MOD TUNES: THREE BUTTON LEGACY
Having been originally set up by Russell, a 1980s Mod, the record label Future Legend Records has always had very close connections to the Mod scene not only in the UK but also worldwide. We have recorded many mod acts and mod songs over the years, and each one of these tracks has a Mod connection, whether it be the song itself or the band or artist who recorded it. This release buttons down 20 sharply dressed FLR tracks into one album for all Mods everywhere.
Mod Tunes Track Listing
1. I Want To Sleep With You (Eleanor Rigby)
2. Make Up Your Mind (The Reaction)
3. Starsky and Hutch (The Lambrettas)
4. Mod Boy (Misty Woods)
5. The Saint (Ministry of Ska)
6. Louie Louie (Box Office Poison)
7. Get Carter (The Incredibly Strange Film Band)
8. Mod Girls (Eleanor Rigby)
9. The Man from Uncle (The Grave)
10. Stingray (CBU)
11. 5:15 (Misty Woods)
12. Whatcha Gonna Do 'Bout It? (Mouse)
13. Department-F (Box Office Poison)
14. I’m Not Like Everybody Else (Eleanor Rigby)
15. Condoms (Ministry of Ska)
16. To Sir With Love (Studio 68)
17. The Man With The Golden Gun (Moneypenny)
18. Absolute Beginners (Once More Into The Bleach)
19. 1995 (Box Office Poison)
20. You Only Live Twice (Eleanor Rigby)
1. I Want To Sleep With You (Eleanor Rigby). Anthony Meynell of influential Mod act Squire once said this single is in the top five 'must have' Mod revival records to own. It was notorious for being sold with a free condom and being banned but it still hit Number One in Ireland. It was Number One in the Cavern Mod chart for two years. The vinyl still changes hands for up to £25.00, if you can find it.
2. Make Up Your Mind (The Reaction). This rare record was also considered a Mod classic. The vinyl fetches at least £20 on the collectors market. It is available for the first time here on download.
3. Starsky and Hutch (The Lambrettas). This band was one of the most successful of the Mod revival period scoring a couple of top ten hits with Poison Ivy and Da-a-ance. Much of their output is still available but this rare recording of the Starsky and Hutch theme was exclusive to Cult Themes from the '70s Vol. 1.
4. Mod Boy (Misty Woods). Misty is a talented singer songwriter once touted as being the successor to Eleanor Rigby. A big fan of Eleanor and of Mods she wrote her own Mod anthem Mod Boy which was released as a solo track. Misty became lead singer of Box Office Poison, and after they split up she formed a group with The Grid members (ex-Soft Cell) and collaborated with Mod band The Times.
5. The Saint (Ministry of Ska). Roger Moore, the epitome of well dressed and well spoken cool played The Saint in this cult TV secret agent series. Mod producer & songwriter Russell and former King Kurt & Tempole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen formed the band Ministry of Ska, which proved popular with Mods for both their cult theme covers and their original ska material. This track featured on Themes from '60s Vol. 2.
6. Louie Louie (Box Office Poison feat. Misty Woods). A classic instantly recognisable track written by Richard Berry in 1955 about a Jamaican sailor missing his girlfriend. This version turns the genders around and has a girl singing about her boyfriend. Interestingly, Berry stole the first bars from a song he heard being played live in a club, and that's the catchy bit everyone loved and made it a hit. XFM radio dedicated a whole show to this song playing many different versions and asking listeners to vote on their favourite. The Box Office Poison version was voted the best of them all. It featured on the Doc Martens promotional album Generation to Generation (now deleted).
7. Get Carter (The Incredibly Strange Film Band). This band's speciality is film and TV theme covers and they are brilliant at it. Get Carter is much loved by many Mods. The original has not been available for many years and this version is now considered to be the definitive version. Featured on Cult Themes from the '70s Vol. 1.
8. Mod Girls (Eleanor Rigby). The title says it all, it's an anthem for Mods of the fairer sex. It was on the Censorship album and Best of Eleanor Rigby Vol. 2.
9. The Man From Uncle (The Grave). The Grave was Eleanor Rigby’s Mod backing band and this is their excellent cover of the cult TV show theme. The track is featured on Themes from the '60s Vol. 1.
10. Stingray (CBU). This 90’s Mod band from Wigan made a bit of a dent in the Mod scene before changing their name to Summer and then to The Frantics. This drum-led exciting TV theme was on Themes from the '60s Vol. 1.
11. 5:15 (Misty Woods). The film theme for Quadrophenia is another fine Mod track with Misty Woods on vocals, this time backed by the talented Incredibly Strange Film Band. It featured on both the Generation to Generation Doc Martens album & Cult Themes from the '70s Vol. 1.
12. Watcha Gonna Do 'Bout It? (Mouse). This new version of the classic track (originally from Mod band the Small Faces) featured on the Doc Martens Generation to Generation album. The only way to get it is by download from the Mod Tunes album. This version is a different version from the one on the solo album Mirror Image by Mouse.
13. Department-S (Box Office Poison). This cult TV secret service spy show was very popular with Mods. Fans say this dramatic and powerful version of the theme is far better than the original. It certainly gives us goosebumps every time we hear it!
14. I’m Not Like Everybody Else (Eleanor Rigby). This Kinks cover is a bit of a Mod anthem. On it's release even hardcore Kinks fans said this was a better version than the original. It's taken from The Best of Eleanor Rigby Vol. 2.
15. Condoms (Ministry of Ska). A tongue-in-cheek track with naughty ska humour, this is an original song by the band and has been picking up airplay in the US. Taken from the Rarin' to Go album.
16. To Sir With Love (Studio 68). This short lived Mod band from the revival period features Paul Moody who went on to be a top writer for NME & Melody Maker. This track was taken from Themes from the '60s Vol. 1.
17. The Man with the Golden Gun (Moneypenny). The buzz on this band (originally called The Club) was they were the new younger version of the Small Faces, however just prior to recording the lead singer dropped out and they changed their name. A Mod take on a Bond theme but with a bit of raw punk attitude and vocals.
18. Absolute Beginners (Once More Into The Bleach). This Bowie track was the theme for a Mods and rocker style musical movie of the same name. Not everybody knows this, but well before his most famous incarnations of Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, Bowie was also a Mod (1964-1967), and that, as well as the film, is where the Mod connection with this track comes from. Debbie Harry had originally agreed to sing it but due to other commitments wasn't able to do it within the time scale required. She then recommended Once More Into The Bleach (a UK Blondie tribute band) to do it instead and they did a fantastic job. The production is a bit like The Walker Brothers meets Blondie. Jonathan Ross loved it and played it on his radio show. It featured on Cult Themes from the '80s.
19. 1995 (Box Office Poison). This is a pop noir cover of the original Eleanor Rigby song. Some say BOP could have been the follow up band to Eleanor Rigby, as Russell was their writer/producer and Eleanor had talked about fronting this band before disappearing, but their style of music was quite different to the Eleanor Rigby style (the instrumentation and feel is more dark and edgy). Legendary Mod DJ Gary Crowley said 1995 by BOP was one of his most requested records and at one point it was his record of the week.
20. You Only Live Twice (Eleanor Rigby). This is the record labels second number 1 hit release. It proved highly popular on Themes from the '60s Vol. 1 and The Best of Eleanor Rigby Vol. 1. The track is on the James Bond themes album and also available as a single, but only on download.
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