The Berkeley Wire: 11.20.14
55 minutes ago
And then there's Kevin Rowland and his Famous Dixons.
Like most, I was somewhat befuddled by Rowland's makeover for Don't Stand Me Down at first, and initially, I only appreciated the subversiveness of the look. No other band dressed like this in 1985, and I thought it was a brave move to go from Celtic vagabonds to slick Ivy League types. It wasn't until some time later that I finally connected the dots between Mod and Ivy, realizing in the process that Kevin Rowland and Paul Weller had the same sartorial roots. This album cover stuck in my head long before that realization, though, from Billy Adams's cordovan brogues and lavender socks to the parting of Nicky Gatfield's hair...
There are others, of course, but these are the images the come to mind most often, and it's interesting to see now how they're all related. And even more so, that all of these images had such a profound on me at a time when my most of my peers were listening to the likes of Ratt, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Wham!, Duran Duran and Madonna – and dressing up in similar fashion!