Sunday, February 10, 2008

parka

The discussion after the 'Louie Louie' post made me think again of 'Quadrophenia'.
I saw the film when it was released in 1979 and promptly fell in love with Phil Daniels in his parka.

But tell me this - when did parkas stop being 'hard'?

When did they become an essential fashion item for 'ladies who lunch' in Alderley Edge? Surely they aren't trying to look like Liam Gallagher?
According to the oracle the words parka and anorak mean the same thing. But when I think ‘parka’ I imagine the fishtail parka. There are 2 genuine styles - M51 and M65 - the M means military (US army) and the number is the year it was designed...originally for the Korean war.
Parkas aren't confined to bipeds either. There's a style for all my readers.

This is my parka from River Island which I wear every single day when there's an R in the month.

But back to the mods in Quadrophenia.

Sometimes I wish that this last scene had really happened - then we could have avoided seeing Phil and his acting career withering away on East Enders
Go Who..
.

KAZ

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29 Comments:

Blogger garfer said...

The film is set in 1964. Jimmy watches the Who playing My Gneration on TV. It wasn't released until 1965.

We are the mods, we are the mods!

I'd give that Steph one.

7:48 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Snorkel jackets were more hard. It's piss easy to cross the road in a parka.

Whatever happened to that nice blond boy in the film?

8:39 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

That picture's terrierfying Kaz!

"Who" would have thought that the nice Mr Townsend would have gone on to be a book researcher on the internet.

10:03 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Imagine A Burberry parka! We could cross breed Mods& Chavs.....I have seen the future!

10:05 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

As an 'ex' mod / skin.. I really did like this film.. the music the cloths and of course the Scooters.. I still can't except Vespas.. as scooters.. it had to be a Lambretta. I had the Parker, in fact I had two. :O) Did you also have 'Harringtons' Kaz? I had the Black, and Green one.. tried to hold of a Red.
As for Scooters I've had a Lammbretti Li 150 Special.. and the SX 200. The slogan in the mid to late 60s was have you SX Appeal.. ha! I might have had back then... now I'm like the Scooters I rode back then... clapped out and knackered...
Like you say Kaz.. a parker should really have a 'Fish Tail... and the Fur Lined hood should really stink in the rain.

I'm off to play Skinhead Moon Stomp now..

10:18 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Parkas are our national uniform here in Canada.

Parkas and tuques.

4:06 am  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

I have no idea what 'hard' and 'fish tail' mean as they relate to winter coats.

I shall sit quietly and look involved.

4:23 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Garfer:
You have been awarded the Barry Norman anachronism spotters award.
Steph?
She was lovely until the lips disaster.

Geoff:
Mine's a bit of a snorkler - I can't see or hear a thing with the hood up.

The nice blond boy fell in love with himself and they practised tantric sex together in the Rain forest.

Murph:
Terrierfying? Do you refer to the pic of Oz in the parka?

re Mr Townsend - my legal team have advised me not to comment.

Tony:
I'm sure you can buy one on Longsight Market.

Wom:
Wow - I bet you cut a dash when you rode round Hyde.
It's never too late for a red Harrington - or SX appeal.

mj:
Great:
I'll throw away the damned bowler and buy a tuque (without pom - pon)

Rimshot:
I'll bring you a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Hob Nob OK?

8:00 am  
Blogger Malc said...

What?! And deprive us all of Parklife? Tsk tsk Kaz.

Always a bit conflicted over the mods/rockers thing (quite apart from being only three in 1964). Love The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces and so on, but given a choice between a Triumph Bonneville and a hairdrier on wheels. . .

9:18 am  
Blogger Dave said...

There was an hour-long programme on R4 about Mods, on Saturday night (it could have been Friday - life's a bit confusing at the moment what with the drugs and the pain and the blindness). No doubt it's still available to hear again on BBC i-player or whatever they call it.

9:42 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Sorry Malc:
And there was also that film (Breaking Glass) with Hazel O'Connor.
The 'mods/rockers' thing was hyped up by the media.
It's all about style and music really. Don't suppose you remember Cathy McGowan.

