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The mods of Quadrophenia show off their wheels.


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"Zoot suit, white jacket with side vents five inches long.

I'm out on the street again

And I'm leaping along.

I'm dressed right for a beach fight,

But I just can't explain

Why that uncertain feeling is still here in my brain"
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A sort of precursor to the modern Hipster, only with far more amphetamines and street fights, the Mod subculture emerged in England in the early 1960s. Characteristics included wearing tailor-made suits and army jackets, listening to soul, ska, and R&B as well as bands such as The Who, The Kinks and The Small Faces, riding Italian scooters, and fighting with The Rival Rocker subculture, who preferred the leather-jacketed "Greaser" look and American rock and roll music like Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. This rivalry came to a head at the Brighton Beach Riots of 1964, as shown in the film Quadrophenia. The subculture experienced a revival in the late 1970s and early 1990s, and subsequently influenced the Britpop explosion in the 1990s.

Examples of Scooter Riding Mod include:


Comic Books

  • Long Hot Summer, by Eric Stephenson and artist Jamie McKelvie, follows a young mod in Southern California during the revival of the 1980s.
  • Although she's technically the godess of Britpop, the Goddess Britannia in Phonogram sports a mod look.
  • 2003 Oni Press miniseries Scooter Girl.
  • Blue Monday, by the same writer as Scooter Girl.
  • DC Comics 1960s teen humour title Swing With Scooter centred around a scooter riding Mod.

Film

  • Most of the cast of Quadrophenia. The film, based on the album by The Who, follows Jimmy, a young mod, as he pops pills, rides his scooter, and stares aimlessly out at the ocean trying to find himself.
  • There is a gang of Mods in SLC Punk!. They are portrayed as the punks' rivals, excepting one who moves freely between social groups.
  • Austin Powers
  • Several characters in the 2010 film of Brighton Rock, which is set in 1964 and uses the Brighton Beach Riots as a backdrop.

Television

Western Animation

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