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This made me laugh because of a similar experience. A few years back I bought a leather coat from TKMAXX and it fits like a glove but I can't wear it because I look like an East European gangster. It remains in the loft. At school it was mainly the girls who wore leather coats in green turquoise  blue or white sometimes paired with leather boots.They looked the business. I think it was an expensive take on the Mod pvc coats which they also wore.
And Jimmy Savile is just off camera eyeing them all up.
What a great photo. Looks like John Smedley did good business with this firm. Any information?  I would guess Chelsea down near Brighton. 
One boy in the photo looks familiar to me. Could it be Ilford Palais 1968/69? I don't recognise any of the other lads so I could be wrong. There was a boy who was always jumping on stage down at the Palais, he even did it at a live Desmond Decker concert. I met him recently as he married my cousin and he reminded me of the Desmond Decker performance (his dance on stage with DD).
In the late 60's the music for my group was Stax, Atlantic, Tamla in that order. In fact we looked down on Tamla as being a bit too commercial but we heard mainly Tamla in the dance halls. At the same time we listened to the English stuff on pirate radio, Radio Caroline in preference to Radio London. My record collection included Hits 1967 Stax, Hits Atlantic 1967, History of Otis Reading and This is Soul. I hardly bough any Tamla. I later bought Tighten Up Volume 2 when...
That list brought back memories. Tom the peeper, great to dance to and James Brown of course. By the mid 70s my mob still unmarried were going to clubs out in Essex and that was the playlist. My clothes were back to Ivy by then. We were aware of punk but that was for a younger audience. Glad that punk washed away all that self indulgent prog rock stuff. I was surprised later to find out that many punk artists were in myage bracket.
I remember Danny Baker working with JSP on TV. Michael Aspel kept charge and DB was the voice of young Londoners. I think this was only shown on local TV. Always liked Danny and on his radio show he used to gently rib Robert Elms about how his accent changed depending on who he was interviewing. I used to change my own accent back then. Not sure anyone does that today.
All my mates had moved on. Even my younger brother and his mates had long hair by then. It is a time I look back to with some embarrassment, dress wise. Some of my mates even started to ridicule reggae and soul music which I thought was a step too far.
My Who anecdote is that when they played Live at Leeds. 1970 Keith Moon threw a drumstick up in the air and smashed the refectory light. I went to Leeds in 1972 and part of the freshers tour included viewing the light. When I took fresher's around I told the same story and the light was not repaired for years.
I was at the Rock at the Oval 1971. I remember the sound system was terrible for most of the acts. Particularly the Faces..I was way past skinhead then with long hair and flares.
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