it was rubbish I'm sure I'd remember. I'll let yer know Stu!

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Hello All;
Just thought I'd check in with y'all...
I've been busy in the studio, finishing up tracks for my soon-to-be-released CD...all is going well, I believe...One tends to loose perspective after awhile...is it great or just rubbish...you'll soon be the judge of that...I've been mixing at Free Mountain Studios, here in the northern California town of Novato...The studio is owned by local legend, David Frieberg...David was the former bassist with two of San Francisco's most famous physcedelic bands from the '60's...The Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Jefferson Starship...I just brought in percussionist "Badfingers" Pritchard to lay down some skins for me, he obliged...the CD maybe ready in 4-6 weeks...we'll see................"Tales from the Untouchables", Pt One.......We once flew into the U.K. to play Glastonbury Festival (early summer of 85?) ...We left 95 degree Los Angeles to arrive in 50ish degree London and we were forwarded off to the venue...As we were a fun and merry bunch and loved a little laugh, we decided to perform wearing our California surfer finest to this rainy outdoor event...there we were in sunglasses, shorts, tropical shirts, keds...upon arrival on stage, the moshers down front became a bit overcome with emotion...they began to pummell us with mud...maybe they didn't appreciate our sense of humor,maybe they did, I don't know...after the set, we preceeded off to our dressing room, which was one of several backstage trailers...narrow wood planks led through the mud, from the stage to the trailers...I had heard from quite a few Brits that I had a striking resemblance to Mick Talbot, a keyboard player (like myself) who played with Style Council...they happened to share the bill with us...now who do I see walking up the plank right toward me, but old Mick himself...just like Robin Hood and Little John (Mick was Little John, of course)facing off...well he did look an awfully lot like me, but I was definitely better looking, no question...I was tempted to nudge him off the plank as we carefully passed, but ever the gentleman...
OK, that's about it for now...My two favorite movies over the last few years: "24 Hour Party People" and "The Limey" with Terence Stamp...anyone got a couple suggestions for DVD's?...Later...B#...Acetone...
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DVD's.....try the original Get Carter (with Michael Caine) and Gangster No.1 (with Malcolm McDowell and Paul Bettany)


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good choice.

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