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TV Interviews / New Pennyblack interview
« on: November 29, 2020, 10:20:49 AM »
Well, what happened was that suddenly with time on my hands I started writing. So, at first I wanted to write a song that was specifically about what had happened to me coming home from tour, and it was a much more of personal song about specific things than perhaps I’d normally write. So, I wrote that and I realised that there was an awful lot more to say about the whole situation. When I looked at what was going on, the way it has been handled and the way it was completely mismanaged… people were dying, people getting sick when they shouldn’t have, so I just carried on writing really and before I knew it I had eleven songs and a new album.


TV Chat / Tomy Loiseau (feat. TV & others)
« on: November 22, 2020, 05:34:05 PM »
From TV's FB:
Here's a lovely tribute to guitarist Tomy Loiseau, who died a year ago today. I met him while I was on tour in Argentina with Duncan Reid in 2013 and thought he was a great guy. Lots of his friends, including Duncan and Vom, have joined together to make this video of one of his songs. The story of his attempt to teach me the chacarera even made it into one of my tour diaries - and here's the photo to prove it really happened! R.I.P Tomy - sad that I won't see you again.

World Chat / The Damned reunion
« on: October 21, 2020, 01:26:01 PM »
I wonder if ending it was part of the reunion agreement!  ;D

It is happening indeed.
Press conference going on at the moment (live stream on FB)! Sound is bad though... pic sometimes freezes.

Five chairs on an empty stage (Roundhouse).

Some guy announced Don Letts, who sat down and announced the original line-up, now answering questions from the journos.

As Dave Vanian said, this is "probably the worst time" to get any band back together...

Anyway, they're planning shows for 2021 (July probably).

« on: October 05, 2020, 01:16:59 PM »
It is time to start this topic on TV's new album "Lockdown holiday"!

The album will be released on November 27th, preceded by a free double A-side video single of two of the songs, “Send In The Clown” and “I Surf The Second Wave,” available on YouTube from 9th October.

The album will be released on CD and vinyl formats in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by JKP, distributed by Warners, and on CD only in the United Kingdom and rest of the world by Easy Action, distributed by Cargo. It is available to pre-order in CD format only at a discounted price on from today, reverting to full price on release.



TV Songs / We Stand Alone
« on: August 26, 2020, 04:52:35 PM »
Now here's one of TV's lyrics, which strangely fit the current situation...

We stand alone
Lost in our homes
Following the terms and conditions
On the road to perdition...

The pubs get closed
The future's unknown
Our only hope for salvation
And escape from isolation
Is to fight our way outside our comfort zone

But if we had the chance
Would we take the chance?
Oh I don't know

Controlled by rules and procedure
And anti-social media
In the end we stand alone

(it's not the complete text, been too lazy to type it all & couldn't find it on the net)

World Abused / UK arts workers fall through support cracks
« on: June 19, 2020, 09:22:49 AM »

'Seismic, torturous and gruelling': forgotten UK arts workers fall through support cracks

Freelance workers in the UK’s creative industries have spoken of the devastating psychological toll of being “forgotten” and “ignored” after falling through the cracks in government support schemes.

The shadow cultural industries minister, Tracy Brabin, said the past three months had been “absolutely seismic, torturous and mentally gruelling” for many freelancers, with little apparent appetite in government to support them.

Brabin, an actor for three decades before entering parliament, said many felt utterly despondent after months with no income. “There are thousands of people looking at the rest of the year and wondering whether they are going to have to remortgage the house, move back in with their parents, or not buy the home they had saved for. These are seismic changes in people’s lives,” she said.

World Of TUTS / 2019 lists
« on: December 27, 2019, 04:34:43 PM »
And now for the "usual" topic towards the end of the year... 2019 lists!  8)

Hugo Race Fatalists - taken by the dream
The Strange - echo chamber
Distance Light & Sky - Goldcoast
The Waterboys - Where The Action Is
Hands Off Gretel - I want the world
Calexico/Iron & Wine - Years to burn
The Mekons - deserted
Sharon van Etten - Remind me tomorrow

Ruts DC in Stuttgart
'Obstwiesenfestival' (Die Nerven & many others)
TV in Karlsruhe (May)
Distance Light & Sky in Stuttgart (September)
'Smooth Acoustic Festival' (Paul James Berry, Anna Paulin, Aleyna & more) in Esslingen
Not Scientists in Ulm (March)
The Mekons in Reutlingen (April)
Hands Off Gretel
The Godfathers in Stuttgart (November)
La Brass Banda
Allotria Jazz Band
Shonen Knife

Concert film:
The Cure's "40 Live"

Telly etc.:
"True Detective" Season 3
"Better Call Saul" S4

World Of TUTS / Cthulhu calls?
« on: December 09, 2019, 11:49:46 AM »
Recently, scientists discovered a fossil of a sea creature that's 430 million years old, and because of its likeness to the sea creature described in Lovecraft's novel, they decided to name the fossil after it.

TV Songs / TV covering Urban Voodoo Machine
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:06:35 PM »
Found this on FB (in case the pic disappears, here's part of the text "these 15 tracks entail Urban Voodoo Machine songs covered by various artists ranging from TV Smith to Ledfoot and Big Boy Bloater"):

A quick google research brought me more details! It's one of my fave songs by UVM!!  :D

(Compiled and mastered by Alex McGowan at Space Eko East Studio, London)

 1 Orphan’s Lament – THE GREAT MALARKEY
 2 Killer Sound – JIM JONES
 4 High Jeopardy Thing – DR WILL & THE WIZARDS
 5 Bucket Of Blood – SON OF DAVE
 6 Rusty Water & Coffin Nails – TIGRE BLANCO
 7 Emptiness – LEDFOOT
 8 Captain Of A Sinking Ship – BIG BOY BLOATER
 11 Cheers For The Tears – THE BROADWAY TWISTERS
 12 Alone In The City – VIC RUGGIERO & JORY KINJO
13 Goodbye To Another Year – TV SMITH
14 Loretta’s Revenge – KATHARINE BLAKE
 15 Theme From The Urban Voodoo Machine – LOS PLANTRONICS

 16 Heroin (Put My Brothers In The Ground) – THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE feat. Wilko Johnson
 17 Dirty Water – THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE feat. The Inmates Peter Gunn & Tony Oliver

 All songs written by Paul-Ronney Angel except 4 & 10 written by Paul-Ronney Angel & Nick Marsh and 17 by Ed Cobb.

TV Chat / "When Punk Rocked" (book by A. Francis)
« on: September 18, 2019, 11:59:27 AM »
A new book about "punk" incl. The Adverts:
When Punk Rocked. (Andy Francis)

A fabulous celebration of the Punk Rock era documenting the events that marked and shaped the era from the outset, through to the demise and often self-destructive nature of many of the bands that had helped to create the genre.Illustrated throughout with press cuttings, posters and previously unseen photos When Punk Rocked includes references to all the main acts of the day from the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash and The Stranglers through to some of the less remembered groups such as The Rezillos, The Adverts and many more.
ISBN: 978-1-908724-64-9
FORMAT: A4 paperback, 297x210mm - 128pp

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!

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