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What you need is something... CHEAP!
« on: December 13, 2009, 12:21:39 PM »
Yep! You guessed it TUTS. It's CHEAP talk time.

Did you know that TV was in Cheap for 5 years. That's about as long as he was in The Adverts and The Explorers combined?
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 06:38:05 PM »
Well someone out their is a fan. :D

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Cheap's album RIP: Everything Must Go! is one of the top ten punk rock albums of all time.

I personally rank it alongside the debuts by The Clash, Sex Pistols, Penetration and Stiff Little Fingers.

An adrenaline-fuelled burst of raw but intelligent and melodic rage.

Dave T 'Wake Up Magazine' 1999
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 10:34:45 AM »
Here's Tim Cross on TV Smith's Cheap...
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TV did the right thing by going back to the roots of a working band, who were mates, obviously less accomplished musically speaking, but who would play the songs at the top of their ability, and have fun gigging. My
job on that album was to get the best out of them, then provide
appropriate keyboards. Cheap was a very necessary
stage, and I liked them all, and thought that they did very well.

Taken from Uli's Tim Cross Interview
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 12:14:17 PM »
Totally agree. One of my fave TV albums.

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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 01:55:55 AM »
Is there any possibility that the Cheap John Peel session could ever be released?  I used to have it on cassette and distinctly remember listening to it in 1988, in the small room I lived in having just moved to London, before the tape eventually got chewed up after multiple playings.  They were billed on the session as 'TV Smith's Cheap'.

'Luxury In Exile' from that session is much better than the album version.

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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012, 02:01:35 PM »
Working on a release for the Cheap Anthology later this year - and it will have the Peel sessions on!

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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2012, 02:26:21 PM »
Great news  :D

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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2012, 04:11:45 PM »
As long as it's Cheap...

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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2012, 01:44:35 PM »
I'm chirpy. Chirpy, cheap Cheap. ;D

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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2012, 11:12:35 AM »
With the re-release of "March of the giants", the release of CD part 2 with the 80s demos and now CHEAP, this seems to be a year of "catching up" with TV's older releases!  :)
What will happen next year though? (Possibly new albums?)
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2012, 06:18:37 PM »
Bloody hell! This TV Smith he is spoiling us!!! Ace news! :D
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012, 10:25:24 AM »
With the docu on TV and thus a renewed interest, I'm sure it is exactly the right time for such re-releases!  :)
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2012, 09:36:40 PM »
Hi! I've never posted in these forums before so I hope I don't just wander down paths that everyone else has already explored.

But this is actually a bit geeky/fussy so I'm probably on safe ground!

In the gig lists for 1987, there are two 'mystery' gigs listed with no dates or venues. I have no problem with one of these but the other seems weird because it has a set list that includes songs that wouldn't have been in the set for quite a while after that (Borderline, Ghosts, Ready for the Axe..., Freeworld).

The reason I'm interested in these details is that a) I really love the Cheap songs and b) I was at two of the next three gigs (both at Reading's Paradise Club) one in April and one in May. At the first of these gigs, the band ran out of songs they knew and had to play Silicon Valley Holiday again as an encore - so I don't think the 'mystery' gig could have ever included the additional songs. Meanwhile, the May gig in Reading was interesting because it included Third Term and I think this must have been the first time it was played live - a month before the general election in which Thatcher actually got her third term. TV called it the band's "ode to the inevitable"!

I am really looking forward to the Cheap anthology that TV has just announced. My kind of listening!


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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2012, 11:06:55 AM »
... I was at two of the next three gigs (both at Reading's Paradise Club) one in April and one in May. At the first of these gigs, the band ran out of songs they knew and had to play Silicon Valley Holiday again as an encore - so I don't think the 'mystery' gig could have ever included the additional songs.

Well, the longer ago, the more "unexact" these archive entries would be. I don't know who provided these details for 1987. (I think many of those are based on old setlists, memories, flyers, tapes...) In fact those "mystery gigs" might've happened long after April/May towards the end of that year (as no date is known).

Meanwhile, the May gig in Reading was interesting because it included Third Term and I think this must have been the first time it was played live - a month before the general election in which Thatcher actually got her third term. TV called it the band's "ode to the inevitable"!

I am really looking forward to the Cheap anthology that TV has just announced. My kind of listening!

Thanks for sharing the gig memories. Let us know how you like the anthology!
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Re: What you need is something... CHEAP!
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2012, 12:24:27 PM »
Really interesting post TheMikeN. Mik Heslin and TV sometimes post on here. Maybe they have the answers you seek.
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