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Reminds me of that old joke, "Fly the flag.....hang a Mod"
No, but I can see 70s Northern Soul fashions being mixed in with 60s Mod fashions.
Just saw an advert on TV for  'Best Northern Soul Album Ever'. I know a Northern Soul revival has been bubbling-under for some time, and now it looks like it's going to be a mainstream 'thing'. It looks like I'm going to be spending the next 18 months tutting to myself and moaning about young people getting it all wrong. I shudder to think what bastardised fashions are going to come out of all this. I might as well order a job-lot of Pepto and blood-pressure tablets in...
Well Dexy's were from Brum, and they rocking the 'Longshoreman-look' for a bit. That's a bit like a band from the Fens, dressing like mountaineers.
A friend of mine worked at the Lambretta clothing company in Alperton/Perivale for 15 years. In all that time I never asked him to get me any cost-price gear from there. Make of that what you will.
The Guardian listings were wrong M-o-M. It's next weeks episode that has Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd on.
Reginald D Hunter's documentary about the music of the southern United States features a segment with the Stax musicians tonight.
I associate the Donkey Jacket as a non-work/fashion item with scruffy buggers selling Socialist Worker Party newspapers in windswept provincial shopping-precincts in the early 1980s. People that looked like Ken from Citizen Smith, not Skinheads really.
I've heard that with that particular incarnation of Dexy's, the look was based on 'Mean Streets'. I really don't see it. (I'm a big fan of some of DeNiro's clobber in that.) Dockworkers that do a bit of boxing on the side is how I'd best describe Dexy's look there. It's definitely better than the 'tinker' look that followed. It is a cracking album though. Gawd knows why they ditched the decent horn-section for fiddles, banjos and double-bass'. That's the mercurial nature...
The monkey jacket/bomber jacket (we called them scooter jackets round our way) look very similar to the jackets the '66 England squad wore off-pitch. Maybe that's the reason said items gained popularity in late '66/early'67.
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