Thanks Dave:
I think there's a bit of a revival.
My chubby mate Stuart Maconie wrote in the 'Radio Times' - You can get away with a 3 button suit and a crombie forever.

9:50 am  
Blogger stitchwort said...

I think I must have missed a decade or two somewhere.

And why were they playing the CSI theme in that clip?

10:49 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

I set fire to my parka trying to use the lining to put out a sparkler. It was a very sad day.

Eldest daughter has a parka that she wears every month unless there's a "y" in it(and sometime then). Youngest daughter also has a parka but wouldn't be seen dead in it these days (not chav enough).

11:59 am  
Blogger Mopsa said...

I remember all the lads and a few of the girls in snorkel/fishtail parkas at school. Underneath, school uniform done up to look like a sharp suit and skinny tie. Hormones raged.

3:38 pm  
Anonymous Rimshot said...

KAZ said...
Rimshot: I'll bring you a cup of tea and a biscuit.


Ah, KAZ. Always the perfect hostess. Two sugars and a bit of lemon in mine please.

4:34 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Stitch:
I won't ask what you were up to?

You are quite correct about CSI.
Both are Baba O'Riley - which I don't think was actually in Quadrophenia.


NiC:
Well there's always a silver lining!.
If your parka had lived you may never have become a punk!

Mopsa:
I love the skinny tie look.
Never liked kippers of any sort.

Rimshot:
Fussy eh?
In Lancashire we just take it as it comes - lemon is unlikely.

5:20 pm  
Blogger liits said...

With regard to Parka's being hard, Jake Atrnott, in one of his books tells of the character coming out of prison after a long stretch. He's sitting on the tube and is being scrutinised by two skinheads both wearing bomber jackets, braces, shortened jeans and 16 hole Doc Martins.
As he gets of the tube these two follow him so he gets out of the station and makes a run for it. They run after him. He manages to out run them and hides in wait around a corner. As the first one comes around the corner the character kick him in the nuts and then sets about damaging the second one.
It transpires that the two skinheads were gentlemen who were "good with colours" and had been eying him up with a view to a bit of casual sex.
As he says later in the chapter, having been to his first football match and finding all the fans wearing designer clothes, "all the footpall fans look like puffs and all the puffs look like football fans". We must drink in the same pubs!

5:38 pm  
Blogger Pete said...

to me Parkas are different to anoraks. they have that silly hairy hood and should be green. Mine was Blue!

5:59 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

Malc wrote my comment! Loved The Who, saw them in Cardif (1976??) but wouldn't have been seen dead on a scooter! If it wasn't a Bonnie/Trident then it had to be a Norton Commando.

(had a parker tho, real rabbit skin round the hood)

6:56 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Lilts:
"good with colours" - I love that.

We should always try to defy the stereotype.

Pete:
So it was an anorak eh?
Or was it a windcheater? There's still some of those around.

Ziggi:
Did you run down the rabbit on the Norton?

10:01 pm  
Anonymous Piggy and Tazzy said...

I always preferred snorkel jackets, myself.

I loved my snorkel jacket!

10:57 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Can I have a creamy jammy dodger? Or a custard cream? I really like custard creams. Tea as it appears will be fine, I don't need lemon thanks.

11:27 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Good Point Kaz......I'd never thought of it that way before. Wow. On such simple things do our destinies twist. :)

1:48 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Piggy:
Did you wear it with mask and flippers and go looking for sea urchins?

Roses:
OK - you can have a custard cream - but you'll have to wear your parka.

NiC
"On such simple things do our destinies twist" - thought for the day!

3:42 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Piggy has a sea urchin stuck to his arse. Well it's a starfish actually. Check his latest posting.

3:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

mj:
Beautiful!
I'm coming over to yours now.

4:12 pm  
Blogger Lord Tennisanyone said...

The classic Canadian Parka has a unique ribbed texture designed specifically to enhance a woman's pleasure and to provide extra sensation when waiting for the bus in 50 below weather..

and now all of those wanker Gansta Rappers have totally hijacked our beloved Parka!

It's @#%& tragic I tell ya!

8:11 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

M'lud:
I can tell from your portrait that your life would be dedicated to enhancing a woman's pleasure.
I thank you.

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