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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.

World Of TUTS / 2016 "best of" lists
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:38:29 AM »
So here we go with a typical "end of year" topic.  8)
Post here your 2016 lists of your favourite albums, concerts, movies, beers... or whatever you want to list!

TV Interviews / Betty M. interview
« on: December 03, 2016, 01:42:30 PM »
Not sure if this can be viewed by those outside of Facebook, but worth a try.
Betty criticises live music in Glasgow and also tosses off the occasional record review...

 Often writes for

(I think it can be read by unregistered people? But I'll copy it in, as I got permission by Betty:)

Betty did a Q&A with the legendary TV Smith, former leader of The Adverts, who is appearing in Glasgow (Audio, Saturday 3 December). So will he blanch at these - TEN WITH BETTY?

1. Hullo TV Smith, you first came to prominence with The Adverts in the late 70s and were considered part of the "punk" movement. In the "40th" anniversary year, what do you think of Malcolm McLaren's son burning "memorabilia" of the era on the Thames as a strike against the heritage industry?

Totally pathetic and very short-sighted. Apart from the fact he could have sold the stuff and given the money to a deserving charity, it’s cultural vandalism. However disappointed you might be about what punk has become, these artefacts tell a historical story and they should be preserved. The guy must be an idiot.

2. What are your own memories of the era - funniest story, or biggest thrill?

I mainly remember the excitement in the air and the feeling every night when we played a gig that people were really waiting for it and something momentous was going to happen. Every gig was an event. The biggest thrill for me was going out on stage and seeing all those expectant faces looking at us, and thinking, “this is it…”

3. The Adverts split after a year or two - musical differences, or something else?

The main problem was that we were out of step with the way mainstream punk was heading. Our second record had been critically demolished by the press and sales were miniscule. Record companies wouldn’t touch us. Band members started getting restless and I was losing and replacing musicians on a regular basis. The whole idea of being in a band just kind of fell apart and didn’t make sense any more. I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall and that it was time to leave the Adverts behind and move on to something else.

4. BM's first exposure to your work was probably "Tomahawk Cruise" - what do you remember of making that "lost classic" (in my humble opinion) and was it really about Cruise missiles?

Yes, it was the period when Cruise missiles were being stationed in the UK, despite a wave of popular opinion against them. The government wanted to keep America sweet and let them use Britain as a base, so the UK propaganda machine went into full swing to persuade us that the missiles were a good thing. The were getting such good press that they almost started to feel human, even down to the sexy name “Tomahawk Cruise.” I wrote the song as a reminder that the issue wasn’t the missiles, it was the men who made the decisions to actually use them. I wanted to record it quickly while the subject was topical - little did I know Cruise missiles would still be around today - and to put it out as the first Explorers single. We didn’t have a label or budget, but Tom Newman, who had produced the second Adverts album, agreed to hook up his mobile studio to a rehearsal room and we recorded it there.

5. It is a long time between then and now - what have you been up to?

It’s not really possible to squeeze the last forty years into a few words. Basically, I just kept going. I gradually made the transition from playing with bands to playing solo. I recorded and released my own records, wrote and self-published five books of tour diaries. I organised my own tours, and now I’m playing 130 gigs a year. The key was to find ways to survive as a musician without any support from the music business.

6. BM has noticed quite a lot of European dates in the schedule - do you enjoy playing there, and what is different about these audiences compared to the Brits?

I love playing Europe, particularly Germany. Maybe it’s because they were the first to notice that I was still out there after I’d been having a particularly tough time in Britain in the eighties and couldn’t get a gig or record contract to save my life. I started receiving a few invites to play in Germany and found there was a thriving small club scene, very focussed on punk, and they welcomed me with open arms. Mind you, I love playing everywhere, and over the years the UK audiences have gradually started coming back to me. It’s a very rewarding feeling to see the numbers growing.

7. "Clone Town" (2008) is an angry song about identikit town centres - have things got worse since then, or do you see any green shoots of hope in our towns and cities?

Sadly I don’t see any signs of change on that front. I think society is splitting into two distinct halves - those who want to become part of the corporate clone world and those that don’t. Happily, those that don’t are very strong and dedicated people - but they are very much an underground movement so they may not be obvious to the mainstream. That’s how they survive. The clone town world is all up front and on show and gives the impression that they are in control and that there is no alternative. However, that’s not necessarily the case.

8. Have you had offers to reform the Adverts, or at least play as The Adverts? Are you still in touch with any of them, and if so why?

I haven’t had any serious offers and I wouldn’t do it anyway. One member has died and the other two original members don’t play any more - what would be the point? It would only undermine the reputation of the band. Instead I do occasional gigs with a band from Spain who we call the Bored Teenagers. They love the Adverts songs and play them brilliantly.

9. BM is not aware how often you have played in Scotland in recent years - can you fill us in a bit on this, and what is the reason for visiting in 2016?

You’ve not been paying attention! I come to Scotland regularly - this gig in Glasgow on Saturday will be my fifth visit this year.

10. The traditional last question, where does TV Smith go from here - and what do you enjoy most and least about getting older (nb did not actually say “old"!)

I turned sixty this year and I’m not the slightest bit embarrassed about it. Life continues to be an adventure I will make the most of whatever comes my way. I intend to keep writing, keep gigging, keep recording as long as I can. My idea of success is simply to keep going.

(BM writes now) - so there you have it, an honest set of answers and also giving BM a row for not paying attention, fair comment, did not know that TV is such a regular visitor - so thankful that he took the time to engage with the questions and probably the best Ten with Betty I have read!

Respect and salutes to TV Smith.
 Betty Mayonnaise

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