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Glam – A history

So today I thought I’d briefly talk about the glam movement, which started out with glam rock but really can be applied to anything at all. It’s a really cool concept too, and something that I think a lot of people don’t quite get. Most of the time glam is associated with glam rock or glam metal, and you see it and think of big hair, fashionable androgyny, tight clothes, lots of shiny surfaces, etc. And really, on the surface that is what you see, but it’s not what it’s about.

To start with, let’s look at the word “glam”. We don’t tend to think about it, but it’s obviously short for glamor. So when it started back in the day with glam-rock, people were using the word to describe a type of rock music that was glamorous due to the nature of the way it was presented. If we look at Wikipedia (what other references do people use these days? Encyclopedia Britannica? I think not!) the first musician to adopt this style was Marc Bolan, a British rocker. He had a two piece band called TYRANNOSAURUS REX holy shit that is awesome.

RRAAAGGGHHHHH!!!

Anyway this started the whole glam rock era made famous by musicians like Bowie, Gary Glitter, Elton John, Queen, Kiss and so on and so forth.

From this glam-rock influence, other genres adopted the glam style and made it their own. For example Gary Numan, a synthpop band, still styled himself in a very glam way despite his music not being rock at all. In recent years we still have glam styled bands like Marilyn Manson, which fall more into the genre of glam metal, although his Mechanical Animals era style was a direct reference to Bowie and Ziggy Stardust. He even took the androgyny thing so far that rumors still go around that he had a sex change and breast implants.

I wonder why?

Another band that comes to mind is Rammstein, the german industrialists. From simulated sex acts between the members of the band, to dragon masks that shoot fire, they are known for their industrial take on glamor that is decided darker, but still embraces the concept of making a traditional genre more glamorous.

in their own twisted way

All this leads me to my main point about glam, which so far hasn’t been touched on. We all recognize it, and probably think it’s quite cool, but we don’t really know how or why. And until recently, I was as much in the dark as you, dear reader. Then I happened to come across a quote by one of the members of Daft Punk which really illuminated the concept for me. When asked on whether the duo expressed themselves differently within their robotic suits, Bangalter (one of the two members) stated “No, we don’t need to. It’s not about having inhibitions. It’s more like an advanced version of glam, where it’s definitely not you.”

To me this is a revelation. What he’s saying is that glam is what it says it is, it’s a glamorized version of whatever it is you are adapting, including yourself, IE it’s not really you. It’s like a cool version of you, or the version of you you’ve always wanted to be, it can almost be like creating a character and assuming the persona of that character to act out your desires etc. I guess the difference that it made to me was that it means that glam is less about the outrageous outfits and hair, and more about the creating of an alternate personality or image to act out in some way. In that way you could apply the concept of glam to almost anything, and having understood what it is, utilise perhaps in a way that others havn’t. For example I would feel confident in saying that comedian Noel Fielding is a glam comedian, both in terms of his personal style, but also in the way his personality as perceived by the general public is almost larger than life.

larger than life

All the artists I’ve mentioned above are perfect examples of this, say Manson (real name Brian Hugh Warner) for instance. He is a real person, and has a certain personality. But through his on-stage persona of Marilyn Manson, he can act out a different personality, a wilder, cooler, larger than life personality that people can focus their appreciation of the music on, and perhaps project themselves onto a bit. A good way to put it perhaps is that he tries to personify the music in a way he couldn’t otherwise, by becoming more than a musician, a literal interpretation of the music perhaps. I hope this is making sense.

Another example is Bowie, and in fact he really did assume different personae. He started with Ziggy Stardust and then moved onto the Thin White Duke, both variations of his personality he wanted to explore or highlight. The same goes for Kiss, Rammstein, and countless others, and in fact in some small way I would say that almost all musicians in some way employ the principle of glam to play up their image. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that glam is the definitively glamorous image of a person or group.

And here endeth the lesson.

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amazing stuff!!! <– the extra exclamation for extra emphasis!

ok cool so there are a few things that I have come accross/discovered lately that NEED to be shared.

Lego sunglasses – how insanely cool is this? Some genius worked out that lego is cool, and sunglasses are cool, so to make them even cooler lego + sunglasses = epic win! I want a pair of these, but a cursory search of the internet reveals nothing. Does anyone know where I could purchase them from? Let me know if you do. Anyway the main point is that these sunnies are the best. Imagine adding on some antenna or even a little lego figure sitting on the side. I’ve got to stop thinking about them now.

