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Bugs & Tips / Re: Forum back online!
« on: March 11, 2015, 03:02:55 PM »
you're getting old, Uli...

World Chat / Re: Kraftwerk: The Men Who Invented Pop
« on: March 11, 2015, 03:01:24 PM »
Seen Kraftwerk in Amsterdam in January...
Great gig!

Bugs & Tips / Re: Forum back online!
« on: March 10, 2015, 10:25:37 PM »
sorry Fred, that's not scheduled...

Bugs & Tips / Re: Forum back
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:22:53 PM »
Seems like only previous admins have to reset their password...
I had to remove admin rights from everyone else, because the hacker seemed to use one of the admin accounts.
Also there are attachments, pics which have been uploaded missing at the moment.
I have them in my backup, but I probably won't bring them back to this incarnation of the forum.
Gallery is also still gone.

I will set up a completely new forum, eventually.
When that time comes I will try to get all the other stuff back online as well.
Bloody, useless hackers.

Bugs & Tips / Security warning
« on: September 07, 2009, 10:29:55 AM »
Please remember to log out, everytime you are using your account on a computer, which is not your own.
E.g. in public places, friends computer/ laptops, so-called friends etc.
You never know if they can be trusted and what they might do with your account.

Thanks for your attention.

Your admin

Bugs & Tips / website and forum back online
« on: October 03, 2007, 10:03:50 PM »
The whole site at including forum and gallery is back online.
After big problems with the website's and forum's databases we had to shut down most of the website.
If there are still any problems, please let us know.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

TV Chat / Part 2
« on: July 21, 2007, 11:23:27 PM »
Here's part 2 of Willi's story:


It was the first album though that was the killer and, for me, the best album to come out of the music genre that is so important to me.
What sets the album apart from the rest of the genre was the band's singer and songwriter – TV Smith. He had the best voice of any punk singer, and one of the best rock voices I've heard. As a punk singer, his voice had the passion and the snarl that made you realise he really believed in what he was saying. Some punks were just along for the ride, but TV had looked at the society around him, decided he didn't like it a lot and sang about things that really mattered to him. His lyrics were exceptional (I later learned he had been a prize-winning poet during his school days) and he saw punk as a way of getting his words out to people. The songs themselves were more interesting than those of many other punk bands – as a songwriter he overcame the "play three chords really fast" approach of many punks, and used structures and tempos that were still simple and accessible in the way punk needed to be, yet surprising.

Overall, Red Sea was a remarkably consistent album that still sounds as energetic and gripping now as it did then. It represented the peak achievement of the genre that helped make me me, and TV Smith was the driving force behind that. He has been an icon for me ever since.

Fast forward to early 2007. My friend in Sydney tells me that TV Smith is playing at the Annandale Hotel in February. He has been invited out by the Thought Criminals, one of the original Sydney punk bands who have just reformed and are touring to support their new EP, and want to use the occasion to honour the debt they owe to TV and The Adverts.
I was very pleasantly surprised – I had no idea TV was still performing and assumed he was simply doing the reformation thing that many other bands of the era have done after (I assumed) working as a bank manager or house painter or something during the intervening 30 years.

I buy my ticket, looking forward to hearing the old songs again, maybe putting up with some boring new songs (if he has any) in between.
During the intervening weeks, one of my other friends (who is also a huge Adverts fan) finds that TV has his own website maintained by a core of hardcore fans. Far from giving up music, he has maintained quite a successful career continuously since 1978, performing thousands of gigs throughout the UK and Europe and releasing a string of albums. He has been particularly successful in Germany. The photos show him looking every bit his 50 years, but still lean and energetic.
There are snippets of a few of his songs available to download, and they don't sound bad at all. Much more acoustic, but with some interesting lyrics and themes. His voice has developed a real raspiness through the thousands of gigs.

The night arrives and there is a chance to catch up with long lost friends. I stand watching the opening act and glance around to see TV Smith standing in the audience. I wonder whether I should talk to him, don't know what to say. I tell my friend TV is in the crowd. He doesn't believe me. Shortly after TV is on the stage. A skinny grey-haired figure in punk gear with an acoustic guitar. He starts into a new song, and it doesn't sound bad at all. Plenty of energy, great melody, good dose of passion. "I can't believe I'm standing only a few metres from TV Smith" says my friend. He does one of the old songs from the first album – a fine version, given it is stripped down to just him and his guitar but still with the same spark and spirit.

I'm getting very impressed by this point. He introduces his next song, "Not In My Name" a song about involvement in the Iraq war and how his government put his people into that war. Quite possibly the finest protest song I've heard. Half-way through the song I find myself standing with my mouth hanging open. He has lost none of the spirit and passion that made his first songs so fundamentally important to me, that helped change my life. He follows with more new songs, all jaw-dropping in the power of the music and the messages. He is not a brilliant guitarist, but manages to sound brilliant, through his passion. Snippets of lyric stick in my head and stay there. He throws in more of the old songs, each as inspiring as they ever were.

He finishes and I am in a state of shock. TV Smith has lost none of the spirit of punk that has always been so important to me. He still believes in what he helped create, has never stepped away from it or exploited it like others, or diluted it over the years. The thing that I have believed in all this time – the promise that punk represented – is still alive in the hands of this man. In the space of a few minutes he validated 25 years of my life.

