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Monday, 17 April 2017

The Death Of The Subculture



Is the death of the subculture a good or bad thing?

I know, personally, I had nothing to rebel against at home as a teenager because my parents were cool with letting me express myself in whatever way I wanted. We listened to the same music, I could dress how I wanted, I was allowed to be friends with who I wanted and, actually, I was allowed to do what I wanted.

Our parents lived through a movement that saw the youth revolting against traditional British values. In short, they've seen it, they've done it and nothing we do could shock them... 

Now, for our generation to be part of a subculture, we would be restricting ourselves, wouldn't we? We have the freedom to express ourselves however we want to and by being part of a group that all look the same and think the same would just be going backwards, wouldn't it?

But the creative process is pretty insular now. We have everything at our fingertips which has its benefits but also its downfalls. I want to make a short film? Cool, I can do that. I've got a camera, I've got a platform I could promote it on and that's that done. 

Is that where it stops, though?

If I don't want to collaborate and learn from others, I don't have to and I can still create as much as I like, whether that's good or bad. I could churn out content after content and as long as I follow the formula to success to beat the algorithms, I'm sorted.

Before technological advances, people had no choice but to get out there and collaborate with other creatives. So is that what we're lacking? We have everything we need! We don't have to go out and try things because we know what works and what doesn't.

We're too scared to take risks because we don't want to make a mistake.

In a world where exams, perfection and masquerading a false reality is everything, it's really hard for us to take risks. Now, without taking risks, failing and learning, it's really hard for us to ever discover anything new...

There isn't really an answer to my question. Personally, I don't think subcultures would mesh well with the current climate but, for us creatives, there are certainly aspects we can take from them that can only enhance our work and remind us it's OK to take risks, fail and learn.

If in doubt, give my skinhead-inspired playlist a little listen and see if it awakens the inner risk-taking rebel in you!

Skin'ed Moonstomp


1. You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) - Dawn Penn
2. Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols
3. A Message To You Rudy - The Specials
4. London Calling - The Clash
5. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
6. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
7. Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
8. 54-46 Was My Number - Toots & The Maytals
9. My Girl - Madness
10. Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
11. Red Red Wine - UB40
12. 99 Red Balloons - Nena
13. This Is Reggae Music - Zap Pow
14. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
15. Louie Louie - Toots & The Maytals
16. Pressure Drop - Toots & The Maytals
17. Return of Django - The Upsetters
18. War Head - U.K Subs
19. Shirley - Billy Bragg
20. Guava Jelly - Johnny Nash
21. Give It Up - Lee Dorsey
22. Gangsters - The Specials
23. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker
24. Red Red Wine - Tony Tribe
25. One Step Beyond - Madness
26. Tighten Up - The Inspirations
27. Pusher Man - The Pioneers
28. She Will Never Let Me Down - Toots & The Maytals
29. Funky Kingston - Toots & The Maytals
30. Can't Satisfy Her - I Wayne
31. Lip Up Fatty - Bad Manners
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