Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Rock, 70s-style

Go back a few decades, to around 1988 if you will, and picture Young Mim with Ozzy Osbourne stickers all over her High School work folders. I don't think I had a crush on Ozzy; really I just wanted to annoy people (those stickers were as close as I came to teen rebellion). But if you'd told Young Mim that one day she'd see the (almost) original Black Sabbath lineup live, she'd never have believed you.
Shows what Teen Mim knew.

Honestly, Ozzy's split with the rest of the band in the late 70s was so acrimonious, I never thought you'd get him and guitarist Tony Iommi on the same stage again, but there they are, playing on Sunday night with original bassist Geezer Butler. Only original drummer Bill Ward stayed away. I'd been worried that they'd do a lot of later stuff from Sabs' career, but they stuck to the Ozzy-era stuff. 'War Pigs' was probably the highlight; why they did 'Fairies Wear Boots' instead of 'Symptom of the Universe' I'll never know. 

I also turned back the clock with my clothes, not knowing what to expect from the crowd. I should have remembered: metal fans are almost always lovely, and everyone I encounteredxiw was polite and nice. However, as I hadn't been sure what to expect, I bought my first pair of jeans since the 1990s, and wore them with a plain black T-shirt. (Good grief, jeans are uncomfortable! How do people wear them?) Very low-key, and more teenaged me than modern me. 

Earlier in the day I went fabric shopping with my friend Jenna, and we saw something much more to modern me's taste:
I need to learn to sew. Tweed jeans, anyone?

23 comments :

  1. Tweed in a jeans style would be great! I find jeans uncomfortable too on the most part. I can go months without wearing any.

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    1. I don't think I'll get much wear out of mine, that's for sure.

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  2. I was a big metal fan too but was much more into Enuff Z'nuff, Poison, Extreme and Skid Row. My teenage self thankfully saw all of them in all their glory back in day as all my money went on seeing bands back then. God, I miss going to gigs! I very recently rediscovered Skid Row thanks to, very randomly, The Gilmore Girls, as Sebastian Bach pops up later on in the series. Oh to live those teenage moments again!!
    Love the tweeds, and yes please on tweed jeans! :) xx

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    1. Enuff Z'nuff were the first band I saw live, well they headlined, so technically they were the second, the support were Cheap and Nasty (featuring Hanoi Rocks guitarist Nasty Suicide). I loved Poison too 😁

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    2. Ahh Cheap and Nasty, I saw them at the legendary Jericho Tavern in Oxford, now there was a night out and a half!

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    3. Of those, I've only seen Extreme - they played Donington one year.

      I've really been enjoying going to gigs again. I thought it'd feel wierd, but actually it's been great fun. Except I need the next day to recover nowadays.

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    4. I probably went to the Jericho Tavern back in those days Miss Magpie, although many of my rock years are now a blur (too much drinking!). I do remember the Corn Dolly in Oxford though as I went there many times.

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    5. Cate we may well have crossed paths I pretty much lived at the Dolly!

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  3. I know nothing about Black Sabbath or Ozzy, other than having heard of them! My music loves back then were similar to Cate, but add to the mix Hanoi Rocks, The Dogs D'amour, New York Dolls... If there was a guy in make up or eyeliner, then I was there!

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    1. I saw the Dogs a couple of times - still have Dynamite Jet Saloon somewhere on vinyl. They were ace.

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    2. I've seen them a few times, I had the BIGGEST crush on Tyla! I was also obsessive about having everything they released, absolutely obsessive!

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  4. I wasn't a metal fan but a punk and wonder would I would wear for, let's say, a Siouxsie gig ... Not the big hair, that's for sure ;-) Jeans are THE most uncomfortable thing to wear, but I do have a couple of super soft pairs which I sometimes wear on holiday when out walking ... Those tweeds look lovely, and I'm sure you'd look great in tweed jeans! xxx

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    1. I think if I were going to a Siouxsie gig I'd dress the same as I did for the Neph. Generally fairly gothy/punky.

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  5. Glad you enjoyed the concert!

    I think jeans are comfortable if you find the right style; I no longer wear low rise jeans and find mid to high rise much more comfortable.

    Tweed jeans sound cool!

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    1. I probably needed these to be a size larger, to be honest. A few people have recommended high-rise ones to me, though high-rise trousers don't suit me, which put me off the jeans. (I get 'polterwang' in high rise trousers.)

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  6. I agree with Veronica, with jeans it's all about the style. Find the right one and they are super comfy find the wrong one and it's hellish. I'm afraid I'm one of those heinous people who preferred Sabbath when Dio was the singer......

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  7. Those fabrics are gorgeous. Tweed jeans sound like a fabulous idea. They would go with so much. Jeans are pretty uncomfortable unless they are super-stretchy. Never a huge Black Sabbath fan in my extreme youth, far too Punk/Goth, but I really got a taste for rock and metal later on. I went to Ozzfest back in 98'. Both Sabbath and Ozzy were great live and I hope that you found the same thing. Never been to Donington but used to go the Glastonbury a lot. Too old and creaky to slum it in a tent these days though. :) Xx

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  8. Growing up where I am and being anything but the mainstream pop kind of kid, was weird. Those kids (teens!) who dared to brave out rock and metal were rare cases of freak behavior... and those of us who chose the path of ska music (note here: "music" might not be the proper way to describe the scene) - well, we were just plain nuts!
    As for pants: geez, Mim: GO FOR IT!
    Looooong time ago (seems like a lifetime ago) I wore something like a tweed-looking stretch pants - and in listening to ex-yu ska bands wasn't strange enough.. :)

    Have a great day, dear!
    (my best to Mr.Robot and the kitty-like monsters) :)

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  9. I'm glad you had a fab time.
    Most people round here have an Ozzy story - after all, the Black Country invented heavy metal. Me and most of my friends had a massive crush on his cousin, Daz, who lived in Walsall and was a hardcore punk.
    Jeans are the devil's own work to wear. My gig wear is just my usual stuff but with sturdy boots.
    We've been invited to trade at Donnington this year but I've turned them down! xxx

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    1. After all my anxiety, another member of the party turned up in a lovely ikat masi dress. Though I suspect my green crimplene might have raised eyebrows at a Sabs gig.

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  10. PS - No, that's wrong. I meant Download. I can't see a load of metal heads embracing our collection of Harris tweed! x

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    1. Download is at Donington, which probably explains the confusion - my husband was disgusted when the festival changed its name from Monsters Of Rock to Download some years ago.

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