Zoot suit, white jacket with side vents Five inches long I’m out on the street again And I’m leaping along I’m dressed right for a beach fight But I just can’t explain Why that uncertain feeling is still Here in my brain.
Original Japanese poster for Franc Roddam’s QUADROPHENIA. The 1979 film is loosely based on the 1973 rock opera of the same name by The Who and stars Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Mark WIngett, Toyah Wilcox, Ray WInstone, Phil Davis, Trevor Laird, and Sting.
Of course Marius and Cosette are the mods ! And the Triumvirate are the rockers (or, as we say in french, Les Blousons Noirs B) ) ready to bring some trouble in town. Maybe after a ride through Paris they could finally get along ? Ferre’s pompadour game is super strong and he’s known for his greasing skill all over the town but he still can’t help being jealous of Enj’s fabulous hair that always fall perfectly into place with a single brush up. Courf’s curly hair won’t let him have a proper one but he doesn’t care, he’s always the one who gets the all the girls and boys anyway.
In the United Kingdom, rockers engaged in brawls with mods. BBC News stories from May 1964 stated that mods and rockers were jailed after riots in seaside resort towns in Southern England, such as Margate, Brighton,Bournemouth and Clacton. Mods sometimes sewed fish hooks or razor blades into the backs of their lapels to shred the fingers of assailants; the same thing was done by Teddy Boys in the 1950s. Weapons were often in evidence; coshes, bike chains and flick knives being favoured.