By Alan Davies

Whilst Alan Davies used to be growing to be up he appeared to force his family members mad. 'What are we going to do with you?' they might ask - as though he could comprehend the reply. probably it used to be simply because he got here of age within the Eighties. That decade of massive hair, greed, camp track, mass unemployment, social unrest and actually shameful trousers used to be complicated for youths. there has been much to think in - quite a bit to face for, or stand opposed to - and Alan made up our minds to hitch whatever with the notice 'anti' in it. He used to be searching for heroes to lead him (relatively) unscathed into maturity. From his continual kleptomania to the relocating look for his mother's grave years after she died; from his obsession with becoming a member of (going as far as to join Chickens Lib) to his first forays into making humans snigger (not regularly intentionally); "Teenage Revolution" is a touching and humorous go back to the adolescence that make us all.

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That is to say the capers go on the fish, not on the Italian. 7. Sardines. On toast or with potatoes. Lovely. 8. Monkfish. I didn’t realize, they only use the tail. Meaty and thick. Ugliest fish you’ll ever see. Poor sod, just looks a mess. 9. Rock. Get this from the chippy. Bit chewier and more flavour. 10. Swordfish. Growing up I imagined swordfish as lethal. They looked so fearsome in pictures, as if they could saw your arm off, but actually they’re quite nice for tea, it turns out. My top 10 fish from the early ’70s (by way of comparison) 1.

I wanted to belong to something, to feel part of a group, a collective. Perhaps, in part, this was tribal boy stuff, looking for societies and clubs and gangs. For me though, these were solitary activities. My things that I liked. I didn’t join to meet people. Deeply ingrained in my siblings and me throughout our growing up was a fear of new people and the perils associated with them, principally of conversation, of having to listen or contribute to it, for a time rarely specified, often with no end in sight.

Other people in the family may have watched it, I don’t remember, but I loved it right from the opening credits, with the whistling of ‘The Red Flag’ (I didn’t know what the song was or what it represented) played over shots of Wolfie walking the streets of Tooting, grinning at passers by, kicking a can along, marching out of Tooting Broadway tube station, before shouting, ‘Power to the people’ at the top of his voice with a half-smile on his face as if he was imagining being at the head of a vast rally, a feted revolutionary hero.

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