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Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« on: 04.08. 2017 19:30 »
Hi all,

As I was born in 1989, I don't remember the heyday of the Mods v Rockers by virtue of not being born, so I'm not really able to appreciate what it must have been like in real life. That having been said, I can see quite clearly that Rockers on their cafe racer British bikes were inherently cool; what I don't understand is why the Mod movement was popular and what was cool about it?

I wonder if having been brought up on a diet of Rolling Stones, AC\DC, Triumph and BSA (thanks Dad!) my take on the Mod movement is a bit biased?!

I would be interested to hear the thoughts of forum members who are a bit closer to those cultural movements.

Thanks!

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #1 on: 04.08. 2017 20:20 »
If you haven't yet seen the movie Quadrophenia, then get the DVD as fast as you can.
A lot of your questions will be answered... *bright idea*
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #2 on: 04.08. 2017 22:02 »
Quadrophenia? I saw that nonsense at the cinema when it came out....my over-riding memory is of the leading actor (Phil something-or-other) standing in the rain and gurning as if his life depended on it.
Oh, and that self-projecting idiot Sting trying to be cool in a suit and haircut 15 years ahead of it's time... ;)

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #3 on: 05.08. 2017 00:33 »
Simple correlation perhaps more relatable (Still dated but at least a 1980s reference)

For UK music styles, you MIGHT prefer Judas Priest, Def leppard, Saxon, Motorhead or?
-OR-
You were a Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran or Simple minds or other mindless drivel

Or,, Marshall stack (JCM800 super lead, 4x12 cabinets with celestion speakers)
-Or-
Fender twin reverb.

Taken in light of that, Skinny ties, Winkle pickers and scooters might seem like a credible lifestyle choice for the time period.

Working class vs preppies?

I know a local guy, theres a number of Scooter clubs in our area and quite popular, the whole retro scene is quite popular but like you, most were born well after the Mods & Rockers and dont really know much about it or the epic rivalry.

So Bob rides up on his Matchless twin dressed in Black leather to one of the local scooter gathering spots and growls  "Wanna fight?"

It was hilarious!  The Scooter kids were "Oh my NO!,, Did we do something to offend you?" 
Several started apologizing having no idea why Bob wanted to start a fight.  (He really was not, just screwing with them)  They had no clue about it or why Bob was going on about..

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #4 on: 05.08. 2017 00:47 »
If you haven't yet seen the movie Quadrophenia, then get the DVD as fast as you can.
A lot of your questions will be answered... *bright idea*
The movie does not tell the truth... The ROCKERS won the fight..   *eek* *wink2*
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #5 on: 05.08. 2017 02:29 »
Hi all,

As I was born in 1989, I don't remember the heyday of the Mods v Rockers by virtue of not being born, so I'm not really able to appreciate what it must have been like in real life. That having been said, I can see quite clearly that Rockers on their cafe racer British bikes were inherently cool; what I don't understand is why the Mod movement was popular and what was cool about it?

I wonder if having been brought up on a diet of Rolling Stones, AC\DC, Triumph and BSA (thanks Dad!) my take on the Mod movement is a bit biased?!

I would be interested to hear the thoughts of forum members who are a bit closer to those cultural movements.

Thanks!

Sam.

I was born in 58 and rode my super rocket as soon as I was 17. I only suffered a little from the mod movement as it was largely over by the time I was riding, there was still the odd scrap between mods and rockers going on (particularly in Brighton I remember) but the trouble was probably hyped up by the media, as I never saw it. The rocker movement was also pretty much over by then as well.

I remember them as a bunch of "posers" riding scooters and wearing parkas, but they thought they were super cool, and unlike rockers they seemed to be into taking drugs.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #6 on: 05.08. 2017 06:17 »
Being a bit more venerable, my motorcycling career started at the time of Mods and Rockers. I never really saw the point of it all. A bunch of us used to hang about and go for rides on an Enfield Crusader, an Enfield Bullet, a Tiger Cub, a Vespa 150, a Lambretta 175 and a Honda S90. Usaully changing out of school uniform first. But not always.   
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #7 on: 05.08. 2017 07:59 »
I was born in 1944 (and was a rocker), just at the best time.
No conscription, no speed limits (out of town), no crash helmets, great music, no drugs and no booze.
It was a great time to be a teenager.
There is plenty on Youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vmzvlHrTCs  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vmzvlHrTCs&B300309D838099B6330F83B95A4BF069
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By the way, The Stones and The Beatles were nothing to do with Rock N Roll, It had finished by then. But what a time to have been young.
 
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #8 on: 05.08. 2017 08:38 »
Hi all,

As I was born in 1989, I don't remember the heyday of the Mods v Rockers by virtue of not being born, so I'm not really able to appreciate what it must have been like in real life. That having been said, I can see quite clearly that Rockers on their cafe racer British bikes were inherently cool; what I don't understand is why the Mod movement was popular and what was cool about it?

I wonder if having been brought up on a diet of Rolling Stones, AC\DC, Triumph and BSA (thanks Dad!) my take on the Mod movement is a bit biased?!

I would be interested to hear the thoughts of forum members who are a bit closer to those cultural movements.

Thanks!

Sam.

I was alive in mod/rocker days, but was at the little school.

There's not much point trying to rationalise teenage fashions.

Did you say Rolling Stones?


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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #9 on: 05.08. 2017 10:01 »
Mods liked and wore smart clothes, for example sharply cut suits and expensive shoes. The scooter fairing and footplate (and Parka) must have been a great help in preserving 'the look'.
That's my recollection - seen from the rocker side, of course.

I do enjoy Quadraphenia. Not just the excellent music of The Who but also seeing early performances by soon to be big names, like Leslie Ash and Ray Winstone among others.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #10 on: 05.08. 2017 10:22 »

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I was born in 58 and rode my super rocket as soon as I was 17. 
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If I recall you could have rode your bike at 16. but due to young L riders getting on 650's and killing themselves, the government said that learners could only ride 250cc bikes unless it had a sidecar on it.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #11 on: 05.08. 2017 11:07 »
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If I recall you could have rode your bike at 16.

Not if born in 1958.

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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #12 on: 05.08. 2017 11:31 »
Thanks for all the answers so far - Roy those are some great photos.
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #13 on: 05.08. 2017 19:43 »
You kids don't know yer born *smiley4*
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Re: Mods v Rockers - Why was 'Mod' popular?
« Reply #14 on: 05.08. 2017 22:00 »
You old rocker you *bash*