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Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World is the web's original modcast celebrating the music of the mod lifestyle, as well as mod-influenced music from past eras. You'll hear everything from power pop to rock, soul to ska, acid jazz to lounge, and whatever falls in betw



Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:01:18 +0000

 



Modcast #375: Time Out In The Garage

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:01:54 +0000

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It's time to get back out in the garage for some pounding, driving, hard rock-n-rolling. From yesteryear to this year here's a whole modcast packed with great garage rock. For a complete track list and this week's northern soulshaker cocktail be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #374: Get Hip!

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:40:52 +0000

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"We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster." It worked for Steve Austin, and I'm hopin' it works for me. I'm going in for a hip transplant so I can get back to dancing, back to scootering and, just back to it all in general. This modcast is better, stronger, faster and totally hip. For a complete track list be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #373: The Ladies of Britpop

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 01:11:52 +0000

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This week's show is focused on Britpop's leading ladies. The boys of Britpop have got their due over the years, but in my opinion the ladies are all too often forgotten. So here they are in all their musical glory. For a complete track list and this week's Northern Soulshaker Cocktail be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #372: And When I Die (Halloween 2016)

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:48:51 +0000

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Halloween is upon us and that means it's time for DJ Ken to roll out his annual haunting of the modcast. So, get your best costume on, indulge in your favorite candy, imbibe your favorite cocktail and enjoy DJ Ken's 9th annual Halloween modcast. For a complete track list and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #371: iMod Shuffle Vol. V

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:08:21 +0000

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It's that time again, time for the old iPod to shuffle up a a batch of random acts of music excellence. Truth is, depending on how you look at it, I'm either too busy or too lazy to curate my own modcast this week. So let's set the iPod on shuffle and be on our way. For a complete track list and this week's Northern Soulshaker Cocktail be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #370: Cool New Sounds

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:12:53 +0000

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From my lips to your ears, here are some of the best new tunes you're going to find collected all in one place. This week's show has all new music from power pop to garage rock. Get to listening! For a complete track list and this week's Northern Soulshaker Cocktail be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #369: It's A 60s Thing

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:08:10 +0000

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Step into the wayback machine for a blast from the past. This week it's all sixties music top to bottom. For a complete track list and this week's Northern Soulshaker Cocktail be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #368: Hold Steady, Rocksteady

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:14:49 +0000

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It's time for a rocksteady beat, so here's a full shows worth of ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds. For a complete track list be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #367: On The Beat

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:23:47 +0000

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I have been lazing around a lot lately, slacking if you will. It's summer, I've earned it. But, summers over and it's back to work pumping out modcasts. Break's over, everyone back on their heads if you will. So, I've pumped this one out for you with some cool classics, and some brand new stuff as well. Get yourself situated because this one is going to rock your socks off. For a complete track list be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #366: Soul Stompin

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:01:40 +0000

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Summer vacation is in full swing on the modcast this week. I've been on a little vacation of late myself, and there's more to come. But first here's a taste of some soul music both new and old. As I enjoy some cool libations and soak up some sunshine I'll try to work out another cool music mix for when I can get back home. For a complete track list be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #365: Summer Sailin'

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:48:04 +0000

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This week it's time to set sail to a smooth, smooth soundtrack of the much maligned yacht rock genre; much maligned but unfairly so if you ask me. While the sound's heyday was the 70s, it has influenced and generated similar music all through the decades since. The soulful synthpop of the 80s, the souljazz of the 90s, and many contemporary artists have dabbled with songs that could have ridden the high seas of the yacht rock during its prime. So, don your deck shoes, make sure your crew includes a mixologist, stock your bar and set sail with some smooth sounds. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #364: C'mon Get Happy

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:11:45 +0000

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If last week I was down, down, down, this week I'm up, up, up. Got some great, get happy sort of music for you on this week's show. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #363: The World's A Mess

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:13:56 +0000

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What a week it has been. What a month, what a year, a decade, a century in fact. It's like the world is falling apart around us and no one really has a clue of how to put it back together. Unless you were hiding under a rock lately then you, like everyone, have been inundated with the news, all of it bad. Much of it horrible. Killings, racism, phobias, terrorism, beheadings, culture clashes, not to mention a US presidential election. I don't mean to be a Donny downer but life sort of sucks right now. And relative to many, I have it pretty good day to day. It finally got to me when I discovered myself listening to more and more depressing music. Which naturally bleeds over into the modcast. Art imitates life after all. So, here it is in all it's depressing, apocalyptic glory. A collection of songs that are either a sign of the times or a reflection of the end of times. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #362: That Was Then, This Is Now

