was thinking about this at lunchtime in Burger King (!) today (they were playing 80s tracks on the tape, perhaps their in-store music actually hasn’t been updated since 1987….:biggreen: )
a lot of the chav phenomenon is actually straight from British urban lifestyles in the 1980s and early 1990s!
In fashion terms and acceptance of drug culture its extremely similar to a mixture of the “casual” and “old skool raver” from those days. (yes, you can guess what I was in school/6th form….)
So why are todays “chavs” seen as so dysfunctional?
perhaps the difference is that back in the 1980s and 90s there was actually some hope for urban youth (however false) – you actually thought you could either follow the “yuppies” and end up in some office job whilst still partying, perhaps you could be the next grooverider or fabio, or get a job in the media as a music journalist or working on one of the “yoof TV” projects that had a brief heyday in the 80s to mid 90s……
but now the office jobs are outsourced, the media jobs downsized and the “big money” DJ circuit restricted to the “old guard” whilst smaller commercial clubs are squeezed by licensing restrictions………
so maybe all thats left when the hope is gone are the drugs to provide artificial dreams and a bit of crime and aggro for the excitement….