My waiter at the Thai restaurant where I had lunch today had the greatest haircut; short on the side but swooped up with a flat top. I knew I’d seen it before, albeit almost 40 years ago. That would be punk scenester – Soo Catwoman. Born Soo Lucas in London (year unknown), Soo quickly made a name for herself with her extreme style. Punk was booming and Soo fit right in as part of The Bromely Contingent – a tight group of friends, among them Siouxie Sioux, Steve Severin, and Billy Idol who surrounded and supported the Sex Pistols. Soo would become one of the faces of the early punk scene, appearing on flyers, T-shirts and bags.
From her web site – “Soo Catwoman is a highly influential and inspirational figure, whose image has loomed large in public consciousness for the past 35 years. She has pushed forward the frontiers of fashion with her handmade clothing and accessories, her striking make up and of course her signature ‘Soo Catwoman’ hairstyle. She remains a huge inspiration in the worlds of music, art and fashion, her image is timeless and as striking today as it was in 1976”.
Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan (born 25 December 1957)
The Pogues probably aren’t too happy that Shane McGowan gets signalled out all the time – but he is the lead singer and the one with all the looks – and I’m sure they’re used to it by now. As you know, Shane formed the Pogues in 1982 w/ Jem Finer and Spider Stacy. The music centered on traditional Irish songs and instruments but with a punk urgency and edge. Shane was instantly the focal point with his shitty teeth, big ears and constant drunkeness. He did manage however to write some of the best songs of the 80’s and early 90’s, including Fairytale of New York (voted the best Christmas Song ever by VH1 UK poll) . Shane was booted from the band in 1991 because of his alcohol and drug abuse (he missed the entire ’88 American tour, opening for Bob Dylan, because he took too much acid and ate a Beach Boys record, breaking out a number of teeth). The Pogues have reformed for a number of reunion tours in 2004 and 2008 and Shane has recorded as Shane McGowan and the Popes and the awfully named The Shane Gang.