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TV Chat / Accessible in China..
« on: September 23, 2002, 09:03:20 PM »
In China they routinely block certain web-sites and there's a great web site:

where you can punch in web site addresses and see if they are blocked in China.  So I had to check out our site....

..........You'll be glad to hear that can be received by our friends in China!

The following sites are however blocked: - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China - Reported as inaccessible in China

Funny old world isn't it?


TV Chat / TV on BBC
« on: September 11, 2002, 09:36:02 PM »
I found an interesting feature on the BBC web site where they are asking for music memories:

"About Memories
The BBC is building a home for the nation's memories of music. People just like you have contributed many of the Music Memories that you can read here on this site. If you have a memory that you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you."

and it struck me that as well as being something we could contribute to TV might want to log some of his there.. or at the very least enter his Punk Rock Poem..

The web address is:

A part from TV being able to offer some interesting stuff it might just spark off other things...

We need to promote this man!


TV Chat / Promote TV Smith!
« on: September 07, 2002, 07:04:32 PM »
It strikes me that TV needs some publicity help!

We could help the man to get heard by visiting sites such as and recommend they play TV Smith / Adverts & promote the web-site - I was amazed they don't even seem to own a TV CD...

I am not sure what audience these internet radio sites attract but they seem well run, and they're not bad to have on in the background as you surf... so they could potentially help spread the word a bit


Bugs & Tips / Promo' Page
« on: August 28, 2002, 09:36:29 PM »
For some reason I can't access the images on the promotion page - is it me? And if so any tips?


TV Chat / Testicles of the Gods
« on: July 25, 2002, 10:29:50 PM »
No nothing to do with TV being squeezed between the Gonads and the Dickies at Blackpool, but a result of a search on TV Smith on Google:

"World of Conspiracy...with T.V. Smith
Testicles of the Gods?"
"Hello everyone. T.V. Smith here, and I am about to share with you the world-wide exclusive transcript of my discussion with Dr. Phillip Azore of the Centre of Mesoamerican Studies, based out of El Jefito, Costa Rica. What we're discussing are the Costa Rican spheres, left there by...well, no one is sure. No one--until Dr. Azore that is--has had any clue of where the spheres came from. They are multi-ton, almost perfectly spherical (within a few millimeters) balls of granite. And scientists agree that their creation had to have used technology beyond what Mesoamerican peoples had available to them. Dr. Azore has a startling new theory about what these spheres mean. Rather than belabor the point, let's go straight to the transcript. This interview was conducted via telephone from Dr. Azore's investigative camp near Palmar Sur....."

To read more go to but I wouldn't recommend it..


TV Live / Whatever happened to TJ?!
« on: July 23, 2002, 10:03:17 PM »
TJ seems very quiet these days; TJ where are you?

TV Chat / Executioners
« on: July 14, 2002, 05:36:11 PM »
Has anybody heard Dean Schlabowske's (Waco Bros) version of Gary Gilmores Eyes yet? Aparently he turns "the Adverts' nihilistic punk classic into a sprightly hoedown"! according to today's Sunday Times. It's on an album  called 'The Executioner's Last Songs' Vol 1 by The Pine Valley Cosmonauts & Guests (Bloodshoot BS074), an American album (but led by Jon Langford - The Mekons / Three Johns) aimed at drawing people's attention to the obsenity that, the supposedly, umber one moral authority in the world, is also killing ever more people in the name of justice - admittedly not executing quite as many as the Chinese but growing nicely under that nice man Bush (sic)!


TV Songs / Television's Over ( COT1979 )
« on: July 07, 2002, 10:26:27 PM »
Always loved this song - & its B-side 'Back from the Dead'. I bought it when it first came out, but sadly few others did! The song came out around the same time as Public Image (at least that's how I remember it), and it was interesting that both Johnny & TV were experimenting with a heavy bass line (both songs made by cheap speakers of the time buzz like mad).

When the album came I was disappointed with the album version of this song as I felt it was a little over produced. In fact I still think its over produced and much prefer the single version!

The live version in Punk in London is also pretty damn good!

Out of interest does anybody prefer the album version of the song?


TV Chat / Strange on Radio 4
« on: July 07, 2002, 10:05:45 PM »
Did anybody else hear Richard Strange on the Today programme last week? He was excellent, extremely witty, squeezed in a verse of a song, and even managed to plug his web-site a few times.


Bugs & Tips / Shopping
« on: May 18, 2002, 09:04:00 AM »

I clicked on 'Shop' from the front page as I was curious to see what bargains might be there, but currently it just goes to a page off the TV web-site in German, (which sadly, not having Fred's linguistic advantages, I do not understand).  


PS. Sorry if my e-mail to you was a little large I forgot to apply win-zip...

TV Songs / B Sides
« on: May 07, 2002, 10:13:49 PM »
Having just posted my comments on Back from the Dead, it struck me that TV was never one for the 'throw-away' b-side, as many bands of the period were - and then the vital question is to what was TV's best b-side?

I think on quick reflection my top 5 would be:

1. Bored Teenagers
2. Back from the Dead
3. New Day Dawning
4. We who wait
5. Quick Step

And of course, other than Bored Teenagers, none of these were originally included on album releases, making them extra special!

Oh, and I have stuck to vinyl as CD extra tracks don't count, which is a shame as Euro-Disney Land Tomorrow is EXCELLENT!

Any thoughts?


TV Songs / Back From The Dead ( BSide1978 )
« on: May 07, 2002, 10:05:24 PM »
I always enjoyed this track, and even wondered if it might have proved more commercially successfully than Televisions Over?

I believe the Doctors recorded this song too? If so did they record it first and did TV participate in the recording?

I've not heard TV do this solo yet, but I live in hope!


World Trading / Is there money in Adverts?
« on: May 03, 2002, 11:27:22 PM »
I don't want to sell, but I wondered if any of the Adverts/Cheap/TV Smith vinyl stuff could ever see me into a comfortable retirement?

I've got the usual; Gary Gilmores / Safety /  21 / TV's over all in good covers, Crossing the Red Sea / Cast of Thousands albums, 3rd Term 45...
Any idea what these trade for?

I'm not selling just curious!


TV Songs / Your Ticket Out of Here ( NABD2003 )
« on: May 02, 2002, 10:16:00 PM »
Not recorded yet I know but what a strong song! And one of several; As soon as I found it, I lost it (I still think this could be a BIG hit, although, sadly, I suspect it might require a Boy band to make it so!), Sugar Crash, One million pounds....

That's what I like about TV I do not feel that enjoying his music is just nostalgia, where with some other artists I am probably just chasing after some mythical youthful period!


TV Chat / NME Originals: Punk 1975-1979
« on: May 02, 2002, 09:58:11 PM »
Picked up the NME Punk special the other day, which is quite good, although  disappointing on the TV Smith / Adverts front (I believe the Q Punk Special is better but is proving difficult to track down in darkest Lincolnshire!!) Still the article does at least carry reviews of Gary Gilmore and Safety in Numbers plus a reproduction of that famous poster: "The Damned can now play 3 chords The Adverts can play one. HEar all four of them at.."

Bloody hell was it really 25 years ago.....


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