There are several bands with this name. The UK group The Smoke consisted of Mick Rowley on vocals, Mal Luker on guitar, Zeke Lund on bass and Geoff Gill on drums. They released a handful of singles from 1967 - 1970, with their biggest hit 'My Friend Jack' reaching no. 2 in Germany and no. 45 in the UK. See The Smoke (UK). However the singles 'Sweet Spanish' and 'Defeat Retreat' are by the Australian band The Smoke, taken from the 2009 album 'Blood Orange'. See: The Smoke (Oz)
Fast Cars were formed in 1977 by Stuart Murray and his brother Steven at school in Swinton, Manchester. They played Pop-Punk, their original line up was ;Steven Murray vocals (and main songwriter) Hyden Jones on lead, Stuart on Bass and Tony Dyson on drums. After about 6 months Hyden left and Craig Hilton joined them and that is who played on the single "The Kids Just Wanna Dance". They had 2 songs put on "A Manchester Collection" LP Orbit Records.
Purple Hearts were often considered one of the best British mod revival groups. The Story of mod revivalists the Purple Hearts begins in 1977 when teenagers Jeff Shadbolt, Simon Stebbing, Bob Manton, and Nicky Lake formed in Romford Essex as The Sockets in 1977 before they even knew how to play their instruments (taking a cue from the then-prevailing DIY aesthetics of the punk rock movement) for the sole purpose of getting a support slot at a Buzzcocks gig at the East London Ploytechic, to debut their tounge-in-cheek Rock Opera 'Reg'.
The Last Shadow Puppets is a band that consists of Alex Turner of Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of The Rascals. They released their debut album, The Age of the Understatement, on the 21st April 2008 in the U.K., and 6th May in the U.S. The album also features James Ford (producer and half of the duo Simian Mobile Disco) and string arrangements from Owen Pallett a.k.a Final Fantasy. The album went straight to number one in the U.K. Albums Chart.
Dennis Greaves heads up the band, playing guitar and singing better now than at any time in his career, a legend in waiting persona! Then there is the mighty rhythm section of Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O'Neill blowing up a storm! Gerry is a bass player's bass player, who spent 15 years laying it down for Rory Gallagher as did Brendan on drums for 10 years. Over this fat slice of rhythm, comes the unique harmonica of Mark Feltham ,since January 2001 Mark has been back playing with Nine Below Zero needless to say anyone who knows the band will be aware of his history...
Dexys Midnight Runners - the name consistently spelled without an apostrophe - were a British post-punk and northern soul band who achieved their major success in the early to mid 1980s. The word "Dexys" in this case, comes from a colloquialism of "dextroamphetamine" or "purple hearts," a type of amphetamine diet pill that was a popular "upper" drug with England's Northern Soul scene in the 1960s.
(The Norwegian band "MODS" have also been labeled as The Mods, which causes confusion.) CORRECTION:
This particular band named The Mods (which is a band from Japan) did not record "You've Got Another Think Coming" that song was recorded in 1966 on the PECK Record label by The Mods (from Toledo, Ohio). Please correct your tags!
The Mods 「ザ・モッズ」are a Japanese punk rock band, formed in 1974. The band consists of 森山達也(Tatsuya Moriyama - Vocals and Guitar), 苣木寛之(Hiroyuki Chisaki - Guitar and Vocals), and 北里晃一(Koichi Kitazato - Bass).(ex member 梶浦雅裕(Masahiro Kajiura - Drums))
BEGGAR & CO/ORIGINAL FOUNDER MEMBERS OF LIGHT OF THE WORLD BIOGRAPHY.
The 1999 recording from Light Of The World, 'Inner Voices' proved the band were ready for the dawn of the 21st century. Founder members of LOTW McKrieth, Wellington and Baptiste returned to compose some material, add their arrangements and produce a real follow up many years later to the 'Round Trip' album of many years earlier, and signed a recording agreement with Sanctuary Music. This being the first time that so many key members turned up for the recording of the songs.
Menswe@r were a short-lived Britpop band in the mid 1990s from Camden in London. They signed their record deal after their fifth gig, appearing on the cover of Melody Maker (in an article about Camden club night Blow Up) before they had recorded a note. They were featured in a Select article about the mod revival when the project was still purely in the imaginations of Chris Gentry and Johnny Dean. Their dress sense was Mod (tight fitting suits etc) whilst their music was influenced by both Blur's second album Modern Life Is Rubbish and Elastica.
The unmistakable sound of The Odds is brought to you by four talented musicians, all sharing the same passion to produce unique and exciting music.
Drawing influence from a diverse array of bands and artists from last 60 years, The Odds pride themselves on their ability to write songs that challenge musical boundaries and appeal to virtually everyone that hears them.
In the five years since The Odds initially formed, they have gone from strength to strength. 2009 saw a collection of high profile gigs and small festivals around the UK, and an ever-growing fanbase.