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Re: TV Times is Back From The Dead!
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2010, 11:28:39 AM »
Boom! Boom! Again!!!

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Re: TV Times is Back From The Dead!
« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2010, 03:39:17 PM »
Yeah! You should see what he did to the rest of TV Smith. ;) ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2010, 05:51:58 PM »
Mega thanks Fleag. :D

We got there one little bite at a time.
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Re: TV Times is Back From The Dead!
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2010, 06:20:36 PM »
As promised here's a pre-release advert for TV Times 44 and Sparkle in the Mud.

Starting with the words of the great man himself...

"Best of luck in bringing TV Times back from that dead!"



The Secret is out!


Spring is the time for transformation and we are delighted to welcome back two old friends from 30 years ago. Coming soon from TV Smith and the TUTS…

     The original 80s Demos re-mastered on CD

    Back From The Dead! The Return of TV Times



The original 80s Demos re-mastered on CD

This first new edition of TV Times in 26 years is focused on TV’s latest album. After decades waiting we are delighted to present SPARKLE IN THE MUD Unreleased Songs and Demos (Volume One: 1979– 83).

Tj: Hi Teev, your old friend TV Times here, please could you share the story of the new release with your fans?   

TV: I always thought it’s a shame that they’ve never seen the light of day. I believed in the songs, and I believed that there were people out there who would want to hear them. It was just a question of how to reach them. I have a particular soft spot for the songs that were written in the depths of despair. It's that mixture of sadness with a glimmer of hope. Hanging on to the hope and looking for that chink of light in the darkness, I think that's important for all of us, and I think the songs that capture that are somehow universal.

These songs are very special to me. It was interesting to see that they're special for other people too - the songs have been sitting around so long that I'd almost forgotten people might actually like them. I think that's what motivated me to finally release this stuff.

I've had everything carefully mastered to bring out the best possible sound quality, and even though some of the original tapes had degraded quite badly most of the songs have come up sparkling like new. Considering that I once thought that most of them would be lost forever it's been a pleasure to hear them like that, and I hope the TUTS and everyone else will enjoy them too - it's been a long wait!

Tj: It would be so cool if we could use TV Times to announce the new title wouldn’t it?

TV: And...exclusively for the return of TV Times and all the TUTS, here is the cover...

            :o

Sparkle in the Mud

Tj: I sparkled. My thoughts went first to the hidden treasure of sparkling lost gems.

“I love the whole story about TV in his darkest hour working for penny’s writing such glorious songs and never giving in, forever Carrying On. Whenever I’m in a dark valley of life these songs pick me up and get me back swimming on dry land.” Tj Sundown

“The original demos released. I always hoped this would happen one day, but honestly I never really thought this would ever actually happen. But as a good friend of mine would say: You get your miracle for just daring to ask. Enjoy this miracle!” Klaus Fleischer

“It’s on this material that Smith’s development as a songwriter can be truly gauged. Smith’s forte has always been pulling off the unexpected.” Dave Thompson (Your Ticket Out Of Here)


Back From The Dead! The Return of TV Times

“When TV first told me that there were plans afoot to re-launch the TV Times  (No Relation), the fanzine that consumed almost four years of my life in the early 1980’s, my response was - Why?”
Dave Thompson (TV Times (No Relation) 30th Anniversary Edition)

“I, and the other dedicated members of the TV Times team, feel inspired to do this. It’s about having fun and spreading the word. We think this guy is gifted and what he has to say is worth listening to. The new TV Times team includes the three biggest players in the world of TV Smith; Mr TV Times aka Dave Thompson as Adviser, Mr TV Smith.com aka Klaus Fleischer our Distributor and Mr TV Smith himself our inspiration. The core team that are focused on creating the new TV Times are Fred and I (Editors) and Fleag and Boris (Designers).” Tj Sundown

“Your plans for it sound great. I'll drop something into every issue if you like!” Dave Thompson

“I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the new TV Times. This is an opportunity to carry on the spirit of the old fanzine in a new context. I'm sure you'll be able to create something unique and reflect the spirit we have on the website forum. Have fun!” TV Smith

“The circle has been closed - TV Times are Carrying On!” Klaus Fleischer

“The first album I ever bought was “Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts” and the last one I bought was “TV Smith Live at the NVA” – I guess I should get out more!” Fred Owen

“It’s going to be a huge production.” You can sing that again, Teev!” Tj Sundown

"The good times are back. The TUTS adventures!" Fleagle

"I get to read it before anyone else." :D Boris



“...Well, I never expected to see you again!" Dave Thompson (Mr TV Times)
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Re: TV Times is Back From The Dead!
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2010, 10:58:33 AM »
Tj: Hi Teev, your old friend TV Times here, please could you share the story of the new release with your fans?   

TV: I always thought it’s a shame that they’ve never seen the light of day. I believed in the songs, and I believed that there were people out there who would want to hear them. It was just a question of how to reach them. I have a particular soft spot for the songs that were written in the depths of despair. It's that mixture of sadness with a glimmer of hope. Hanging on to the hope and looking for that chink of light in the darkness, I think that's important for all of us, and I think the songs that capture that are somehow universal.

These songs are very special to me. It was interesting to see that they're special for other people too - the songs have been sitting around so long that I'd almost forgotten people might actually like them. I think that's what motivated me to finally release this stuff.

I've had everything carefully mastered to bring out the best possible sound quality, and even though some of the original tapes had degraded quite badly most of the songs have come up sparkling like new. Considering that I once thought that most of them would be lost forever it's been a pleasure to hear them like that, and I hope the TUTS and everyone else will enjoy them too - it's been a long wait!

Nice one! Looking forward to read more of this!!  :)  8)
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« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2010, 11:35:24 AM »
Your positive feedback means a lot to us. 

Thank you Uli. :D
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Re: TV Times is Back From The Dead!
« Reply #21 on: April 03, 2010, 02:50:47 PM »
Well, you just told me that there's one more reason to look forward to: in TV Times it will be revealed if/when there will be more of the 80's demos (after 1983) to be remastered/released!!!  :D
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