I’ve posted this before and I’m sure I’ll post it again. I make no excuse. The first 30 seconds of this video simply fill me with joy – the neatness, the seriousness, the style of these dancers as they move in time with this marvellous, evocative track by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
The first thirty seconds of this video are wonderful. It looks as if it’s a party in someone’s living-room, with a juke-box… apparently for posh people – notice the bow ties – but taken over for a few seconds by the mods in the room.
This didn’t ever happen at the Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, but I remember something like this in 1965 when the girls’ High School had a dance. The boys from the Grammar School came and as the first notes of a good record like this started, the mods among them moved onto the floor in a group, followed by the High School girl mods, and they danced – the Block or the Bang – a mod dance.