I have to both warn and apologise to you all!
I have to both warn and apologise to you all!
Happy Halloween Everyone !!!
One of my favourite bands of all time has to be Dead Kennedys.
I never got to see them play sadly, and a few years ago Jello Biafra came to Glasgow as part of one of his Spoken Word tours but I couldn't go and sorely regret it.
His spoken word performances are amazing, even though I might not always agree with his commentary. It was Jello who inspired me to write to the Tippor Gore, wife of Al Gore and head of the PMRC, in the 80's to protest against censorship in music. He was targeted by the group for the cover of Frankenchrist which they deemed to be sexually explicit.
The PMRC released a list known as the Filthy Fifteen which was a list of songs they found the content of to be particularly offensive and many of the songs on the list were by bands I was into at the time. They also believed that heavy metal bands were putting subliminal satanic messages into their records which could be heard if the record was played backwards - suffice to say I ruined many a good bit of vinyl trying to find these mysterious messages!
The PMRC called for warning stickers to be placed on records which were said to contain offensive content. When Metallica released Master of Puppets many copies, one of which I had, had a sticker on it which said "THE ONLY TRACK YOU PROBABLY WON'T WANT TO PLAY IS "DAMAGE, INC." DUE TO THE MULTIPLE USE OF THE INFAMOUS "F" WORD. OTHERWISE, THERE AREN'T ANY "SHITS," "FUCKS," "PISSES," "CUNTS," "MOTHERFUCKERS," OR "COCKSUCKERS" ANYWHERE ON THIS RECORD", as a way of poking fun at the labelling system proposed by the PMRC.
My letter to Tipper Gore may have made zero impact, however, had it not been for Jello Biafra I would not have been quite as politically aware as I was, well as much as a teenager can be of course.
So here's one of my favourite tracks: Too Drunk To Fuck. Fitting for the weekend, non?!
Last night I watched a documentary on BBC4 about The Bright Young People. I have neither read Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies, D.J Taylor's Bright Young People nor seen Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, which is a dreadful foresite on my part since my interest in the 20's and 30's is quite extensive.
The Bright Young People were a set of party going socialites who frequented the jazz clubs of the 20's/30's, dancing, drinking and indulging in excessive hedonism - a generation of people who were fighting against the values and rules of the previous generation who'd become, in their opinion, dull and jaded due to having experienced the horrors of the Great War. They lived this life under the misguided belief they could escape the sobering attitude of their elders.
The Bright Young People would indulge in treasure hunts across London, where they would have to procure items such as the Prime Ministers pipe. The treasure hunts were so renowned that the largest newspaper at the time even the printed clues. They caused outrage among the general public because these young people would race around London in their cars, driving drunk and causing complete mayhem. They would have notorious Bath and Bottle Parties at swimming pools where the invite required you bring a bath towel and bottle of alcohol. It was also these people that began what we would now call the Cult of Celebrity and gave fodder to what was the gossip columns of their day.
The footage shot in the jazz clubs was amazing and the of course the 20's/30's remain one of my favourite style eras.
It was a fascinating insight into generational differences, and the parallels between them and more recent generations who rebelled against their parents' values and way of life can be clearly seen. Ultimately of course they could not escape the effects of the ecomonic climate of the time nor could they sustain their lifestyle without tragedy occurring.
I'm off to hunt down a copy of Vile Bodies.
I was visiting a blog that is new to me, called Twisted Lamb, who features some fabulously dark, gothicesque designers and editorials and such like, and last night she posted some images from a label called Lick My Label. I love the fabulous corsetry based designs. I don't know a great deal about the designer, well anything actually, but in this case I am happy to just absorb the images.
The corset neckpiece is utterly splendid. Lacing really is one of the most wonderful sartorial delights, and for this reason I must give honourable mention to the talented Nadia from Foxyman, who for her final year collection, created what is basically a shoe which laces up the entire body.
I've been hankering after some seriously structured clothing for a while now but of course good structure is hard to come by unless you are willing to part with some reasonable cash, which is completely understandable as properly structured garments are both difficult to create and make work on an actual person. When it comes to structure Nicolas Ghesquiere rarely fails in managing both - he handles heavily structured pieces by cleverly incorporating subtle colour palettes or opposing prints.
However I am also appreciating the way Elsien Gringhuis' approach to structure. I have mentioned her before so was quite intrigued to see how she would explore her structural leanings for her latest collection. Overall it's a very soft, subtle structure which I think would work for most people as it's basically tailoring with an edge.
I like the idea of being encased in a garment, almost cocooned in fabric, and this is what I see when I look her work. Her palette is almost medical, perhaps a little too much - I could love without the scrubs coloured blue - but I do like the dove grey and nudes and the single addition of black.
I think this is a name which is bubbling under the radar for now but one we'll see pop up much more when she has a few more seasons under her belt.
Music is very, very important to me. Whenever I get interviewed by fashion bods I always get asked "what inspires you" and I always say music. It inspires me on a great many levels, not just in my fashion choices.
Music is an exceptionally powerful entity, able to evoke stirringly strong memories. Everyone's life has a soundtrack. Danzig hold a special place in my heart as it reminds of my very happy teenage years, I can't listen to Big Love by Pete Heller without smiling like an idiot as it was the record Prince B used two copies of to teach me how to DJ, Spread Love by Lenny Fontana literally makes me cry as it reminds me of many an amazing Saturday night spent at the Subclub with Queen Marie, which was usually followed by us leaving the club and heading to my house for tea before going into town on the Sunday and scaring people because we were still out from the night before and looked it, and any UR track instantly transports me back to the dingy Club 69 in Paisley standing next to the Callor gas heater listening to blistering techno tunes courtesy of the Rubadub boys.
Since music and dancing are such an important part of Queen Marie and I's life I have started a music category - Music Maestro - where we will indulge our musical tastes. As well as videos, I am trying to get Prince B to let me share one of is amazing techno mixes for download. If I can get my head around that pesky Traktor I might do a mix too - but don't hold your breath!
I've been tormenting myself by my weekly checking of Forward Forward, the high end offshoot of Revolve Clothing and one of those shops I can't actually buy anything from. Still, it's good to keep such places on file none the less.
Forward Forward have a great selection of labels such as Alexander Wang, Ann Hagan, Doo Ri, Jeremy Scott, Ilaria Nistri and Aminaka Wilmont to name a few.