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Lisa wrapped my new Sparks vinyl for my Christmas present.

In a rush to fly on holiday we didn't take it out of the envelope first. When I opened it on 20th December (the day of the flight) I was delighted to see it was actually TV Smith and Red Dons vinyl single.

THE only thing better than Sparks vinyl is TV Smith vinyl. :)

Last night on hearing this powerful new single At our belated Christmas family party, Lisa pronounced that it was one of the best songs she'd ever heard from TV.

Result! You Rock TV & RD!!!

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TV Chat / Re: Book Of The Year - Tour Diaries Vol. 5
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:21:39 PM »
I too finished reading Tour Diary 5 aka The Book of The Year. It's a cracker!

I find TV's books really infectious. Just like his tunes.

Gawd only know how he survived his Russia trip.

I was hoping (probably due to the front cover) that this book would be a little more about his gigs and songs, but it still has the same comments like... they really liked two of my new songs. And you are left pondering over which songs it was. I find this a little strange, as I would imagine that the vast majority of people who read his books are actually TV Smith fans.

Anyway, I still cant put these books down. Truly infectious.

What the hell is going to happen at this venue and this hotel? TV is becoming more and more TL than TV these days.

Where will he find the cheese?

It was great to read Jock, one of the original TUTS, playing a key part in TV's final recorded tour journey. I just wish it was Jock on the top of that glorious punk pyramid.

On a personal note these five books capture the years where I first met TV at Leeds Duchess to the Derby Victoria gig where I offered to carry his merch.

It's been an amazing journey that has seen TV become my favourite singer-songwriter of all time. When I first met him he was in ninth place. Shock! Horror!

I got so excited I even started a fan club (with my mate Klaus) as a bit of a laugh. A sort of TVSmith United Tour Supporters thing called The TUTS! Earthbound fan club conventions swiftly followed. I love making names up... Such as, my old drinking club called the DRAY Riders (Drinking Real Ale in Yorkshire by road and rail). They've been going out drinking around Yorkshire every Monday night since September 15th 1986.

It's quite funny to watch how my own description in the book develops. From the man who touched Gayed Adverts leg (just below the knee) in Volume 1 (at my second TV solo gig in Northallerton's Tanner Hop) to a TV Smith gig arranger in one of the middle books, to TV's mate at Leeds & Sheffield and one of the TUTS (with Smit) an Derby in Volume 5.

So what should I do to celebrate the end of the TV Tour Diaries? Yep! I'll taxi Teev to Derby Victoria after the Leeds  Fox & Newt gig and get back on a mini tour with "The Great Man".

After all that's how my fan obsession really began... The TV and Tj tour of 5 Yorkshire (Leeds/Sheffield) and Midland (Cambridge/Long Eaton/Lincoln) gigs in October 2001. Which included the first two gigs I ever arranged for TV at Sheffield and Leeds. Those where the days where I first met TUTS like Fred and Alan. Magical days.

Thank you for creating an amazing 21st Century TV.  ;)
 
Keep Carrying On...   

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Still gutted about Colin Stoner's passing away. And so soon after The Doctors of Madness reunion.

Below is an obtuary written my friend Jeremy from The Doctors of Madness fanclub.

Finally, here's some Doctors of Madness reunion photo's of Colin on his last ever live show. He looks so happy on the final photo from the reunion gig...


https://www.flickr.com/photos/128614427@N02/sets/72157648876613070/

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Obituary - Colin Bentley (Stoner) 1949 – 2014

Colin Bentley (Stoner) who died on November 14 was mainly known for being a founding member and bassist for both the Doctors of Madness and then TV Smith’s Explorers in the late seventies and early eighties.

The Doctors of Madness were formed in 1974 in Twickenham by singer, guitarist and songwriter Richard (Kid) Strange and drummer Peter diLemma.  They recruited Stoner on bass and Urban Blitz on guitar and violin.  Richard Strange described Stoner as “the best bloke I have ever had in the band. He knows what it is about. And you should see him on stage. Weird!”.  This last comment refers to the skinny t-shirts and skeletal makeup that Stoner’s wife Elaine applied to him rather heavily before each show.

The Doctors of Madness, who were once described as “a bit like the Velvet Underground but in 3D colour” released three studio albums, Late Night Movies All Night Brainstorms, Figments of Emancipation and Sons of Survival all of which were critically accliaimed but not commercially successful.  Stoner played bass on all of these as well as providing backing vocals.  He also sang lead vocal on one song, No Limits from Sons of Survival and live also took over lead vocals on the Velvet Underground cover What Goes On.

Stoner’s melodic bass playing helped put the colour into the band and together with Kid Strange’s blue hair, Urban Blitz’s army fatigues and Peter diLemma’s surfer dude bleached hair, his bizarre stage makeup helped further their edgy stage image.  His playing can best be heard on the classic track, Marie and Joe, where Stoner’s bass solo provides a superb melodic break in the middle of the song before a wild guitar solo from Urban Blitz.

