Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Modulators - "Spin Me Around"



The Modulators were a local New Jersey band that played the small clubs in NJ and New York almost weekly during the early 80's. They released several singles and one nine song E.P., "Tomorrow's Coming", from where "Spin Me Around" appeared on Vintage Vinyl records, an off shoot of the local record store of the same name. Their music was inspired by The Beatles, The Byrds and Marshall Crenshaw among others. Their music was 80's power pop at it's finest. The special effects heavy video for the song "Spin Me Around" received heavy rotation on the Newark, NJ video channel U68. The Modulators may hold the record for playing Bloomfield, NJ's The Dirt Club more times than any other band. Their song "Down At The Dirt" was the clubs theme song and appeared on the "Dirt Compilation Vol. 1." The Modulators primarily were Joe Riccardello on bass & Keyboards, Mark Higgins on Guitar and Mark Westlake on Drums.


The Modulators - "Spin Me Around".mp3

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh snap. my dad's in this band. sweet.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what hotties!!!!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that Hanson ?
:-)

Let's see the video! "Oh! You spin me around. Yeah!"

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With my feet on the ground. Ooh!

3:44 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Who's your daddy? Really, who? Please have him email me.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""-A GREAT BAND THAT SHOULD HAVE MADE IT BIG.
ROB ROTH LED THE WAY BUT NO ONE FOLLOWED

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He can't e-mail you with no e-mail address...

11:37 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

it's the email on the page: tunes@ericactive.com

7:23 AM  
Blogger DeclineOfTheWest said...

This was a terrific outfit. A pure pop power trio. It didn't get any better. I followed these guys around North Jersey in the early to mid 80's after I had escaped from Rutgers and had little better to occupy my time. Whenever they played the Dirt Club, I was there. I also remember them doing gigs in a dump called Hurrah's that billed itself as being in Totowa, but was really in Paterson. The place was eventually turned into a juice bar. They did another show at the Meadowbrook in Cedar Grove, opening for I think, David Johansen. I recall a conversation I had with the guitar player, Mark. To my astonishment, it turned out he was a physics teaching assistant at dear old Rutgers. I couldn't pass physics to save my life. Mark assured me that had I taken the section he was teaching, I would have passed. I also talked to Joe a couple of times. I think he worked in a record shop in Irvington at one point. Any web site that chronicles this type of information is doing a great job. How many other bands were out there then and are out there now that put out great music, but no one ever hears it? Keep up the good work.

11:05 PM  
Blogger ernie said...

Anyone have any info on the whereabouts of Joe, Mark, or 'Cakes'? I used to play in another 'lost' band called Soul Attack and haven't seen them in years.

4:38 PM  
Blogger mil0 said...

hey, wow, i forgot about this thing. yeah, so mark is my dad, any of you that want to get in touch with him, just drop me a line and i'll pass it on. they only play a couple of times a year these days, but they do still play.

3:47 AM  
Anonymous john bon said...

Mr. Higgins be my physics teacher. Pride be overwhelmin in me mon! ya mon!!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where to get other recordings from this band? I'm not giving an email address so just post on this page if you can. I know it's a long shot, but i'm hooked!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget about that band from Athens...The Modulators still make Rock n Roll...even in '06

3:56 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

You want recordings? Contact vvinyl.com

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ernie - Chachi!! Contact me and Mark at this e-mail address: kkemom@hotmail.com. Put something in the subject that I know it's you so I don't trash it!

--Patti

PS - we have a few records if anyone's interested.

11:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow mr. higgins was a physics teacher at my school

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever happened to Mr. Higgins after his stint as physics teacher at Northern Burlington?????

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for those of you wondering where mark is, he's now the best physics teacher at a high school in central new jersey. He has also mastered the art of the haiku.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

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6:48 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Mark Higgins is my Physics teacher at Princeton High school! i always thought he was in a band....
hes totally the coolest teacher i have this year!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

joe riccardello is my uncle =p

was searching actually for my grandfathers name but found this site. pretty cool

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'cakes is my boss!

11:24 AM  
Blogger ghkj said...

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10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Mr. Higgins! We used to hum this in class all the time.

5:24 PM  

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