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TV Live / TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers, The Lexington 23/4/2016
« on: April 24, 2016, 01:24:43 PM »
The first band was 'The Weird Things'. They were proficient musicians with a couple of scantily clad female singers. It was basically pop punk with lyrics that didn't move me, choreographed stage moves, a few re-cycled Iggy riffs and a Bowie cover. But they had their own young fans and I'm sure they don't care what I think. Xa liked them but she rarely pays attention to lyrics and just likes 'the groove'.

TV Smith was excellent of course. I never had any doubts.
Due to a reduced time slot of only 35-40 minutes there were no pauses between the songs; each led straight into the next. No time for stage banter tonight.
'The Bored Teenagers' ('Suzy & Los Quattro' sans Suzy obviously) did there usual fine job of playing the music in the original style like they've been doing for nearly 10 years now.
It was all Adverts songs as advertised except they also did 'I Delete' from TV's latest album but even that was done in the style it would have been if it'd been on those first two albums.
He's a 60 year old bloke who puts the present day bored teenagers and 21 year olds to shame with his energy and stage presence.
In the set we got 'No Time To Be 21', 'Safety In Numbers' 'We Who Wait', 'On The Roof', 'Great British Mistake', 'My Place', 'Bombsite Boy', 'Television's Over', 'Bored Teenagers', 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes' and 'One Chord Wonders'.
Even some Pogo-ing broke out. 40 years...pah...could've been 5 minutes.

Unfortunately my wife Xa was a bit 'under the weather' so we left after TV and never got to hear 'Johnny Moped' at all. Went home and watched a documentary on 'The MC5' and I swear there was as much energy at The Lexington last night as there was in those live clips.

Oh. And hello Mr. Fish. Sorry we didn't say goodbye.

Tonight I'm off to Camden to see 'The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing' other favourite artists. ;)

World Chat / Question for Klaus
« on: April 06, 2016, 02:15:03 PM »
I received two emails from you on my private home email which usually indicates a notification that I've received a PM in 'My Messages' on this Forum.

However, when I checked 'My Messages' there are no new messages from you or anyone else.

I decided to PM you about this and saved a copy of my message.

But my own message also doesn't appear in 'My Messages'.

Is there a general problem with PM's on this Forum or is it just me?

TV Songs / My TV Smith Podcast
« on: March 06, 2016, 04:02:40 PM »
An 'alternative' TV mix.
I put this together.
Audio is a bit ropey on some of it due to the source tapes, vinyl rips, etc.
But I think it hangs together.

World Chat / New Waves
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:03:46 PM »
What are you going to do with your new gravitational wave?


Why has more time on the BBC News been given to the confirmation of Einstein's 1916 theory than Jeremy Hunt imposing a contract on 53,000 Junior Doctors.

Maybe it's that you no longer care.
What about the new wave?
Did you think it would change things?

World Chat / Pure Hell.
« on: February 08, 2016, 09:46:38 PM »
Who remembers them.
Who saw them at Rebellion in 2012?
Where they still any good?

I ask because a friend has a friend who is a promoter and he's bringing them over for a London show this year.
But they're looking into doing other dates in the U.K. if there's enough interest.

World Chat / Syrian Refugees UNICEF song.
« on: December 02, 2015, 08:42:03 PM »
Sorry for the plug.
Well, not really...
This song was written by my friend Jerry.
It's performed by him and Tom who are Batford Dogs.
Yes, Tom & Jerry are the band.
I don't really like Christmas or Christmas songs but...
This is different.
It's available to download from Reverbnation with all 100% of any profits going to UNICEF to help the children who are refugees from the war in Syria.
There's going to be more I fear.

Here's the song on YouTube

Here's the page where you can buy it if you feel like it.

End of plug.
Back to normal service.

TV Chat / Record Collector Magazine.
« on: October 13, 2015, 08:45:50 PM »
Not an article about TV Smith but a small mention.

The article is about 'Flicknife Records', the independent record label set up in the United Kingdom in 1979 by Marco "Frenchy" Gloder, and Gina 'Wild Thing' Nares. The label that put out, amongst other things, lots of Hawkwind related stuff

Marco mentions that he was introduced to author Michael Moorcock at an Adverts show in 1977 because he and Tim were friends. This lead to his contact with Hawkwind.

