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The Last Great Act Of Defiance
Scooter Club
"The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club" started when the Mod revival era was happening over 30 years ago. Originally calling our selfs "The Vixens" we decided to change our name in early 1983. Various names were chucked around like "The Exploding Frogs", "Crazy Daisys" or even "The Cherry Tree Scooter club" but "Defiance" was decided upon and we never looked back. Our original logo/patch was hand made for each member by our old boy Phil Ford with every patch having the members unique number at the bottom. This was Danger Mouse sticking two fingers up at saba-toothed tiger (an act of Defiance - get it!?!) on a union flag background. This idea came from a program at an Animals gig a few Defiance members went to, Gel suggested to put Danger Mouse in front of the tiger and the name "The Last Great Act of Defiance Scooter Club" was born. The logo/design has now been modified by Mark Packham and has now been put on T-shirts etc. With many of the older lot being Mods since the late 70s Defiance has always been true to its Mod roots unlike other clubs. Crawley had Crawley Scooter Club (formely The Roadhogs) but they quickly lost their Mods roots and turned into what was called Scooter Boys. Those who held onto the Mod identity joined "The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club". Members originated and came from Crawley, Copthorne, East Grintead, Crawley Down, Reigate, Redhill, Horsham, Horley and the surrounding areas. Defiance Scooter Club gave true Mods the chance to be in a Mod scooter club and be Mods instead of looking like scruffy herberts.
 
Defiance members sprayed their helmets in agate red and gold had DSC in gold on the back in old English letters and had their number in large yellow on one side. In 1983 we went to the Isle of White Scooter run, 13 members made this tour. The Vixens/Defiance S.C. started small but by the mid 80`s the final officail member total was sixty plus and if you counted our birds, mates and hangarounds etc this total ran into a couple of hundred. Attending Mod gigs, alldayers, allnighters, rallies, clubs and anything else of interest we soon got a reputation (nothing to do with the studded belts of course, which were worn under our suit jackets in case of trouble). You actually could say that the Breton cap/hat and the belt were two trade marks of Defiance S.C, amongst others. We kept things going as long as possible but as always all good things come to an end.
 
This was`nt to be, as the last few years "The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club" has risen out of the ashes of time. One night at "The Crown" pub in Turners Hill in about 2007, a few original members were wearing freshly ordered polo shirts with the Defiance logo proudly displayed, this was to be a very important night in the history of Defiance S.C. Many original members still had scooters and it was decided that it was time "The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club" officially got back on the road again proper. Various members (new and old) are now getting or have got scooters back on the road and we seem to be meeting more and more with the famous Defiance patch now put on polo shirts, jackets, mugs, scooter banners etc. We are on facebook, myspace and from may 2013 even have our own website. November 2009 Defiance S.C. had a very successful reunion do at Copthorne Social Club just outside Crawley with Mod Revival legends "LONG TALL SHORTY" headlining. Old and new friends connected and not connected with Defiance S.C. made this a great event. Since then Defiance S.C. has had other events at various venues with bands such as: SMALL WORLD, THE UNIVERSAL, DC FONTANA, THE LOOP, ECHO GENERATION, TOMMY AITKINS, TIME BOMB, SUSPICIONS & THE CONCRET GODS etc. November 2013 Defiance will be holding it`s 30th anniversary do with bands "THE SCENE" and "DISTANT ECHO" doing the honours, an event that will also take you back to "The Midnight Beat Club". With Defiance members attending Scooter Runs and other events it proves that "The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club" is well and truly back. It`s now been well over 30 years and yes, we are still laughing and you know who we are laughing at. WHERE WE RIDE OTHERS HIDE.....
 
 
 
 
 
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The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club proudly presents:

30th Anniversary Special - Taking you back to: "The Midnight Beat Club"*

THE SCENE supported by DISTANT ECHO + Deejays: English Karl, Gary Crickmore, Carl Skalistic & Mark Bailey at: Goffs Park Social Club, Old Horsham Road, Southgate, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8PE. 

 With the likes of "Small World", "Long Tall Shorty", "The Universal", "DC Fontana" and "The Loop" amongst many others appearing at previous Defiance S.C. events we can now confirm and proudly announce that self proclaimed Mod Gods "THE SCENE" supported by "DISTANT ECHO" will be coming to Crawley Saturday 9th November 2013 for this 30th anniversary special which will also be taking you back to *"The Midnight Beat Club".

The Deejays for the evening will be Dj English Karl, Dj Gary Crickmore, Dj Carl Skalistic and Dj Mark Bailey who will keep the dance floor busy with Mod and Scooter sounds before, during and after the bands until late. So with "THE SCENE", "DISTANT ECHO" and 4 Deejays all your Mod, Northern Soul and other Scooter sound needs will be more than covered until 2am. All Deejays have been around for a few years on the Mod & Scooter Scenes and some have played across Europe and even in the US.


"THE MIDNIGHT BEAT CLUB"
"The Midnight Beat Club" was a Mod club that was founded in Crawley, West Sussex in the early eighties. It was very popular and attracted Mods and other like minded people from Crawley and the surrounding areas.

Here`s some info from Chris Scopes. A founder member of "The Midnight Beat Club" and original member of "The Motives" and "Distant Echo". Cheers Chris.....

