A Working Class Catwalk

First they hijacked the Skins then they came for “terrace dressers”. Two subcultures with origins in mixed race and the working class. Much like the Mods – working class lad or lass dresses up. Black and white unity if you like. A subculture. A movement. A trend. 
It’s 1983 and I’m walking through the Barrowlands in Glasgow on the London Road side. Me and a mate are dressed in post Two-Tone attire with wedge haircuts and baggy jeans.
“I’ve heard it said and I agree,‘Where’s the next scene?’ Nobody sees it coming, ah its over there.” – (Casuals DVD)
A Celtic fan walks towards us, “Cannae get moving for Aberdeen casuals lads eh?” We have no idea what he’s talking about. Then I see them – hundreds of lads walking past us dressed in sportswear and like us, they’re heading towards Celtic Park.
                     Soccer Casuals.
I didn’t know what I thought regarding the way they looked, it seemed almost mystical. It reminded me of rugby attire or perhaps skiing holidaymakers taking the wrong route. Although they looked like boy-next-door, you could see it had an edge which became apparent when they started having verbals with Celtic fans. History tells us the original idea to this look was anti-suss; not really intended to be stylish, it was more a disguise, replacing the bovver boy hooligan. This was a welcome change from stiff-arm boneheads.
To cut a long story short, within months I was hooked. Hooked on the clothes, the fights and everything that came with it for many years. You started to see this new-found look at Celtic after a wee while, but it was more an individual look rather than a collective response until the 1984/85 season when Celtic first had its own crew of this new subculture. We wanted to know more about this new thing. With the clothes evolving every few weeks we wanted to be clued-up and a step ahead.




But where was the music attached to this? We were looking to London and the rest of England for its origins, initially we’re lead to believe it was born in Aberdeen, but how could it be? Aberdeen is remote and hardly trendsetting.

Casuals had NO right-wing origins. Right-wing cranks would have you believe it’s mutually exclusive for a modern day hooligan to be a one dimensional patriotic Stone Island geez who will have zero creativity. They will jump around to bands like The Specials; sing along to their lyrics as with The Farm, The Housemartins, The Clash, Paul Weller and The Beautiful South; ignoring or unprepared to check what their message is.
Before Waxy Lemon et al. you had the NF and BNP on a recruitment drive with football firms around the country. So we end up with the obligatory stiff arm salutes trying to hijack another subculture by the end of the 80s and into the 90s. So where does it start and finish?
Fascism is anti-working class; it attempts to control and split them. Fascism is not compatible with original 80s football lads and lassies. We were rebelling against Thatcher’s Britain; it wasn’t even political to be a football casual, it was born out of football and there was no music or music bands originally attached to its origins, you had to look for music that fitted.
This started in the North West, particularly Liverpool, a working class city going through major hardship at the time. When Liverpool regularly played in Europe during the late 70s and into the 80s, their fans brought back with them these obscure sportswear labels. “A crocodile? What’s this all about?”
With a bit of robbing on the way, it was working class lads on the take looking for their own one-upmanship. The trainers the Liverpool lads found were also obscure and were easy pickings given the fact they were normally on display outside shops.
They then went on their own personal trips to bring back this new trend, usually sportswear such as trainers and tracksuits not really seen in the UK. When the lads kicked this off it started being worn at the football. Was this supposed to be stylish? No – it was anti-suss.
“By the time London has its own version of this, it’s Arsenal that lead the way, there certainly wasn’t much right-wing within their unit especially with the amount of black lads within their ranks and leading them.” – (P. Hooton; TAL Fanzine) 
The London Casual was born from modern soul boys and dub music then onto the football terraces and had a lot of Afro-Caribbean chaps leading the way. 
“Casual style in London grew out of the late seventies soul boy scene this was inherently racially mixed – the idiots who wanted to be racists became boneheads. Our fanzine Boys Own was very left wing (mainly because of comrade Steve Mayes, who also went to Chelsea with me) and we deliberately set out to stir shit up”. – (T. Farley; Skiddle 3rd March 2016)
Casuals as a concept finished around 1989. The anti-suss part had been sussed and it went mainstream. After this you just had trendy hooligans, although you may ask “what’s the difference?”
“I am a member of Football Lads and Lasses Against Fascism (FLAF) and believe that we as football fans have a duty to reject the hateful message of the ultra right. They are the tools of the ruling class and always blame the wrong people when the going gets tough. We can all support our own teams and even countries – although I’m not a patriot myself – but we also need to protect our own communities and those less fortunate than ourselves. As The Who said: we won’t get fooled again!”–  (P. Thornton; FLAF article 27/8/19)

It’s maself! That time again; pour yerself a drink, huddle round for the Friday IN and OUTs


The fella that owns the Brannigan Crisp Factory.


