I was too young to remember the early eighties when my home town of
It was an amazing up rising of youth culture that was partly influenced by Quadrophenia and of course was born out of boredom.
If you were a teenager in the 80’s you will know that there was nothing to do, so you had to decided whether you were a “ Mod “ or a “ rocker “. It was your identity.
The Mods always dressed in cool clobber, Ben Sherman’s, doc martins , bomber jackets, tight hair cuts, Vespa scooters.
The rockers of that generation had long greasy hair, bad teeth, shite clothes, and crap music …..guess what I was into !
The Ska, two tone and reggae scene was huge in my town. People would buy Madness, selector, the specials, the beat, bad manners records & tapes, badges & jacket patches. The dance floors were divided by head banging rockers and knees up ska sets, with the occasional riot
So when Madness were announced for live at the marquee I was a happy little ska feen.
The greatest party band in the world.