Release Date: 14/02/2020
Half a century ago, vast numbers of British working-class youths adopted a style that reflected both their attitude and tastes. Dubbed by the country’s media as ‘skinhead’, the look starkly contrasted with that of the country’s largely middle-class ‘hippy’ population, drawing heavily on the smart, practical and stylish fashions introduced to the UK by the Windrush generation. The Caribbean influence was even more evident in the music that provided the soundtrack to the skinhead scene: reggae.
To finally set the record straight about this greatly mis-understood sub-culture, celebrated writers, Paul 'Smiler' Anderson and Mark Baxter have penned a brand new book, ‘Scorcha! Skins, Suedes and style from the Streets - 1967 to 1973’. In addition, the pair have also compiled a companion 7” vinyl box set of the same title, comprising ten 45s, each featuring a pair of reggae classics favoured by first generation skinhead record buyers.
Pressed on high quality vinyl and presented in sturdy reproduction Trojan-branded sleeves, the singles are accompanied by an insert featuring a fascinating essay on the music and those on the scene by the book’s co-author, Paul Anderson.
Skinhead Girl – Symarip
Jombo Jet – Gloria All Stars
C.N. Express (Part 1) – Clancy's All Stars
I Can't Get Next To You – Dave Barker & The Charmers
It Miek – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Worries – The Versatiles
Bang Bang Lulu – Lloyd Terrel
Train To Soulsville – Cool Sticky
Girl Of My Dreams – Cornel Campbell
Leaving Rome – Jo Jo Bennett & Mudie's All Stars
Sweet Sensation – The Melodians
Rock Away – The Tommy McCook Quintet
Freedom Street – Ken Boothe
Guns Of Navarone – Freddie Notes & The Rudies
Everyday Is Just A Holiday – The Sensations
Soul Food – Lyn Taitt & The Jets
Don't Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
Shades Of Hudson – Dennis Alcapone
The Scorcher – Errol Dunkley