When it comes to Mod revival anthems, few tracks can compare to the legendary “Millions Like Us” by Purple Hearts. Released in 1979 its driving beat, catchy guitar riffs, and anthemic chorus make it a classic mod revival single.
From Simon Stebbings powerful opening guitar riff “Millions Like Us” grabs your attention and sets the tone for the rest of the track. Frontman Bob Manton’s energetic and dynamic vocals create a sense of rebellious excitement that is typical of the mod revival sound of the time.
The song’s lyrics in my view interpret and speak of the struggles that young people face as they try to find their place in the world, expressing frustration and disillusionment with society. However, “Millions Like Us” also conveys a message of solidarity and resistance against conformity, making it a timeless mod revival anthem that still resonates with listeners today. It’s a perfect example of the raw energy and rebellious spirit that defines youth rebellion.
The driving beat of Gary sparks drums, combined with Jeff Shadbolt’s heavy rhythmic bass, propels the song forward and creates an infectious energy that’s impossible to resist jumping up and down too. The repeated lyrics of the chorus “millions like us” is like a rallying cry which creates a sense of solidarity that still resonates today.
Bob Manton’s delivery is raw and honest, conveying a sense of frustration and desperation that perfectly matches the song’s theme. In my view “Millions Like Us” is a classic mod revival anthem that perfectly captures the spirit of rebellion and individuality that defines the mod revival genre as a whole. It’s a powerful and unforgettable track that remains just as relevant and inspiring today as it did when it was first released. The song reached the uk singles charts at number 57 and spent five weeks in the top 100, which leads me to wonder why it was never included in the original release of their “Beat That!” album.
I contacted our friend Alan May, host of the Glory Boy Mod Radio Show, to get his perspective on the track. He shares my view, stating that…
It’s fresh, exciting, and was ahead of its time. I still love it today, just as much as when I first heard it in 1979. Its distinct sound and relevant lyrics make it one of my top 10 favourite revival tracks.
“Millions Like Us” is a quintessential british mod revival anthem that resonates with mod culture and youth across various generations and continues to do so today.
Millions like us, Oh yes there’s!…
Millions Like Us by the Purple Hearts, taken from the Peel Session recorded on 10 July 1979