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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post

It also bent the combs-as someone said they were cheaply made.It would have been an embarrasment saying"Hang on Mate,just straightening out the Comb,so I can slash you with it".Bad Cut you had harrysgame,.Had a fight on a Bus one night.Got off and noticed blood on my Strides-found that he had slashed the inside of my Leg(mid way up my thigh).Never knew he did it-and the Scar is still there.

Most injuries came from glass...bottles or the pint mug, causing awful disfigurement, skinheads in pubs, disco's... The glass was there ready, getting drunk lads was quick to use the glass, it was always a worry when getting in a argument,
One of our lot got badly cut with a bottle.. Charlie V he was in the BBC Skinhead Documentary, in the interview they asked him how he got it, I was standing behind the camera while the interview was taking place, cant remember what he said, but i know it had a massive impact on him, Charlie V RIP was stabbed to death a few years later.

Around our way lads was getting glassed all the time, To me glassing someone was a awful cnuting thing to do, it was the shear violence of it.. the music going the noise of the smashed glass ..the blood/beer all over the place , girls screaming. Even now the thought makes my blood run cold.

I was chatting to some old Kilburn Skinheads last Christmas, I said i,am sure some of the stuff we witnessed left me somewhat traumatized for a few years. It was not so much the violence is was how some of the nutters behaved, that was 60s/70s NW London a fcuking crazy place.
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Also, on the subject of "wet look" shoes that were mentioned earlier in the thread, I've got a pair of Hudson patent leather pimpish loafers a mate half inched for me for my birthday years ago. They're italian made and apparently were worth a small fortune back in the day. They are a really dark electric blue (they look black in anything but sunlight) with a gold coloured bar across the tongue (hence why I call em pimp loafers) I must admit they haven't had much of a run in the last couple of years but I've just pulled them out of the shoe cave (cheers for the inspiration) and I reckon they shal get a guernsey in the coming weeks.

 

I have tried to get a decent photo of them but I think they need to be shot out in natural light to show their actual colour. I've also just scored a pair of unworn (so the seller says) Loake brightons off evilbay so the Down Under Dandy rides again lol.

 

The only shoes that aren't trainers that I regularly wear these days are Clarks Wallabys so it will be nice to express myself a little differently over the coming weeks...

post #8373 of 18763
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Originally Posted by Lasttye View Post

Most injuries came from glass...bottles or the pint mug, causing awful disfigurement, skinheads in pubs, disco's... The glass was there ready, getting drunk lads was quick to use the glass, it was always a worry when getting in a argument,
One of our lot got badly cut with a bottle.. Charlie V he was in the BBC Skinhead Documentary, in the interview they asked him how he got it, I was standing behind the camera while the interview was taking place, cant remember what he said, but i know it had a massive impact on him, Charlie V RIP was stabbed to death a few years later.
Around our way lads was getting glassed all the time, To me glassing someone was a awful cnuting thing to do, it was the shear violence of it.. the music going the noise of the smashed glass ..the blood/beer all over the place , girls screaming. Even now the thought makes my blood run cold.
I was chatting to some old Kilburn Skinheads last Christmas, I said i,am sure some of the stuff we witnessed left me somewhat traumatized for a few years. It was not so much the violence is was how some of the nutters behaved, that was 60s/70s NW London a fcuking crazy place.

I believe I might have told you,Roy,one of the times I visited the Watford Top Rank.It went off big time one Saturday Night.They were lined up chucking half empty Glasses at each other.Girls were getting cut everything.I thought FT and got out quick.Another time,I saw a Skinhead who had been "glassed" previously.Not a pretty sight.
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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post

I believe I might have told you,Roy,one of the times I visited the Watford Top Rank.It went off big time one Saturday Night.They were lined up chucking half empty Glasses at each other.Girls were getting cut everything.I thought FT and got out quick.Another time,I saw a Skinhead who had been "glassed" previously.Not a pretty sight.

Top Rank was a massive venue. Unlike the mod era, skinheads tended to move away from the centre for dance halls and clubs.

I managed to avoid the worst of the violence. I certainly never sought it out, but I heard all sorts of stories of what went on.

That said, kids were not getting shot or stabbed to death with the frequency that occurs today - particularly amongst black youths,
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Originally Posted by Kingstonian View Post

Top Rank was a massive venue. Unlike the mod era, skinheads tended to move away from the centre for dance halls and clubs.
I managed to avoid the worst of the violence. I certainly never sought it out, but I heard all sorts of stories of what went on.
That said, kids were not getting shot or stabbed to death with the frequency that occurs today - particularly amongst black youths,

Yep the Top Rank Watford, We would get on the train at Queens Park, It is was Two shillings to get in?, they also had a burger bar in there, great venue.
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I am currently fuqqed, in drink - eh? but it's brilliant that the old madness has spawned great - if just mental - recollections from the 'usual suspects' - and for this, I'm grateful.

Nutters!
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Originally Posted by Ed Vaughan View Post

I am currently fuqqed, in drink - eh? but it's brilliant that the old madness has spawned great - if just mental - recollections from the 'usual suspects' - and for this, I'm grateful.
Nutters!

