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Mod is a subculture that originated in London, England in the late 1950s and peaked in the early to mid 1960s.Significant elements of the mod subculture include: fashion (often tailor-made suits); music, including African American soul, Jamaican ska, British beat music and R&B; and riding Italian motor scooters. From the mid to late 1960s onwards. The mod scene focus was in cafe/bars which would often be open until around 11pm & where the jukeboxes would cater for their music tastes.
Skinheads were a subculture that originated among the British working class youths in the late 1960s. Named skinhead for their close-cropped hair, the first skinheads were greatly influenced by the music (such record labels as Trojan reggae) & Jamaican/West Indian rudeboy styles and also the British mod scene, in terms of fashion, music & lifestyle.Skinheads (also known as traditional skinheads or trads) are individuals who identify with the original British skinhead subculture of the late 1960s, when ska, rocksteady, reggae and soul music were popular.
The phrase Spirit of '69 is used by traditional skinheads to commemorate what they identify as the skinhead subculture's heyday in 1969. The phrase was popularized by a group of Scottish skinheads called Glasgow Spy Kids.Its use in the title of a skinhead history book, Spirit of 69: A Skinhead Bible, led skinheads to adopt it around the world. The book was published in the early 1990s by the author George Marshall, a skinhead from Glasgow. In Spirit of '69: A Skinhead Bible, Marshall documents the origins and development of the skinhead subculture, describing elements such as music, dress, and politics in an attempt to refute many popular perceptions about skinheads; the most common being that they are all racists.
Because of their appreciation of music played by black people, they are non-racist, unlike the white power skinheads (a faction that developed in the later 1970s). Trad skinheads usually dress in a typical 1960s skinhead style, which includes items such as: Sta-press, button-down Ben Sherman shirts;Fred Perry polo shirts, braces, fitted suits, cardigan sweaters, sleeveless sweaters, Harrington jackets and Crombie-style overcoats. Hair is generally between a 2 and 4 grade clip-guard (short, but not bald), in contrast to the shorter-haired punk-influenced Oi! skins of the earli 1980s.
Northen Soul is a music & dance movement that emerged out of the British mod scene, initially in northern England in the late 1960s. Northern sould mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul music based on heavy beat & fast tempo of the mid-1960s Tamla Motown sound. The Northern soul movement, however generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that has met with significant mainstream success. The recordings most prized by genre enthusiasts are usually by lesser-known artists & were initially released only in limited numbers.
Northern soul is also associated with particular dance styles & fashions that grew out of the underground rhythm & soul scene of the 1960s, at venues such as the Twisted Wheel in Manchester. This scene quickly spread to other UK dancehalls & nightclubs like the Catacombs in Wolverhampton, the Highland Rooms in Blackpool Mecca, Golden Touch in Stoke-on-Trent& Wigan Casino. As favoured beat became more uptempo & frantic, by the early 1970s northern soul dancing became more athletic.Featuring spins, flips, & backdrops, club dancing styles were often inspired by the stage performances of visiting American soul acts such as Little Anthony & the Imperials & Jackie Wilson.
Soul boys were a working class English youth subculture of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Fans of American soul and funk music, it emerged in North-West England as northern soul event attendees began to take more interest in the more modern funk and jazz funk sounds of artists such Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers instead of obscure 1960s soul records that characterized the northern soul scene.
The subculture emerged at nightclubs in the South East England such as The Goldmine in Canvey Island and The Royalty in Southgate. DJs involved with the development of the soulboy scene included Chris Hill, Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards and Froggy. Caister Soul Weekenders became the main event in the soulboy scene and still exist today. The casual subculture that emerged in the 1980s was heavily influenced by the soulboys, including the sideways fringed wedge hairstyle. Although the soulboy scene was huge by the early 1980s, it received little media coverage because it was centred around American funk acts and was largely working class. Therefore, it received far less coverage than more middle class youth cultures of the same period, notably the new romantics.
Scooterboy is a member of a specific subculture based around riding motor scooters namely Vespa and Lambretta Scooters. The subculture started in the late 1960s in the industrial north of England.The subculture resurfaced nationally in the United Kingdom around 1979 or 1980 at the time of the 2tone & mod revival.The huge number of scooter clubs that sprung up around this movement best identified as the scooterboy movement. Unlike the mods, who often customize their scooters with 1960s-style paint jobs and accessories (such as extra mirrors), scooterboys generally use a more modern style of paint work, sometimes adding murals depicting events or music, or in some cases turning them into cutdowns. Performance items were also added to the scooters to improve speed and handling.
The high point for scooterboys in Great Britain was from 1984 to 1987. Scooter rallies during this period were attracting numbers in excess of 10,000 or 15,000 people. Scooter rallies usually involved camping,allnighters and alldayers, watching bands, dancing to DJs, drinking and participating in various scooter-related activities. In the 1980s, scooterboys listened to various styles of music, including ska, 2 Tone, psychobilly, punk rock, Oi!, and northern soul. A few popular songs at scooter rallies in the 1980s included: "The Snake" by Al Wilson", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" by The Clash, "Skinhead Love Affair" by Bad Manners", "Surfin' Bird" by The Trashmen, and "Tony Blackburn" by Binky Baker.
The scooterboy subculture has spread around the world, largely due to magazines such as Scootering and Scooter Scene. In the 2000s, there has been a sizable scooterboy (or as they are now known, scooterist) scene in many countries, notably Germany, the United States, France and Italy.