French Eddie.

‘I wanna be Edouard’ song.

The marvellous Angie Blunn.

The all time greats!

Asking folk if they want a beer or a thick ear!

Having a beer and a thick ear coz yer a greedy bassa!

The new Adidas Spezial range.

Chilled Peroni.

Multi personality disorders!

Hard Rock Cafe, good music, good scran.

Up and coming Liam gigs.

Kinning Park laughter with Stevie G.

Getting close to ski hat time.

Ten bacon rowellls!

Doing a massive Ring-a-Roses to 99 red balloons with yer buddy’s down the boozer.

Alpha Industries Polar Down Jacket.

Beef Hula-Hoops!



Danny Dyer in Eastenders with his invisible wheelbarrow!

The Bin-men leaving yer bin as the lids 5cm open!

The ‘I’m not a racist, I have a black friend’ comment.


Kid on hardmen, keyboard hero’s.

Compliant SEVCO lickspittle media articles.

People texting themselves whilst sitting opposite each other!

Sticky Buns.

Kinning Park Rowing Club.

Head-mash situations with head-mash people.

Black dug running wild in teens and every f**ker else!

The Sun newspaper.

The Daily Mail newspaper.

Anything by Meat Loaf especially that:  ‘I won’t do that’ song

That Simply Red song: ‘Lovvvve the thought … lovvvve the thought!’



That’s that then!  Love it or leave it, delete it, report it, avoid it or embrace it.  Have a decent weekend.  Switch off everything at night.

Friday ins & out shake it all about …


Hair Transplants

Machine Gun style laughter in the workplace.

0-2 at Kinning Park Rowing Club.

Johnny Marr being a Tim.

The Helping Hands Solidarity.

Reebok Classics with cords.

Boys Own T.

Wigan Hot pie!

Thangs and Hings instead of Things.

Mid-life infernos.

Wohhh your so fine you blow my mind!

Harry Lauder – Stop yer Ticklin Jock

Smoking like a fish!

The start of the diet.

Watching yer onions grow.

Rita Ora again!

Francie McCann’s big smile!

Magnum Classic

Telling people ‘they ain’t seen nothing yet!’

Asking the Barman for a drink that all the young yins drink these days!

People who pil-fridge from M&S Food shop and give it to the homeless.

Justifying necking a whole box of Go Ahead Bars!

Aldo’s Hot Dogs.

Any record by Harry Lauder!

A flag on behalf of good lads!

Asking ‘s’appenin?’ on a Conference Call.

Saying ‘Cheers now’ after a Conference Call.

Framed picture of Griffiths waving the tricolour!

Liam Gallagher getting the Rebs on!

Testing all the aftershaves in Debenhams.

Smoking out racists on social media.

Diet Irn Bru.

Zipping up yer Boots!

Big Boots Big Toots!

Bowie – Starman full blast! 





Love Island.

Keyboard warriors with invisible wheelbarrows.

song on the radio, lyric: ‘wanna fu-oo-oo, but I’m broken hearted Cr-cr-cry but I like to party’

Old song on the radio lyrics: ‘Cry me a River!’

Inheriting a Darth Vader mask for Sleep Apnea.

The neighbour still calling you Aldo and asking ‘s’appenin!’

Blokes with t-shirts saying ‘I don’t need to google’ on it.


The Scottish Press and lickspittle SEVCO stories.

Getting texts telling you you’ve won a Diet Coke if you … sign up to …’

Getting a leaflet through the door every two days for Dominos Pizza!

Anxiety stigma ‘why don’t you just set yourself a 30 minutes worry period a day’

Not getting 30 mins cardio a day.

The Voice… f*ckin cringefest!


