From scooters to ski pants, from white lipstick to winkle pickers, STARK RAVING MOD! is a celebration of the 60s-revival Mod subculture in 1980s Australia.

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Mod | 1 Comment »

(GOOD) FRIDAY ON MY MIND

That Good Friday morning after checking in at the hotel, the Sydney Mods soon hooked up with the Melbourne and Adelaide Mods who had also arrived. The interstate Mods were excited by the swelling ranks, as they’d never seen such numbers before. The hotel was like a beehive, with the constant buzzing of scooters coming and going non-stop throughout the weekend.

The Great Southern hotel had a drab, old-style café–takeaway on street level. It was 50–60s old Melbourne and had wall-fitted mini juke boxes at the end of each table booth. The Invasion fed on cappuccinos, burgers and toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches that long weekend.

The hotel was right in Melbourne’s CBD and being a Good Friday and a long weekend, the city was a ghost town. The Mods drifted off in groups and went exploring. The lights were on but no one was home that morning in Melbourne. Eventually the groups gravitated towards each other again and formed one big Mod Squad.

Meanwhile the Russell Street cops had noticed a large number of youths similarly dressed, wandering about the city, and were on the case. After watching us for a while and pulling over a number of Mods for questioning, they realised they had nothing on us so had to let us go. Anyway, who really felt like breaking the law at 11.30 in the morning.

Eventually returning back to the Great Southern, it seemed a better deal to hang out front in the carpark drinking, rather than returning to the dark, poky little hotel rooms. Out of boredom, or perhaps for the sake of Mod posterity, people began graffitiing the car park wall. The Magic Bus adjacent to the wall helped hide these dirty deeds from public view. The graffiti was scratchy, totally random schoolboy vandal stuff with a Mod twist.


MODS RULE     RICK 100     THE JAM     THE SETS     DIV 4     MELBOURNE MODS RULE     SECRET AFFAIR    VESPA UNITED     SYDNEY MODS 81 etc.
But these daytime activities were just time-fillers. The real action was to begin that night at the Jump Club.


  • Lisa M

    Wow, it's like the ultimate bedtime story! What happened next?