Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Ooooooh, GET YOU!
NEW ROMANTICS, (A Brief History,)
If you were dressed like a dandy highwayman in 1781 it would probably mean the gallows and a public hanging. On the other hand, if you dressed like a dandy highwayman in 1981 it would probably mean that you'd soon put on roughly 7 stone and sometime in the early 21st century menace the patrons at your local boozer by waving a replica firearm around! Who can forget those peacocks of fashion 'the New Romantics'? This crowd were not part of a revival of the artistic movement immortalised by the likes of Byron or Shelley, but a rallying of adventurous types who would give anything for a free day pass into the BBC drama departments wardrobe. Ahhhh, such days. In fact, the area at Old Eldon Square, on any given weekend, back then looked like the cast of The Pirates of the Caribbean having a break from shooting. Often the target of many a Charver, these lovable 'arties provided much entertainment during their brief existence. Many reckon that Bowie inspired this movement, but my money is on 'Captain Pugwash', Which in the eyes of the New Romantics would bizarrely bring a cardboard figure to the same iconic status as Bowie himself. Romantics usually lived in Morpeth, Tynemouth, or Gosforth. But things even got out of hand on a number of occasions as the swashbuckling romantics of Cramlington Village clashed with the pistol whippin Bedlington highwaymen on board the X33 bus from Newcastle to Newbiggin! Sadly, the argument as to which was best, 'Dr Snuggles' or 'Dangermouse?' Was never decided! Once they arrived at the Haymarket, the shipmates headed into town and it was to the usual dive bars that their journey would end. Stripey t-shirts and Chinese pumps all round and a pint of orange juice please my good sir, Duran Duran on the decks and all were happy. Actually, much happier people all-round than their descendants the Goths. 'Tunnel' and 'Herges' were the place for the romantic to shop, or the Army and Navy Stores at the top of high bridge for the more adventurous. 'Flip' also stocked an array of sad imported shirts, and mingling here with some ‘boyos’ buying parkas and Shott puffer jackets was the nearest the romantics actually got to a pair of Kickers without receiving a kicking! Now many romantics would argue that 'their scene' was unique and that no one had tried their particular look before. However, this argument could be squashed by: Captain Kidd, Dick Turpin, Tom, Dick or Harry Dunsdon, Sitting Bull, Crazy horse, Captain Henry Morgan or Blackbeard. Although, I reckon most the aforementioned ship folk would prefer some good old sea shanties to the 12" version of 'Planet Earth'. DESPITE the fact that by the time the romantics finished their time at sixth form, they were opting for back garb and moody stances, there will always be a smile for this band of under achieving over achievers.
Just for your own 'Emotional Rescue', here's a nice little track from one of Tourists, (the night wot this blog is for remember?) guests from last month, Brooklyn's kings of the modern day edit, In Flagranti. Check it.
In Flagranti * Emotinonal R. Edit.
As well as that, here's a Serge Santiago mix from 'We Love,,,' in Ibiza that we found kicking about down the back of the old mainframe here up at Tourist Towers. Enjoy,,,,
Big Love, Fape. X