Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.
Divent blame yer!
If your Lad fancies it, Im planning on riding down to York.
Just discovered this thread.
I spend most of my time in the Men's Clothing side of this site.
I hung out in Skinhead circles in the late 80s, early nineties in Montreal. My friends and I were always on the periphery though. We wore vintage sixties slim fit 3 button suits with a very high top button or MTM suits of a similar style. Pork pie hats and skinny vintage ties as well. We tried to look like all the pictures of Laurel Aitken and Monty Morris and the others we'd seen. We called ourselves Rude Boys, but were never offended when called Skins or Sharps. We certainly never thought we really were Rude Boys, and at some of the Carribean clubs who would bring in old time Jamaican greats we were laughed at by the old timers who thought only a fool would wear a suit to club to dance.
Besides our little sub-group, everyone was very working class. Skins and punks and us mingled well at the scuzziest bars in the city. I always thought the guys who thought themselves skins were trying to re-capture something of the original movement in England. Showing pride in their working class situation, and seeking some kind of support in the form of a sub-culture. It was also a sub-culture that had a lot to do with music.
It was a good time, because all the pop-punk "ska" bands that got popular during what I seem to remember being called the "third wave of ska" (not to my tastes) gave the Jamacian groups a chance to tour again due to increased interest. Name a ska, or rock steady artist from the early sixties that was still alive and performing in the early nineties and I saw 'em. Again skins and punks mingled well at these shows, as we did with them.
Despite a very short hair cut and a lot of casual clothing that was also worn by the skins i knew, i never got too into it. I wasn't working class, and couldn't relate, nor was I interested in the constant fighting between the skins and the boneheads that went on quite regularly.
As we aged, most of my group moved away from the "culture" and started broadening our sixties music horizons a little. It was a fun time though.
I still buy Fred Perry polos and sweaters quite often because I still like the cuts, and am still a little nostalgic for those times. I have a great old Harrington in a tight black and white houndstooth that i haven't worn in years. Perusing this thread has got me to thinking I should bring it out of retirement.
I think I'll fire up the turntable this afternoon and spin some good old records I haven't listened to in a long while. First up, I'm gonna let the Boss Skinhead sock it to me!
Just tell him I wanna get me photo took the same place as my avatar.
He can get on the back and look at the lamp post
well this thread slightly derailed, lol! anyways it will get back on course. its too good of a thread to be
just a personal perspective of this great thread -
the past couple years i've been looking into what the original skinhead was. for me i needed a better understanding of the social impact of those times, the reason why certain clothing was chosen and why it was specific to skinhead style. i also wanted to bridge the gap between mods skins and rudeboys and understand what the relationship was between all three. and despite all the information out in this world of tubes and sparks, i've never been able to get the right answers i've been looking for.
what i've learned here is that to truly understand it you have to have been there, no questions asked. however i can say after follwoing this thread for well over a year, i finally started to 'get it' - and its amazing how inaccurate alot of ppl have made it out to be.
thanks again roy, colin, paul, jason and everyone else for giving their own perspective, its a breath of fresh air!
Kind words mate, Thank You.
Well said pal. This threads been an education and appreciate anyone taking the time to answer questions.
Massive respect to the 'old' geezers
'Margit' as me mum used to say
Him on the back? Come on now, Graham.........
Do I have to be bossy and suggest a date for York? How about the 12th May?
That's when the Cup Final is on Queenie, will that affect anyone?
Football! Not when ye have to sit down te watch it, Bunty!
Queenie, you've gone all 'Likely Lads' on us!
Now that would be funny......
Why is 1973 floating around in my mind?...........
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