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Tom Armstrong

Sabotaging since 9 Sep 2010

Tom Armstrong is a twentysomething journalist who grew up in the non-trendy part of East London. After trying his hand at various trades, taking him from Milan Fashion Week to behind the bar of a Greek strip club, he ended up back in London writing about music, clubbing and style. Can usually be found outside Bar Italia. Follow at @tomdisco.

My Articles

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Politics

#Ubergate Shows How Far The Media Let Down The Working Class

Why did nobody listen to the black cabbies when they said this would happen?

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Fashion & Style

Penfield x Baartmans & Siegel Parka

This is one very attractive parka.

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Fashion & Style

Hancock Bespoke Macs

Big macs…

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Fashion & Style

The Kangol 504

As far as iconic headwear goes, it doesn’t come much better than this…

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Funny

5 Videos That Prove Goats Are Properly Weird

Seriously, what are they doing?

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Music

Dancefloors Against Ketamine

It’s an unavoidable fact that the recent boom in deep and tech-house has brought with it a club culture based around a drug which has as much to do with music as Shirley Bassey has to do with Chinese snail racing: Ketamine.

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Fashion & Style

Schott Perfecto Bomber

If James Dean, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, and the American troops of WWII thought it was good enough for them, it’s damn well good enough for you and I, friend.

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Fashion & Style

Red Wing Kangatan Boot

An archive boot with its history in baseball gets a modern lift…

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Sport

A Tribute To Peter Devine & The Worst Penalty Of All Time

Every twenty-something bloke once owned a copy of Nick Hancock’s Football Nightmares on VHS, and if you ask any of them to name one player who sticks in the memory, they’ll all come back with the same man….

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Football

Man City Star Defends Albanians During Serbia Brawl

Where were you, Danny Dyer?

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Fashion & Style

Quiggleys Fingal Cable Knit Jumper

Simple things done very, very well…

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Fashion & Style

Oliver Spencer ‘The Beat Shoe’

The Spencer classic gets a new wooly facelift…

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Music

Long Live the Teenage Tragedy Song

Move over Romeo, nothing paints the darker side of romance in music than a rebel meeting his untimely end on a motorcycle.

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Fashion & Style

Veras x LESS Granada Shoes

More Winter shoe porn…

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Fashion & Style

Watch These Early 90s London Clubbers Talk About Their Outfits

How good is this.

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Life

The Barbican: In Defence of London’s Ugliest Building

It’s been branded the Capital’s biggest eyesore but the Barbican Centre, like the Get Carter car park and the Clockwork Orange housing estate are all reasons why brutalism is beautiful.

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Fashion & Style

Timberland Britton Hill Boot

These. Boots. Are. Great

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Fashion & Style

Spiewak Launch Golden Fleece Range

If you wanna talk about outerwear heritage…

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Fashion & Style

Evisu Are Back On Form

Gull-ing hell

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Funny

First Person To Buy Apple iPhone 6 Drops It Live On TV

Oh dear. Oh dear.

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Fashion & Style

Marshall Artist Technical Hooded Rain Mac

One day a real rain’s gonna come.

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Fashion & Style

SEH Kelly Button Down Linen Shirt

Decent gear made with love.

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Fashion & Style

5 Trainers Every 00s Teenager Wore

They were absolutely everywhere then disappeared off the face of the earth within weeks. Chances are you’ve worn a pair of these. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all have.

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Fashion & Style

Adidas Enhanced Firebird Track Pants

Time to take your indoors game out…

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Music

Heart FM’s Late Night Love Songs: The Greatest Radio Show Ever Broadcast

Its popularity with teenagers was completely unexplainable, but Late Night Love Songs was a radio phenomenon which I remember perfectly to this day…

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Funny

Man Gets Really Angry About People Making Fun Of Fedoras

“Fuck you. Fedoras own hard”

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People

Alessandro Moreschi: The Last Castrato

This fascinating 111 year old clip is the only recorded example of a musical phenomenon that’ll make your eyes water…

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Fashion & Style

My 6 Favourite Second Hand Fashion Buys

Why waste your money on disposable fashion when there’s charity shops out there filled with beautiful garms just waiting to be bought?

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Music

Space Is The Place: An Introduction To Sun Ra And The Arkestra

The first thing to know about Sun Ra is you’ve never known anything like him before.

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Life

11 Things Every First Internet Generationer Will Remember

From the sound of the dial-up to downloading made-up hip hop tracks. Twentysomethings, get your rose tinted glasses out…

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Lists

5 Things We Love This Week

Stuff to eat, listen to, wear and generally get down to this week, should the mood strike you.

