Double Date

Mad about mod

Take in a hip film at the MFA, and then swing over to Allston to dance the night away

(E.E. Cassidy)
By Luke O'Neil
Globe Correspondent / May 7, 2010

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Remember that whole mod revival thing that came around the turn of the millennium, when 1960s fashion, music, and scooters were all the rage at dance clubs around the country. For a lot of people it never went away. “We Are the Mods’’ (pictured), the debut film from director E.E. Cassidy, playing tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of the Boston LGBT Film Festival (, tells a coming-of-age story set amid the mod scene. The name of the film will sound familiar to fans of the 1973 film “Quadrophenia,’’ in which it served as a slogan for a group of alienated British teenagers.

“The film is set in contemporary Los Angeles and we actually shot the club scene during a mod night here in Los Angeles,’’ Cassidy says. “It turned out to be one of my favorite scenes in the film. Much of the mod subculture is centered on music and dancing. I wanted to make sure that this was depicted authentically and given its place to shine in the film. ‘We Are the Mods’ is very much about pleasure and desire.’’

“We Are the Mods,’’ 6:30 p.m. $8-$10. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.

If the characters in this film were around here today, there is no question where they’d go for a drink: the Pill at Great Scott. You should hop over to Allston afterward yourself. (Vespa not required).

Take a look online at some of the posters for the long-running Brit pop and indie dance night. Most are of mod girls in vintage 1960s dresses. The latest with a Vespa-draped girl looks like it might have been pulled right from Cassidy’s film. “The Pill has always been tied into mod culture,’’ says DJ Michael V. “Any girl worth her fashion sense will always look good in her little mod skirt.’’

“The music lately has veered more into modern sounds, but at any moment we can bust out the old stuff, the Kinks, the Zombies, the Creation.’’ Tonight they plan on focusing more on older mod, soul, and British classics, he says.

“British culture really clings to its mod identity. The Brit pop stuff and electronic music we play all have a mod element to it. It’s always been a part of the British culture and embedded in our culture because it’s the Pill. Mod is like this battle cry.’’

The Pill. 21+. 9 p.m. $5. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014.