yea that's what we all call a monkey jacket now. got that one matter of fact, great lightweight for spring days to just take the chill off ya you can still get it here, all sizes. full price tho, I've seen them for much less when they were current season and on sale
Check out these pics of a band called the 'Neat Change' - hard mod/proto-skin and pre-Slade. They were protoges of Spencer Davis Group. The only track I think they released is a twee psych-pop number disappointingly...
I think one of them left 'cos he didn't like the clobber
copy/pasted bit about Neat Change...
Quote from Jimmy Edwards of the Neat Change on where they got their look:
"We were the first mod-skinhead group. The Who weren't, their management said: look at your audience, you've got to dress like them. They were all greasers originally. The Neat Change were from the audience for The Who, that's why I say we were the first, because no one told us to dress like skinheads. We were the audience members who got up on stage and played. Bands like The Action and The Creation were more naturally mod than The Who, but we stood out by becoming skinheads. Steve and Brian in our group looked at these American servicemen and what they were wearing, and there weren't many skinheads at all in the mid-sixties, about 10 in the whole of London and two of them were in The Neat Change. They just looked at what the black American GIs who were going to the jazz clubs were wearing and dressed the same. Sta-Prest, fell boots, Harringtons . The reason they had crops was that when they fought no one could grab their hair. We were the first but other people nicked our style: Slade copied us and became skinheads too, but they never had success until they grew their hair out again."
Blimey, Jason - you pay a lot for the FP logo on a monkey jacket!
Just reading the "Neat Change" paragraph, I think there's more than a little retro-wishful-thinking about all that. I think he has telescoped three or four years into one, plus all this "We were the first this... we were the first that..." business doesn't have the right ring to it.
You keep jogging my memory. My mum also referred to mine as a "monkey jacket" as a term of disparagement. The term comes from the time when organ-grinders used to have a pet monkey rattling the cup for tips. The monkey would often be dressed in a very short "zouave" jacket.
What about Blue Beat Jacket? Heard it was applied to the blue monkey/surf jackets back in the late 60s.
i took a punt on this coat, I'd always wanted a donkey jacket, but more of a refined one (and not in black) and this seemed to suit the bill nicely. Price was good, being half off, but it took a few weeks (about 3?) to ship and their customer service is pretty bad as far as not responding to emails or even phone calls. Well they finally shipped it last week fedex 2 day international, got it today and I have to say it's damn awesome. Wool blend cloth is VERY soft and plush, and THICK. This is def a cool weather coat. Size 38 fits nearly perfect, I had thought it might need a lot of tailoring (bringing in the body, shortening sleeves etc) but it's near perfect out of box for this type of coat (easy to layer under). Had been missing a camel color coat in the closet so it filled that hole very nicely.
i picked up a really nice double breasted sheepskin at a goodwill in west roxbury a couple years ago. its more of a western style with epaulets and horn buttons but it suits me quite well. the material is a bit dry could any of you reccomend me some shearling care products to bring it back to life?