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TV

Adam West’s 17 Funniest Quotes As Batman

POW! Forget the miserable sulking Batman of recent years, Adam West’s camp crusader is still the best version of the superhero by far…

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Sport

WWF’s Most Ridiculous Villains

Racist stereotypes like Colonel Mustafa and Akeem the African Dream, the taxman named IRS and of course Macho Man Randy Savage – I miss you all.

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Music

8 Acts That Prove Urban Music Is Flourishing In The UK

The controversy stirred up by BBC 1xtra’s Power List has got people talking about urban music again, which means it’s probably a good thing. Here are a few people we think deserve the spotlight.

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Music

BBC’s Urban Music Power List Is About More Than Just Colour

1xtra’s list is one big middle finger to the people it was created to represent…

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Music

Hot Mix 5: New Tunes You Need This Week

Jessie Ware has got new material out, so has Sampha. It’s already a beautiful week in music.

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Music

We Went To Skepta’s Party In A Strip Club

The grime pioneer dipped his toe into the fashion world this weekend, and it was easily the best thing to happen at LC:M

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Fashion & Style

5 Things We Love This Week

New music, new speakers to listen to it on, and new threads to wear. Sorted.

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Music

Charlie Chan’s: A Tribute To The Greatest Club I Ever Went To

Some people went to the Paradise Garage, some went to the Blitz, others went to Shoom. I went to Chan’s, a truly unforgettable club situated under Walthamstow Dogs.

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Fashion & Style

Beard Backlash: Men Need To Shave And Start Having Fun

Somewhere along the lines the men of today have become preoccupied with beards and manliness and forgotten how to have fun. Get the razors out. This stops now.

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Music

Danny Krivit Talks Disco

One of the greatest DJs ever to grace the decks talks disco, production, and the Garage…

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Galleries

The Space-Age Artwork Of Shusei Nagaoka

Celebrating the work of cult Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka, whose iconic album artwork makes us long for a pre-digital download age.

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Sex

Watching Porn With Strangers

Who’d choose to sit and watch porn with a room full of strangers in this day and age? Quite a few people, it turns out, and I went to join them.

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People

Street Stories: Dante Lauder Hawkins

Often the most interesting stories come from the people around you. In the first in a series, we chatted to ex-prisoner Dante about football, the north / south divide and his future.

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Travel

The 5 Best Flags In The World

Forget your Union Jacks and your boring Tricolours, these national flags are how it should be done.

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Galleries

Jazz Musicians Looking Fly

Some of the coolest blokes to have ever lived, just doing their thing.

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Fashion & Style

Adidas ‘Made In France’ Stan Smiths – The Greatest Trainers I Nearly Had

Reissued today, the Stan Smiths will always hold a special place in my heart for one of those ‘almost’ moments, which started in a sports shop in Greece…

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Life

Save Aberdeen Angus Steakhouses: A London Design Classic

Big, brash, expensive and under threat. There’s lots of reasons to hate Aberdeen Angus Steakhouses, but they’re as London as London can be, and must be saved.

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Fashion & Style

Cinematic Style: Ray Liotta’s Goodfellas Jacket

Undoubtedly one of the greatest films of all time, Goodfellas also throws up the odd classic style piece. Ray Liotta’s don’t mess with me leather jacket for example…

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Food and Drink

The Greggs Breakfast Roll: An Appreciation

The Pasty Tax maybe casting a shadow over the world of baked goods, but Greggs has a saviour, in pastry form.

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Music

Lost London Clubs: The Loft

The career of Paul Trouble Anderson reads like a history of London’s club culture: from his early days as boxboy for a reggae soundsystem to pioneering electro and boogie at the Electric Ballroom, via a stint at legendary soul party Crackers. But it was at his own club night in Camden for which he is perhaps most fondly remembered: The Loft.

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Music

Fade To Mind Boss Kingdom: “We’re Working On A Music Festival For 2014″

The man behind the label discusses the Kelela LP, hearing Grime for the first time and the first three years of Fade to Mind…

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Fashion & Style

5 Things We Love This Week: 18th – 24th November

Our weekly dose of stuff we’ve been enjoying at Sabotage HQ, featuring winter warmers, new trabs and a classic Soul Train performance…

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Music

The Streets: Original Pirate Material – The Album That Changed My Life

I was hanging in limbo with no representation musically. Then I heard The Streets debut and everything changed….

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Fashion & Style

5 Things We Love This Week: 11th – 17th November

80s boogie remixes, new boots and Essex sausages. Here’s 5 things we love at Sabotage this week…

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People

Sebastian Horsley: Remembering the Dandy of the Underworld

The unmistakeable artist that stalked the streets of Soho, Horsley is still sorely missed since his death 3 years ago of a heroin overdose. We reminisce with some of his greatest quotes…

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People

The Men Who Built London Part 2

A look at some more of the great architects who shaped our capital city, from Hawksmoor to Soane.

