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Style Ish: How To Look Punk

The DEFINITIVE guide is here, guys. Click to enlarge.

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There are simply way too many gems in this brilliant 1977 publication, so I’ll boil my reflection down to three thoughts:

1. Let’s all agree that the hair + make-up pages are PURE GOLD.
2. Who knew that Alice Bag went by “Alice Douche Bag”? Not I.
3. Can someone old pls tell me if “the pogo” was really a thing? Was it actually called that? Can I see a video or something?

5 comments on “Style Ish: How To Look Punk

  1. soundslikeorange
    March 14, 2013

    Pogo? Absolutely real. In 1977? I don’t know. I saw it in London in 1980 (when I was quite young) somewhere down the street from the famous shop owned by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. It did NOT look like what was described above, though. Maybe I saw Pogo 2.0.

    Old? Not me … just chronologically out of synch with … well … reality.

    • ribbonaroundabomb
      March 14, 2013

      First of all, that’s legit that you went to London when SEX was open. (And sry, didn’t mean old, like, actually old.) Secondly, I am now even more intrigued by this mysterious pogo dance move.

      • soundslikeorange
        March 14, 2013

        I’m not sure it was still open, but I remember our guide (a rebel teacher) told us what it was. With time, I’ll revise my memory to be sure that it was open, that Sid Vicious was there teaching a middle age Jim Morrison how to pogo. ‘Til then, it was just a confusing story and some odd-looking folks dancing strangely.

        As for age … no worries, it actually gave me credentials this time!

  2. jwstuart
    March 14, 2013

    Yes, the Pogo was real but like the previous poster it wasn’t like described in this mag. Mostly The Pogo was jumping up and down in place like a pogo stick. When the dance floors were so packed that was pretty much the only way you could dance. I think that eventually with all the collisions that ensued it evolved into slam dancing and moshing.

    Didn’t find any video but did find this gem: “Debbie Harry explains The Pogo to the Americans” http://youtu.be/nLKvViL8y_E

    • ribbonaroundabomb
      March 14, 2013

      Holy crap, that Debbie Harry vid is amazing. I feel like I’ve been to shows before where I WANTED to jump up and down like a pogo stick, but everyone was moshing so I was forced to go with it. I think I still need a real-life demo of this move.

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