On liberals

“The same men who are unprejudiced in one respect and have a poor opinion of persons who are not as liberal-minded as they become incredibly narrow-minded and fanatical when their class interests or personal conceit are involved” – August Bebel


Neville Staple at Blow Up, 4 Dec 2015

Of major bootboy interest was Neville Staple’s gig at a legendary Soho pisshole known and reviled as St. Moritz. By what right the Jamaican-born singer was advertised as “the original rudeboy” and “one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement” was unclear, so allow me to dispute the undisputed. Continue reading

Skinheads & Cherry Reds

1969 rolling stone

Let’s kick off with a 16 July 1969 article about a bunch of Somers Town skinhead kids, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine and transcribed by persons unknown. Here, the usual tales of bovver, aggro, and tribal warfare are interspersed with obscure stylistic references to “spade haircuts”, “Cherry Boots with steel toe caps and a yellow trimming” – supposedly not Dr Martens – and “Stomper boots” with “high backs, big steel toe cap, and everything”. Note also that the article claims boots were “still worn” with mohair suits on the weekends, albeit highly polished – a combination whose existence many 1969 veterans steadfastly deny. Continue reading


Welcome to Creases like knives, which will hopefully feature regular notes, views and reviews from a North London bootboy perspective. Reggae, soul, punk, hardcore, oi!, and more will all be considered, as will be clobber and style. I have strong views, and I will voice them – including on politics. If you don’t like them, tough.

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