Sunday, July 27, 2008
No doubt inspired by the Jackson 5, the Towns brothers (who also numbered five) were joined by two more members for good measure. These seven lads most likely hailed from Smithfield, Va (hence the label moniker "ham town"). Ranging in age from 11 to 18, Jack & The Mods performed with a well rehearsed professionalism far beyond their years. The percussion laden intro to their sped up version of the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" demonstrates a tight funkiness that musicians twice their age would envy. These very impressive youngsters breathe new life into a funk standard that's been covered too many times to even begin to count. This version however, led by 12 year old vocalist Ricky Towns, has to be among the most memorable of them all.
Recorded in 1971 "It's Your Thing" is actually upstaged by its flip, the phenomenal original composition "One Is Enough For Love". Eleven year old Jake Towns sings lead on this sublime sweet soul ballad, backed by group harmonies that would melt the heart of even the most jaded listener. Check out the Numero Group's outstanding collection "Home Schooled" for "One Is Enough For Love" as well as other rare kiddie soul treasures from around the country.
We would also strongly urge you to check out Brent Hosier's Ol' Virginia Soul: Encore! compilation for the previously unissued Jack & The Mods funk stormer "The Jack Mod Kick". While you're at it, pick up the limited edition 45 issued by Mr. Hosier on Bamtown containing "The Jack Mod Kick" and the stellar ballad "Don't Wake Me Up" (also previously unreleased).
Jack & The Mods "It's Your Thing"