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  1. kicksinstyle

    kicksinstyle Well-Known Member

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    Hi folks,
    I'm new to this forum; I did an introduction in the "introduce yourself" thread but I thought I'd introduce myself here as well since it's lurking on this thread that brought me here in the first place. I confess I haven't read all 443 pages but I've dipped in and out, some great reading and brilliant stories from you originals!
    I'm 41 so first became aware the clothes around 79-80 copying the older lads. (Should mention I grew up outside Glasgow in Scotland, but have lived in San Francisco since 1995). It was off the back of punk & the mod revival, 2-tone was big as well as the Lambrettas, Chords etc. The 2-Tone stuff obviously led to discovering Trojan comps and catching up on all that rocksteady. To be honest when I was a kid I thought Skinheads were the new thing, I didn't realize it started in the 60s til a few years later! Ha! The innocence of youth. For a while everyone was a skinhead or a mod, it was the fashion. I stuck with the music throughout the 80s (as well as American hardcore & punk) throughout the 80s but fashion-wise drifted between skater style and football casual, mostly skate-punk through the early 90s then settling back with mostly Ben Sherman button-downs, v-neck jumpers, levi's, and harringtons for the last 15 years or so. It's the thing for an ageing punk to do!

    I have a question though, regarding shirts... I'm starting to notice that the roll on the collar of some of my older shirts is starting to get a bit flat. What does anyone do to try and preserve the roll? I used to keep the collar buttoned down while washing (gentle cycle, cold wash, hang dry on a hanger), but I recently started unbuttoning to wash and dry to see if that helps. I think it does a little. I rarely iron them, as my better quality shirts come out of the wash looking pretty crisp, but I wonder if a bit of starch & an ironing would do the job?

    Cheers, and nice to meet you all - feel like I know you all already.
    PS - did that book ever come out? the one made from the thread?
     


  2. bunty

    bunty Senior member

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    PXC - I've just seen your post. You are sadder than me mate :D

    Dundee Mods, just for you Ed. I've not seen this before.....



    Bunty's Brain Teaser -

    What year do you reckon it was filmed? ....judging by the barnet and clobber on the girl at 18sec (Queenie'd know) and the lads at 45sec, I'd say quite late....60...er 8 ?
     


  3. Ed Vaughan

    Ed Vaughan Senior member

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    Anywhere else... I'd say '68.

    Because it's Dundee, on the banks of the silvery Tay... 1989! :rotflmao:
     


  4. Lasttye

    Lasttye Senior member

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    Thanks for the story John
     
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  5. Little Queenie

    Little Queenie Senior member

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    Think you're about right, anywhere from '67 to maybe '69....
     


  6. Gramps

    Gramps Senior member

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    I think the thing to remember here, is that this is a thread for the "traditional Skinhead".

    There are plenty of sites out there to chat or discuss the modern day scene (or any part post 73), music, events, clothing etc.... But the thing that stands out on here, is (or was) the quality and content of the posts and information from not only the originals, but people who "make the concious effort" to do it right.

    Ive only recently joined, but spent the whole of the Christmas Holidays reading the entire thread and found out so much, This is the only forum that I contribute (yeah i know, not much) to or Read.

    I cant be classed as an original as Im only 32, but having been through the twilight years of learning the ropes, and the details, Id like to think that after over 20 years as a skinhead, I do my best to adhere to what is/was Traditional.
     


  7. Lasttye

    Lasttye Senior member

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    Spot on This thread is not only about the Original Skinheads is actually a social history of the late 60s early 70s,
     


  8. Gramps

    Gramps Senior member

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    Very true Roy,

    Its a great insight to world alot of us could not have been part of.

    Yeah we all talk bollocks from time to time, but just remember the sheer depth of information on here, for those of us privileged enough to know about the site.

    Its like a well kept (maybe not well enough from time to time) secret club.
     


  9. PxC

    PxC Active Member

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    Ok, here's how sad I am:
    The video was shot on september 4 1968.
    Ha!

     


  10. Lasttye

    Lasttye Senior member

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    Yes this site was like a little well kept secret, but like all cool things word gets around, Even if this thread ended tomorrow people on here can be proud of their contributions, This thread is the most important thing ever written about original skinheads, Why because because we are lucky to have a number people who was there, also younger people who have devoted most of their lives living and studying the Skinhead fashion cult.

    Their is loads more here to go over with.. keep it coming,:)
     
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    Lasttye Senior member

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    This is Tom and Myself at Up The Junction, Tom is 32, one of the smartest blokes i have ever known, He is one of those blokes who is smart without even trying, a natural.

    [​IMG]
     
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  12. Kingstonian

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    That is always how I have regarded it. Always very interested in the London stuff but I recognise that other areas have their own memories.

    If someone wants to talk about Slade - or whatever - it does not bother me provided they have something to say.

    The nature of threads is that there is an original topic and then people go off at tangents after a while. I am not minded to stop them; or ring fence the original discussion. It is banter and if it is interesting keep it coming.
     


  13. loempiavreter

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    Great find Bunty, wouldn't normally watch Beatles video so I would've missed it completely. The fella in the suit has his tie''s knot too far down, probably from moving/dancing too much. And why are his pocket flaps inserted into the pocket? Lot's of monkey jackets (even an orange one? never seen that before on kids of the original era). Happen to know where it was filmed Bunty? Obviously not all the kids are part of the scene, but still a neat little insight. And it's the bloody Beatles of all bands haha.

    A brolly in the studio? Brolly with the sharpened tip is still a few years away, but wouldn't security be all over him?
    [​IMG]
     


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    browniecj Senior member

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    Be rest assurred Mate,I have not!!!
     


  15. browniecj

    browniecj Senior member

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    Roy you are "Posh",Mate! :D.Even Londoners from East London are not true Cockneys-that Honour goes to People like my Wife Susie(who comes from the Hoxton/Shoreditch Area).A True Cockney.

    Seriously though,I never went on the "Football Specials",but years later I went North to go to Soul Dos.I can honestly say I never met any "Cockney B*st*rd"rhetoric-only when myself and my Brother-in-Law(who originates from Bermondsey)went to Mexborough in Yorkshire.We were told to keep quiet because the Locals hated Cockneys.So we did the over acting bit"Cor Blimey Guv" and "`ere You Got A New Motor?"(It was just about the time when Alexei Sayle was in the Charts).Apart from that never I experienced any "Anti-London"Feeling.In fact they were interested because we had made the Journey to places like Blackburn,Bradford,Manchester etc.,etc.


    I can honestly say that the Greaser v Skinhead thing did not carry on all the time.Other times we have stood in their Bars and drunk with them and they visited us.In fact one time there was a Mob coming over from some where and some of the Greasers(we knew)joined up with us.They also rode around on their Bikes to do the Scouting.:)
     


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