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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 came across this post last night browniecj on the Soul Source Forum.It's the first time I have heard mention of the two DJ's that provided the soundtrack to my life in those days and confirms the traveling side of life as a soul fan in the Midlands at that time.The comments are regarding Ski-ing in the Snow by the Invitations.BTW they were the first to play Baby Reconsider by Leon Haywood in our area.Apparently it was the first single to be sold at The Twisted Wheel for 10 quid ! That was a small fortune then.Amazing really that these DJ's were to provide such an enduring influence over so many lives,and shouldn't be underestimated.The post is by a lad i knew over 40 years ago and i haven't seen hide nor hair of since.incredible.


    Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:44 PM
    I first heard this record at Stafford Yeoman Soul nights in 1971,,, the DJ who owned it was a guy called Dave Lowe and with his DJ partner Barry Morgan,,, they had some of the hottest singles around at the time and both where Wheel Boys!

    Its probably laughable to some now but people used to travel all over , as they found out Dave had a copy of the Invitations

    The Yeoman was playing EVERTHING that the Wheel was playing , we were very lucky to have then two guys in Stafford

    It was Pre " Northern Soul" and no pressings/boot legs ,,, that was lust about to start,,, Jeff King came to the Yeoman eventually and sold his Soul Sounds from a small van on the car park,,, we loved it at the time!!!

    As crass as the record is thought of now it has always been favoured by collectors and went for big money in its day

    I think thats what you have to put into prespective here,,, people now have a lot more knowledge these days and access to Rare records ,,, back in the day WE did not have much of either!!

    This record is of its time,,, Not evey ones taste!!
     


  2. yankmod

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    McDermott.You should have told that C***sucker."Me no speaka de english" and smiled broadly.The younger generations are limited to the clothing they can find that still exists.Parkas for Mod revivalists are easy as they are plentiful in Army surplus stores.Levi's and Clark's desert boots also available still.Vintage clothes today are mostly 80's(horror)Once in a while you might find a piece or two.Recently found a vintage surfer(monkey) jacket.35 dollars,not a bad price.One of the other problems for young-uns is finding photos or film that shows the original styles.There is much more info on Mods as the style went mainstream worldwide.Skinheads on the other hand were much more short lived and had less visibility.Thanks to this thread and the folks on here who "know" and have posted info and pics,we are getting a clearer picture of the subculture.If a British Skinhead traveled to the U.S in 69 and approached some Ivy kids sayin "Look at me,we are copying you yanks" The Yanks woulda laughed and thought the skinhead version was clownish.Modifications are made when one culture takes from another.As we have seen.Vintage Skin clothes are tuff to find and thanks to ebay way overpriced.We have to make modifications from what we can find.This is a thread about the original style and Lifestyle.Recreating it is impossible.To me it's about acknowledging certain subcultures.One or two items of clothing well placed will tell someone in the know what cultural influences make up ones identity.There are more pressing issues in the world anyway.Starving Africans could care less about Rich westerners obsession with Style.Saw an old man in Cuba in rags.I mean rags.He wasn't thinkin bout the size of the BD collar.We are lucky we can engage in this type of frivolity.End of sermon.Amen.
     


  3. elwood

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    Good to get that confirmation, roytonboy. My memory's more reliable than I was beginning to fear.

    As you say, late 69 DMs not often seen. When I first went on the Kippax at that time, black hobnail boots were very common. I remember being on the Kippax early, well before kick off at one of first games I went to, and seeing skins in hobnails competing to see who could create most sparks by striking their soles on the concrete terrace steps and then having "ski-ing" races down the gangways. They went at a fair old lick so you had to get out of the way pretty sharpish if you were a little 'un like I was then.

    (I'm behind on posts too; catching up as have been away without internet access for a while.)
     


  4. elwood

    elwood Senior member

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    Great photos, Ed.

    In this last one (above), that looks to me to be a City scarf (as far as I can tell from its tones in b&w) the girls are holding. Any other information from source?
     


