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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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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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I previously mentioned that a close friend of mine was a fellow named Roger [sign in to see URL] produced The General/Tropical Bird for the U.T.'[sign in to see URL] enlisted me to engineer and play some keys on Trop [sign in to see URL] eventually led to my joining the band... but well before that, Roger and I had been close friends for a number of [sign in to see URL] expatriated Londoner,Roger was a 1st generation [sign in to see URL] both shared a common love of Jamaican music, though I was primarily interested in [sign in to see URL] about 1978, Roger called one night and insisted that we venture down the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, to see a new group from England...
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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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