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TV Interviews / Invicta Magazine interview (2019)
« on: April 23, 2019, 01:39:20 PM »
Great new interview can be found here:

A few quotes:
How did your recent show in Berlin with Die Toten Hosen go?

That was really a highlight of the year.

What about the rest of your European tour, how is that going?

I’m on a kind of never-ending European tour. The usual pattern is that I go out and play a short string of dates, then come back to the UK for a few days, then get straight out to Europe again. The gigs have been going great, particularly since the release of the new album.

Are you playing a lot of material from the new album?

I try and play most of it in amongst the old favourites. All the songs work well live and the audiences seem to have taken to it straight away. It’s a great feeling to hear them singing along to songs that have only just come into the set.

World Chat / Stiv (movie)
« on: March 22, 2019, 04:12:54 PM »
When: Sat., March 23

Punk pioneer Stiv Bators left behind a remarkable legacy before his untimely death in 1990. Bators, who sang with acts such as the Dead Boys and Lords of the New Church, is the subject of Stiv, a new documentary by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of the Clash, Looking for Johnny, Sad Vacation). The movie receives its world premiere tonight at 8 at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

On Saturday, “STIV” will make its world premiere at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. It will be followed by a Q and A with people that knew and played with him.

The film traces the life and times of Bators, from his formative days in Ohio to his death in 1990. He was 40 and while living in Paris when from injuries sustained from in an auto accident claimed his life.

German premiere is on April 18th (followed by a Q&A with Vom Ritchie):


World Of TUTS / Lists for 2018
« on: December 21, 2018, 11:09:08 AM »
Come on, let's list the "best of" or "worst of" from the year here!

I'm still working on mine, but will post later...

World Chat / Alvin Gibbs (feat. Leigh Heggarty, Brian James...)
« on: October 31, 2018, 12:05:39 PM »
Leigh Heggarty on FB:
So then - Hallowe'en. I'm obviously far too miserable to have anything to do with it under normal circumstances, but these are far from normal circumstances... today sees the release of the new single by Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants - the appropriately-titled 'Ghost Train'. Alvin is of course the bass player in The U.K. Subs who's also previously played with Iggy Pop and Cheap 'n' Nasty among many others - here he's joined by Subs sticksman Jamie Oliver and Godfathers guitar hero Steve Crittall, alongside guest guitarists Brian James (yes that's right, the chap that wrote 'New Rose') on the B-side 'Clumsy Fingers' and, incredibly, your humble narrator on the A-side. How on Earth did that happen? Anyway I might be a bit biased here but I think that it's a great record - see what you think, there are only 300 vinyl copies so I wouldn't hang about if I were you...

World Chat / Musicians Against Homelessness
« on: October 26, 2018, 10:43:55 AM »

Text found via Louise Distras' FB:
Cross party politicians unite to support Musicians Against Homelessness.

Cross-party band MP4 release MP4 EP5 and single today ‘Do You See Me?’ written for MAH in support of Crisis

The EP was launched last night with a gig in the House of Commons State Rooms - the ONLY band in history that has been given permission to perform there - with thanks to Speaker John Bercow.

Celebrities, music industry and MPs from all parties attended and supported the launch night.

The band state: “When Musicians Against Homelessness approached MP4 to put on a gig in the House Of Commons we knew we had to say yes. Not only did we agree to their request, but also we pledged to release a record to highlight the cause.

“Homelessness is a complex issue requiring more political action. But we also know, as a cross-party group of MPs, that to get results we need to keep awareness high. That is why we didn’t hesitate to answer the challenge from MAH.”

‘Do You See Me?’ is the lead single from the band’s newest release - EP5

The single was produced by Simon Darlow who has worked with artists including Shirley Bassey, Grace Jones & The Orb. The song was co-written by Simon with band member Kevin Brennan MP.

EP5 was produced and mixed by the legendary Robin Millar who has produced recordings by artists such as Big Country, Fine Young Cannibals & The Style Council.

Please donate to support Crisis here:

You can buy MP4’s EP5 here:

MP4 EP5 is released today by Revolver Records

Thanks you to all that attended last night including members of Buzzcocks, Cast Band, Black grape, The Hoosiers, Neville Staple Band, Garry Bushell II, Alan Mcgee, This Feeling, Louise Distras and many, many more. Plus all of our festival partners, promoters and associates. Huge thanks to Rigs and Gigs PA Hire for supplying all the equipment and sound techs and to Clive Leighton for stage management last night, superb job!

World Of TUTS / Punk band frontman in council
« on: October 23, 2018, 04:37:52 PM »
What do you think about this, TUTS? Should TV run for mayor?  :-\

Joe Keithley – aka Joey Sh*thead – is best known as the frontman of long-time punk band, DOA, and is now a member of city council in Burnaby, BC.

Keithley, a member of the Burnaby Green Party, was elected as one of the eight Burnaby City council members.

TV Interviews / TV interview in DTH mag
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:40:40 AM »
In German language, a current interview with TV in a "magazine" by DTH (in which they present their "friends" etc.):

« on: July 22, 2018, 12:30:41 PM »
Release date: Sept 14th, 2018.

1. No Control
2. We Stand Alone
3. Land of the Overdose
4. Satellites
5. Keys to the World
6. Green Zone
7. No Hope Street
8. Never Again Until the Next Time
9. Sunny Side Up
10. File It Under Not My Problem
11. Written Out
12. Last Lost Sheep

World Chat / MC50 - Kick out the jams 2018
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:45:08 AM »

Now Wayne Kramer, leader of Detroit’s proto-punk/hard rock band MC5, has announced 15 concerts and 4 summer festivals for Kick Out the Jams: The 50th Anniversary Tour. MC50 includes guitarist Kim Thayil, drummers Brendan Canty and Matt Cameron, bassists Dug Pinnick and super producer Don Was, and 6’7” powerhouse frontman Marcus Durant. With this team, Kramer will be celebrating the landmark anniversary of the MC5’s incendiary debut album Kick Out the Jams as well as the release of his memoir The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities, to be published August 16th by Faber & Faber in UK.

