I've never been a greaser myself because, frankly, I can only handle so much Buddy Holly, but I have a long-standing affinity toward 1950s aesthetics. That's why it's always pissed me off a little that, apart from a few fashion revivals and Stray Cats in the 1980s, the culture has been firmly sidelined from the mainstream for decades. Still, just because it's not front and center doesn't mean that it's not evolving. In Sweden, strange things are happening:
It's like Mad Max had a drinking competition with Grease, and everyone lost.
Raggare have been around since the 1950s, but they truly kicked into gear during the 1970s oil crisis: When America found it didn't have money to drive its giant-ass cars, many Swedes said, "f**k yes, American stuff for cheap," and bought themselves a bunch of Buicks, Dodges, and suchlike in prime condition. The rock 'n' roll attitude arrived with the cars, and they've never stopped since. These days, raggare are a culture old enough to have subcultures of its own: the relatively mellow old-timers who tinker with their machines and arrange garage parties and drives, and the younger generation, who are feistier and, if the pictures are any indication, possess a very different attitude about their cars' appearance.
"I'm telling you, man, thatched car roofs are the next big thing."