I remember as a teenager being a Jam fan, maybe fanatic would be nearer the mark,I still remember the words to most of their album tracks. Being a poor lass it took a while for me to get the money together to buy their vinyl as pocket.money didn't come easy in my house and I wasn't as resourceful as some folks, although I did have a paper round. I remember hanging out in the Wig n Pen in Paisley with like minded people, many of them had scooters and I could only dream of having one of those. How times have changed! I am still in contact with many people from those days and the W n P, if truth be told, was a hunting ground for punks, squares n others but i don't remember any fights due to factions but I may have been too drunk to notice them. I also remember the few times I went to the Scene Club in Glasgow. I was 17 and the clothes and style were outstanding, I remember wearing ski pants and wee cute vintage tops my punk pal, who didn't go, blagged from her mum who was a teenager in the sixties. In every day life I probably looked like a bloke most of the time. Harringtons and jeans were my staple diets and with the Specials and ska around I probably looked more like a rude girl than a mod but when I got dressed up to go out I looked and felt like a mod. Getting back into the scene after 30 odd years is scary. So many rules about what you should and shouldn't do but secure as I am I'm gonna do my own thing as that to me is what being a mod is all about. Unfortunately I don't have any snaps of me when I was younger, maybe it's just as well as I think I've probably got better with age ;-). I wonder what other folks experiences have been like?

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  • A real success story then Gary. No approved school for me but I got flung out the house at 17, very rebellious and didn't get on with my mum. I didn't screw the nut however and had kids and married young. I turned my life around after that despite raising my kids largely on my own. A belief in myself and life at uni meant I've worked my way up the ranks and can now afford life's little luxuries. The rebellious streak has never left me which is why I don't stick to a strict dress code and I'm an amateur when it comes to mod trends n labels, unlike you who clearly knows your stuff. I wear what I like and that can be anything from primark to Hobbs to jimmy choo. I remember being told at school I'd never amount to anything. It's been my driving force when things were tough. Despite everything we both seem very well adjusted lol.
  • Brilliant pictures by the way Gary :D
  • Went for coffee with my old school pal and longest serving friend today. Reminisced over the young days n although she was a few years older than me and owned a scooter, an uber cool think to have in those days as I only knew two girls who owned them she saw herself in the same boat as me, permanently skint. We were talking about how difficult we found it financially when we were young and you've got me thinking about gender. Quite a few of the blokes had great clothes and scooters and I'm wondering if the apprenticeship is the common denominator for blokes. Disposable money for clothes and records that far surpassed anything we could even dream off.
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