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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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TV Chat / TV's new guitar
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:23:16 AM »
Brook Guitars has built a new one for TV!

November News 2016
TV picked up his new Taw,

We made this thin-line model with a detachable neck so Tim can take it apart and fly with it as hand luggage rather than risk it in the hold

World Abused / US election
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:31:44 PM »
Unbelievable for many people I know, Trump has won this election!  :o

Well I got the impression many voters did not want Clinton and thus had no other choice... (with her email affairs, receiving money from the weapon industry etc.)  :(

Anyway, what do you TUTS think?

World Abused / Report from Turkey
« on: November 05, 2016, 02:38:14 PM »

The speed of Turkey’s decline is mind-boggling, even when you live through its the day-to-day machinations.

This week started with the Turkish government announcing plans to reintroduce the death penalty at the urging of the country’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in order to garner the support of ultra-nationalists in his bid to expand the powers of his presidency. Later in the week came the arrests of the editor-in-chief and columnists of Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest paper and a symbol of its fast-eroding secularism, on trumped-up charges of terrorism. And finally, Thursday night brought the detentions of Selahattin Demirtas, the charismatic leader of the country’s pro-Kurdish party, and Figen Yuksekdag, the co-leader of the party. Ten other elected Kurdish deputies were also arrested.

As I write these lines, citizens cannot communicate to organize demonstrations — Twitter is down in Turkey, Facebook is unreachable, and social media applications such as WhatsApp remain blocked. The social media crackdown is an entirely unnecessary measure; who would go out and risk arrest when there is an emergency rule and a formal ban on protests?


TV Chat / TV's lyric book "Alternative Top 50"
« on: October 29, 2016, 02:20:55 PM »
TV announced this will be on sale at the gig tonight and "online sale soon". About time to start a topic on it!

The first ever book of lyrics by TV Smith. Published by Foruli Codex, “The Alternative Top 50” presents fifty of TV’s best lyrics in the format of a poetry book. stunningly designed by Andy Vella. With a projected release date of Autumn 2016, the book will launch in two editions: a straightforward paperback, as well as a limited collector's hardback including a ten inch vinyl disc featuring a two track collaboration between TV and Henry Rollins.

TV Interviews / Herefordshire Live interview
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:00:39 AM »
Interview about "punk" and all that...
Actually the whole kind of aggression and political stance was just a little part of it which some bands took on and some didn't. The main thing was saying 'this is me, I'm going to say what I want to say and I'm gonna form a band and I'm going to do it in the style I want'. It was a very broad church, punk rock, at the time.

Johnny Rotten, certainly at the time, was just a brilliant performer and presence. I loved The Damned and loved The Clash, maybe The Clash less so I like them more in retrospect, but certainly The Damned and The Stranglers.

It was a brilliant movement with many, many fabulous live bands. They were all great on stage and they would set a room alight when you saw them. It was exciting, it was thrilling, it was new, it was really unforgettable movement.

World Chat / The Pretenders - Alone (2016)
« on: September 08, 2016, 12:56:34 PM »
New album out on October 21st!

The Pretenders release their brand new album, ‘Alone’ on October 21st through BMG. It is the first Pretenders album for eight years and was recorded in Nashville. Originally intended as a solo follow-up to 2014’s ‘Stockholm’, it soon dawned that those driving guitars, ragged but righteous arrangements, tough yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation, sounded fantastically familiar. The Pretenders were back. 36 years after their remarkable first album, ‘Alone’ could be the older, wiser, badder sister to that exhilarating debut.

Chrissie Hynde recorded the album in Nashville with Dan Auerbach, from The Black Keys, who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record, an album which sees Chrissie at her searingly honest, most incisive best.

The full band joining Chrissie and Dan on the album features Johnny Cash’s former bass player Dave Roe and country rocker Kenny Vaughan on guitar plus sundry members of Dan Auerbach’s side project The Arcs: Richard Swift, drums, Leon Michels, keyboards and Russ Pahl providing sly curlicues of pedal steel. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello). Duane Eddy also features on the punchy ‘Never Be Together’.

Of the new album Chrissie Hynde said the following: “This record is what I love the most - real people playing real music. I sang and recorded every vocal in a 48 hour period - 48 hours to sing them, 40 years of preparation!”.

‘Alone’ is available to pre-order on CD and LP now. - See more at:

TV Chat / Adverts footage from tv show "Impact"
« on: June 27, 2016, 08:07:42 AM »
Some footage from'77 appeared. Haven't watched it yet, will do so maybe later...
The footage is from an apparently unaired UK TV show called Impact and was filmed December 21st 1977 by one Mike Mansfield.
One of the great surprises here is the only known footage of the five-piece version of The Damned with second guitarist Lu (who is currently playing in PiL, strangely enough) and Jon Moss, later of Culture Club fame, on drums! Also featured are The Rich Kids, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock’s post-Pistols band with Steve New, Midge Ure (Ultravox) and Rusty Egan (Visage); the amazing Adverts are here and so the great Generation X with vocalist Billy Idol, bassist Tony James (later of Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and Bob “Derwood” Andrews, considered by many (myself included) to be the single best guitarist to come out of the punk rock era.

World Abused / Windows 10
« on: May 21, 2016, 03:01:59 PM »
So I finally gave in and agreed to install/upgrade to "Windows 10" (well it was for free). What a wasted 2 hours that was, I returned to Windows 7 very quickly after checking a few of the features (nice they were, but I wouldn't ever really need them) and missing a few things...  ::)

TV Interviews / 5 questions to TV
« on: April 26, 2016, 11:19:59 AM »
New short interview (in both German & English!):


World Of TUTS / 46 insults by Shakespeare
« on: April 23, 2016, 10:31:32 AM »
If you happen to run out of words, here's:
The 46 finest insults William Shakespeare gave the English language

A few nice examples:

Henry IV Part I
You are as a candle, the better burnt out.

Henry V
Thine face is not worth sunburning.

As You Like It
I do desire that we may be better strangers.

More of your conversation would infect my brain.

World Chat / The Mutants album "Your desert my mind"
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:13:33 AM »
The Mutants album "Your Desert My Mind" featuring Chris Constantinou, Paul Frazer, and Rat Scabies with members of Eagles of Death Metal, Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality, and The Dandy Warhols. This album is scheduled to be released in September 2016.

The Mutants
"Your Desert My Mind" (Instrumental)
Preview from Bobby Friction's Sunday Service, BBC6 Music, 6 March 2016.

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