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SPARKLE IN THE MUD ( LP1979-83>2010 )
« on: November 21, 2009, 12:07:05 PM »
For me the 80's Demo's started in 2002 at a B&B in Southwick.

For TV the 80's Demo's began with a little imagination with his fellow Explorer Tim Cross.

The 80's Demo's were recorded during The Explorers to Cheap period. Many sat either side of the released would be 80's Demo's called surprise, surprise; Channel 5.
   
The first 80's demo's session was a session by TV Smith and Tim Cross in Summer 1980. A session that I always assumed featured Erik Russell on electric guitar. It appears that the exciting guitar riffs are by The Great Man himself.

The line up was...

Imagination
1. Parade
2. Be Brave


Imagination made it although its finest moment was to be cut short.

There are great hopes that the Phantom of the Opera like magic of Parade will re-emerge at EARTHBOUND 2010. Parade was a perfect high energy Explorers song. Why didn't it make it onto stage and vinyl?

Be Brave is a personal favouite of Erik Russell. A song he waxed on about in the second half of his TUTS interview in 2002. Be Brave is an emotional ballad with a similar message to to the later demo Carrying On. 'Be Brave Carrying On' was an attitude that would see TV through his most challenging decade to return in the 90's as a Giant.

Would these two songs have appeared on the second Explorers album? Erik Russell knows that on Earth 2 they did.  ;)

For the full story of the 80's Demo's order 'Your Ticket Out Of Here' by Dave Thompson to make your Xmas really special, rather than, rather bloody. 

 
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 03:45:04 PM »
Be Brave was played live for the first time ever at EARTHBOUND 2009.

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Saturday 5th September 2009
Fürstenberg - Kneipe Hassenhof
EARTHBOUND 2009


1 Earthbound     
2 Top Ten     
3 Divide And Rule     
4 Us And Them     
5 Complaints Dept.   first appearance! 
6 The Unwelcome Guest     
7 Putting Up A Front     
8 True Believers   first appearance! 
9 New Discoverers     
10 200 Blows     
11 One Of Our Missiles Is Missing     
12 Woodpecker     
13 Deactivate Autoslave   first appearance! 
14 Walk Away     
15 Shipwrecked On The Rocks Of Love     
16 The Wedding Dress     
17 Blind Love     
18 Land Of Plenty     
19 Worn Once   first appearance! 
20 Concrete Skyline     
21 Be Brave     
22 Probably     
23 I Live For Everything     
24 Downbeat     
25 Carrying On

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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 09:40:36 AM »
The next batch of demo's were fully reviewed by Dave in TV Times.

They included Beautiful Bomb. :o
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 07:20:37 PM »
Headhunters is not longer missing  ;D
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 02:16:56 PM »
 :-\

Hmm I too am tracking down Headhunters.

Have you beat me to the quick Gaby?
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009, 02:50:34 PM »
The next batch of demo's is where the 80's demo's really started to take shape...

3. Wheels Out Of Gear
4. Impulse Buy
5. Open Up Your Heart
6. The Impossible Person
7. Beautiful Bomb


All these songs could well have appeared on the second Explorers album.

Which I dreamt about this week.

They were recorded at Denmark Street in London in October 1981 and reviewed by Dave Thompson in TV Times as detailed in Your Ticket Out Of Here...

GET IT NOW!

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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2009, 06:03:16 PM »
found it on one of that TV from Cheap i have here on the B-Side near to the end of the Tape, hidden with 10 minutes silence between the last song from the concert and headhunters

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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2009, 08:14:13 PM »
What a find!

Gabumon is THE HEADHUNTER! :D :D :D
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2009, 08:29:53 PM »
The 80's demo's are very nicely beginning to fall into clear albums that might have been based around the date demo'd.

Carrying On (Post Explorers solo Winter 1981/2)

1. Parade
2. Be Brave
3. Wheels Out Of Gear
4. Impulse Buy
5. Open Up Your Heart
6. The Impossible Person
7. Beautiful Bomb
8. Break Up The Party
9. New Ways Are Best
10. People Don't Know
11. Carrying On

Bonus single
12. Move On
13. In My World of Worlds

New Discoverers (1983/4 by TV Smith's Party Line)

14. Downbeat
15. I Already Have Your Heart
16. Little Knocks
17. New Discoverers
18. Newshound
19. One Of Our Missiles Is Missing
20. She's Losing You
21. The New You
22. Trans-Time
23. Trojan Horse
24. Wedding Dress
25. Lucky Us
26. Finger of Fashion

Next up is a story not even in Dave Thompson's amazing Your Ticket Out Of Here book...

The story of Drowning On Dry Land.
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 09:56:41 AM »
it could be possible to make a "Live" Version from the possible "New Discoverers" album
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2009, 01:50:50 PM »
Graet idea, but what about tracks 11 and 12, Gaby?

Klaus says this is the most exciting topic in TV land. He ought to know as he once got lost in the 80's with Tim Cross.

It's been a real blast finding out that thanks to that special meeting Klaus had we have been able to split TV's 80's Demo's into four 'albums'.

One solo album sits between Explorers and Channel 5.
One is just post Channel 5 and it's by TV Smith's Party Line.
One is by Production House to run alongside the Cominf Round single.
The next solo album sits between Production House and Cheap... Today I chose the title of that album (and it wasn't Today ;)
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2009, 09:10:07 PM »
yes, 11, 12 would be a problem

but that "partyline" album would mostly work
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2009, 07:40:40 PM »
Man! You should here the Production House album called Drowning Of Dry Land. 8) 8) 8)

...Don't you just love Earth 2? :D

So sad that this was Lost in the 80's. ;)

Ah! WHAT IF?
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009, 05:17:32 PM »
The evening of the first EARTHBOUND Klaus had a very special adventure with Tim Cross that became known as Lost in the 80's.

A few years later Tim Cross came with My Place with TV and Klaus and I had the pleasure of hearing the demo's Lost in the 80's.

What Tim did leave Klaus with is the paperwork to the session for the first of these songs. The session is named Production House which gives us an aproximate date for this third album that was Lost in the 80's.

This news is an exclusive so many thanks to the two Tim's and Klaus.

Drowning On Dry Land

27. Poison Mind
28. Beauty Treatment
29. Lion and The Lamb
30. Safe House
31. Leisure Time
32. Spy on the Line
33. Sure Thing
34. Drowning on Dry Land
35. Top Ten
36. Land of Plenty
37. Blind Love
38. Make Your Escape

So that's the first three albums crammed full of 38 awesome TV Smith demo's.

Next up is TV's fourth and final would be 80's demo's album.

Can't wait.  8)
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Re: The Legend of The 80's Demo's
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2009, 11:01:17 AM »
From another thread:
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I'm going to ask that TV Smith chappie some questions about the 80's demo's next. Apparently he was also around at the time these incredible songs were demo'd.  


Good idea!! Looking forward to what TV has to say about this and the possibility of releasing them or re-recording more of them.  8)
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