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 00:38:09 +0000

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Yet again I'm joined by Mary, Queen of Cosmos for a look back at some contemporary artists. The sound they had, and the sound they've got. There will be some classics and some surprises through out. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #361: Future's Cool Past

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:01:31 +0000

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The sun is out, the music's hot, and surprisingly so is my cocktail. I've mixed up some great tracks to get us going for the summer season. It's a bit of an eclectic mix, but that's what makes it so interesting. From new to old, from classic to contemporary, there's a little something here for everyone. Perfect for catching some rays. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #360: Bring It On!

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:37:31 +0000

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It's time to kick off year eleven of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. That's right ten years in the bag and now looking towards another ten trips around the sun. In accordance with the grand and illustrious history of the show I'm sticking with the tried and true format of introducing you to some new tunes, all the while paying tribute to the greats of the past 50+ years. So, it should come as no surprise then that this modcast has everything from soul to indie pop, from power pop to R&B and even some soulful synthpop. Bring it on! For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #359: 10th Anniversary Special-10 years, 10 Songs

Sat, 28 May 2016 20:03:50 +0000

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Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World 10th Anniversary Special That's right, this week on the modcast we'll be celebrating 10 years of Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World. Hard to believe it's been that long: so many shows, so many songs, so many good memories. To celebrate I've challenged longtime guest modcaster, DJ Ken from The Shingles to a head to head match up of his songs vs. mine. We each picked one year from each decade since the sixties. Next we each secretly selected two songs from that year to battle it out head to head. Then one of us reveals his two picks and the other picks which of those two songs he thinks one of his songs is better than, and it's on. Ten years, ten songs, and ultimately you're the judge. Vote for which songs think should win out. Vote who you think had the better selections overall. You can vote in the comments below, or bounce over to the show's Facebook page and mix it up there. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #358: Tin to Diamonds Pt. II

Sat, 14 May 2016 16:06:30 +0000

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Round and round we go, and where we'll stop: Diamonds! We're celebrating Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World and its ten spins around the sun. Welcome to the second part of this momentous, multipart occasion. Last week, The Bangles left us dangling with "7 & 7 is." "Is It In My Head?" or is our next destination obvious? No self-respecting Suave celebration would be complete without acknowledging The Who and Quadrophenia. So mix up a Ms. Smith, turn the speakers up to ten, and unbuckle yourself as we wind our way to diamonds. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Suave! --Mary, Queen of Cosmos For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #357: Tin to Diamonds Pt. 1

Sat, 07 May 2016 18:10:18 +0000

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And they said it wouldn't last! In 2006, as an early birthday surprise, Mrs. Suave gifted her Mister with an iPod, and Modcasting history was made. Now, a decade later, we raise frosty cocktails (make mine a double!) to toast ten groovin' and glorious years of Mister Suave's Mod Mod World. The Small Faces get us marching with "Tin Soldier." With this mod-nod to the past, we launch into a musical maze of word-play. The challenge: to get from Tin (traditional ten-year anniversary gift) to Diamonds (the modern ten-year offering), leap-frogging across a celebratory retrospective of Suave-friendly songs along the way. In this manner, we go from "Tin Soldier," to "Tin Soldier Man," to "A Man is a Man," to "Man at the C & A," and on and on to Diamonds. If you're inclined to Choose Your Own Adventure, forge your own path from Tin to Diamonds and let us know how your journey goes. I'd love to hear your list. --Mary, Queen of Cosmos. For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #356: Groovin' At The Go-Go

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:53:52 +0000

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Give me an hour and give you the grooviest, groovin' set of tunes you've heard in a long while. Isn't it time you were goin' to a go-go? For a complete track list, the recipe for this week's northern soulshaker cocktail, and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #355: Jetset Swingin'

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 20:39:13 +0000

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It's time to get easy, mod easy, with another episode of Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge. That's right, it's time to explore the lounge side of mod with the now sound of the space-age, jetset, bachelor pad. For a complete track list and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #354: March Modness