So I was at work, and someone came in looking for hats and asking if I knew any good places to get one. It turns out they didn’t have a good idea of what they wanted, so we were talking about different styles. After they left, I was pondering the fact I never wear hats as NONE suit me, and I was trying to picture a hat that would. Suddenly, into my mostly empty cranium popped the image of me, in a pilots hat…imagine that! So today, on my day off, not really expecting to find anything, I thought I’d check some places out to see if I could find one. And guess what? The first place I went (army disposals on Chapel St) had exactly what I wanted. The girl who was working there was pretty cool as well, she names all the hats there, mine is called “Gerald”. As I was trying it on, she noted (to my pleasure) that I strongly resembled Noel Fielding. Apparently she had actually stalked him when she was in the UK, and when she finally met him, she lost the ability to form words and simply touched him on the arm. Anyway I next went to Eurotrash where I was selling my second pair of silver boots (the ones that were too small) and the owner, Margaret, also commented on the hat and how good it looked. As did one of the hairdressers that works at the back of the shop. I look hot in this hat, I’m wearing it out next time I got out. I’m very pleased with it, it was $70 (very reasonable), and it really boosts the 60’s-70’s Brit rock look I’m going for. If I see anyone wearing them though I’m going to assume you got the idea from me! 😛

A small thought here, but along with the spats, a cool look that used to be big in the 30’s and 40’s is the bow tie. And it’s a really cool look to bring back. I’m planning to browse a few places and see what funky designs I can find.

Another cool look that has a small following but has never really caught on is the suspenders (worn off the shoulder, hanging down behind). I’ve got myself a pair, they really make an outfit look special. Just a little accessory that can really change an outfit.

And finally, a little bit of advice, I’ve found that it really makes a difference buttoning up that top button when wearing a shirt. It’s small and subtle, but the change it effects is large. Give it a go, see what I’m talking about.

Mighty Boots

Like so many people out there I am completely and utterly taken by the TV show (it’s so much more though) The Mighty Boosh. The kookiness, the surreality, the banter (especially the banter) and the devil may care attitudes they have in producing the show just suck me in, and I never want to stop watching. I feel like Noel and Julian (the main actors, Vince and Howard respectively) do what they find amusing and devil take the rest of us if we don’t.

Anyway, one of the major things about the show that really inspires me is the character Vince’s and by extension Noel Fielding’s wardrobe. The fact that he takes random styles and makes them cool (like the Jacobean ruff coming back into style one episode, or wet suits in another) is the best. I never thought I’d think a complete body suit made of silver sequins to be cool but Vince shows us otherwise. And there’s so many things like this throughout the show.

While not all of Vince’s fashion triumphs are directly translatable to myself there are a number of things he wears that are just SO FUCKING COOL e.g. the meggings (ultra tight skinny jeans he wears), the funky jackets, but most of all I am in love with the boots he has. The pointy toes, the heels, the colors, the boots are mindblowing. And for quite a while now I’ve been looking for a pair for myself. My first thought on where to look was Brunswick st because if there’s anywhere in Melbourne that has the right sort of Camden, Mighty Boosh vibe it’s Brunswick st. So I went there and found a pretty cool pair of boots that were similar to what I was looking for, albeit with the wrong heels, a boring black color and and weird toes.

old boots

old boots

They also had a cool like metal attachment like spurs but without the actual spurs bit. Of course I showed them to all my friends (some loved them, some hated them) and found out that that particular type of shoe is called a winklepicker.

Just the other day I bought the new live Boosh DVD (future sailors tour) and Noel had these awesome boots that were miles ahead of mine in terms of sheer style. The heel was different, the toe was different, and most of all the boots were silver. Silver! So there and then I decided to get a pair for me. I did a lot of searching for winklepickers but couldn’t find what I wanted. I checked out the Wikipedia page on them and found they’re also called chelsea boots, and some have what’s called a cuban heel. Armed with this new knowledge I scoured ebay and fell in love.

silver winklepickers

silver winklepickers

Long story short, I bought them last night 😀 apparently they should only take 7 days to get here by courier too so I’ll have them for a mates big birthday thing next weekend. Fucking go me.

Moral of the story? If you want a pair of boots like that they are called either winklepickers or chelsea boots, and you must make sure they have a cuban heel. But don’t get silver, because that that color’s MINE!