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Tracey May

Tracey almost became a Metal Head in the early 1980s

“I was very boring as a teenager, particularly when it came to music… Instead of hanging around I would either stay at home and study or watch telly”.

“I did have strict parents but I also had a father who was very interested in nature and science so he would take us out on camping holidays. We did a lot of going to the beach, midnight fishing, me and my sister.”

“A lot of crimpolene. That seemed to be the in thing at the time. It was very bright colours. There’s a lot of it coming back now, which is really quite depressing for me, it reminds me too much of it. We had a lot of flares going on. We used to have hot pants at the time… they were really short dungarees that you wore… very cute clothes we used to wear”.

“I liked Pink Floyd, Meatloaf, and hard stuff. And if I was going to do that as I got older I probably would’ve gone into metal music. I do actually play the drums… It was a secret thing. I had to be really cute on the outside but I did like my drums.”


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Jane Gledhill

Jane was a New Romantic for a month

“I went through a stage when a lot of us liked David Bowie.  We all had our hair cut really spiky with long bits at the back. Only lasted about a month and then we had to grow our hair back because our school wouldn’t allow us to go to school like it.”

“[my sister] when she was at university she became very punky and had all her ears pierced and nose pierced and everything pierced. But again that only lasted about a year”.

“I never got into that dress code. I wasn’t allowed. My parents were quite strict. Which was a very secure childhood because we all knew where we stood… our parents paid for it so if they thought it was unsuitable they wouldn’t buy it for us”.

“I used to sail. So we used to hang around either at the yacht club or hang around down at what is now LA Fitness”.

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