All about the BOY

 

BOY Bondage Trousers by Graham Carr Jones licensed under CC BY-SA
BOY Bondage Trousers by Graham Carr Jones licensed under CC BY-SA

 

Graham Carr Jones bought these trousers from BOY LONDON on the Kings road  in 1978/79. The addition of a Tartan “bum flap” was inspired from Graham’s original bondage trousers bought in a shop near Brick Lane.

BOY LONDON was founded by Stephane Raynor and John Krivine in 1976 and became the go to place for cool kids, pop stars and pop artists to buy their BOY logo T-shirts and bondage gear.

“We just wanted to open a shop, call it BOY, start trouble”
Stephane Raynor. Source: Now or Never

During the 1980s the brand became linked to musicians including Boy George and the Pet Shop Boys which you can read more about in this Q&A with Stephane Raynor for Rolling Stone. 

This fun promo video from the 1980s shows that nothing can escape brand BOY.

“Everyone knew BOY was a joke,” says John Krivine. “But the kids from the suburbs were buying like mad.”  Source: Pretty Real 

In 2008, an original pair a BOY LONDON bondage tartan trousers and matching jacket was sold at a Christie’s auction for over £600.

The brand continues to be popular today with pop stars such Rihanna, Wiz Kalifa and Nicki Minaj all wearing the label.

Did musicians influence the way you dressed as a a teenager or the way you dress now?  

Where did you shop to recreate that pop star look?

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A brief introduction to punk badges

Sex Pistols Badges by Michael Anyon licensed under CC BY-SA
Sex Pistols Badges by Michael Anyon licensed under CC BY-SA

 

Here is Michael Anyon’s collection of Sex Pistols badges which he has uploaded to the People’s History of Pop.

Pinstand (formerly known as Better Badges) made the first ever Sex Pistols badge which they sold on a stall at the Roundhouse, London in 1976. The stall became a fixture at the venue and the company went on to produce badges for bands including the Clash, Damned, U2, Police and Joy Division. You can view some of the original badges here.

Better Badges founder Joly Macfie and his business partner set up a factory in Ladbroke Grove where they continued to produce badges which were distributed worldwide. They branched into printing fanzines including Jamming and Panache and what would eventually become the British street-style bible i-D, as well as producing promotional material for independent labels like Rough Trade.

In an interview with The Face, Joly Macfie makes an interesting observation.

“It was easier to sell an IT badge then a copy of the magazine itself. There is an argument that people are not interested in the information itself, only being seen to apparently have the knowledge”  Joly Macfie. Source: The Face.

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The Clash Rock the Rainbow (1977)

The Clash, Rainbow Theatre Ticket Stub by Scareball licenced under CC BY-SA
The Clash, Rainbow Theatre Ticket Stub by Scareball licenced under CC BY-SA

Monday 9th May 1977, the Clash headline the Rainbow Theatre at Finsbury Park as part of their ‘White Riot’ Tour.

They were supported by Prefects, Subway Sect, Buzzcocks and The Jam and the event at the time, was one of biggest punk gigs ever held in London.

Despite fans ripping out seats and causing an estimated £1000 worth of damage, the Rainbow Theatre’s Director Alan Schaverien was not put off..

“It was not malicious damage but natural exuberance…we expected some damage and arrangements were made to cover the cost of it… we shall have more punk concerts soon.”  Alan Schaverien  Source: Islington Heritage Services

The Clash returned to the Rainbow Theatre for a string of shows in December 1977 and Rock Against Racism concert with reggae band Aswad in 1979.

In 2005, a Time Out poll voted the May 1977 Rainbow Theatre gig as the best London gig ever. You can view the full list here 

Did you see the Clash during their ‘White Riot’ tour?

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