So TV's indirectly responsible for all those space rock albums...  ;D

World Chat / Stranglers 'Black And White Tour' 2016.
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:34:11 PM »
From the Official page:

''We are excited to exclusively reveal that the band will head out on a UK tour throughout March next year which will see them showcase their legendary 1978 Black & White album in its chronological entirety during their set. The 18 date itinerary kicks off with a trio of gigs north of the border, visiting Perth on the 3rd, Inverness on the 4th and Glasgow on the 5th. The tour then heads south, via Nottingham, Liverpool and Newcastle before the London date on Friday 11th at the 5000 capacity Brixton Academy- a venue which the band last played 25 years ago back in 1991. After a hometown date in Guildford, the tour takes in some less visited places including Reading, Salisbury and Folkestone before the final gig in Manchester on the Saturday 26th. Shifting from their recent home at the Academy, the band return to the legendary Manchester Apollo where they played regularly between 1978 and 1990, with its 3500 capacity, it will be a fitting finale to the tour. We’re also pleased to announce that the special guests for the complete tour will be Welsh rockers THE ALARM featuring Mike Peters. Tickets will go onsale from 9am Friday 18th September and we will add ticket links in due course. See you on tour…Black & White becomes…
3 March Concert Hall, Perth
4 March Ironworks, Inverness
5 March O2 Academy, Glasgow
7 March Rock City, Nottingham
8 March O2 Academy, Liverpool
9 March O2 Academy, Newcastle
11 March Brixton Academy, London
12 March O2 Academy, Birmingham
14 March GLive, Guildford
15 March Hexagon, Reading
17 March O2 Academy, Sheffield
18 March University Great Hall, Cardiff
19 March O2 Academy, Bristol
21 March City Hall, Salisbury
22 March Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
23 March Corn Exchange, Cambridge
25 March O2 Academy, Leeds
26 March Apollo, Manchester

World Of TUTS / MOVED: Jimmy Saville R.I.P.
« on: September 10, 2015, 07:08:15 PM »

World Chat / The Jolt...reforming 2016.
« on: July 21, 2015, 03:01:22 PM »
Any one here remember Scottish band 'The Jolt'.

I loved them. Saw them supporting 'The Jam'.

They split in 1979.

Well they're reforming to play a 'Mod' event in Cambridge on May 2nd 2016.
But as one of the members is flying in specifically from Australia they are looking to book at least one other date (probably London).

World Chat / A review of a day featuring 'Eddie & The Hot Rods'
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:08:38 PM »
Here you go Fred...  ;)

A review of a day featuring 'Eddie & The Hot Rods'.

Left our shack in the Essex boonies to head up early to that there London. Making a 'night' of it you see.
 Entertainment on the train supplied by 'Loud Woman With Phone' regaling everyone in the carriage with how she 'let slip to her girlfriend's boyfriend that the girlfriend had slept with the boyfriend's friend and how the boyfriend was now 'after' the friend with a bat'...or something. Her droning Estuary English sent me into a trance after the first 10 minutes..
 Anyway, dinner at our favourite little bijou restaurant (Pizza Hut in Oxford Street to you) and then on to book into our 'Hub' hotel in Covent Garden. No expense spared you see. The 'Hub' in case you don't know is a Premier Inn in St. Martin's Lane with rooms that are like cabins on the Starship Enterprise. All very small and high-tec. But comfortable, and under £100 for a hotel 20 yards from Leicester Square. I recommend it.
 Then we got on The Tube and hopped over to Great Portland Street. We went in The Albany for a few refreshing libations. The pub was almost empty inside 'cause it was quite warm and most people were stood on the pavement outside. Obviously lots of people I recognised or knew were going to the show. The 'Eddie & The Hot Rods' T-Shirts sort of gave them away. And Spizz was there. But then again...Spizz is always there. And Nigel Bennett (The Members/The Vibrators) was there. And Eugene from 'Vive Le Rock' magazine was there. And a bunch of people from The Damned's forums were there just 'cause...y'know....Paul Gray.
 Then over the road to the 229.

It was the upstairs entrance, main venue. Never been there before...only the smaller downstairs room. Actually the main room is also downstairs...but the door is upstairs. And the two venues are separated only by a short corridor. But anyway...