Here's a little bit about the Midnight Beat Club.
Formed in 1981, by four friends Chris Scopes, Martin Barton, Jim Austin and Neil Watkins, to provide live music and club nights to cater for a Mod, Punk, New Wave, Ska and Northern crowd.

All these genres were being ignored and the late night bars had a over 21 policy, charged to get in or had very expensive drinks. A lot of us had nowhere to go, so why not do it ourselves, keep the prices low and play our sort of music.We also wanted to bring to Crawley larger well known London bands and then book local support, so that the Crawley bands could then hop onto the London circuit and increase their experience and audience.

The first gig was at Southgate West Community centre around september 1981,
2 bands for a £1, think the most we charged was £4 for The Purple Hearts
We then booked Southgate church twice, the Community centre again, Thomas Bennett School twice and arranged Northern Soul nights in Crawley and Horsham
and coachs to take people to Brighton for Nine Below Zero, Gillingham for the Qtips and Ilford for a Mod Alldayer. We sold a number of Fanzines Start, Jamming and Patriotic. We had people come from Crawley and the surrounding areas, Brighton and London, France, Belguim and Holland.

The Club worked because a lot of people volunteered and helped promote the nights and then assisted with door and helped with soundchecks. After feeling we put on a number of great nights, the Midnight Beat Club stopped in 1983, when people left for university or moved away from the area.

Bands that played at the Midnight Beat Club were: The Motives, Start!, The Roadrunners, The Squad, 007, Distant Echo, FAB, The Variations, Paralysis, Small World, The Purple Hearts and The Stomping Pond Frogs (which became the Housemartins).


We filled up this bigger and better venue for the "SMALL WORLD" event so it would be strongly recommended to get your tickets in advance. Food available, cheap drinks and a paultry £10.00 (ADV) to get in (£12.00 OTD) it will be certain this night will be remembered for a long time.

You can get tickets from the following people:

1: Gerard James on facebook or see him personally
2: Cheryl Muggeridge on facebook or see her personally
3: Darren Scopes on facebook or see him personally
4: Gary Smith on facebook or see him personally
5: If all that fails send an email to Karl Powell c/o defiancescooterclub@c.dk
6: On the door.

All are welcome.....

We will probably receive questions regarding cheap hotels to stay for the event. Crawley has many hotels but your best bet is to stay at one of two Premier Inns which are cheap and very close to the event:

Premier Inn on Goffs Park Road, Crawley which is on the same road as the event: Tel 0870 990 6390

Premier Inn in Crawley Avenue, Gossops Green, Crawley which is under a five minute walk away from the event: Tel 0870 990 6546

We hope to see as many of you there for this event, let´s make it another night to remember.

Hope to see you all there. Where We Ride!!!!!

ALL ARE WELCOME.....

On behalf of: "The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club"

PS: We`ve also noticed that alot of you are`nt friends yet on the Defiance S.C. facebook site. Add us as a friend now by searching for Defiance Scooter Club on facebook or just click the link on this event side at the top of the page to receive details of upcoming events, that´s free.....

Just click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/defiancescooterclub
 
Saturday, 24 March 2012 at 07:30 until Sunday, 25 March 2012 at 02:00
Goffs Park Social Club, Old Horsham Road, Southgate, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8PE, England
"The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club" proudly presents:
SMALL WORLD, THE LOOP & ECHO GENERATION + Dj English Karl & Dj Carl Skalistic at: Goffs Park Social Club, Old Horsham Road, Southgate, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8PE.
Tickets are now on sale by contacting... Gel (Gerard James on Facebook), The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club on Facebook, Cheryl Muggeridge, Darren Scopes (both on Facebook) or send an email to defiancescooterclub@c.dk where we will get back to you as soon as.

With the likes of "Long Tall Shorty", "The Universal" and "DC Fontana" amongst many others appearing at previous Defiance events we can now proudly announce that Mod Legends "SMALL WORLD" will be coming to Crawley Saturday 24th March 2012. "SMALL WORLD" featured as headliners and one of a total "8" bands at the Defiance SC "Help For Heroes" Mod do June 2010 at (Royal) Wootton Bassett, Swindon raising over £2000 for this worthwhile charity.

This time we look forward to a full set from one of the most respected bands from the Mod Revival Era. For those of you who saw "SMALL WORLD" in Swindon it came as no surprise that the band are just as good, if not better than they were all those many years ago. With a couple of the rarest singles from the revival era (Love Is Dead & First Impressions) "SMALL WORLD" have etched their memory in Mod history.

"THE LOOP" who also played at Wootton Bassett also make the trip to Crawley after impressing at the "Help For Heroes" event in June. The third band "ECHO GENERATION" are what you could call Defiance Scooter Clubs resident band as they have featured in all the Defiance SC events in recent years including Wootton Bassett. The Deejays for the evening will be Dj English Karl and Dj Carl Skalistic who will keep the dance floor busy with Mod & Scooter sounds before, during and after the bands until 2am.

New larger venue, food available, cheap drinks and a paultry £10.00 (ADV) to get in (£12.00 OTD) it will be certain this night will be remembered for a long time.

BEWARE:

As known, the last Defiance sc event with "The Universal" sold out long before the event took place and people without tickets could not get in. Make sure of getting tickets for this event by contacting one of the above.

Hope to see you all there. Where We Ride!!!!!

ALL ARE WELCOME.....

On behalf of: "The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club"
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