Some of the older guys ain't gonna like this, but Miles Kane does at least a decent impression of Mod in this video.
Quite a few people knock this guy for being a “fake Mod”.
I don’t know what the truth is, but judging by his more recent get-up on the Last Shadow Puppets videos, I suspect the accusation could be correct.
However, controversy or otherwise, I think the discussion only draws more attention to the Mod style as people go investigating to try to find out the truth! In a few of these videos from his second album, he's rocking it. He even has a collar bar and (possibly, though can't be sure) a knitted tie.
Someone somewhere is a Mod - even if it is just the costumes designer!
To me, so far, there are a few go-to numbers. “Everything you’ve come to expect” is good, as is the “Dream synopsis”. Nothing stands out immediately on first listen, but the songs are all bit more groovy than they were on that previous album and there are some frankly hilarious, as well as clever, lyrics. It plays well as an album without stopping and starting, which is unusual for music of this generation and is a concept I suspect many people under-appreciate. With iTunes, you might as well go and download all the greatest hits of everyone in the charts into a single playlist and that will give you objectively the most popular music. But for an artist to put together a sustained body of work that flows well is quite unusual.
You might be astonished to hear a 27-year-old say that, but it’s true! Despite the click-and-download culture, the idea of a LP or album still has its fans.
They wear a lot of roll-necks and they had a great look in the video for “Standing Next to Me”. But they equally frequently wear totally bizarre shit that I wouldn’t be seen dead in. Recently, Alex Turner’s look seems to owe more to Joe Strummer than Pete Townshend. Miles Kane has shaved his head. Not a complete lack of form if he was going skinhead, but I see no evidence.
So they might be a bit Mod sometimes and that’s fine.
But for them it is not a way of life. They do not live clean under difficult circumstances. They dress up for the stage and that’s that.
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