The Life

Browsing Carnaby Street! God, before there was Tiles, that was what Sunshine used to do everyday at lunch. Sunshine, whose real name is Tony Newman, of Stamford Hill, Tottenham, and who used to be called Blossom (well, Sunshine tops Blossom anyway) Sunshine would cut out of the stationer’s store with the straight lunch mask on and then head straight for Carnaby Street and then just walk up and down Carnaby Street’s weird two blocks for an hour, past the Lord John, West One, the Tom Cat, men’s boutiques with strange enormous blow-up photographs in the windows, of young men flying through the air with some kind of Batman jockstraps on and rock music pouring out the doors, and kids just like him, Sunshine, promenading up and down, and tourists, christ, hundreds of tourists coming in there to photograph each other in front of Male West One instead of Big Ben, and busloads of schoolgirls with their green blazers on and embroidered crests on the breast pocket, all come to see the incredible Carnaby Street, which turns out to be a very small street with shops and awnings and people standing around with cameras in their hands, and Sunshines, all the Sunshines of this world trundling up and down for their whole lunch hour, not eating a goddamned thing, just immersing themselves in The Life.

Tom Wolfe, The Noonday Underground (1965)

Download: The ‘In’ Crowd – The Ramsey Lewis Trio (mp3)

The Tribes of Britain



Download: Boys and Girls – Reparata & the Delrons (mp3)



Download: To Be Someone (Demo) – The Jam (mp3)




Download: Teenage Lament ’74 – Alice Cooper (mp3)




Download: Hersham Boys – Sham 69 (mp3)

Feeling a bit peaky?


In Brief Encounter the emotionally-crushed Laura is told by her gossipy friend that she looks “a bit peaked” which struck me as being the posh version of “a bit peaky” which is how I’ve always said it coz I’m common.

For my American friends it means to look pale, wan, or sick. The internets seem a little unsure of the origin of the phrase but I assume it has something to do with having hit some sort of peak and crashed.

Anyway, get this down you. It’ll do you good.

Download: I Feel Much Better – Small Faces (mp3)

Something for the Weekend



I used to have a shirt just like the one Weller’s wearing in this. Loved that shirt. Wouldn’t be caught dead in a red tank top though.

Skynd dig frem!

Nice Chopper Lambretta


Not being a scooter boy I have no opinion in the Lambretta vs. Vespa debate, but if it’s good enough for Jean Shrimpton…

Sorry this record isn’t quite up to the class and sophistication of the above photo.

Download: Funky Moped – Jasper Carrott (mp3)

Something for the Weekend



It’s a pity they’re miming but this is still bursting with fabulousness, not least of which is how cute PP Arnold looks.

The Tribes of Britain



Download: We’re So Cool – Au Pairs (mp3)




Download: This Boy – The Beatles (mp3)



Download: Angel Face – The Glitter Band (mp3)



Download: Lipstick – Buzzcocks (mp3)

Something for the Weekend



How hep are these cats?

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