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TV Chat / Re: Forgotten lyrics, keys, mixes and noises
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:50:50 PM »
well spotted! 

TV Chat / Re: Forgotten lyrics
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:47:37 PM »
Forgotten keys... the kettle-boiling keyboard in the live "Imagination," compared to the dullard plink on the LP

Erik Russel told me and Klaus about this when we interviewed him the day before the frirst EARTHBOUND, Dave. He said the original was spellbinding and then the enegineer or someone wiped it by accident. What can you tell us about it?

Let's just say that the album sessions didn't go half as well as they could/should have, and the LP... much as I came to love it... is no basis on which to judge the Explorers.

CD burners at the ready?  This is how it should have lined up

side one
1. Tomahawk Cruise (because who leaves their biggest hit off their first LP?)
2. The Servant (Tom Newman version)
3. Have Fun (Richard Skinner session)
4. Looking Down On London (b-side)
5. Last Words Of The Great Explorer (John Peel session)

side two
6. See Europe (b-side)
7. Imagination (live version)
8. The Unwelcome Guest (live version with the bass solo on stun)
9. The Perfect Life (Richard Skinner session)

free single
1. World Of My Own (Alaska Studios rehearsal)
2. I Live For Everything (Richard Skinner session)

Oh dear, I forgot to include Walk Away and The Easy Way.  Never mind, that'll give you collectors something to salivate over.

TV Chat / Re: Forgotten lyrics
« on: November 04, 2009, 01:34:23 PM »
Did Jet and Jook miss out as you have already written a book about them?

Speaking of which I see that Martin Gordon is still feeling better about his Sparks exit.

Not sure why Jet and the Jook didn't make it (saving them for volume two), but Martin's Blue Meanies are in there. 

As for Martin's exit from Sparks (are we suddenly on a Mael forum?  Ooops, better put on my fake high-pitched American accent), isn't it strange how everybody takes him so seriously when he talks about them?  I know irony is dead, but I thought grumpy sarcasm still had some life left in it!

TV Chat / Re: Forgotten lyrics
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:48:41 AM »
Okay, so I see nobody else has any thoughts on that subject. 

Forgotten b-sides, then.

"Cracking Dub."  It was BRILLIANT!

Forgotten mixes... was it the demo or a rough mix of "Beautiful Bomb," with an ending that went on forever?

Forgotten keys... the kettle-boiling keyboard in the live "Imagination," compared to the dullard plink on the LP

Forgotten audience noises... STONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, that's me run out of nostalgia for the night, I'm off to write a book that includes chapters on the Doctors of Madness, Andy Benny's Last Touch, the Heavy Metal Kids and more.  And look, here it is.

TV Chat / Re: 'Uncharted Wrecks of Wonder' THE TV Smith Documentary
« on: November 04, 2009, 03:41:29 AM »
Okay, the dream scenario.

A 5 disc TV box set, with the DVD as the fifth disc and the book tucked inside as the booklet. 

And I'd select the track listing.  Damn, better make that eight discs. 

Dave Thompson descibes Hollywood as one of the most overwhelming songs ever penned by TV Smith.

And do you have a problem with that, my little snowflake (you're starting to grow old)????

Thanks for that, TJ...

Just wanted to let any US-based fans, you can get the book with FREE SHIPPING from  Go to -

« on: October 21, 2009, 08:53:22 PM »
You know, the Doctors have been on my "hmmm, I wonder..." list for a long time.  But after Richard's book, I'm not sure whether there's a need.  Or an audience.


Enough people have e-mailed over the years asking me to do this, so I finally did.  "Your Ticket Out Of Here"... the complete and utter guide to TV and his music... is now available as a "real" BOOK.  Paper, pages, take it into the bath, cover it in purple crayon, the lot.

Get your copy now from...

Plus, if you care, I also have books available about



Dave Thompson

Have you read what they've been saying about your new Sparks book on the allsparks forum Dave?

Yeah... they hate the font, there's no index, the paper's are too white and the page numbers are in the wrong place (although I think the last two were a joke).  But they seem to like the text, so that's alright then....

Thanks for your postings on there!

Thanks for the mention, TJ... hope you're still enjoying it

Talking of World Cafe.... I did a show for them earlier this year, debating the merits of Classic Rock versus New Rubbish with somebody or other.  Not sure if it mentions TV... they may have edited that rant out... but if anybody cares, here's the link.  It was rather funny.

TV Chat / Re: TV on the radio again
« on: October 14, 2009, 12:40:35 PM »
Aaaargh, I just checked the archive and guess what?  It comes in half an hour into the show, and misses TV's section out altogether!  Sorry about that everybody.  I'm meant to be sent a copy of the full show, I'll mp3 the interview and post that as soon as I can.

TV Chat / Some New Kind of Great EXPLORERS
« on: October 13, 2009, 02:49:22 AM »
I'm some new kind of great explorer
I sink the lowest, I go further
I'm sailing in the 'Lucky Dragon'
I'm ready for whatever happens
Living out the life unstable
Men like animals, untameable

TV Smith On Wheels

I was still in the foothills when I fell asleep
But I dreamed that I climbed all night
Until the blood ran from my feet
And I felt like a mountaineer as he reaches the brow
I dreamed I was waking up
What´s the use of that now?

Tomorrow - we will learn how to really love
Together - we´ll go to distant lands
Tomorrow - we´ll see ourselves as others must see us
Together - we will be really friends again

That´s the famous last words of the great explorer

TV Smith Last Words of The Great Explorer

Listening back to some old Explorers-and-after era stuff and thinking about the great lyrics that got away...

"the first kiss of an endless repeat" ("World Of My Own")... "across London Bridge the night crashes in, I'm being shipped to America limb by limb" ("New Ways Are Best")...

and wondering - are there any other examples of TV lyrics that changed radically between demo/live and eventual recording?

Or do I just have too much time on my hands?

TV Chat / TV on the radio again
« on: October 13, 2009, 02:44:07 AM »
I was guest host on "Highs in the 70s" on WXPN Philadelphia on Saturday October 10, a four hour punk special, so no prizes for guessing who the first guest was... a phone interview with TV.  Listen in (I hope) here... TV comes on during the first 15 minutes, between the Stiff "One Chord Wonders" and the new live album's "Gary Gilmore's Eyes."

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