Mods were the first British youth subculture to get excited about ska music. Bombing around on Lambretta and Vespa scooters, on ‘bombers,’ dressed to the teeth, they would dance all night to ska and soul.
The movement would later fragment with a new sub-group of ‘hard mods’ eventually becoming better known as skinheads. Despite tabloid pigeon-holing, real skinheads were not racist. They loved black music and copied the style of Jamaican rude boys.
Super cool character Ferdy, played by Trevor Laird in the 1979 movie Quadrophenia, is a classic example of a young black British rude boy.
Q is also for… Quintessential: There are certain ska tracks you need, no have, to own! We would start with a sampler like Trojan’s Young, Gifted and Black collection - 50 classics for under a tenner from The Folkes Brother’s Oh Carolina to Junior Murvin’s reggae classic Police and Thieves. Genius.