In 1961 I saved up my pocket money and bought my first long playing record. I was a fanatic Bobby Vee fan at the time and wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a singer. I got my mum to knit me a cardigan like the one on the album cover so I’d look a bit like him.
PHOP spoke to Barrie Taylor about growing up in South Ockendon and what attracted him to being a Mod.
“Being a part of the MOD culture was via a progressive route. As a Fashion conscious Junior through my mothers persistence in dressing me well and her own fashion drive I was at a very early age into my clothing… what we couldn’t afford my mother made. At the age of 9 I was wearing winkle pickers with three straps across, ‘giddy’ jackets and Italian jumpers and South Ockendon being a MOD nucleus I had little choice in it all… If you weren’t MOD in Ockendon then you were nobody.”
He used to travel down to the seaside resorts in search of new records or just a good time at the local clubs. Sometimes they would encounter rockers but he says often the fights were hyped up by the media.
“I remember all the clashes… Southend/ Clacton/ Margate/ Jaywick/ Brighton/ Hove/ Ramsgate… YES for sure it was blown out of proportion, it was the only one that the press really got hold of so made a meal of it, we had far bigger and better fights in Margate and Southend on Sea…. I was at every battle, Clacton, to be honest, was really a non-event.”
PHOP spoke to Howard Warren who’s been a Teddy Boy since he was 13 years old.
When he was about 11 years old he saw three Teddy Boys walking down the street in York all in suits – one in salmon pink, one in canary yellow and one in dusty blue. “They looked like they owned the road!”
He got his first set of drapes when he was 12 and has been wearing the iconic Teddy Boy style ever since. He, his brother and sister were given a record player by their parents in 1957 and the only thing they played was rock & roll.”The music that went before it was just boring – I still can’t stand crooners now. The rock & roll beat was just brilliant – it was great to listen and dance to.”
This is promotional give away for the vinyl album another music in a different kitchen released by Buzzcocks on United Artists Records. The actual date of release 10th of March 1978 however this clearly states that it was to have been released on the 18/12/77.
The above jacket was originally my Mum’s who was horrified when she returned from a shopping trip to see that me and my mate Tim had painted it for a Clash gig we were attending!
I wore it to see the Clash three times, Sham 69, Billy Idol/Generation X, The Damned, and many more although sadly my parents (perhaps as a punishment ) stopped me seeing The Sex Pistols in my home town of Huddersfield on Christmas Day 1977!
It is now framed and pride of place in my front room…