Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Not A Good Look": Textbook Definition Just In

It's only taken 39 years, but - finally - the textbook definition of Not A Good Look has arrived. From May 1969, here is a "Man and woman dressed up in identical matching unisex outfits". Perhaps you, like me, will have noticed that it's not entirely clear which is the man and which is the lady. Of course, that's the point, but if it means you both look like something that fell out of the back of a broken spaceship then maybe it's time for a rethink. Rather like this young lady (with great Poldark shoes), photographed in December 1969 has. And no, it's not Wendy bloody Richards. Point of interest: would you choose The Professionals (already three years old by this time) or the brand new Battle Of Britain were we to all have a night out together at that nice cinema in the background?

14 comments:

Phil said...

Great blog, especially the music (good memories) but might try a few of the recipes too!

I note you posted a tune by the Hustlers of Culture back in Feb07. Nice one. I was one of the Hustlers and left a comment in that link (if you can be *rsed to scroll back). Cheers for keeping the sounds alive today (although I self indulge myself and drop one of ours in a DJ set at parties now and then!)

Thanks again

Rob said...

Hi Phil: Really good to have you here - I played that record out (the Southside Dub) about three weeks ago - it still sounds fantastic...

Phil said...

Excellent. I've enjoyed reading back at some of your old posts about the late 80's/early 90's and the simple joys of sampling back then (good posts about The Wise Guys and Dream Warriors). We were only selling a few thousand here and there of each release, so no lawyers were ever going to worry about us, but the freedom to cut and paste at will and the overall creativity back then was great fun. Looks like Puff Dady's wholesale use of tunes rather than quality digging is the norm for Hip Hop these days, but there is still quality out there (Stones Throw, Def Jux.....)

marmiteboy said...

I once saw something the same but different about twenty years ago whilst taking a shopping trip to Basildon (not a very successful one mind).

I saw a couple dressed in Crombies, drainpipe jeans (with turn-ups), brothal creepers and ray-bands both had matching flat top haircuts. This is not the full story though because in tow was their son, who was about 7, dressed exactly the same!!

I remember being rather impressed at the time. They looked a darn sight better than the Sonny Bono clones in your picture.

BLTP said...

This isn't a new look it's just a softer ramones look. And as we all know you can produce your Rammones name dead easily (similar to porn star name) by sticking a y on the end of your first name and changing your second to Ram.....
as to the film choice I've got the Professionals on super 8, so we can watch the Battle Britain and then back to mine with party seven ,chips with extra vingear a wally and pickle egg. any takers ? ;)

Rob said...

Phil: I got your record from those nice people at Soul Trader. I have also interviewed Mark Jones (and Jacques LC and Touche) on more than one occasion, so I can feel a little of your pain re: WoS. I love the Def Jux stuff too!
MMB: An unsuccessful shopping trip to Basildon? Surely such a thing doesn't exist?
bltp: this is 7 years before Ver 'Mones. I'm up for the Professionals evening. I'll bring the Kim cigs and dubonnet

dickvandyke said...

Luverly work Rob. The one on the left (the bird I reckon) looks like Gazza!
The lower pic was taken on The Headrow in central Leeds. (I can tell cos it's raining).

Rob said...

hey DVD: i think the guy on the right looks like Robin Asquith :(

BLTP said...

DVD: your so right it is Leeds if Ms Bowler turns round and wanders up the road she could pop into Relics records for some costly vinyl and then pop over t'road (my roots are showing)for some fancy dan beers at "North". For some reason I went to see "so I married an axe murderer" twice at that Odeon and Bad Boys!

Rob said...

Perhaps I could start a new feature where you suggest a UK place you'd like to see some silly old black and white pics of and I'll see what I can do?

James Franco said...

Skelmersdale

jackie said...

stoke poges!

Planet Mondo said...

For more of the same I'd recommend checking this little nugget on Ebay
item number: 220215130791 - It's nine catalogues on one DVD.

* Littlewoods 1948 Autumn Winter, 1959 Autumn Winter and
1982 Autumn Winter catalogues

* John Noble 1974 Spring Summer catalogue

* Argos 1976 Autumn Winter, 1985 Spring Summer,
1986 Autumn Winter and 1989 Autumn Winter catalogues

* Grattan 1990 Autumn Winter catalogue

ally. said...

i think the lady in the bowler looks fabulous. i do miss the old bowler and brolly combo. if i didn't look so awful in hats i'd rock it myself
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