Over the past 60 years, there has been some memorable subcultures, many of which get revitalised by people who fall in love with them all over again.
Many have an object or look that defines them. So, with a recent article identifying vaping as the new subculture, we thought we’d look at some of the most iconic ones so far.
Popping up in the 60s with their olive-drabbed parkas and stylish Vespas, the mods are one of the most recognisable subcultures to come out of Britain. With bands such as The Who, and of course, “Modfathers” The Jam, they are driven by rock and roll. They’ve gone through many revivals – most notably with the Gallagher brothers, and of course, who can forget Quadrophenia? “We are, we are, we are the mods!”
Originally starting in the 50s and progressing through the 60s, the “Rockers” are one of the most well know subcultures. Rivals to the mods, they rode motorcycles and listened to American rock artists such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. They’d often clash with Mods on the beaches of Brighton. Clad in leathers from head-to-toe and with slick back hair, it’s a look that to this day is still seen in most towns.
The 80s brought us many things, and hey who doesn’t like dancing to a bit of 80’s madness. From this decade came the New Romantics with copycats of Adam Ant seen everywhere. With men donning makeup and women with crazy hair and wild colours, you really couldn’t miss a New Romantic. Once again, music played a massive role in this movement, and the artists of choice were Boy George, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran….just to name a few.
Seen as the original subculture of modern Britain, this took the UK by storm in the 50s. The “Teds” were the first youth group in England to differentiate themselves as teenagers, creating an entirely new, vibrant youth culture. The garms they wore included drape jackets, zoot suits, dark shades, Brothel creepers and the iconic 50’s quiff. Oh, and never, but NEVER would you not have a comb sticking out your back pocket. Their musical influence came from the likes of Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and Eddie Cochran.
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