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Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival

Various Artists

Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival

Various Artists

Eddie Piller Presents The Mod Revival

Release information

Release information

Label: Edsel • Format: CD • Date: 25/09/2020 Cat#: EDSL0054 • Barcode: 0740155725433 • Genre: Rock, Ska

Track Listing

  1. The Jam - I Got By In Time
  2. The Jolt - I Can’t Wait
  3. The Inmates - Dirty Water
  4. Purple Hearts - Frustration
  5. Teen-Beats - Strength Of The Nation
  6. The Chords - The British Way Of Life
  7. New Hearts - Only A Fool
  8. Speedball - No Survivors
  9. The Circles - Opening Up
  10. Back To Zero - Your Side Of Heaven
  11. The Cigarettes - They're Back Again, Here They Come
  12. The Users - Kicks In Style
  13. Long Tall Shorty - Falling For You
  14. Beggar - Don’ Throw Your Life Away
  15. The Mods - One Of The Boys
  16. The Nips - Gabrielle
  17. The Fixations - No Way Out
  18. Untamed Youth - Untamed Youth
  19. The Leepers - Paint A Day
  20. Terry Tonik - Just A Little Mod
  21. The Accidents - Blood Spattered With Guitars
  22. The Two-Tone Pinks - Look But Don’t Touch
  23. Les Elite - Get A Job
  1. Secret Affair - Let Your Heart Dance
  2. The Step - Let Me Be The One
  3. Small Hours - Can’t Do Without You
  4. Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Dance Stance
  5. The Bureau - Let Him Have It
  6. Nine Below Zero - Pack Fair & Square
  7. Madness - The Prince
  8. The Akrylyx - Smart Boy
  9. The Media - South Coast City Rockers
  10. Dolly Mixture - New Look Baby
  11. Squire - Does Stephanie Know?
  12. The Little Roosters - I Need A Witness
  13. The Directions - Three Bands Tonite
  14. Lambrettas - Go Steady
  15. The Merton Parkas - Flat 19
  16. Hidden Charms - Run For Your Money
  17. The Crooks - Modern Boys
  18. The Crooks - Modern Boys
  19. The Name - Fuck Art Let’s Dance
  20. The Reaction - I Can’t Resist
  21. The Killermeters - Why Should It Happen To Me
  22. The Colours - The Dance
  23. The Sets - Life On An L.I.
  24. The Donkeys - What I Want
  1. The Long Ryders - Looking For Lewis And Clark
  2. Scarlet Party - 101 Dam-Nations
  3. Mood Six - Hanging Around
  4. The Onlookers - You And I
  5. The Same - Movements
  6. The Times - I Helped Patrick Mcgoohan Escape
  7. The Prisoners - The More That I Teach You
  8. The Vips - The Quarter Moon
  9. The Scene - Something That You Said
  10. Solid State - Train To London Town
  11. Small World - Love Is Dead
  12. Sema 4 - Up Down And Around
  13. Variations - Fight Back
  14. 007 - Can You See Me
  15. The Gents - The Faker
  16. The Amber Squad - Can We Go Dancing?
  17. Direct Hits - Dr. Ben
  18. Heartbeats - Go
  19. The Clues - No Vacancies
  20. The Risk - Good Together
  21. Little Murders - She Lets Me Know
  22. The Kick - Stuck On The Edge Of A Blade
  23. Statuto - Rabbia & Stile
  1. The Truth - Confusion (Hits Us Every Time)
  2. Inspiral Carpets - Saturn 5
  3. Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train
  4. The Untouchables - Free Yourself
  5. Makin' Time - Here Is My Number
  6. Reflection Aob - All I Want To Be
  7. Five Thirty - Abstain!
  8. James Taylor Quartet - One Way Street
  9. Daggermen - Ivor The Engine Driver
  10. The Moment - Sticks & Stones
  11. The Blades - Revelations Of Heartbreak
  12. Fast Eddie - Shake A Tail Feather
  13. Corduroy - E Type
  14. Mother Earth - Stoned Woman
  15. The Clique - Wormin'
  16. The Rage - Come With The Ones That You Know
  17. Strangeways - All The Sounds Of Fear
  18. Studio 68 - The Other Me
  19. Dance Stance - The Other Side Of Paradise
  20. Stupidity - Bend Don’t Break
  21. E Types! - She Changes
  22. The Mads - The Mods Are Back In Town
  23. The Elements - Caught In A Storm
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About this release

In 1979 as a 15-year-old Eddie Piller was perfectly placed to be at the epicentre of the Mod revival. An inquisitive passion for music, a family connection to Mod royalty The Small Faces, and an attitude that saw him travelling his home city, then the country and then the world to take in the sounds that were emerging. In the years since, Piller has been a legendary figure within the music industry setting up and continuing to own the ground-breaking Acid Jazz label, signing multi-platinum artists such as Jamiroquai and The Brand New Heavies collaborating on compilations with Martin Freeman and as an award winning broadcaster even setting up his own Totally Wired Radio station. However, this four CD box set is the first time he has looked back on the movement that was to be his starting point.

Mod is a sixties youth movement original built on sharp clothes, American soul music and nights on the town, that has never really died. The originals added young British groups to their likes and then moved on, but their influence echoed on through the 1970s in Northern Soul clubs, and in the sixties influenced bands of the pub rock era. When punk arrived, it was supposed to sweep away the past, but instead the Sex Pistols were covering the Small Faces. The Clash brought in Mod DJ Guy Stevens to produce London’s Calling, The Buzzcocks sounded closer to the Hollies than The Ramones and in The Jam’s Paul Weller there was a musical and sartorial nod to the past of The Who, The Beatles and pop art arrows.

Weller had spent the 1970s becoming obsessed by mod and saw punk as having a similar youthful energy to the era he had missed by being born a decade too late. For others Weller’s style proved an inspiration, and as the Jam broke through in late 1978, they saw a wave of bands follow in their wake, and they themselves influenced others to form their own groups. But there were other things. In bleak late 70s Britain the glorious optimism of the 1960s looked bright and shiny, and as it was only a decade or so in the past, it was easy to pick up original records, clothes and books for pennies, and as you bought these you met other like-minded souls who did the same. For those a little too young for punk, it was a community of gigs, scooters, clothes, bands and records, and for many it developed on through.

Eddie never stopped being a mod and has a unique perspective having now lived through four decades of being intimately involved in the music that has emerged from the mod scene. In our four CD box set, and its 2LP edited version Ed guides us through some of his favourite music from the scene. He guides us through a plethora of bands whose influences include The Who, The Kinks and the Jam, to sixties soul and R&B, those with an eye on psychedelia. The records have a vitality and a certain stylish swagger to them, that marks them out as mod. In the deluxe booklet, Piller has written a 5000 word note describing what it meant to him and has granted access to his own scrapbooks from his many years of gig-going from which pages and memorabilia are reproduced.

Eddie Piller’s Mod Revival is a personal appraisal from the founder of The Modcast, on what mod explosion of the late 70s and 80s means to him.. It is not only a great listen, but probably the only box set you will ever need on the subject.

4 CD boxset by Acid Jazz Records and Modcast founder Eddie Piller’s definitive take on the music of the mod revival. 92 classics, rarities and under-appreciated gems across a 4 CD’s. In-depth sleeve note reviewing the history of the scene from Eddie’s unique perspective as a label boss, record producer and ultimately a fan. Complete with unique illustrations of memorabilia from Eddie’s own personal scrap books