The Doctors of Madness broke up in 1978 and Stoner then joined TV Smith’s Explorers, playing on their near hit Tomahawk Cruise and first and only album, The Last Words of the Great Explorer.  Again, Stoner was an integral part of the band until their break up in 1981.

Stoner was also in demand as a session musician.  His work included playing bass with the Sadista Sisters, incorporating the role of musical director.  He also did studio session work, playing on singles for the band Exit, and with Daedalo, making a five track CD Walk Inside the Painting, playing a five string fretless bass guitar.

Stoner and his wife Elaine moved from London to Worcestershire in the late 1980s, where Stoner maintained a musical interest, playing with local bands and gigging with Nigel Kennedy as well as a playing at a pair of Exploring Madness reunion gigs with Richard Strange and TV Smith in 2006. His last band was Malvern-based “The Pull” who recorded a five song EP The Magnets which is available through Bandcamp.

Stoner was re-united with both Richard Strange and TV Smith for two re-union gigs called Exploring Madness in Yorkshire in September 2006. Stoner played bass and sang backing vocals on Explorers songs with TV and Doctors of Madness songs with Richard, before all three united to play three 'Raw Meat for The Missionaries' demo's written by TV and Richard in the late seventies.  

The final chapter in Stoner’s musical life came sadly in October where Stoner performed once again with the Doctors of Madness at the London Southbank Centre as part of Richard Strange’s tribute to William Burroughs: Language is a Virus from Outer Space.  It was the first time the full original band had played together for 36 years and although Stoner was frail, the band put on an outstanding “greatist hits” set showing how underrated and ahead of time they were in the seventies.

Stoner leaves behind his wife Elaine, daughter Lauren and grandson Reuben and a wide and longstanding musical legacy.

Jeremy Smith (The Afterglow - Doctors of Madness)

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TV Chat / Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:55:59 AM »
I already have the new Explorers CD's in my car for my coaching journey down South this week.

You helped make my dream come true Colin (and Teev). I'll never forget those two very special days. ...And not just the gigs.

What a truly lovely man.   

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TV Chat / Re: Farewell Colin Stoner The Finest Bass Player Ever
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:06:30 PM »
Sounds like Joe Elliott is going to have a tribute to Stoner on his radio show.

Totally deserved.

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World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:52:56 PM »
Read the same post from Richard, Uli.

I've posted on this tragic lass to the world in the theme Colin shares with Richard and TV in TV Chat.

Love you Colin. The finest bass player ever in my humble opinion.

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So sad to hear that Colin Stoner has just passed away. This changes forever the perspective of the reunion show last month.

Love you Colin.


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Wonderful to meet Colin Stoner again last month.

My favourite bass player in the world and a beautiful person.

Tj 8.11.14

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TV Songs / Re: Red Dons feat. TV Smith
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:18:38 PM »
It still hasn't arrived. Getting concerned now.

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TV Songs / Re: IN THE ARMS OF MY ENEMY ( LP2008 )
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:17:09 PM »
My album review on Amazon as part of the pledge I made to support TV's CD sales...

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The Ultimate Thrill. GET IT NOW!


“It’s going to be a huge production, You won’t see the like again. The Ultimate thrill.”

The first lines in the first song, Get It Now, says it all. Tim Cross was right, TV has finally created a fitting sequel to my favourite album of all time; March of the Giants. Much like March of the Giants, the production is flawless. Much like March of the Giants, In The Arms of My Enemy is a seven star masterpiece.

From the infectious catchy start with Get It Now, See Through and Together Alone to the pure class of I Wish I Could See Clearly and the spaghetti westernised in The Arms of My Enemy, TV delivers.

Clone Town should be taken up by Totnes, in TV’s home county of Devon, as their town anthem. They were recently victorious in fighting back a Costa Coffee big brand takeover. The fight back for true independence starts here.

With Trojan Horse, TV finally achieves the impossible and delivers a new version of an 80’s Demo that’s even better than the stunning original. Check out Sparkle in The Mud to hear the original song hidden amongst a treasure trove of sparkling lost gems. 

Backstage Bob holds a special place in my heart. It’s the story of TV Smith’s loyalist ever fan, Dave ‘C5’ Allen, the world greatest Channel 5 album fan, who sadly passed away before he could hear this stunning album. “When you hear something you like you have to sing along. Backstage Bob! We miss you. When are you coming back? With your honesty, generosity, the laughter and the craic. Backstage Bob! You’re the man, I wish I was, but only sometimes am. The heart and soul. You left a hole.”

…These days it’s more than “sometimes”. TV Smith is true, honest and craiced up high on pure energy.

