You might have the rundown somewhere, but now you can get it in pictorial form with the Mod Top 100 poster.
It’s an interesting idea and one that I’m surprised no one has jumped on in the past. But they haven’t, so credit to Our Favourite Shop for filing the void.
You probably know the story of this, as I have written a feature on it in the past. You can also see what was in the Mod Top 100 in that feature too.
If you don’t know the story, let me give you some background. Randy Cozens, a Mod from the 60s who later founded the 6TS soul club, used to write letter after letter to ‘Sounds’, ‘NME’ and other music papers in 1979 urging young Mods to check the ‘real heritage of their mod forefathers’ at a time when revival bands were taking centre stage.
Eventually, ‘Sounds’ asked Randy to compile a Mod Top 100 of tunes that young Mods should be seeing out. He did just that, which was featured in the Bank Holiday edition in August 1979. And it’s a good list, too. Yes, crate diggers and collectors have brought plenty of other music to the table since. But you would be hard-pushed to criticise anything on this list.
You could go out and buy (nearly) all of the tracks within if you wanted to – or you could buy this print, which doubles up as both an eye-catching piece of art and a reference guide if you are collecting the tunes on it.
It is described as a giclée print using quality archival inks, as well as being full colour on fine art paper. It’s also A2 in size, which is 42cm x 59.4cm.
Good gift material, too. Whoever you get it for, the price is the same – £40.