People slurping yogurt on the train, scooping with the silver lid.

Media witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn.

Sevconian Moon Howlers.

A student cafe in Manchester called ‘Nom Nom’

5p a bag!

Getting asked if you want a bag!

£75 average for Adidas OG’s.

Walking into cobwebs.

Mental Health Stigma number 2,100 ‘eat more fruit’

Steven Gerrard (what a trumpet he really is)

David Jeffrey’s Snippets.

Boring Brexit debates.

Evil Tory bassas!

That’s all folks, remember it’s only a lark.  Keep on Keeping on, switch everything aff at night, eat yer greens and tune in.

Friday night Ins and outs, on social media platforms only, exclusive to Holywell Street. Ready, steady go …


Cameron Diaz for Sunday Beer Fear.

Pinky out Espresso drinking.

Day’s out not Nights out!

Priya Sharma from Emmerdale.

Chilled Peroni.

Four f*ckin chunky kit-kats £1 Asda!

Speaking through your nose on a conference call.

Baking a can of strongbow and calling it Sunday roast.

Mistaking baldy people for each other.

Tripping up Fascists.

Tripping up men with man buns.

Winning the pottery.

The arrival of mint flakes!

Lady’s with thigh tattoos (again)

Gerry Cinnamon.

People asking for In’s and Out’s.

Andrew Wevvers Weatherall.



Adults chanting ‘oggy oggy oggy … oi oi oi’ when the plane lands in Turkey.

Thinking yer ten years younger than folk, but you’re ten years older.

Totties instead of Tatties (Fife twang) Loddie instead of Laddie (Fife twang)

Lassies saying ‘cheers now’ after blowies for beak.

30p for the f*ckin toilet at a train station.

Yer nephews cutting cucumbers with their chins.

Capitalist Cold Callers: ‘remember the accident you were in’

Last train whoppers.

Last Bus Whoppers

Man Buns (again)

The Barbers floor mob!

Folk moaning about the hot weather!

The trendy concept of ‘street food’

Judges on Food Reality shows.

Steven Gerrard.

Domino Pizza leaflet through the door once a week.

FB Snides throwing out fishing bait to attract wrong un’s.

Photo Booths at Weddings.


SDL members with teeth like a fruit loaf!

Wee black-mutt visits when the weather changes.

People saying ‘so I got them told…’ when they told them fuck-all

The comment ‘I’m going on my hollibibs’



Thats yer lot and remember it’s only a lark.  Switch everything off at night, mirror signal manoeuvre and off ye go. 

Hope in Humanity

By F. Fox 18/8/19

I am a simple man.

My aim is to help others whenever possible, whether that be of any religion, creed, culture or status in humanity. We all really should want to help one another, human beings are like that, aim to buy into each other’s happiness not into their misery.

There should not be a need to hate and despise one another.  There is room for everyone,  the good earth is rich it provides for everyone.  This way of life can be free and beautiful but we seem to have lost the way.  Greed has barricaded the way this has caused the world to hate and poisoned a lot of souls, blindly goosestepped into misery and bloodshed.

The world has developed speed but this has also shut ourselves in. The machinery that gives in abundance is leaving humanity in want.  This knowledge has left us cynical leaving us to think too much and feel too little.

Machinery needs replaced by more humanity, kindness and proper intelligence. Without these qualities life becomes voiding and all gets lost.  Now, the areoplane and the radio brought us closer together, the very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in humanity it cries out for universal brotherhood in the simple humanity of us all. Yet even now, as you’ll read this you will hear my voice trying to reach the unreachable throughout this world of ours,  for the despairing men, woman and children the victims of a system that makes people torture and imprison innocent people.  The misery that is now upon us is the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.

Hate and Bitterness.

The loathing will pass through the political system but as the political system perishes the power of the people will return. Young military members will no longer give into this system, the one that enslaves you and regiments your lives telling us what to think, what to feel, treat you like cattle and use you as cannon fodder. No more giving ourselves to the machine-men with their machine minds and machine hearts.  These military people don’t have to hate; you have the love of humanity in your hearts, only the unloved hate.    There needs to be a stop to fighting for slavery and more for liberty.

