The Tribes of Britain



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Soul Power UK



This is a terrific short documentary with great archival footage about the British soul scene from the 60s to the 80s, part of a series of films about British youth culture directed by Don Letts for Fred Perry.

The differences between the scenes in the North (thumping beats, practical clothes) and the South (slick Jazz-Funk, fashionable gear) seem like cultural cliches of Hard Northerners vs Soft Southern Pooftahs but are actually mostly true in this instance.

The soul scene in the South hasn’t been written about nearly as much as the one oop North — a reversal of the usual media prejudice — but it was just as vital and more modern in outlook so it’s nice to see it given some proper respect in this movie. My earliest clubbing experiences were at the Lyceum in London in the late 70s with soul-scene legends Steve Walsh and Greg Edwards DJ-ing. The place was packed with Soul Boys (and girls) wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the name of their local posses like Streatham Funk Patrol and blowing the whistles that hung around their necks. While the clothes were important — this was the era of Pringle jumpers and Lois jeans — there was no posing going on, everyone was too busy dancing.

Here’s a Brit-Funk classic from those days featuring the amazing bass-slapping fingers of Mr. Mark King.

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Skinhead Sociology



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The Voice of Yoof



Something Else was a great show (The Specials!) but this comes across at times like a parody of “Yoof” television. It’s all a bit earnest and awkward and that twat in the pajamas (who the hell is he? I have no memory of him) is, I assume, an “alternative poet” or something equally embarrassing. The footage of different youth cults is terrific though.

You might recognize the chap in the purple suit, three years before he became world famous.

The Way They Woz



This is wonderful, and a great document of when the King’s Road was an exciting (and a little scary) place to be. When Ann Wobble says “There’s me!” and the camera zooms in on her younger self I found it quite touching too, you can feel the glow of youth reaching across the years. I’m the same age as her and if I saw film of myself from that year I think I’d be more cringing than delighted.

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