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

  1. Gsvs5

    Gsvs5 Senior member

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    just throwing this out there,as I have no real recollection of too much of that time,but do you think we took style direction from very early New York Disco post 1972? I am thinking about the beagle collars,tight flares,tank tops etc.Musically TSOP,George McRae ,kung fu fighting spring to mind?Personally I was full on into my boho/Woody/Rod image,but I'm sure there were latent Disco influences in there?
    Britain had no Latin Hustle community to bounce off,but I can't help but think there was an influence there somewhere?
    I will accept fcuck off as a valid response:)
    What year was Santa Esmerelda....76?
     
  2. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    Back in the day we simply called it 'Soul'. :)
     
  3. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    1972?
     
  4. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    I don't know what point you're trying to make, but I hear you. :)
     
  5. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    Help! Bloody slow down! :D
     
  6. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    The Swiss influence on street fashion.

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    I'll get my coat...

    Seriously, I've just checked above and realised that just about all my recent posts have been flippant one-liners. Time for me to stop that nonsense and get back on topic. I promise my future posts will be about the mod-to-suedehead era, with an emphasis on the Skinhead core.

    I'm really grateful that my my bio between 1967 and 1971 meant that I saw things happening up North and down South in part of the capital at this time. I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread, for confirming some of my memories, challenging loads of them, and giving me a good time reading it all. I'd like to thank whoever started it and got the discussions rolling in the first place, and also the people from the era in question who found the thread and kept it rolling.

    Congratulations on 1000+ pages, and still new information emerging, even though we can't stay on topic to save our arses!

    :cheers:
     
  7. MikeDT

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    Now I'm wondering if Elton John was really called Reginald Dwight at birth. Same for David Bowie, Cliff Richard, etc.
     
  8. yankmod

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    I still think Reed is a stage name and Firbanks(or some variation) Is the real name.
     
  9. Clouseau

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    Still page 501 on a IPad...
    need a thousand pages more...
    Thanks to all the originals for their great stories and recollections!
     
  10. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Senior member

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    I did say a while back that this thread should have stayed Mod to Suedehead and spawned new threads ( such as What came after Suedeheads etc etc ).
    The way the thread has gone lately makes me think it even more.
     
  11. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Senior member

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    Trilby hat,gingham shirt,boots,trousers worn short....maybe we have missed the Swiss influence on the Skinhead look ?
     
  12. cerneabbas

    cerneabbas Senior member

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    I agree that the music from the time period Mod to Suedehead is part of the thread...the rest isn't ( IMO ) why not start a music thread ? could call it Funk off .
    Sorry about your toothache mulled cider is a good treatment,too much of this medicine and you will be posting about what influence Adge Cutler and the Wurzels had on West country football songs ( in the Skinhead years of course ).
     
  13. cerneabbas

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    I am that one person ! and I stand by my comments...change Shanks shirt to a button down and I would wear his look in the picture...If you dressed me in Keegans clothes when I was dead I would come back and haunt you.
    I did wear the beagles,tank top,stacks look in the early 70s,even though I didn't like it ( I had looked foreward to being able to afford the proper Suedehead clothes ) Aces and Eights has said that you had to change to the new styles to keep up.People who kept wearing the old look just came across as not being able to afford new clobber or out of touch with what was happening ( IMO ).
    You have to keep that in mind when you say most on here think its shit...yes they do,because they wore it then and they didn't really like it,thats why they are one here now....to remember a look that they DID like...........all IMO.
     
  14. browniecj

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    Well done for getting over a 1000 pages-heres to the next lot.:fonz:
     
  15. Bob the Badger

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    This is not an original comment (given that there are now 1000 pages of this stuff) but the music was an important part of the Mod to Suedehead era. In my gang soul music was what we mainly listened to around 1966 onwards. (Following in the footsteps of the older Mods). Within that there was a hierarchy of 1.Stax, 2.Atlantic and 3.Motown. Motown we considered as watered down soul but it was the best to dance to, so was accepted and had its place. I don't know much about Northern Soul except the music seemed good but the dress sense of the all night crowds was non-existent. I could never understand how such badly dressed individuals could have such good musical tastes. I always felt they were letting the side down. Oh, and they couldn't dance proper, either.
     
  16. Bob the Badger

    Bob the Badger Senior member

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    Now over 1000 pages. What ever happened to the bloke who started it? Where is 'Spirit of 69' ? Someone should tell him he created a monster.
     
  17. Aces and Eights

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    Interesting point

    I have never let go of my skinhead roots but in 1977 ish when the 2nd wave appeared I had no interest whatsoever in their trend as their style was an exaggeration of what we had in 69/71 and was not for me when you have had the real deal

    Their jeans were higher and tighter, braces worn hanging down from waist, boots were higher legged, hair shorter, Tee shirts with motifs, racist and political attitudes. They also did not seem to have a dress code for smart wear ie for clubs or meeting girlfriends - no smart suits or casual wear.

    They had their own take on the style and it was their time

    I was 23 / 24 by then and living and working in Spain and Germany and to be dressed like the 2nd wave would have looked daft on me at that age and I wanted to blend in with the crowd and not stand out. I had no political statements to make. In Germany then I encountered several incidences where German skinhead fanatics relishing the old Nazis ways tried to intimidate Brits working in their country - no chance

    I think at the time I was wearing smart sports jacket (suit type) and trousers for evening wear and Lois jeans and slip on shoes for day wear. Polo shirts but not the Fred Perry brand - something else. I remember 'cap sleeve' ?? T shirts with the high shoulder sleeve.

    I also never had an issue with losing my hair at a young age. Having had a Wahl electric clippers for 35 years I have saved a fortune in that time from not visiting the barbers. In that time my hair has been number 1 which was shorter than the 1/2 inch crop back in our day

    One of our old gang had dealings with Mr Courtney in his line of business
     
  18. Aces and Eights

    Aces and Eights Senior member

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    Yes congrats to all contributors for making this thread attain over 1000 pages. its good and interesting reading from various ages, all areas of Britain together with a world wide input

    Sometimes the thread varies off course but it needs to be remembered that its a forum therefore freedom of speech. An item someone posts will trigger someone's memory and out pours information that we have not recalled since kids and a debate emerges.

    We have a lot of characters on here with sensible contributions and I have had pleasure in thinking ' Christ I remember that' or 'I had one of those' and the old memory starts clicking through the motions

    I am glad I found this thread and have been able to contribute and also enjoy other like minded peoples recollections especially before old age and Alzheimer's kicks in
     
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    The Black Bad boys of the seventies and 80s . Petty Theivery and Mugging but doing it in style . ( if that is not a contridiction in itself )
     
  20. Kingstonian

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    He is over on the AAAC forum under a different name. He does not come on here much now.
     

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