In the 17th chapter of Luke it is written,  “the kingdom of God is within man” not one man or a group of men; but all men. We have the power and knowledge to create machines and the power to create happiness, the people have the power within to make life free and beautiful,  stressless and wonderful.

In the name of this so called democracy let us all use this power  let us all unite, let us all fight for a new world a decent world that will give everyone the chance to work  that will give the elder people security and the young hope for the future.

Politicians have risen to power but they lied with false promise. The promises were never to be fulfilled. Let us fight to relieve the planet from these mental chains to do away with National barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance.  Let the people fight for a world or reason a world where science and progress to all man-kinds happiness.

Hopefully we can come out of the darkness and into a new world, a kindly world where people can rise above hate and their greed also their brutality.  Look for the soul that belongs in all of us.

Feeling the Fear

by Macaroon 11/08/19

Call it Sunday or a pending Monday musings. The day after, the beer fear or the depressing summer weather.

These days seem to be the start of the week the pending doom and the ‘what if’ thoughts.


It seems the human brain is wired to be depressed or anxious and we must find our own peace in modern day times, but what if it was just as easy to obsess over good thoughts rather than negative thoughts? I mean if part of it’s supposed to chemical then surely the chemical imbalance could work the reverse? Easier said than done, I know.  I want to touch more on anxiety here although it’s sister depression does overlap with it.

FEAR! This is where anxiety starts and of course for a lot of people worry.

If you knew you could probably handle ANYTHING that came your way , what would you possibly have to Fear?

The answer is: NOTHING!

I know you are probably not jumping up and down for joy just yet, but believe me when I say this is good news and advice. What I’m trying to put over is you can handle all your fears (and this includes myself) without having to control anything in outside world. This should come as tremendous relief if I really was the voice of reason but I’m not, however I will continue with food for thought. Now, you don’t have to control what your friends do, what your children do or what your boss does. You don’t have to control what happens in an interview or what happens in your career or what happens with your money.

All you have to do to diminish your fear is to develop more trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way!

This is critical. From this moment on , every time you feel afraid, remind yourself that it is simply because you are not feeling good enough about yourself. But put this on a post-it-note wherever you want, stick it on the fridge FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY or another one I’LL HANDLE IT.

I often ask myself why we have so little trust in ourselves I’ve also been asked the question from others. I don’t really know the answer to that. I know that some fear is with our instinct much like anxiety this keeps us alert to trouble. The rest – the part that holds us back from personal growth  – is inappropriate and destructive, and could be blamed on our conditioning.


Remember stick this on a post-it-note and onto the fridge or in every drawer. I can hear the doubting Thomases out there saying, “oh come on now how do you handle cancer or the death of a child”  I understand your scepticism. I was and can still be a doubting Thomas myself. I feel the negative feelings but give yourself a winning chance and you will find yourself coming closer and closer to self to a high level of self-confidence that you will begin to realize you can handle anything that comes your way. Never let these three words out of your mind  – probably the most important three little words you’ll ever hear:


Obviously , the real issue has nothing to do with fear itself but, rather, how we hold fear and the perception. For some people fear is totally irrelevant. For others, it creates a state of paralysis. The former hold the fear from a position of power (choice, energy and action), and the latter hold it from a position of pain (helplessness, depression, and paralysis). These are both okay I’m not coming from the angle of weakness or strength in any of this.


To move ourselves to a position of pain to power is where we want to be. The fact we still have the fear is irrelevant – it is ok to feel fear.

I’ve mentioned Power. There are a lot of people and this includes myself who don’t quite like the concept of power and I want no part of it. In todays world especially ‘power’ has negative undertones. It often implies control over others, and, unfortunately, is often misused.

The kind of power I am talking about is entirely different. In fact, it makes you less manipulative of those around you, and certainly more loving. I’m talking about power within the self. This means power of perceptions of the world where we look at things from different angles, thinking in grey areas instead of always black and white. Power of how we react to certain situations in our lives, power to do what is necessary for your own self-growth, satisfaction inlife and power to act and power to love. It is your own power within I’m getting at. It is not and egomania, but a healthy love self-love. In fact egomaniacs have absolutely no feeling of power – thus their compelling need to control anyone around them. Fill your self with self-compassion and that is also a way of giving you that very power.

If everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life or in general then we must conclude the FEAR IS NOT THE PROBLEM. It is how we hold the fear, the fear is totally irrelevant.

Have a good week folks.


No Strings Attached Interview

By Red Casual 31/07/2019

Here at HWS we love a chat with creative musicians, DJ’s or remixers and who better than a couple of bods I’ve had the pleasure of growing up with and lived streets away from.
From the subways to the streets, they were picking up the best tunes. If it wasn’t for these guys and few others the area would possibly have dived into heavy hardcore rave music. Langlee, Tweedbank then Gala had just the right crowd on-centre at the right time from 1990 and the duo were learning their trade from that point.
Justin Wilson and Steve Cass aka No ‘Strings Attached’ popped into see us at HWS Towers. They are the best about …

Good to see you chaps, how’s things?

Hi Mate – Thanks for inviting us along. Everything is going pretty well right now and although a fairly quiet year on the promoting front as we were slow of the mark securing dates with venues we have a few things bubbling away to keep us amused and have also started booking up for 2020.


To start with how did the title NSA come about and when was that established?

We had been planning to start a regular club night in Galashiels back in 1995 and after brainstorming potential names we managed to get it down to 3 or 4 but could not agree on it so started to concentrate on the set up as the venue we were going to use was in the basement of the local football stand so needed a fair bit of work to transform it into something that resembles a nightclub. We wanted to source a parachute to cover the ceiling and walls so the dance floor was like a small cocoon and after searching the yellow pages we found a company who sold club decor. When making the order the girl on the line said the type of parachute we are looking for has “no strings attached” and we just liked that at the time so ran with it.


I must give you guys a massive compliment for keeping the interest and vibe going down in Gala and of course Edinburgh.
So, for the readers, when did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences? What is it about music and/or sound that drew you to it?

Well, the influences would have to come from guys like yourself who were involved in the scene down south and introduced the sounds to Galashiels via mix tapes along with some legendary local nights with DJs Rich Bell, Scott Ferguson (Robot 84) and others. Another massive influence was going to The Citrus club in Edinburgh from the age of 17 which gave the opportunity to regularly hear the best DJs around like Fabi Paras, Andrew Weatherall, Justin Robertson, Craig Walsh etc and meet people who still come along to NSA to this day. The feeling, atmosphere and escapism of being in the club was always the draw created by the combination of great music, sound people & various substances.


Around this time we also got the chance to play early sets at some of the local nights as well as regular house parties and that sparked the idea for us to put on our own thing.

When doing the DJing considerations that go into deciding which track to play next? What makes two tracks a good fit? How far do you tend to plan ahead during a set?


It’s impossible to completely plan ahead but of course we will select a few tracks we think would work depending on where we are playing. We often play back 2 back so track selection is very last minute depending on what the other person finishes on and what you think is a best fit to try and keep the flow. Usually this works out quite well as feel we are good at reading a crowd. The last half hour can be a bit chaotic if the night is going off as you start thinking about the end of your set and what tracks you have not had the chance to play yet.


What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time?

As we generally warm up for our guests the goal is to try and set the tone for the night by gradually building it up before handing the reigns over to the headliner and by that time the crowd should be ready for them taking it up a gear. We don’t think that challenge has really changed but we have got a lot better at it.


What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?

Producing is something we would like to do in the future and have had a couple of attempts in the past in collaboration with others but find it really difficult to stop changing our minds and running with something all the way through to a finished track. Djing provides real time satisfaction as someone else has already done the difficult part of creating the great music and all we have to do is put it on for an instant result.

You’ve been on the music and dance scene almost without fail for many, many years now. In terms of creativity, do you ever feel like you need to recharge? Where do you find the calm and energy to keep up with things?

We don’t put on or play at enough nights to get exhausted from it and the reason for this is we would rather do less and make them special rather than just doing it for the sake of it.

You still stay in the Gala area these days, I’ve always seen it as the cosmopolitan town in the Borders although it can be fickle at times. Do you think it’s still musically the best place for yourself to be?

