Originally Posted by davo10375
Might be a stupid question GS, but want to give us a quick overview of the whole skinhead ideology? Talking about generally the non-white supremacist bullshit. Things like political views/culture/"activities" and that kind of stuff.
that's a tough question to answer. ask 10 "skinheads" and you get a variety of answers and cliched slogans. There's no ideology per se. You hear so many cheap slogans like "skinheads have working class pride, and value honor, dignity, pride etc etc" blah blah. Terrible soundbites that mean nothing. the historical answer is that skinheads were the next evolution of mods....there were guys during the mod heyday that had shorter hair and were a tougher breed, and the term "hard mod" got used. then when most mods evolved with the 60s and became hippy scum, there were plenty that still had their mod ethos intact and became the first "skinheads". They werent even called skinheads at first, the US GI term "peanuts" or "spykids" were actually used first but skinhead is what eventually stuck. Sartorially, it was similar...more pared down than mod with the addition of Doc martens for day wear, brogues/loafers for evening wear...but def a reaction against the hippy/swinging London trend. The racist element took hold during skinhead's punk rebirth of the late 70s when the National Front started courting racialist skinheads as footsoldiers, since it was easy to blame their poor economy on blacks and pakistanis. music is as important as the look. There should be copious amounts of northern soul, motown, 60s ska/skinhead reggae, punk, oi, hardcore listened to. American skins tend to listen to more hardcore than European skins, since "our" scene started off in the hardcore scene of the early 80s rather than the ska/reggae of the 60s British skins. But there's still a lot of uber traditionals that only listen to ska/soul and look down on punk and oi. I grew up with punk/oi so I'm a huge fan of the whole range. Personally I prefer 60s soul to 60s ska/reggae, which gets a bit boring for me. Politics...of course there are politics involved but that's each person's own business and I've never thought politics and skinhead should mix. btw, these are just *my* opinions. they're by no means the last word. Hard to believe "skinhead" has gone on for 40 years now