Wine - by the pint - classy fuqqer me, folks!
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Mikey Stilts?!?! It's Mod Dave! I've been reading this thread for days and just realized this was you! How the fuck are you?
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Originally Posted by Lasttye View Post

Yep the Top Rank Watford, We would get on the train at Queens Park, It is was Two shillings to get in?, they also had a burger bar in there, great venue.

It was always a special visit going there.I had a "Pen Friend"(remember them),who lived in Bushey.Went out a few times,but her Parents did not approve.
It was something that was totally at odds,with what I was doing(in the late 60s/early 70s),writing to Pen Friends.At one time,I had 5 on the go-and not all of them were Girls.I met a couple of them too.Vicky lived in Bushey and invited me down.When I got there,it was a big House.We met up a few times.Later,in the `71/`72,I met Chris who came from Crewe.He came to London for a visit and told me about the embroynic "Northern Soul Scene"-that is when I got to know more about the Twisted Wheel.We corresponded quite a bit after that.Never went North though.
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Originally Posted by yankmod View Post

What about the "Flat Cap" it has become skinhead headwear since the late 70's.I don't see originals wearing it in photos.What are the thoughts from the originals Firm.

That fact that you don't see us wearing it tells the whole story, mate.
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I call it the pseudo-irish cap, It's always worn by someone claiming to be irish-american and how proud they supposedly are with their shamrock tattoos.

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Originally Posted by Brideshead View Post

Violence
In terms of violence it was mainly the greasers we had to watch - but even they seemed quite 'gentlemanly' in our area. The most I got was a chipped tooth from a kicking at a dance at a village hall in 1968. I remember it very well as it was the weekend my grandma died.
We rarely went tooled up. Used to talk about it but usually bottled out.
Big Events and other stuff
Where was I at the moon landing? I was at a friend’s house and his dad would not give me a lift home as he was glued to the telly. Me and my friends did not think it cool to appear impressed by any major event - a trait that has stayed with me really.
With regard to playing football in expensive clothes it was part of the basic philosophy. You spent as much as (no, rather more than) you could afford and stood up on the train to keep the mohair crease free on a Saturday night – but you came home looking wrecked!
Loakes – forget them.
John Simons spent a long time recently giving me a lecture on the merits of the original Royals compared to the Loake Royal Brogue. The latter are ‘disappointing’ he said. Why? The original was made in England from calf. The Loake is assembled in England (partly) from older leather and is coated (corrected grain). The original had a whole strip of leather from heel to toe where the Loake has two pieces (look at the join on the instep). The original was a superior colour and finish throughout.
Loake Brighton
http://www.jumpthegun.co.uk/product/Loake_Brighton_Loafers_Burgundy
Another reason (were one needed) why this thread is so important/enlightening... thank you. satisfied.gif
post #8383 of 18763
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Originally Posted by yankmod View Post

What about the "Flat Cap" it has become skinhead headwear since the late 70's.I don't see originals wearing it in photos.What are the thoughts from the originals Firm.
Not me, pal - and I don't know anyone who wore one.

Now a beret... satisfied.gif
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Originally Posted by Lasttye View Post

Most injuries came from glass...bottles or the pint mug, causing awful disfigurement, skinheads in pubs, disco's... The glass was there ready, getting drunk lads was quick to use the glass, it was always a worry when getting in a argument,
One of our lot got badly cut with a bottle.. Charlie V he was in the BBC Skinhead Documentary, in the interview they asked him how he got it, I was standing behind the camera while the interview was taking place, cant remember what he said, but i know it had a massive impact on him, Charlie V RIP was stabbed to death a few years later.
Around our way lads was getting glassed all the time, To me glassing someone was a awful cnuting thing to do, it was the shear violence of it.. the music going the noise of the smashed glass ..the blood/beer all over the place , girls screaming. Even now the thought makes my blood run cold.
I was chatting to some old Kilburn Skinheads last Christmas, I said i,am sure some of the stuff we witnessed left me somewhat traumatized for a few years. It was not so much the violence is was how some of the nutters behaved, that was 60s/70s NW London a fcuking crazy place.
I got 'bottled' in the Crown & Anchor - off Newton Street, in Manchester... but it was 1977.

Just the 18 stitches... and you're so right... many pubs here in Manchester have reintroduced plastic glasses and no bottles.

My bro went to prison for using a bottle on a couple of drug dealers - wrongly, IMHO. (Ruined his life.)
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Originally Posted by browniecj View Post

It was always a special visit going there.I had a "Pen Friend"(remember them),who lived in Bushey.Went out a few times,but her Parents did not approve.
It was something that was totally at odds,with what I was doing(in the late 60s/early 70s),writing to Pen Friends.At one time,I had 5 on the go-and not all of them were Girls.I met a couple of them too.Vicky lived in Bushey and invited me down.When I got there,it was a big House.We met up a few times.Later,in the `71/`72,I met Chris who came from Crewe.He came to London for a visit and told me about the embroynic "Northern Soul Scene"-that is when I got to know more about the Twisted Wheel.We corresponded quite a bit after that.Never went North though.
The 'Wheel' - as Little Suzie will testify - is now 'donald-ducked'.

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1584311_legendary-manchester-nightclub-twisted-wheel-faces-demolition

More of my 'yoof' down the bog.
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