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Mo-dettes were NEVER a ‘Mod’ band – can we just clear that up? Instead, they were formed as part of the punk explosion, with former members having been part of the London squat community, numbering Joe Strummer and Sid Vicious among their housemates.
Indeed, the genesis of the band came about while drummer June Miles-Kingston and guitarist Kate Corris were assisting Malcolm McLaren and Julien Temple on the set of The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.
All this and more is explored in the accompanying booklet, in which both Kate and June talk at length about their time with Mo-dettes. So we get the inside story on encountering rednecks in the American south, facing equally patronising attitudes in the studio and finally, what to do when your roadie wants to date your singer.
The band also featured Jane Crockford on bass – famous for the ‘punk cannibalism’ incident when she bit the ear of Shane McGowan at a Clash gig – and Swiss singer Ramona. See them all in action in the booklet with some great photos and a collection of memorabilia that includes posters, badges and more.
This release features the group’s sole album, but also adds bonus tracks around that release as well as their epic, wonderful debut single, ‘White Mice’. With the exception of the missing master from the latter, all tracks have been sourced from the original masters.
3. DARK PARK CREEPING
4. THE KRAY TWINS
9. FOOLISHGIRL 10.NORMAN (HE’S NO REBEL)
14.TWO CAN PLAY
16.WALTZ IN BLUE MIRROR
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