In 1973, young television reporter Chris Tarrant went to see some teds in Yardley, Birmingham, and conducted an interview with them. Tarrant would very soon become a tv fixture presenting the children’s Saturday morning programme ‘Tiswas’ which launched in January 1974 but he always seems to have had more than a passing interest in pop subcultures as represented in his books Ready, Steady, Go!: Growing up in the Fifties and Sixties (1990) and Rebel, Rebel: Twenty-five Years of Teenage Trauma from James Dean to the Damned (1991). He is a big fan of Status Quo.
Presented in a humorous, slightly depreciative way, his interview with the Birmingham teds is very instructive. EXPAND price of creepers £20, long-haired men called ‘fairies’ (pronounced something like ‘furrees’). He gets his deserved comeuppance when the teds react ‘badly’ to his provocative suggestion that they grow their hair long and wear flared trousers.
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