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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Aces and Eights

    Aces and Eights Senior member

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    Your comments are smack on. It’s been a pleasure finding this site a month ago. I just don’t get any opportunities to talk and reminisce the good old days of this particular era.

    Unfortunately if you were not there at the time you cannot grasp the atmosphere, the smells of clothes, leather etc or the vibrant base from the speakers blasting out the old reggae tunes. I don’t think how ever hard you try to explain you just can’t project that across. Its like us trying to understand exactly how and what Teddy boys were at

    I remember a London skinhead outside the Sphinx in Dreamland Margate pulling out a large switch blade to 3 of us and giving it large of what he was going to do to us. He made the cocky mistake of saying “I don’t need this to sort you lot out” and as he closed the blade we set upon him. The thing I remember is his long centre vent on his mohair jacket getting extended to his collar and one of my mates shouting “that’s a proper centre vent now”!!

    Through reading and posting here it jogs the memory to re-call moments that are maybe only a few seconds long that have stuck in the old brain and hopefully will release other happenings as well
     


  2. browniecj

    browniecj Senior member

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    Somebody asked about the "Look" of `71(the end of).Gramps I think.
    Here would have been my Wardrobe,for(about) that time:-

    Hair Shoulder Length,but shortish on top.
    Penny Collar Shirts - Plain and Patterned.
    Tank Tops - Stripes and Plain.
    Oxford Bags - Beige,Dark Brown,Bottle Green,Black,Striped Navy Blue and Checked Blue and Lighter Bue.
    Two Tone Shoes mainly(one Pair was Beige and Dark Brown Patent Look).
    Three Piece Suit(Off The Peg)-Brown Striped with wide Lapels.
    Double Breasted Jackets.
    Short Leather Bomber Jacket-shiny Leather
    Long Haired Sheepskin
    Long Length LeatherCoat - Bought from the "Lane" for £25.

    No sign of Skinhead anywhere.:)
     


  3. browniecj

    browniecj Senior member

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    The "Budgie" Look came in during that time(`71/`72)-with Suede and Leather Jackets.I had a Burgundy Suede one.
     


  4. Gramps

    Gramps Senior member

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    Thanks Brownie.

    So by the sounds of it, diferent Lads went off in different directions, fashion wise.
     


  5. Lasttye

    Lasttye Senior member

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    Their are Skinhead doos all over the Country throughout the year, The age group is around 18 to over 60, with a average age of mid Forties, Its also great to see so many Original Skinheads turning up at these doos.
    The thing is one can sit at home and do fcuk all or get out there and have a great time with like minded people, Never give up thats what i say, you are a long time dead,


    Their is a big Skinhead doo, Margate 6/7th July,

    Skinhead reunion London Carnaby St 28th April.

    May 19th York, Meet up with members from this thread.

    Their is a Glam Rock night at UTJ Battersea Sat April 14th.

    Just a few if anyone interested.:)
     
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  6. Charlie Endell

    Charlie Endell New Member

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    Brilliant thread - a mine of info. that I'm slowly making my way through. As recommended by Ed, Manchester.

    Whilst I'm here, anyone know when Brighton Loafers were first worn? I was only born in '69 so memories of the era are a bit vague! Just about to order a pair.
     


  7. circustavern777

    circustavern777 Senior member

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    you brought back some memorys brownie mate i can see them budgie jackets now zip fronted, big collar were they penny collar or both can seem to see contrasting reds and mauves browns and golds ect, what price would they have been im gonna take a punt £12
     


  8. circustavern777

    circustavern777 Senior member

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    the long black leather coat would i be right to think 1976
     


  9. Pressure_Drop

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    Mine was chocolate brown and black suede, three quarter length with patch pockets - sounds hideous know but it was my pride and joy back then. Think I forked out about £20 which was a lot of money back then.

    It must seem strange to these (younger?) lads who are trying hard to recreate the authentic skinhead look that at the tail end of '71 we couldn't wait to ditch our skinhead gear, in fact you wouldn't be seen dead in a button down check shirt or Sta-prest for fear of being thought of us past it and not cool - on my feet I wore a pair of blue metallic platform shoes with contrasting red stitching. I still had a pair of boots but they had been spray painted by then and only worn on the terraces. My favourite footwear was a white pair of Onitsuka Tiger basketball boots, surely the granddaddy of all the designer trainers?

    Sadly no photos of that era - as someone else stated you just didn't carry cameras with you - shame as we had no idea at the time of what an important chapter of social history was being written.
     


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    Our Skinhead cloths seemed to get ditched overnight... fcuking shame i have not got a clue what happened to all my kit, and at the time i did not care,

    I had a couple of Budgie jackets one was also Maroon and Beige, The cloths just got from bad to worse, but as you say Chris we thought at the time we was the dogs bollocks, As the 70s went on we went from smart to the ridiculous.:D
     


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    Was it a good one Roy?Maybe Margate....definitelyYork though!!!:)
     


  12. circustavern777

    circustavern777 Senior member

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    pressure drop, you have great photos the one titled east end boys 1970 what part of the east end any idea , was london your area . regards mate
     


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    I think you could say....we went from Skinheads to Circus Clowns(when you think the combinations we wore).:)
     


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    Southend was a brill doo.. all the faces was there from all over the UK, Yep looking forward to York Colin,
     


  15. circustavern777

    circustavern777 Senior member

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    did you get involved in the bowie look i only had the hair still wore dms sometimes but i did have them mad platform shoes remember that shoe shop called shellys i remember buying a pair of midnight blue and silver from a shop down the hollaway rd sure they were around £9 think iwas on £7 a day on the demolition i thought they were dear but your right wore some mad stuff seeing how smart and clothes concious you was as a skin
     


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