The Mover Asks The Jam’s Rick Buckler, Author Simon Wells And Writer Daniel Rachel: Is Mod The Eternal Subculture?
THE MOVER was interested to uncover why mod’s lasting aesthetic still influences contemporary youth. Whilst other subcultures have dwindled or become lost over time, mod seems to be the sole subculture to stand evolution across the decades. In speaking with a collection of classic mod enthusiasts, we uncover mod’s durability.
As Author of ‘Quadrophenia: A Way Of Life (Inside The Making Of Britain’s Greatest Youth Film)’, Simon Wells’ mod passions began during the mod revival. “The mod revival came straight after punk, and I found that more accessible. Far more stylish and attractive,” says Wells. As the fashion that’s “eternally cool”, the mod writer explains how modernist style never goes out of fashion. “I just think it’s eternally stylish. In a sense like The Beatles will never go out of style,” says Wells.
Musician turned author Daniel Rachel, writer of Guardian Book of The Year 2013 ‘Isle Of Noises: Conversation’s With Great British Songwriters’, explains how “mod will always have a great fascinating appeal to each successive generation, mainly because of the music.” As a British rude boy, Rachel identified with The Specials and Madness, “It was through identifying with that music and those bands, and wearing those similar clothes I guess, that I began to realise that it mirrored a lot of mod culture,” he says. From the seventies mod revival lead by Paul Weller’s style, to the nineties’ Liam Gallagher and his on-going Pretty Green clothing brand, the mod aesthetic and sound has been inter-generational.
Daniel Rachel: Photo Cred – Lawrence Impey
The Jam drummer Rick Buckler, who grew up alongside school friends Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton in Woking, states that mod is “one of those cultures that will stand the test of time.” Buckler concludes the investigation for us: “I think this because there is such a wealth of new fashion and new music for mod to still feed upon. And as it’s also based on quite a British heritage, there’s lots to look back on and to draw from as well. So I think it will last, it tends to flourish and die away at certain times, but it’s always there.”
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