Spandau Ballet’s first single had been in the UK chart for 11 weeks and their second was launching January 1981. They were the house band for a London clubland cult variously called the Blitz Kids and the New Romantics. Few journalists had paid much attention to this massive underground following, but Robin Denselow, a savvy music writer for The Guardian, had also been recruited by the BBC’s new nightly current affairs strand, Newsnight. He recognised a Pop Moment if ever there was one and took his camera crew to Le Kilt, the coolest club-night of the month. We see him given the full New Romantic manifesto by half a dozen of its 21-year-old exponents who were all on the brink of showbiz and media careers! This package triggered the tabloids to flock into clubland and make stars of the most stylish kids – the story of the 80s Pose Age was in lift-off. == For a kaleidoscopic cult history of the Blitz Kids who led British street fashion […] –shapersofthe80s.com
“The Blitz ruled people’s lives. Exactly that,” says Stephen Jones, then making hats at St Martin’s School of Art, this year celebrated with a retrospective at the V&A. “A nightclub inspired absolute devotion of the kind previously reserved for a pop idol. I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real…
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