The 'Mod Musical is a trans-generational musical experience celebrating the unique sound of the the iconic Mod band, Small Faces. Including an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, ALL OR NOTHING, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice, Itchycoo Park.
1965. A new phenomenon erupted on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod.
Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest Mod of all was known as a 'Face". The Small Faces encapsulated all that is mod; a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed, and streetwise. But, these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to Rhythm and Blues.
This exciting, poignant, and bittersweet tale is the stuff of rock n roll legend. The story of four charismatic young kids from East London whose humour, attitude, passion and, above all, talent, rockets them into the big time; only to discover the path to fantastic success is heaving with exploitation, corruption, betrayal and, ultimately, tragedy. Their rollercoaster journey in the music business is as vivid and colourful as their music. Their raw, soulful sound inspired a whole new generation of stars including; Paul Weller and The Jam, Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, and The Arctic Monkeys.
Soon after forming the band are flying high. ALL OR NOTHING is at number 1 and the boys are living the millionaire lifestyle, complete with flash cars and the latest fashions. But, of course, the music was still at the heart of their climb up the fame ladder. Endless touring, being mobbed by screaming fans, gruelling schedules, pills and perpetual parties started to take their toll. Also, unbeknown to them, they are being ripped off 'big time' by their ruthless manager Don Arden, known in the business as the Al Capone of pop.
Desperate to be allowed to play their own brand of raunchy raw R ’n’ B, and to be taken
seriously as musicians, the band try and persuade their management to let them deviate from the planned path, but Arden has other ideas and insists they stick to the more commercial pop sound. Dissolution gives way to anger, recriminations and finally fists fly.
Eventually the band split with Arden, and find solace in drugs. They also find a new direction in their music: Itchycoo Park and Here Comes The Nice. Their new record label allows them time in the studio to experiment, and they release the weird and wonderful concept album Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, to rave reviews.
The Small Faces are the hottest band on the planet making the best music of their career. Who could have imagined they were about to self-destruct?
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