World Chat / Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« on: April 01, 2018, 10:48:11 AM »
Finally a "PHD" for Rat Scabies:

Vinyl (18 May 2018)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Cleopatra Records
Other Editions: Audio CD

Nice pic, eh?

World Of TUTS / Mini TUTS meeting Stuttgart Feb 21st
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:52:12 PM »
Let's make this (semi) official: we will do a mini TUTS Meeting before the gig (TV & the Bored Teenagers) in Stuttgart on February 21st!
Meeting time: probably 6pm, where: in a pub (probably not far from the venue)!
We might be 5-6 people, I guess.

More later when it is all "confirmed". Teenagers or TVs welcome, as well as any of you TUTS!!
Let me know if you wanna come, should we be many, I shall reserve a table or two.

World Of TUTS / 2017 lists
« on: December 20, 2017, 12:00:50 PM »
Once again, it is the time of year to look back a bit...
Post here your 2017 lists of your favourite albums, concerts, movies, beers... or whatever you want to list!  8)

TV Live / Pics from Rebellion by Ektaff
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:53:58 PM »
Testing, 1...2... ffs, they're way too big... and now they've all disappeared, will try again...
Some of Phil's pics:

World Chat / DTH Learning English Lesson 2
« on: April 06, 2017, 10:09:13 AM »
As most of you will remember, many years ago TV featured on Die Toten Hosen's cover album "Learning English Lesson 1" (released in 1991). Only about 25 years later, DTH decided to record "lesson 2", again with many guests (mostly members of the bands who recorded the originals). It will be a bonus disc to their new album "Laune der Natur". Featured are quite a lot of songs/bands which somehow were "missed" on the first one... Some really good choices!

The Sound Of The Suburbs (mit JC Carroll / The Members)
Where Are They Now (mit Colin McFaull / Cock Sparrer)
California Über Alles (mit Jello Biafra / Dead Kennedys)
Viva La Revolution (mit Monkey & Pete / The Adicts)
Nobody’s Hero (mit Jake Burns / Stiff Little Fingers)
Teenage Kicks (mit Damian O´Neill / The Undertones)
Flying Saucer Attack! (mit Fay Fife & Eugene Reynolds / The Rezillos)
Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone? (mit Wayne Barrett / Slaughter And The Dogs)
Sonic Reducer (mit Cheetah Chrome / Dead Boys)
Lookin’ After No. 1 (mit Bob Geldof / The Boomtown Rats)
The Jinx (mit Peter Bywaters / Peter And The Test Tube Babies)
Your Generation (mit Tony James / Generation X)
Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby (mit Johnny Moped)
Where’s Captain Kirk? (mit Spizz / Spizzenergi)
Harmony In My Head (mit Steve Diggle / Buzzcocks)
This Perfect Day (mit Chris Bailey / The Saints)
Wunderbar (mit Eddie Tudor Pole / Tenpole Tudor)
I’m An Upstart (mit Thomas “Mensi” Mensforth / Angelic Upstarts)
(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) (mit Hugh Cornwell / The Stranglers)
Fight To Be Yourself (mit „Mad“ Phil Thompson / Pasty Faces)
Staring At The Rude Boys (mit John “Segs” Jennings / The Ruts)

World Chat / Suzy & los Quattro "Faster & louder"
« on: March 09, 2017, 12:17:07 PM »
New album by TV's friends. Great review by Lindsay Hutton:

T'was never going to be easy to follow “Hank” but “Faster And Louder” takes the snappy high road and delivers 10 nippy little numbers with that enormous Quattro sound. “Radio! Stereo!” kicks things off as they mean to go on. Punchy and anthemic is the S+LQ default setting.

BB Quattro has a total beat on the frequencies he wants to negotiate. In terms of “power pop arranging”, this kid knows his onions and is able to create a cogent, bahookie kicking racket right down the line. That’s not an easy thing to do. So much of the genre gets abused because some of its exponents rely on lazy retreads or modular appropriation. The Quattro not so, they take their influences and recycle them in an entirely ear-friendly way. The Q-kids swing like so many of their contemporaries simply do not and can not.

The Yum-tastic Morten Henriksen weighs in with a co-write on “Here We Go Again” that pits a Dictators-ish rush against a Distractions wall of pop. A pretty nifty trick. Rubinoo Tommy Dunbar conspired on the album’s celebration of Wee “Matilda” Quattro who is likely bashing out a rhythm on the drum kit she just got from the “wise men” as I tap away on here. I never held much store in “Heart of Glass” by Blondie but I love the way these kids flirt with that kinda “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” disco malarkey. Mirrorball mercilessly in synch with the hi-hat! I therefore unreservedly recommend “Faster and Louder” to the house. Your house, my house, a’body’s house!

BB’s services to the wider preservation of the craft should not go un-noticed. If it weren't for him then many of your favourite bands would likely be extinct. Me? I have much to thank Suzy and Jon for in spiritual terms since I met them in September 2008 but if I didn’t think they’d made an absolutely great record then I’d keep my trap shut.

As it is, I can blab my fucking brains out because they’ve come up with a total stonker.

The vinyl is available on Screaming Apple and the CD release is coming on Rock Indiana.  Head over to their bandcamp and take your pick.

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