15 thoughts on “When We Were Mods – Part V

  1. I never met you (that I can recall) but I am certain we crossed paths during the 2-3 years of the Mod scene in OC. I was a couple of years younger but was at CDMHS at the time (I knew Rodney as well) and I spent a few nights at the Concert Factory, the Lhasa (when I could sneak out) and partcipated in a few scooter rallies.
    Thanks for bringing back some really great memories! It really felt like something important, didn’t it?

  2. Very cool piece. Don’t know how old it is but full of cool memories. Shout out to that crazy beast Greg who left a comment above. I was at CDMHS as well the pics you have show some of my buds like Mark Borg and Jim Delozier. I knew Rodney as well used to hang out with Nick Sopcovitch a bunch another mod from CDMHS he wrote some songs for Sugar Ray. Anyhow great job thanks for the trip back.

  3. Jon,

    Just loved the trip down memory lane. Thank you for taking me there. I wish I could have hit share on FB from this blog. I have so many old friends (one of which is in two of your pics (Steve Mazarelli) that has probably never seen this. Just great! I graduated Whittier High School in ’82 and we spent our whole senior year at the O.N. Klub, the Lhasa with Brian “Bullet” Fox, Gino’s, The 7Seas, and anywhere around L.A. and Orange County a mod/ska show was happening. BTW, I still have my parka and yes, I too only had the GO patch! Gotta look right sittin’ behind the modboys on their scooters mate!

    • Thanks Lynne – fortunately Steve Mazarelli and I got to reconnect (in the facebook way) because of my little story – so glad you enjoyed the trip back down memory lane 🙂 Best wishes and be well.


  4. Great article Jon! I too remember crossing paths a few times. I see myself in that OC really. I used to hang out with a girl named Lynn and Elain, is that you Lynn? You used to date Ron Seemers? I used to hang out with Greg, skeeter, sparky, Jim Delozier, and a few others I do not recall. Great memories. One of the pictures shows Dana, and a Kevin deemers, I think that was his name.

    Anyhow, thanks for the memories!

  5. Great finding this and all the pictures. I see lots of friends in your pictures. Even myself in a few on the rally leaving The Concert Factory, Scott Graven, Sparky, Roman, Curtis Murell…even a note above from Gregg Mccormack. WOW!

    Still live in HB, still a mod, still wear my Clarks, Ben Shermans & Fred Perry’s every day, still riding my scotter and just seen Paul Weller at the Greek 3 days ago.

  6. Jon, it’s rodney, Mark Hackworth sent me this link (whom I haven”t seen in a long time) This is an amazing thing you’ve put together! I miss you and have thought about you and Tania over the years. I live on Balboa Island so I see the old hang out spots all the time. Greatest days….. Please get in touch soon….rodney sheppard

    • Rodney! I’d really like to get back in touch… last time we talked you were calling from the airport on the way to your first Howard Stern show with Sugar Ray. Tania and I still live in the same apartment in Long Beach. How’s your sister Leslie?

      Remember Sparky – Rich Sihilling? He’s in touch with Brian Fox I think…

      Talk to you soon!

  7. I was finally able to track down Jim DeLazier today. The SS180 and P200 are both long gone. He is still on OC. I sent him the link to hook up with everybody here. . . . POW!!!!

  8. Does anyone ever remember a short lived mod fanzine, I think it was called “An Opened Minded”, it was put out by two mod girls if I recall.

  9. This was a really great testimonial of the alternative movement that was enjoyed by everyone! I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Chatsworth more specifically, and I graduated from Chatsworth High in 1982. Many of us were into the whole alternative catalog Punk/New Wave/Power Pop/Ska/Mod and hung out at Phases, Fabians, Geno’s, Country Club and were being pulled into a more specialized clique “Mod/Ska” which was just gaining a bigger following when the Untouchables were in their infancy. Jerry, Rob, Chuck, Herman, Clyde, Kevin,Terry along with John “Rudie” Wright, Charlie Peate (sp), Ted Parrot, Jackie Trainis, Rob Weiss, Dawn Fratini, Anthony (aka Gabby) his brother Steve Beebe, Bryan Fox, Karena Sundaram Marcum, the late JD, Bill Schubert. We were also involved in the scooter scene early on which we didn’t really have a “club” in the beginning we would ride around LA to various clubs, which OC were also doing the same Llhasa/Bullet/321/On Klub/Roxy/Whiskey/Country Club/Geno’s/Seven Seas/Stardust Ballroom/Fabians/special events @ The Federal Building in Westwood Modstock 84, Rose Parade 84, UT’s shows on the Santa Monica Beach Pier (final show with the OG lineup), Devonshire Downs 4th of July Music and Fireworks show, Crush Bar, The Palace, Insomniac Zoo etc… We eventually wound up as a Scooter Club “North Side Scooter Club”. Things were usually great, except for an eventual rivalry with “POW” and the occasional dust-up over petty stuff, but it was part of whole scene and now memories which we smile about. More and more we also really appreciated some bands which by all accounts were never really heard on radio although some were played on College Radio or KROQ, 91x, Rodney on The Roq show, either barely or never had charted here in the US, or had split up before we got a chance to see them live. “Merton Parkas”, “The Chords”, “Lambrettas”, “Squire”, “Secret Affair”, “The Prisoners”, ” Nine Below Zero/The Truth”, “Purple Hearts”, “The Godfathers”,”Makin’ Time”,” Long Tall Shorty”, “The Jetz”, “Gents”, ” The Jetset”, Eventually the scene and music changed with what I refer to as the 2nd wave which spawned bands like “Hepcat”, “No Doubt”, “Buck O Nine”, “The Toasters”, “Operation Ivy”, “The Mighty Mighty Bosstones”, “Fishbone”, “Let’s Go Bowling” followed by the “Britpop” genre which brought back older mods, to also enjoy a resurgence of a new quasi mod revival with bands like “Oasis”, “Blur”, “Mensw@re”, “The Bluetones”. I still buy and wear clothes like Ben Shermans, Fred Perry, The Merc, Lonsdale, Gola, Gibson, Relco, Adaptor Clothing, Bespoke, Dr. Martens, Getup, Warrior etc… I still have 6 scooters which my wife was also a Vespa girl so 2 of our bikes are an ET3 kitted, SS90/Primi custom theme bike, I also have a few bikes Vespa T5 custom kitted Newcastle Brown Ale theme, Vespa PX150 Serie America #299/500, 2 automatic Gilera Runners 180cc 2-stroke also tuned and performance kitted which I use down in Palos Verdes where my mom lives so I can take advantage of PCH and riding all over the scenic swerve and curvy roads of the South Bay or just to get out and get my fix of scooter riding solo or with friends in South Bay, San Pedro, Long Beach or Santa Monica even down to OC. I’ve had Lambretta’ scooters also throughout the many years of riding. TV200, Li150, GP, Jet 200 both Innocenti, Servetta even an SIL GP. As much as I love the look of Lambretta, I’ve had my share of breakdowns, too many on both stock or kitted bikes which were mostly Lambretta so I’ve just stayed with Vespa or Piaggio brand 2-stroke bikes. Sadly, Clyde Grimes passed away last year, but it was great to see the wonderful celebration of his life at the Roxy which brought back OG members and crew along with the other more permanent members along with Tony Rugolo and the Question who kicked off the night with a stroll down memory lane and a lot of familiar, although nicely aged friends from that initial scene. RIP Clyde “City Gent” Grimes!

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