C5 was working on a Three Tim’s reunion show in 2007, so it’s fitting that the Three Tim’s (Smith, Renwick and Cross) got together with drummer Vom, to record the first album since C5’s passing. TV and Tim Cross went on to play Earthbound tribute gigs to C5 in Elland Brewery and The Victoria in Derby. Blasting out classics like On Your Video, Backstage Bob and Fire in The Darkness. Close your eyes and imagine the flamboyant Tim Cross, dressed in a bright red suit playing keyboards balanced on beer barrels. Then check it out live on You Tube! I kid you not. By that way, the answer is yes. Tim Cross really did paly keyboards for Mike Oldfield on his Tubular Bells tour.   

As for In The Arms of My Enemy, all I can repeat is GET IT NOW!


What TV book, DVD or album are you going to review TUT?

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I'm on a roll. This ones for my mate C5...

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The Ultimate Thrill. GET IT NOW!


“It’s going to be a huge production, You won’t see the like again. The Ultimate thrill.”

The first lines in the first song, Get It Now, says it all. Tim Cross was right, TV has finally created a fitting sequel to my favourite album of all time; March of the Giants. Much like March of the Giants, the production is flawless. Much like March of the Giants, In The Arms of My Enemy is a seven star masterpiece.

From the infectious catchy start with Get It Now, See Through and Together Alone to the pure class of I Wish I Could See Clearly and the spaghetti westernised in The Arms of My Enemy, TV delivers.

Clone Town should be taken up by Totnes, in TV’s home county of Devon, as their town anthem. They were recently victorious in fighting back a Costa Coffee big brand takeover. The fight back for true independence starts here.

With Trojan Horse, TV finally achieves the impossible and delivers a new version of an 80’s Demo that’s even better than the stunning original. Check out Sparkle in The Mud to hear the original song hidden amongst a treasure trove of sparkling lost gems. 

Backstage Bob holds a special place in my heart. It’s the story of TV Smith’s loyalist ever fan, Dave ‘C5’ Allen, the world greatest Channel 5 album fan, who sadly passed away before he could hear this stunning album. “When you hear something you like you have to sing along. Backstage Bob! We miss you. When are you coming back? With your honesty, generosity, the laughter and the craic. Backstage Bob! You’re the man, I wish I was, but only sometimes am. The heart and soul. You left a hole.”

…These days it’s more than “sometimes”. TV Smith is true, honest and craiced up high on pure energy.

C5 was working on a Three Tim’s reunion show in 2007, so it’s fitting that the Three Tim’s (Smith, Renwick and Cross) got together with drummer Vom, to record the first album since C5’s passing. TV and Tim Cross went on to play Earthbound tribute gigs to C5 in Elland Brewery and The Victoria in Derby. Blasting out classics like On Your Video, Backstage Bob and Fire in The Darkness. Close your eyes and imagine the flamboyant Tim Cross, dressed in a bright red suit playing keyboards balanced on beer barrels. Then check it out live on You Tube! I kid you not. By that way, the answer is yes. Tim Cross really did paly keyboards for Mike Oldfield on his Tubular Bells tour.   

As for In The Arms of My Enemy, all I can repeat is GET IT NOW!

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World Abused / Re: All the right hands rise
« on: November 08, 2014, 11:27:36 AM »
I don't watch or listen to (bad) news programme's or read (bad) newspaoers, but I have heard talk of an election.

I Delete all candidates bar one. Let's be honest, it's no contest...


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Dave T (Wake Up): HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR POLITICS?

TV Smith: "All political talk is really dangerous in a way and what politics is about for me is how you want to live your life. I want to live my life knowing that there's some kind of equality and any advantages I get aren't got by treading on the backs of others. I want peace - I sound like Miss World! (Laughter) I want to work with animals!

Freedom is basically what it's about, without exploiting others. And that's not what politics is about. Simply the urge to become a politician seems to mean that you have stuff in you that you're the last person who should be in charge of the fate of others. Just the aspect of trying to make the most out of your life, for most people that doesn't mean that they have to be in the top position. That's the basic contradiction about politics, the very function of politics means that it's full of people who aren't suitable to be telling us what to do. And I don't know what the answer is. At the moment what I feel is that what you should do is live your own life and in every contact you make, you act in the way that you believe in."



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World Abused / Re: All the right hands rise
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:37:41 AM »
It's all fueled by fear and need.

And one thing I've really learned this year is needy is gready.

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...Err, not that I'd want to kick Colin!

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It's good to see this post back home with TV Smith.

Wonderful to meet Colin Stoner again last month. :)

My favourite bass player in the world and a beautiful person to boot.

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World Chat / MOVED: The Doctors of Madness 1974 to 2014
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:27:26 AM »
This topic has been moved to TV Smith - TV Chat and returns to its true home with TV Smith.TV Chat.

http://www.tvsmith.com/forum/index.php?topic=44.0

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