The Scallies of Manchester
What is a scally? They are in fact an important part of the history of the Northwest of England. Two North Americans try and define the term in a journey into the history of Manchester.
A Manchester trolleybus departing from the Stevenson Square terminus, 30 December 1966
British Trolleybuses - Manchester Stevenson Square was the terminus of trolleybus services to Audenshaw and Stalybridge via Ashton Old Road. This was the very last day of trolleybus services in Manchester on 30 December 1966, although a commemorative tour was run the following day.
Also seen here is an Oldham Corporation bus; this is before the days of the SELNEC (later Greater Manchester) PTE when there was still a great variety of municipal operators running into central Manchester. Today the scene is dominated by the big groups First and Stagecoach.
For a slide show of British Trolleybuses in the late 60s : HERE
(Trolleybus 1336 was a 1955/56 BUT 9612T with a body by Burlingham)
33 years ago today the world lost Ian Curtis
Former Manchester United star David Beckham has announced his retirement after a glittering 21-year professional career. He started to make his name at Old Trafford in the club’s side that won the FA Youth Cup in 1992.
Back Row: John O’Kane, Nicky Butt, Simon Davis, Kevin Pilkington, Chris Casper, Gary Neville.
Front Row: Ben Thornley, George Switzer, David Beckham, Robbie Savage, Colin McKee.
Seven Ages of Rock - Episode 7 - What the World Is Waiting For
The British Indie scene flourished in Manchester in the early 1980s. Manchester was transformed by The Smiths, through Morrissey’s lyrics into a place of epic romance as part of a critique of the hard northern working class life under Thatcher. The Indie scene was diverse and contained bands such as The Cocteau Twins, The Fall and The Jesus and Mary Chain. By 1986, The Smiths had become one of Britain’s most established band’s, a record deal with label EMI had been agreed and they began to play larger and larger venues in the U.S. However, this brought its own pressures and eventually this contributed to The Smiths splitting in the summer of 1987.
This split coincided with the rise of house music and the development of a new wave of indie bands giving the music “a psychedelic twist”. The Stone Roses, combined indie, house and a “west-coast” psychedelic feel, with rhythms at the forefront of the music and instrumentals crossing into the world of dance. In 1989, they played The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, popularising the new scene and led to the media spotlight falling on “Madchester”, containing groups such as Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets. Blur were made to put out a record based around the Madchester sound; this was not the band’s own sound, however, but their record company’s wishes.
In the summer of 1993 Oasis signed to Creation Records and began gigging up and down the country, then moving to London once they had an established fan base. This was perfectly timed as the centre of Indie music had moved from Manchester to London due mainly to the influence of Suede […]