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Old 08.06.2011, 13:54
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Big Quiffs.

Living out in the sticks, like I do, and being a miserable old sod, like I am, and not watching the telly or listening to the radio or reading fashion magazines, like I don't, I must confess to being somewhat out of touch with current 'trends'. I have no idea what songs are in the Hit Parade these days, nor who sings them. I have no idea what this season's look is. I live, by and large, in blissful ignorance of the ephemeral world of popular culture, with the exception of whatever I stumble across on Youtube or read about in Blick am Abend.

This is all very well, but it doesn't help me with a question which has been puzzling me for the last few weeks: what is with the big quiffs?

I don't mean the neat little Balkan brushback thing that we've all seen round and about the streets of Switzerland. That might be somewhat outdated, but it's still a reasonably workaday kind of a hairstyle. It never did Rick Astley any harm, did it?

The quiffs to which I refer are enormous: great gelled edifices which put me in mind of the psychobillies of the eighties. I've seen several of these over the last few weeks, and wonder whether they're part of a new fashion or subculture that has appeared without me noticing. They tend to be worn by rather dapper young gentlemen, the kind who might wear very tight trousers or purple shoes.

Are they just brave individualists, who merely happen to sport the same hairstyle by coincidence, or are they part of something wider?

Are there any fashionable types on the forum who might be able to enlighten me here?

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Old 08.06.2011, 14:04
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Re: Big Quiffs.

Here in the civilized part of Switzerland I can't say I've noticed that trend. Though I do confess to wearing red shoes and tight trousers (the trousers aren't a fashion statement, just the price of Budvar).
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Here in the civilized part of Switzerland I can't say I've noticed that trend.
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Re: Big Quiffs.

There is indeed a trend that is noticeable.

All the guys I know with such hair and fashions seem to be a re-surging crowd of rocbillys
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Re: Big Quiffs.

In my part of Switzerland the mullet is King
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Re: Big Quiffs.

I have just returned from London where there was a group of guys staying at our hotel. They all wore short-sleeved shirts, had funny mullety hair styles, (obviously from AG), and had moustaches ... no prizes for guessing their nationality
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I have just returned from London where there was a group of guys staying at our hotel. They all wore short-sleeved shirts, had funny mullety hair styles, (obviously from AG), and had moustaches ... no prizes for guessing their nationality
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Re: Big Quiffs.

I think it's because the Leningrad Cowboys are coming to Switzerland shortly

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Re: Big Quiffs.

Could be rockabillies/greasers, psychobillies or *shudder* hipsters, depending on how they're dressed. The Rockabilly and Psychobilly scenes are pretty big in Switzerland.
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Re: Big Quiffs.

Hm, seems widespread enough that someone's taken the p1ss and made this art piece doing everything but.

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Re: Big Quiffs.

So psychobillies are back?

Or rather, since it's still the eighties in Switzerland, psychobillies are here?

That's excellent news. I was always rather fond of them.
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Re: Big Quiffs.

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I don't mean the neat little Balkan brushback thing that we've all seen round and about the streets of Switzerland. That might be somewhat outdated, but it's still a reasonably workaday kind of a hairstyle. It never did Rick Astley any harm, did it?
That sounds like some kind of new dance-floor move.



Or a business deal that's turned sour.
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I think it's because the Leningrad Cowboys are coming to Switzerland shortly
They were actually there last Thursday. Perhaps it was them, or their fans that you saw.
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Re: Big Quiffs.

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So psychobillies are back?

Or rather, since it's still the eighties in Switzerland, psychobillies are here?

That's excellent news. I was always rather fond of them.
We never went away!
Demented Are Go and Mad Sin regularly play in Switzerland, see you in the wrecking pit (that's the psychobilly equivalent of a mosh pit) at the next show?
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We never went away!
Demented Are Go and Mad Sin regularly play in Switzerland, see you in the wrecking pit (that's the psychobilly equivalent of a mosh pit) at the next show?
I think I'm a little old for that kind of thing now, but thank you for the information.

It's rather jolly music, isn't it?
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