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27 minutes ago, Xela said:

Is there a genuinely more depressing High Street than the main road that runs through Brownhills? 

Yes. Erdington high street.

Ask bluenose Pete.

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13 minutes ago, sidcow said:

Stratford Road through Sparkbrook always depresses me. 

That's always busy and bustling... ok majority of people park like words removed, but there is life there. 

Brownhills... Erdington (my childhood home!), its just desperate. Boarded up shops, people hanging around... its like a sneak preview of some dystopian future hell that will effect us all in due course. 

Hugely depressing. There is a horrible side to life in some parts of the UK and these places are glimpses into this slightly frightening world. 

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14 hours ago, Xela said:

Is there a genuinely more depressing High Street than the main road that runs through Brownhills? 

Walsall.

Just Walsall.

I worked there for 2 years. At times you could walk from one end of the town centre to the other and count the open shops on your fingers and have digits left over.

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15 hours ago, Xela said:

Is there a genuinely more depressing High Street than the main road that runs through Brownhills? 

I never been to Brownhills but having been to Lowestoft, I'm 99% the answer is yes.

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16 hours ago, Xela said:

Is there a genuinely more depressing High Street than the main road that runs through Brownhills? 

Cradley Heath High Street says 'ah bist' too.

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If you took an average man in the street, dressed in the fashions of the day:

And took someone from 1955 and plonked them into 1965 they would stand out like a sore thumb. 

And took someone from 1965 and plonked them into 1975 they would stand out like a sore thumb

And took someone from 1975 and plonked them into 1985 they would stand out like a sore thumb

And took someone from 1985 and plonked them into 1995 they would stand out like a sore thumb

And took someone from 1995 and plonked them into 2005 or 2015 or 2021 you would probably not give them a second glance, other than maybe think their clothes were a little baggy. 

Why has fashion spent almost 30 years in statis? 

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1 minute ago, sidcow said:

If took an average man in the street, dressed in the fashions of the day:

And took someone from 1955 and plonked them into 1965 they would stand out like a sore thumb. 

And took someone from 1965 and plonked them into 1975 they would stand out like a sore thumb

And took someone from 1975 and plonked them into 1985 they would stand out like a sore thumb

And took someone from 1985 and plonked them into 1995 they would stand out like a sore thumb

And took someone from 1995 and plonked them into 2005 or 2015 or 2021 you would probably not give them a second glance, other than maybe think their clothes were a little baggy. 

Why has fashion spent almost 30 years in statis? 

I think the answer to this is since the 80's, big brands have taken over fashion,  those brands are dictating style and street clothes. There hasn't really been a youth fashion cult since .... I guess the New Romantics were the last. As markets became bigger with the opening up of the EU so did advertising budgets and their reach. Just think from 1976 to about 82/83, we had punk, post-punk/indie, goth, skinheads, new romantics, rockabllly/psychobilly, mods and probably a few I've forgotten. What has there been since?

Erm, Madchester, casual clothes but a bit baggier. Rave Culture - no one dresses like that unless they are going to a rave (not really a street scene as such) and erm EMO (which was just an extension of Goth anyway). Big advertising budgets for fashion just meant less people looking at fashion scenes.

The same thing could be said for in the same decade for different countries. In the 80s and before you could spot non-UK European kids on the street a mile off, their clothes were SO different. Since then not really so much if at all

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15 hours ago, sidcow said:

 

And took someone from 1995 and plonked them into 2005 or 2015 or 2021 you would probably not give them a second glance, other than maybe think their clothes were a little baggy. 

 

I dont agree with that.

If you compare a guy about to go out in 1995 and compare a guy about to go out in 2021,the difference would be.

1995 Hang on,I have to change my pants,these have holes in the knees.

2021 Hang on,I have to change my pants, these dont have any holes in the knees. 

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14 minutes ago, PussEKatt said:

I dont agree with that.

If you compare a guy about to go out in 1995 and compare a guy about to go out in 2021,the difference would be.

1995 Hang on,I have to change my pants,these have holes in the knees.

2021 Hang on,I have to change my pants, these dont have any holes in the knees. 

Ah come on, you're Australian, you'll realise we're talking sense when punk finally gets to those shores :trollface:

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23 minutes ago, PussEKatt said:

I dont agree with that.

If you compare a guy about to go out in 1995 and compare a guy about to go out in 2021,the difference would be.

1995 Hang on,I have to change my pants,these have holes in the knees.

2021 Hang on,I have to change my pants, these dont have any holes in the knees. 

I said average man in the street, not a 20 year old no socks rocket polisher.

Oh, and by the way, pants which have holes in the knees are called long Johns.

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1 minute ago, sidcow said:

I said average man in the street, not a 20 year old no socks rocket polisher.

I'm not sure why they don't realise that pedal pushers and loafers was a girls fashion

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2 minutes ago, bickster said:

I'm not sure why they don't realise that pedal pushers and loafers was a girls fashion

I'm sorry but grown men going out at night dressed like a big girl? Never going to happen. 

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I think what we have here is a classic example of old people giving it a good chorus of ‘well back in my day…’

My kids would be able to call out the various sub groups of today’s trends and fashions. Personally, I wouldn’t know if someone was in to drill or dressed for gramming, or ready for a weekend of line dancing and chemical toilets. But I trust the kids to be tweeking and subverting fashions well below the 50 year old’s radar.

I remember my parents attempting to buy me a blazer when I was in to all that. All I can say is, I can still spot the difference between Pub Landlord and Steve Marriott. My parents never could and never will.

 

 

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2 hours ago, sidcow said:

And took someone from 1955 and plonked them into 1965 they would stand out like a sore thumb. 

And took someone from 1965 and plonked them into 1975 they would stand out like a sore thumb

Depends on who the 'someone' was. If they were into leading edge fashion, maybe so, but the majority of people looked remarkably similar across the decades.  Look at a random photo of a street in Brum in (say) the mid-60s, and try and spot any mods, rockers or hippies. There might be the odd one, but it's otherwise a mass of drab raincoats, horn-rimmed specs, trilbies and short hair. Much like the same scene in the 40s or 50s. 

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3 hours ago, sidcow said:

And took someone from 1995 and plonked them into 2005 or 2015 or 2021 you would probably not give them a second glance, other than maybe think their clothes were a little baggy. 

Why has fashion spent almost 30 years in statis? 

I used to think something like this, and then I briefly got into watching repeats of the Crystal Maze, and I don't think that any more. Obviously that's just the haircuts, but you wouldn't mistake 90s haircuts for today's at all. 

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6 minutes ago, HanoiVillan said:

I used to think something like this, and then I briefly got into watching repeats of the Crystal Maze, and I don't think that any more. Obviously that's just the haircuts, but you wouldn't mistake 90s haircuts for today's at all. 

Didn't someone on here post an exert from a women's magazine the other day talking about Grealish bringin back the 90s curtains haircut look with a picture of him next to some 90s popstar? 

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