When you see kids dancing in a club in late 60s, I wonder what they were REALLY dancing to? especially in the earlier days of skinhead/hard mod pre-69, wouldnt the music have been mostly soul/motown?
I'll give you two years, two places, two themes: 67/8, Blackpool Mecca, almost exclusively Motown and Stax. 68/9, Catford Savoy Rooms, commercial Motown and Reggae. Both of these are generalisations, but give you an idea. Up North kids followed the mod traditions more. In London there was always a greater influence from the British West Indian population.
When the BBC did the documentary about us in 69, They paid for a reggae band to play live, cant remember the band now, So when you see that little part on UTube, its just a soundtrack that someone put on.
Another question for the originals - What about being able to dance ? Heard that no matter how good you looked, it was dancing that pulled the opposite sex. Even the 'proper chaps' had to get on the dance floor if they wanted to impress girls. How true was that in your neck of the woods?
You just know the Northern Perspective is coming don't you? Have to say, though, lads being able to dance well was a big thing up here. Soul was very much a part of Skinhead in the North and being able to dance well was always seen as cool in that scene.
The link on youtube is from a fella in the states. With all due respect to our American friends what would they know about the early scene in the UK. You would be better to get your heads together yourselves. At least it would be done correctly and be factual. Not what has been gleamed from the internet.
Reading their website it seems they are looking at worldwide and don't have any paticular period in mind.
Come on guys you were there in the 60s and early 70s. It needs to be documented. Chris Brown has experience of books. Im sure he would help get it off the ground.
67/8, Blackpool Mecca, almost exclusively Motown and Stax.
68/9, Catford Savoy Rooms, commercial Motown and Reggae.
Both of these are generalisations, but give you an idea. Up North kids followed the mod traditions more. In London there was always a greater influence from the British West Indian population.
It depended on venues. Top Rank Watford was top 20 with emphasis on soul, motown and occasional reggae. Smaller venues would play exclusively soul, reggae motown.
I suspect a lot of places had a strict middle-of-the-road music policy to deter trouble.
Hammersmith Palais still had Ray McVay and his bleedin' orchestra into the 1970s; but you only went there because it was free on Sunday nights - 'international au pair night' is how they used to market it if I remember correctly.