No internet, obviously, but didn't shows like "Ready, Steady, Go!" spread the look far and wide back in the day? Did they capture much of the morphing of mod into skin?
As far as OC is concerned, though I'm loath to admit it, they were early adapters/embracers of punk, mod and ska. For some reason a kind of greaser component (think Social Distortion, and RFTC, from san Diego) always seemed to creep in... which I personally despise.