This is my friend Katie sitting in her bedroom in front of the Stereophonics poster with her door of hot boys in partial view to the right. I think we must have been about 14 or 15 at the time the photograph was taken.
Every week we would go to the local Our Price on Upper Street in Islington on our lunch break or after school and buy the latest CD singles. We would then go back to Katie’s house after school to listen to our singles and watch music videos on The Box and MTV.
I used to spend all my lunch money on CD singles and magazines when I was in my early teens. I think the Stereophonics poster may have been free in Smash Hits or Top of the Pops magazine or purchased from the local Woolworths.
We never had a school uniform so generally wore baggy combats, hoodies, shell toes trainers and vest tops from Top Shop and Miss Selfridge which was mainly influenced by All Saints the girl band.
We would go to Hoxton market on a Saturday buy Spectacular nail varnishes (4 for £1) and arrive in school on Monday morning with matching gaudy nails. We would listen to the Top 40 religiously on a Sunday evening. We thought we were so cool.