Later the Thought Criminals are playing. I saw them a couple of weeks before and was very impressed, but tonight they seem an afterthought.
I wander off to get another beer. TV Smith is standing in the crowd again, just another punter. During his set he did a short poem which included the line "some people tell me punk changed my life, and that's nice". I walk up to TV and say "just like you said, TV, punk did change my life all those years ago. You just changed it again tonight". A silly line, but he replies with sincere appreciation and humility. We get to talking politics. He is not only an icon and a legend, but a really genuine and nice person. He apologises and rushes off to play a couple of songs with the Thought Criminals.

After the gig I have more of a chat, buy a copy of his new CD, which he autographs. He has a great signature – big, bold and clear with this neat arrow underneath. Very…him. Shortly after, fuelled by beer, I go up to him and say "This is really juvenile, but would you mind signing my arm so I can have it tattooed. He signs away with a smirk, asks what my family will say.

I stay up far too late, drinking and smoking with the friend I am sharing a motel with. I sleep on my side, careful not to lie on the felt pen signature, avoid showering in the morning. I decide I am going to head back to Canberra, maybe think about getting the signature copied so I can think about actually going ahead with the tattoo later. As the morning wears on I sweat and it starts to fade.
On the way back, I stop at a tattoo place I know near Parramatta, ask if they can copy it for me. The guy says he can, but then it wouldn't really be authentic as it would be his writing I was getting tattooed, not TV's, so maybe I should just get it done there and then. I do.

I saw TV play again in Wollongong a few nights later. By this stage I've put a photo of the new tattoo on his website (at the request of the administrator). I show it to him, not sure how he'll react. He is rather chuffed, produces a little camera from his jacket and takes a photo of it. Says it is the only tattoo of his signature in the world, as far as he knows. We chat again. The support band (Punk Rock
Karaoke) plays punk songs and has members of the audience sing them.I do a couple of songs and now I'm singing to TV Smith (he very kindly asks how he will possibly outdo my performance). After his set (where he outdoes my performance in the most uncertain terms), my icon buys me a beer.

A week later there is a paragraph in Drum Media about how wonderful fandom can be, using as example the guy who got TV Smith's signature tattooed on his arm.

He of course went home to England, and we've exchanged e-mail a couple of times (he has by this stage become Tim, his real name). I've since collected his back catalogue and am simply amazed at the quality of the material he has produced over the years. A lot of variety, consistently great. I have played (my daughter) music throughout her life, and have always sung along in the car with her. After hundreds and hundreds of songs by many different artists, the only three songs she has ever joined in on are all TV Smith songs (as an aside for the TUTS – she spent all of yesterday afternoon singing the chorus to My String Will Snap – she hasn't learned the faces, so I had to sing them and she would put her hand up for me to stop when it got to "you can push me so far" then she would take over. She did it so many times I nearly got to the point where I really didn't want to hear it one more time. I didn't get to that point though, and it was very cool to hear a five year old girl singing about her frustration, and how her string would snap one day!). The chap I know (through TV's website) who is a life and success coach uses TV and his lyrics as a role model and inspiration.

So, that is the tattoo story. In a way very juvenile perhaps, but also a very personal symbol of something fundamentally important to me, and a very personal tribute to a person who changed my life twice. Why twice? When I saw and heard TV playing, and validating all that I believed in, I felt I would not be the same again. In a way it was like the rebirth of age 16 all over again. After not playing guitar for years through frustration, I took it up again, inspired by his ability to make great music with a handful of chords and heartful of passion. It was due to his beliefs and messages that I decided I needed to change jobs. The inspiration of the occasion led to me finally making the firm decision that I had to leave (my now former
partner) and start my new life. The rekindling of my spirit is what led me to believe that I could find the happiness I yearned for. In a very real sense, it led me to you (ie, the friend I wrote all this to). Whatever happens, that is worth immortalising.

So, from now on you are going to post everything in the forum, first, before you copy it over to your blog?  ;)

Bugs & Tips / Link back to front page
« on: June 27, 2007, 08:23:05 PM »
I reestablished the long gone link back to the front page (huh? what front page).
Just click on 'TV' in the upper left corner of the forum header.

Bugs & Tips / Moderators
« on: November 29, 2006, 10:40:42 AM »

from today we have a new team of moderators watching over this forum.
The team consists of Uli and C5.

C5 is new to the team: Welcome!
Uli is now the longest serving moderator on Thanks, Uli!

TJ wished to be removed from the team.
I also removed Chris because he doesn't seem to be interested in this job, anymore. If I am wrong, please tell me, you'll be put back into service immediately. 8)


TV Live / EARTHBOUND 5G TUTS Germany Gathering in Essen on 17.09.06
« on: September 17, 2006, 02:54:45 PM »
Video screening starts between 5 and 6 pm.
TV will be on stage around 9 pm.

See you later

TV Live / Doctors Of Madness & TV's Explorers Doncaster 10.09.06
« on: September 14, 2006, 09:11:19 AM »
My pictures taken at Doncaster are now online!


TV Live / EARTHBOUND 5E TUTS Elland Gathering on Saturday 9.09.06
« on: September 14, 2006, 12:52:52 AM »
My Elland pictures are now online:


TV Chat / the 2003 download version of "not in my name"
« on: August 28, 2006, 11:15:45 PM »
Not planning to take it off. :D

TV Chat / TV on the Radio
« on: August 03, 2006, 02:11:22 PM »
Tonight (Thursday, 3rd August) TV will be guest on Tom Robinson's show - Evening Sequence - on BBC 6 Music.
Live streams available!
The show starts at 18:00 GMT / 19:00 UK / 20:00 Germany.

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