Alan Franklin at Alvin's 1994
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Alan's songs and lyrics became the mainstay of the Layabouts by 1984. Over a short period of a half a year, he wrote such tunes as  "Donna Lewis", "Governments lie"   "I'm Tired" and the band theme tune, "Fuckalot". His inexhaustible rhythms and licks assured any audience of a continually changing theme. The Layabouts became hard to pigeonhole; their style covered a broad spectrum of music culture.
As you can see in this picture, Alan even managed to find a way of keeping his guitar picks in sight. He still brakes strings like they're going out of style.

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