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People

The Men Who Built London Part 1

Celebrating some of the men whose work helps define the city I love, from the Baroque masters to those still changing the fabric of London today.

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Politics

Harris Academy Banning Slang Sends Out A Dangerous Message About Our Youth

If the educated Twitterati can decapitate their words willy nilly without getting totes emosh about it, why do we have such spiteful outrage reserved for kids on the street saying ‘innit’?

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Fashion & Style

Umbrellas: Where To Buy Yours This Autumn

We may have had a rare dry summer in the UK, but that’s no excuse to be unprepared when normal service does eventually resume. Here’s where to grab yourself a brolly for the winter.

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Music

Label Spotlight: Fade To Mind

The US arm of Night Slugs has been confidently carving out its own sound since its inception, becoming one of the standout labels of the past 12 months.

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Music

Lost London Clubs: Clink Street

Britain’s acid house explosion of the late ’80s changed nightlife forever. But while much of the retrospective publicity focuses on Danny Rampling’s Shoom, a stone’s throw away on Clink Street another party was taking place; a darker more underground affair on the site of a former prison…

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Fashion & Style

Only Child: The Brand Behind Cara Delevingne’s Infamous Spoon Necklace

You’ve seen the pictures of Cara and her infamous spoon pendant, and you’ve probably laughed at the papers working themselves up into a collective panic attack about it. Now get one for yourself.

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Music

The 5 Best Prince Songs You Won’t Hear On The Radio

Prince is one of the most talented, successful artists of the modern age but a lot of his best work remains criminally uncelebrated. Here’s 5 choice cuts of pop brilliance that won’t make it onto the “Best of”.

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Music

Thundercat: “Apocalypse Is Me Saying Goodbye To My Closest Friend”

The genre-bending US musician talks life and death, FlyLo and the new album, Apocalypse.

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Music

Disclosure Unplugged: Why DJs Need To Step Down From The Stage

We need to stop treating DJs as performers if we’re to preserve the original ethos of clubbing

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Fashion & Style

5 Gorgeous Pairs Of Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

A well crafted pair of tortoiseshells can make a man. If you’re feeling like treating yourself this summer, here are five pairs to get you going.

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Music

A Brief Introduction To: Tall Black Guy

From Detroit to the UK via Chicago, meet one of hip hop’s most talented new beatmakers.

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Music

Hot Mix 5 – Todd Terje, Foamo, Boddika And More

Back like Tupac, it’s this week’s round-up of the best club tracks.

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Music

Disco Doesn’t Need A Revolution, It’s Never Been Away

Daft Punk’s recent success has prompted some to claim a disco revolution is on the cards, but did we really need telling?

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Fashion & Style

Bye Bye Badge Man: Stone Roses Pin Badges

“I Wanna Be Adorned”

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Music

Hot Mix 5: Huxley, Disclosure, Will Saul, Bow Wow

Trawling this week’s best new releases and uploads for pure dancefloor ammunition.

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Fashion & Style

Style Thief: Tony Leung in Hard Boiled

The ’90s revival is in full swing, but there’s only one classic gangster film you should be getting your sartorial inspiration from, and that’s John Woo’s Hard Boiled.

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Hardware

Marshall Monitors: A Headphone You Won’t Be Embarrassed To Wear On The Train

Proving a high quality, noise cancelling headphone doesn’t need to have the weight and mobility of a small car, or blow your head off with the sound.

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Music

Trading Mixtapes: Jeremy Underground Paris x Hunee

What happens when two of the finest DJs and musical connoisseurs in the game produce bespoke mixes for each other…

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Music

Chance The Rapper: 6 Reasons You Should Be Checking Out The Acid Rap Mixtape

The 20 year old is the latest talent to come out of Chicago, a city boiling over with ultra sweet music at the moment. In no particular order, here’s why you should be listening to this guy….

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Music

Free Download: The Jet Age of Tomorrow (OFWGKTA) LP

The Odd Future affiliates have just released their latest LP, featuring SBTRKT, Earl Sweatshirt and more. It’s probably the best freebie you’ll get all weekend.

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Fashion & Style

Oliver Spencer x Superga S/S 13

Essential summer trainers from two icons of well crafted clobber

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Music

The Top 5 DJs To See In 2013

There are so many DJs playing great sets at the moment. If you get the chance, you’ve gotta make sure you see these guys – and soon…

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People

A Blagger’s Guide To Roy Lichtenstein

Here’s 5 things to know about the pop artist that’ll make you sound like you know what you’re on about.

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Music

BBC Sound Of 2012 Winner Michael Kiwanuka Interviewed

After being hotly tipped, and winning the BBC Sound Of 2012 list, North London soul singer Michael Kiwanuka talks about his musical roots and about feeling the pressures to conform to a certain style of ‘Urban’ music.

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