Who Were The Early Noughties Chorers?
Chorer became a slang name given to a subculture of British youth in the early noughties.
The phrase ‘chav’ has pretty much become a derogatory term for anyone who is claiming job seekers and resembles anything associated with Jeremy Kyle. Just like the phrase ‘toff’ gets thrown around to anyone who can be seen prancing around in tweed on their 100 acre estate at the weekend. The name ‘Chav’ originated somewhere in the mid noughties around 2004-2005, long before we had the rise of the roadman, and was coined around sportswear wearing youths. Before chavs there was a group of teenagers who were known as chorers. A chorer or twocker as they were sometimes refereed to, took terrace brands, outdoor gear and sportswear to the next level by combining all three together. The Chorer was a northern term with places like Bury, Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield becoming big ‘Chor’ hot spots of Berghaus clad teenagers. Down south they probably didn’t even know what a chorer was but would be something similar to their ‘townie’ equivalent.
Above: It’s all about the fringe and the classic colour blocking Berghaus jacket.
At a time when electronic dance music started to get a lot harder, sub genres such as ‘hard house’ were the in thing for chorers, especially the likes of Maximes and Wigan Pier in the North West. Literally months before grime was getting known, bassline was big stuff up North’ with clubs like The Boiler House in Bradford becoming an overnight epicenter, bringing the sounds of warping bassline to the West Yorkshire city. Chorers did however come from all sorts of different backgrounds and not just the stereotypical northern council estates. It was more about the buzz of the drugs, the music and getting a new ‘North Face’ jacket that got a lot of teenagers interested in the scene. Rival groups would fight at different nightclubs with local town crews getting ‘beef’ over someone’s girlfriend ‘necking off’ with the wrong lad.
Above: An original flyer for The Boiler House in Bradford with bassline legends such as Phat Fingerz and Danny Bond.
The subculture is still one of the most misunderstood sub genres as outsiders are always quick to judge. Just because you wore a Berghaus coat didn’t mean you had no GCSE’s or nicked cans of Carling from Kwik Save. Just like the casual movement it was more of a scene that teenagers became involved with as oppose to the ASBO stereotype. A generation of post rave adolescents that weren’t much different from the modern day road men gangs we see today. They weren’t chavs but they weren’t football hooligans either. They were just teenagers who dressed in a certain way and went out to rave at the weekend taking more ecstasy than was probably recommended.
Above: Maximes nightclub in Wigan, Greater Manchester (now closed).
Magazines like Max Power were a big hit on the ‘Chor Banger’ scene with scantily clad glamour models leaving a lot to the imagination for horny 16 year olds. Clothing brands like Fred Perry, adidas, Reebok Classics, Lacoste, Henry Lloyd, the North Face, Nike and Berghaus were big hitters. Stone Island still remained on the terraces after its 90’s heydays but brands like Aquascutum and Burberry were getting mixed together with tracky pants, Berghaus jackets and the latest Air Max BW’s.
Above: ‘In My Eyes’ by Milk Inc is considered an all time Wigan Pier club classic.
So to sum up, the early noughties chorers were a group or gang of teenagers who were hitting nightclubs before they were 18, consumed a lot of drugs and wore a shit load of sportswear. Still confused? You probably should be.