There has long been a connection between the fashion and music of Mod and Ska. Though Mod was born in England, and Ska was born in Jamaica, they have shared certain looks, sounds and attitudes, over time. In Los Angeles in the early 1980s these styles came together in a new and big way.
Here’s a great article by Kevin Long, one of the original singers of LA’s Mod Ska sensations The Untouchables. It’s a must-read if you want to learn about the history of Ska and Mod in Southern California. Long is what you’d call a primary source on this matter. He lived it, he knows it, he’s a knowledgeable fan, and a star of the scene.
Less informative but also entertaining, here’s a TV news bit about Mod in LA in the 80s, that features the UT’s and some of their lovely fans.
The Untouchables owned LA. They were one of the sharpest dressed bands around, and musically outstanding. If you don’t know who the UT’s are, or why they are important, you need look no further than this original video of their hit, Free Yourself.
“Free Yourself” probably summarizes the attitude of these LA scooter boys better than anything else. Rebels with a cause, if you will.
The UT’s still perform live, check their myspace for the where and when.