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 21:58:59 +0000

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College basketball fever is sweeping the nation as it does every year about this time. March Madness is upon us and there is no cure, no vaccine, nothing but the just wait it out. With that in mind I thought I'd create my own mod bracket of great songs and see which one come out on top, voted on by you my dear listener. So, take a listen and then leave a comment letting me know which song you think should come out on top. No losers here, but still can only be one winner. For a complete track list and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #353: All Ahead Full

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:58:36 +0000

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A whole new mix of mod friendly music. For a complete track list and bonus videos be sure to visit the modcast homepage at www.mistersuave.com. And keep up with me between modcasts: Twitter - @mistersuave Facebook - facebook.com/modmodworld Subscribe - iTunes


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Modcast #191: Mod Essentials III The Britpop Invasion

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:33:46 +0000

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Here, finally, was proof that mod could mutate into a reflection of contemporary street culture and yet still retain its vital characteristics: confidence, defiance and an appreciation of a nice pair of shoes, all wrapped up in a cocksure bravado traceable all the way back to original ‘tacky herbert’ Jimmy Cooper. A booming Loaded magazine (run by Jam fans James Brown and Tim Southwell) happily ran fashion spreads of Liam-esque models in fishtail parkas and Hush Puppies and Oasis duly became the biggest band since The Beatles. Once again mod chic had officially became the nation’s leisurewear and outlook of choice. -- Mojo Magazine, 2004
In the early 90s American music ruled the airwaves internationally. Seattle had spawned the angrily apathetic punk-metal hybrid that was grunge, and the slacker sound had rolled right round the world. For every action there is a reaction. Britpop was that reaction. Blur front man Damon Albarn explained Britpop has a reaction to grunge's lack of style. The Britpop scene of 1994 - 1997 was a sort of stylistic second coming of the mod revival, this one based less on soul and R&B and more on the pure Britishness of being what was essentially a modern mod. Britpop bands brought back the importance of being British, and the music was so thoroughly British it never did manage an invasion of the US the way sixties British music had. Britpop was a cultural shift through and through. It had its own movies like Trainspotting and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. It had its own celebrity nightlcub The Blow Up.  Its own style, lad boys along with its own documentation of the style, lad mags. But above all it had its own music which dominated the world's music scene throughout the mid-90s. So, as part of my mod essentials series of modcasts I'm exploring the Britpop phenomenon. Previously I looked the sixties mods and then the mod revival of the late 70s and early 80s. And now it's time to turn to Britpop and the 90s. You can explore more as well. I had a lot of resources that I was able to crib from, using audio clips and borrowing quotes. There are some good movies about the Britpop era: The Britpop Story and Live Forever. There is a fantastic book that delves into the whole scene from the music to the culture to the politics: Britpop!: Cool Britannia And The Spectacular Demise Of English Rock by John Harris. Mojo magazine produced an entire Britpop special edition a few years back that includes interviews with about 20 of the artists and briefly tells the scene's story. Once you get into it you'll find, as I did, how amazing a time it really was. Be sure to head over to the modcast homepage at mistersuave.com for a full track list for this show.


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Modcast 125: Mod Essentials II - The Revival

Sat, 11 Apr 2009 15:47:39 +0000

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Welcome to Mr. Suave’s Mod Mod World. This is a special episode of the modcast, the second in a series I call Mod Essentials. The first one, Mod Essentials: In The Beginning premiered last summer and featured my take on the most essential mod tracks of the 1960s. As you can imagine it was hardly definitive. And this one likely won’t be either . This is Mod Essentials II: The Revival. You will see that while there are some fantastic songs here, there are a number of key artists missing like The Crooks, Squire, The Amber Squad, Long Tall Shorty, The Cigarettes and lots more. From 1977 to 1981 mod was reborn in the UK, which sparked mod revivals around the world. For a few glorious years the energy and angst of punk was wed to the rhythm of soul, the pulse of power pop, and the fashions of the sixties. The Who release Quadrophenia at the height of the revival creating even more interest in all things mod. Inevitably the mod scene became overexposed, it went mainstream briefly, and that more than anything else killed it and drove the remaining mods back to their soul clubs to await the movements next revival -- still more than a decade away. Here then are the songs that I think epitomize the wide range of sounds in the mod revival. So, what are your essential mod revival tracks? I'm dying to find out from people what they see as the quintessential mod revival sound. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my list here, what you would have added, or what you would have scrapped. Don't be shy.


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