Boy About Town Number 39: 1977
Chapter by Chapter excerpts from Boy About Town: A Memoir, published by Windmill Books/William Heinemann.
Every week, another group emerged, singing another message of teenage insurgence. Eddie and the Hot Rods shortened their name to the Rods, and encouraged us to ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’. The Stranglers warned that ‘Something Better Change’. Generation X sneered at ‘Your Generation’. The Sex Pistols taunted our parents for their ‘Holidays in the Sun’. The Clash hit out at their record company with ‘Complete Control’. That American band the Ramones had a hit single called ‘Sheena Is a Punk Rocker’. And the Boomtown Rats from Ireland sang ‘Looking After Number One’, with a chorus that went ‘I-I-I don’t wanna be like you.’ All of us in the third year, stuck in our school uniforms, felt exactly the same way.