Mods, Rockers, Punks, Skins, Soul Music and Cultures pre 1990.

HBB

Geoff Thomas
That takes me back too CR. Old Market Square was a major hub for Corpo buses until the area started to become pedestrianised. The ones in the photo would have been arriving from Arnold, Mapperley, St Anns or Sneinton, whilst buses from Beeston, Lenton and Wollaton terminated across the road, next to the wall.

Buses from West Bridgford, Ruddington and Clifton terminated at the site of the current tram-stops on the south side of the square.

Shows how long it is since I was back - I find the idea that those buses aren't still there to be nigh on inconceivable - only ones I bothered with were the 80-81 from Beastmarket Hill at the end of St James street as they'd wend their merry way back to Bulwell.. though more often I'd get the 17 from Trinity Square. Sometimes used to be joined on that one by Steve Chettle who I knew from school, imagine a young scholar these days getting the bus back home.

There was a Austin Reed (I think it was??) just by the side of the 80/81 bus stop I remember, at the time one the first places to sell Lacoste t-shirts as football fashion took off and we all went a little bit Casual... though I remember Casuals being called Shades in Nottingham (is that just me?), with the wedge haircut and choice of Fila, Tacchini, etc.

But I really loved the early 80s when I was at school, there was the Mods in their fishtail parkas, the pseudo punks, that period when everyone wore faux leather box jackets and that year when the whole world wore pink. Must have been around '84... I was firmly in the New Romantic crowd, baggy trousers, panel shirts, lots of gel in the hair and some suede zip-up winkle-pinkers I was especially proud of. Used to go the Video bar under the Palais, Vogons, The Garage (what a legendary venue that was) before it was the Kool Kat and my fave club of all time Pieces.
 
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Rockabilly

Gaff Lad
Shows how long it is since I was back - I find the idea that those buses aren't still there to be nigh on inconceivable - only ones I bothered with were the 80-81 from Beastmarket Hill at the end of St James street as they'd wend their merry way back to Bulwell.. though more often I'd get the 17 from Trinity Square. Sometimes used to be joined on that one by Steve Chettle who I knew from school, imagine a young scholar these days getting the bus back home.

There was a Austin Reed (I think it was??) just by the side of the 80/81 bus stop I remember, at the time one the first places to sell Lacoste t-shirts as football fashion took off and we all went a little bit Casual... though I remember Casuals being called Shades in Nottingham (is that just me?), with the wedge haircut and choice of Fila, Tacchini, etc.

But I really loved the early 80s when I was at school, there was the Mods in their fishtail parkas, the pseudo punks, that period when everyone wore faux leather box jackets and that year when the whole world wore pink. Must have been around '84... I was firmly in the New Romantic crowd, baggy trousers, panel shirts, lots of gel in the hair and some suede zip-up winkle-pinkers I was especially proud of. Used to go the Video bar in the Palais, Vogons and my fave club of all time Pieces.

Nice one HBB. :cheers:
 

HBB

Geoff Thomas
Nice one HBB. :cheers:

Thanks - the memories are all still so strong - walking up from town through the Meadows to the WFCG, over the bridge, having a couple in the TBT or the Birdcage.. Though I always especially remember that first trip to the City ground in 1975. we played Charlton and my Dad let me go into the Kids enclosure - we parked in the main car park and it was all pock marked cinder - we lost 2-1.
 

Rockabilly

Gaff Lad
Thanks - the memories are all still so strong - walking up from town through the Meadows to the WFCG, over the bridge, having a couple in the TBT or the Birdcage.. Though I always especially remember that first trip to the City ground in 1975. we played Charlton and my Dad let me go into the Kids enclosure - we parked in the main car park and it was all pock marked cinder - we lost 2-1.
Brilliant, I love it. :congored:
 

Rockabilly

Gaff Lad
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Otis Redd'un

Steve Chettle
Small Faces down the Dungeon. It must have been cramped down there,the crowd are even behind Mac the keyboard player.

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It could get very cramped FP, particularly when popular acts of the time like the Small Faces and the Kinks and visiting Motown artists were in town.

It's interesting that that photo features the club owner's (Mick Parker) surreal fascination with stuffed animals in glass cases adorning the walls.
 

Otis Redd'un

Steve Chettle
Nice one Bazza. Funny thing is, I've still not grown out of it yet. I still dress the same as I did back in the 80s. Even when I go to the shops or the football, I still wear the rockabilly clothing.

Regarding the fairs, I'm watching Youtube vlogs every day. They'll be a dozen vlogs on Ilkeston Fair this weekend. I still get the buzz from Fairs.

