Are you ready for Shout! The Mod Musial?
This toe-tapping tale of five ladies in the swinging 60s hits the Blackpool Winter Gardens in just over a month.
It already includes such classic tunes as “To Sir With Love,” “Downtown,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Son of A Preacher Man,” and “Goldfinger.” Admittedly, it’s a hard collection to beat.
But, here’s 20 other swinging 60s classics to put you in the mood for Mod!
“Step Inside Love” – Cilla
We had to start with a little Cilla. The most famous fact about her is probably that she was born Priscilla Maria Veronica WHITE, which came about when, Bill Harry – editor of Mersey Beat, accidentally referred to her as Cilla Black in an article.
“I Can’t Let Go” – The Hollies
Known for their three part vocal harmonies The Hollies might have changed members more than a few times over the years, but, like the Rolling Stones, they are incredibly still going. Not bad seen as they formed in 1962.
“54321” – Manfred Mann
54321 was, of course, the signature tune to the rock & roll showcase Ready Steady Go!
“The Age of Aquarius” – The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension’s Marilyn McCoo had a career as an actress in the 90s, appearing in such classics as: Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Grizzly Adams and the Legend of Dark Mountain and My Mum’s a Werewolf.
“Needles And Pins” – Cher
Cher is one of only six people to ever achieve a No.1 Single and to be awarded an acting Oscar. The others being: Jamie Foxx, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Barbra Steisand and Judy Garland. She won her Best Actress Oscar for “Moonstruck” in 1988.
“Stop In The Name Of Love” – The Supremes
After Diana Ross left the band she was replaced by Jean Terrell. Jean was the sister of boxer Ernie Terrell, who was involved in the famous ‘What’s My Name’ fight against Muhammed Ali.
“You Really Got Me” – The Kinks
For “You’ve Really Got Me” the fuzzy, distorted, guitar riff effect was created by Dave Davis kicking, sticking needles in and slashing with a razor blade, his guitar amp.
“Hard Days Night” – The Beatles
Phil Collins was actually an extra on the Hard Day’s Night film. He was one of the school kids that was eventually cut from the movie, but an outtake containing footage of him was released years later with the DVD.
“My Generation” – The Who
One of the keys bands that united the musical styles and the Mods and the Rockers, and of course, the men behind Quadrophenia, The Who defined the Mod age. Pete Townsend, who worked so expertly on the film, originally wanted Johnny Rotten to play “Jimmy” before Phil Daniels got the part.
“Itchycoo Park” – Small Faces
Steve Marriott from the Small Faces was in fact a child actor and has played both Oliver and the Artful Dodger in the stage version of Oliver!
“All Along the Watchtower” – Jimi Hendrix Experience
After dropping out of High School, Jimi enlisted as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne in 1959. He was discharged less than a year later after breaking his ankle on his 26th jump.
“White Room” – Cream
The world’s supposed first ‘Super Group’ was apparently broken up by Clapton when he read a review of the band that called them boring and repetitive.
“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye (And everyone else)
Probably one of the most covered songs in history, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” has been sung by The Temptations, The Slits, Bill Frisell, Antonio Forcione, The Birds of Tokyo, Gladys Knight & the Pips and The Miracles, among others.
“Be My Baby” – The Ronettes
Phil Spector got a songwriting credit on this and Ronnie Bennett, who later became his wife, is said to have written it about them as a couple.
“Sympathy for the Devil” – Rolling Stones
The song got the usual outcry from right-wing religious groups, who of course accused them of Devil worship or at least wider satanism. This did the band’s reputation no harm and was actually a source of much amusement Mick.
“Suspicious Minds” – Elvis
“Suspicious Minds” was actually a comeback song for Elvis. At the time he hadn’t had a No. 1 for seven years!
“Like a Rolling Stone” – Bob Dylan
The song is rumoured to be about the debutante and socialite Edie Sedgwick, who was part of both Warhol and Dylan’s cliques, and gained 15 minutes of fame with Warhol especially.
“Space Oddity” – David Bowie
The song was literally inspired by the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“These Boots are Made for Walking” – Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
Perhaps “Boots” is one of the ultimate swinging 60s tunes. It’s inclusion in Austin Powers saw to that, retrospectively at least. Nancy Sinatra sang on the song just as she was about to be dropped by her father’s label in 1966. It arguably saved her career.
“Respect” – Aretha Franklin
Another heavily covered classic rounds off the top twenty. In fact, it was Franklin’s idea to cover the record in the first place, and she added the “Sock it to me” line personally. ‘TCB’ also means Take Care of Business. All in all, a lot of attitude for a single tune.
How to see Shout! The Mod Musical
If you want to relive, and just indulge in, some more 60s classics than Shout! hit the Blackpool Winter Gardens from 19 October to 3 November.
Tickets start from just £10 and can be bought online here, over the phone or at the boxoffice.