Although we have had many great years in Galashiels, Edinburgh feels more like home these days and a great crowd come out to support the nights we have at The Mash House and Sneaky Pete’s including a strong contingent from Galashiels. The nights usually sell out but It still feels as if everyone know’s each other. Our aim is to make every night as good as or better than the last and one of the greatest compliments we ever received was hearing Andrew Weatherall say “That’s a proper Acid House party”.

The Fairydean still sometimes seems the spiritual home of NSA, you’ve had some top nights there over the years with cracking DJ’s. Does any of these nights stick out?

We have lost count of how many nights there have been in there but we have hosted many great DJs over the years that have all been special for different reasons. if we pick two stand out nights it would have to be when SLAM played for our 20th Birthday and the first time Ivan Smagghe played for us.
SLAM managed to play a track from every year from the last 2 decades so clearly put some thought into it and Ivan was meant to be playing at SNAFU in Aberdeen with us but the club closed down a few days prior to the night so we managed to quickly shift it to the dean and sell out within days. He played one of the best sets we have heard and has been back with us a few times since then.

One more night we want to mention was in Edinburgh rather than the dean but is pretty relevant just now given the mess that is Brexit.

The night was 24th June 2016 and the UK just voted to leave the EU. We had a big night with A Love From Outer Space at the mash house. The outcome of the vote resulted in a low mood which could be felt from the chat in the car picking up the DJs to the crowd coming through the door so we feared it might not go too well. However the club filled up quickly and the dance floor was rammed within 30 minutes of opening and the whole place went off. The soundtrack was perfect and the room was full of smiles all night as it was the tonic everyone needed at that moment and I’m sure it will stick out as a favourite for a lot of people.

Ibiza? Do you still visit? how often do you get over?

Not been to Ibiza in about 8 years so pretty detached from what is going on out there and can think of plenty other places we want to check out before returning. There are great festivals & clubs all over Europe that have far more appeal. Here are a couple of festivals and a couple of clubs to look up. Convenanza in Carcassonne (France) , Love International in Tisno (Croatia) Smala in Vilnius (Lithuania) and Robert Johnston (Frankfurt) Germany.

Top five club / dance tracks?

Red Axes / DJ Tennis – Redrago

Curses – Puttanesca

Andrew Claristidge & Workerpoor – Slow Uppercut (Soviet Union Remix)

Manfredas (featuring Bozzwell) – Mind Machine

Phunkadelica (featuring J.O.D.) – Amore Automatico (instrumental)

How would you actually describe your sound?

Nu Disco and whatever fits.

What are your plans for 2020

Celebrating 25 years of NSA which we are currently programming and can confirm it’s looking pretty tasty. Also really looking forward to getting back into putting on regular parties in Edinburgh again and perhaps releasing a track.

What was the last record you bought?

Last vinyl bought was an old electro compilation on the StreetSounds label that was a lucky find at Mauerpark flea market in Berlin. Another old find was made a bit closer to home which was Davorite – Electrick Dragon.

Choice of footwear?

Adidas is the obvious choice and have owned many between us so will go with the classic Converse HI-Tops and TST which were stocked briefly in Xile a few years back and have become practically impossible to source now. Apparently footwear designer Seishi Tanks hand draws every design and hand finishes each of them after production.


And the best DJ there is/was is?

Difficult question as so many favourites and our booking policy is based on who we think is the best but as you pinned us down to one we are going to go with Andrew Weatherall as he never fails to amaze and inspire and we are truly honoured he still regularly plays for us after first coming to NSA in 2000 when we were running out of Edinburgh’s most iconic club space The Venue.


Lastly, what have you guys got coming up?

This Friday (August 2nd) we are playing for Tweak_ at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh for their night with Detroit’s Carl Craig. We are on from 11pm – 2am.

August 18th – Hectors House asked us to join them at 99 Hanover Street to support Ibiza’s godfather of chill Jose Padilla. We will be playing between his early evening sunset slot and warming things up for his club based set later in the night.

September 10th – We will be on EHFM doing a mix for the the Sheikh (pronounced Shake) hosted by Adam from Cheap Picasso.

December – New Mix for a Madrid based label

December 20th – Edinburgh, TBA

Boxing Day – Edinburgh, TBA

A taste of NSA …

A pleasure to have you chaps pop in, thanks a lot.  I’ll be seeing you soon.

No worries mate.