  5. Pressure_Drop

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    OK - just to chuck my two pennyworth on this debate and again bring up the London/rest of country divide...

    Collarless 'union' shirts - yes

    Grandad vest - oh yes! Very popular in Bristol - and dyed bright colours (not tie dyed!!)

    Army greens - no, well not until smoothie/boot boys c. 1971/72 and then mixed with Onitsuka Tiger basketball boots.

    Donkey jackets - no, not until revival late 70s, teamed with flat caps.

    Thick woolie cardigans - yes - and thin lightweight ones.

    Trilbies - yes - but pork pie versions more common.

    Berets - yes popular esp. at football - even saw [gulp!] Bowler hats. :embar:

    Also workmen's helmets were very popular on the terraces late 60s/early 70s - often painted in team colours.










     


  6. Ed Vaughan

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    I thought City, too, mate.

    No more info, I'm afraid - just off a 'Tumblr' find. :(
     


  7. buttons

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    The lasses with the scarves are from Dublin.
     


  8. Gsvs5

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    Pressure Drops comments just got me thinking? Like my memories,the collarless shirts and dyed vests were seemingly popular in the Midlands and Bristol but less so in other areas.One of the most popular areas for us to go on our Summer Holidays were the West Country.Newquay,Torquay were probably the top two.I know Stoke lads went to the North West and Wales.Cockneys went to Kent and Sussex.Maybe this is where the regional styles were shared and played a significant role alongside the Terraces?
     


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    Firstly, I've been following this thread for a while and absolutely love it. Lots of great pictures and information. This is my first time posting though. I'm a skinhead girl from Canada and am starting a fanzine called Soul Time, covering the original style and music of the skinhead subculture. For an article I'm working on I'd like to talk to people that were into it around that time, especially from 1969-1971. If anyone would like to share any stories or pictures, or know anyone who would be interested, please email me at [email protected]. And for anybody interested in the fanzine, my first issue should be out around the end of May, but you can keep informed by "liking" facebook.com/soultimezine

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    Thanks a lot!

    Andrea
     


  10. browniecj

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    I was actually commenting on your "generalisation" Gsvs5.I do not back up my thoughts by one visit to the 100 Club.I have been to Clubs in Liverpool,Manchester,Sheffield etc.and I go regulary to a small Club in Lincoln-where young Mods go.I would say that the effort they have put in,is very commendable.These do not follow Weller(one of the things I find funny is 40+ year old Men with "feathered side bits,but then everyone to their own :)).Ok so there are ones that just throw things together but I could say all Northern Soul Fans now wear Baggy Trousers and have Beer Mats tucked into their Belts.Some still do though(when it is the umpteenth Wigan Casino Revival",but that is certainly not the case.).In the 60s there were scruffy Skinheads(I am not being regional here)even though the general concensus is they were smart.Look at the iconic Picture of 4 Skinheads walking past some Hippies in Piccadilly Circus.I would say they were scruffy.
     


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    There are Youngsters who have gone back to the very ethos of Mod.Like Little Queenie , Ancillotti(probably spelt that wrong-sorry Mate) Buttons on here they have studied what was underneath the Hype and have taken PHDs in the Subject :)
     


  12. Man-of-Mystery

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    The Wrangler cord jacket / Wrangler jeans combination is actually very 1968 North of England.
     


  13. Man-of-Mystery

    Man-of-Mystery Senior member

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    I'm avoiding posting a pic of myself (again!) with long sideburns! :D

    I love the idea of putting on a display somewhere like Margate Beach, roping off a part of the beach, and having the public watch a team of people dressed like skins and a team of people dressed like greasers pretend to beat each other up, while a bloke on a PA system explains to them what's going on!
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  15. browniecj

    browniecj Senior member

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    I must do better-regularly.


    Not seen too often in the original Photos but much more in the 70 Skinhead ones-woollen Skullcaps,that sat on the back of the head-with 1/2 inch roll back.I think I have seen a Picture on here-but where???? :)
     


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