I'm a lot older now, but I can't see me ever changing. :lol:
I'm assuming you didn't hear it Gary, but on Jonny Owen's TalkSport show this morning, after coming back from an ad-break with a short clip of Stray Cat Strut, Jonny and his co-host, Mark Webster, had a very brief, respectful and (to my layman's ears) seemingly informed discussion about British Rockabilly culture, which I found interesting.

I don't know if the station has a listen-again function, but if it does it's a couple of minutes into the 2nd-hour of the show. You won't learn anything Gary, but it's a subject matter that doesn't often get mentioned on national radio, at least as far as I'm aware.
 
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Rockabilly

Gaff Lad
I'm assuming you didn't hear it Gary, but on Jonny Owen's TalkSport show this morning, after coming back from an ad-break with a short clip of Stray Cat Strut, Jonny and his co-host, Mark Webster, had a very brief, respectful and (to my layman's ears) seemingly informed discussion about British Rockabilly culture, which I found interesting.

I don't know if the station has a listen-again function, but if it does it's a couple of minutes into the 2nd-hour of the show. You won't learn anything Gary, but it's a subject matter that doesn't often get mentioned on national radio, at least as far as I'm aware.
Nice one Frank, I've not listened to Talksport for a good while now, I turn my back and a bit of culture. Pleased you managed to catch the Rockabilly Culture.
For last year or so, I've been listening to Boom Radio. I love Boom, it's a station where the DJs actually know what they're talking about when it comes to music. Lots of facts and figures about most of the tunes they play. All kinds of music ranging from the 1940s, 50s, 60s 70s 80s etc. What I like about boom is it's not all the same, same, same oldies that most stations play such as Gold Radio. Boom Radio is the brain child of Radio Trent's David Lloyd and John Peters.

I've heard hundreds of tunes on Boom Radio, tunes that not even I've heard of before. They have an online playlist, so anything I've missed when I've been out, especially something some of the old gems I've not heard before, I get chance to listen to them. And the best bit of for ME is, every tune they play is downloadable from Apple Music. I've downloaded hundreds of hidden gems thanks to Boom Radio.

Sorry for rambling on a bit... sending you my kindest regards, and to Anita too.
 

Otis Redd'un

Steve Chettle
Thanks Gary, best wishes also to you and Joolz.

I was genuinely unaware that there's a station wholly dedicated to the baby-boomer generation. From your description you've sold it to me. I'll certainly check it out and get back to you.
 

football post

Geoff Thomas
Nice one Frank, I've not listened to Talksport for a good while now, I turn my back and a bit of culture. Pleased you managed to catch the Rockabilly Culture.
For last year or so, I've been listening to Boom Radio. I love Boom, it's a station where the DJs actually know what they're talking about when it comes to music. Lots of facts and figures about most of the tunes they play. All kinds of music ranging from the 1940s, 50s, 60s 70s 80s etc. What I like about boom is it's not all the same, same, same oldies that most stations play such as Gold Radio. Boom Radio is the brain child of Radio Trent's David Lloyd and John Peters.

I've heard hundreds of tunes on Boom Radio, tunes that not even I've heard of before. They have an online playlist, so anything I've missed when I've been out, especially something some of the old gems I've not heard before, I get chance to listen to them. And the best bit of for ME is, every tune they play is downloadable from Apple Music. I've downloaded hundreds of hidden gems thanks to Boom Radio.

Sorry for rambling on a bit... sending you my kindest regards, and to Anita too.
Funny I put that on earlier Rocka. The DJ mentioned Smokey Robinson Tears of a Clown but he didn't play that he played the follow up single called I don't blame you at all. A song I've never heard before.
I'll be listening again, it's nice to hear some more obscure stuff.
 

Rockabilly

Gaff Lad
Funny I put that on earlier Rocka. The DJ mentioned Smokey Robinson Tears of a Clown but he didn't play that he played the follow up single called I don't blame you at all. A song I've never heard before.
I'll be listening again, it's nice to hear some more obscure stuff.
Aye, it’s a cracking tune too. There are one or two Ex Radio Caroline djs on there as well.. The morning shows are brilliant.
 

Otis Redd'un

Steve Chettle
Funny I put that on earlier Rocka. The DJ mentioned Smokey Robinson Tears of a Clown but he didn't play that he played the follow up single called I don't blame you at all. A song I've never heard before.
I'll be listening again, it's nice to hear some more obscure stuff.
I Don't Blame You At All is a great, but seriously underrated record in my opinion FP, and we still have the original 45, as purchased way back by the present Mrs Redd'un from Rediffusion or some other such Nottingham record shop.

William 'Smokey' Robinson....."America's greatest living poet" - Bob Dylan
 
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