Mr.Suave’s Mod Mod World is a site dedicated to mod music. Mr.Suave did a feature on Bossa Nova earlier this year. As he described ” the South American sensation,” should be apart of any mods catalog. One may ask however , what is mod ? and how does it tie in with Bossa? For these answers we turned to Mr.Suave himself.

modcast viva bossa nova

modcast viva bossa nova


Mod is a lifestyle focused on sixties styled soul and power pop music, as well as jazz. They also fully embraced mid-20th century modernist styles in fashion and culture. Mods appreciate the clothes and accessories of the 1960s and have a great attention to detail in their personal style. They also have an appreciation for modernist design, ala the sixties bachelor pad or the pop art stylings of Lichtenstein, Warhol, et. al. As time has passed the “mod scene” has adopted other music styles such as the two-tone ska and the 60s garage rock revival of the 1980s, the Britpop and Acid Jazz sounds of the 1990s, and some of the indie pop of the 21st century. Ask different mods for their definition and you’ll get just as many different definitions. I believe that mod is a big tent and that many different types of people call themselves mod. The main thing they will all have in common will be enduring love of the sounds and styles of the 60s, but beyond that they will infuse their life with their individual styles from other eras.

With Bossa Nova’s breakthrough in early sixties it’s not surprising that mods would enjoy the sort of cool jazz sound and sophisticated style that was presented by people like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes and other Bossa Nova players. The suave and sophistication of these musicians was always of interest to mods of various eras. I think that their clean style of dress, their calm and cool personal demeanor, and their great musicianship were the kinds of things that mods were drawn to. And still are.


We also inquired of Mr.Suaves preferences when it came to Bossa , citing his gateway into the genre as Brasil’66 he expressed his liking for the work of Sergio Mendes in particular.Among his favorite songs being “Bim Bom”, “Agua de Beber” and “Mas Que Nada.”

Here is a playlist of Bossa tracks from Mr.Suave’s feature where you can listen and download .
Eduardo “Edu” Lobo — Upa Neguinho (1967)
Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim — Agua De Beber (1965)
Joao Gilberto — Doralice (1960)
Sergio Mendes — So Danco Samba (1966)
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfoa, Joao Gilberto — A Felicidate (1959)
Art Blakey — No Hay Problema (1962)
Caetano Veloso — Superbacana (1968)
Walter Wanderley — Bicho Do Mato (1966)
Frank Popp Ensemble — Belly Bossanova (2001)
Nicola Conte — Bossa Per Due (2000)
Banda do Sul — Could You Be Loved (2005)
Marcos Valle — Batucada Surgiu (1967)
The Hi-Fly Orchestra — Mambo Atomico (2013)
Bebo Best & The Super Lounge Orchestra — Birombo (2013)
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd — Desafinado (1962)