The 'support' act tonight was 'Headline Maniacs'. Featuring Simon Bowley on drums, Chris Taylor on guitar and Dipster Dean on bass and lead vocals. In case you don't know that's actually three of the current line-up of E&THH without singer Barrie Masters and Richard Holgarth the other guitarist.
 Dean made some 'light-hearted' comments about 'spare pricks' and 'bollocks to the lot of 'em', etc before they exploded into their set of mostly original songs; some of which are actually planned to be on the next E&THH album. It was all quite loud and powerful but a I'll probably prefer them when Master's sings them. They also did a cracking version of  'Why Should I Care?' from E&THH's last studio album 'Been There. Done That' (2006).

Then it was time for Eddie & The Hot Rods. The 1977 line-up. But with Richard Hogarth filling in for the late Dave Higgs. And it was suprising. Suprising because for a bunch of musicians that hadn't played more than 3 or 4 shows together in the last 35 years or so they sounded exactly like they did in 1977. Well, Barrie Masters vocals are a bit deeper in places but that's unavoidable. And, in fact, those deeper vocals made some of the songs seem more powerful than ever. Paul Gray (in usual black beret) was Rickenbacker note perfect and prowled and bobbed around the stage the way he always has. Holgarth certainly knows all the licks and had them down pat. Him and Graeme Douglas melded perfectly and I think Higgs would have approved. And Steve Nicol's know that old cliché 'powerhouse' they use for drummers? That. Excellent. Plenty of good humoured banter both in the band and with the crowd.

I can't remember the exact order of the setlist but we got...

Get Across To You, Why Can't It Be?, All I Need Is Money, Teenage Depression, 96 Tears, Get Out Of Denver, Woolly Bully, Horseplay (Wearier Of The Schmaltz), Writing On The Wall, I Might By Lying, Ignore Them, Quit This Town, Telephone Girl, The Kids Are Alright, Do Anything You Wanna Do, Life On The Line and, suprisingly, 'Power And The Glory' from the 1979 'Thriller album which I didn't expect at all.
Then there was the encore.

All 8 musicians came on stage to perform 'Gloria/(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'.

Then the 2nd encore.

All 9 minutes of 'The Beginning Of The End' my favourite all-time E&THH song.

I actually cried.

And it was filmed so there'll be a DVD.

We hung around for a bit, chatted, had some more drinks and then went back to our hotel.

Next day we headed back to the station, still buzzing, completely forgetting about the Austerity March...and ended up joining in for half a mile.
 Entertainment on train supplied by 'Loud Woman With Kid' loudly proclaiming to nobody who wanted to listen that her day out at the museum had been ruined by 'Bloody Protestors'. I assume she's getting Child Benefit and is unaware that she's soon to be getting less. Oh well. She'll learn. She also said loudly that she'd go back next week when the protestors are gone. Xa wondered if we ought to mention that it's Gay Pride next week but we decided to let her find out for herself....

World Chat / The Damned - Royal Albert Hall 2016.
« on: June 07, 2015, 04:27:13 PM »
We went to see The Damned at The Roundhouse last night.
They were brilliant. On form. Very tight.
Even Xa loved it and she's not a great fan of the band live as she's a bit of a stickler for tunes sounding like they do on the records. But they were close enough.

Anyway, Captain Sensible announced from the stage that the band will be playing a 3 hour long, 40th Anniversary show at THE ROYAL ALBERT FUCKING HALL on Friday 20th May 2016.

So, we've booked tickets this morning. In fact, we've booked a Box with dinner and waiter service and the whole thing. And a hotel as well. Very, very expensive. But we'll be celebrating our 32nd Anniversary together (and 28th as married) so we've decided that THIS will be our anniversary celebration.

All it needs now is for The Damned to book TV Smith as the support.  ;D

Oh, ps; If you happen to want tickets go to the RAH website. There's a message saying 'Tickets not on general sale 'til Tuesday' but that's NOT true. They ARE on sale and about 750 tickets have been sold since last night.

World Chat / The Members - Unique, one-off dubplate/acetate.
« on: April 04, 2015, 04:22:03 PM »
I'm posting this here on behalf of my friends The Members.


There will, quite literally, be just this ONE copy. Ever.

JC of The Member's is doing this to help raise money towards the recording costs of the next Member's album.
 The album will be the official 5th studio album and the 2nd since they reformed.

World Chat / I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run.
« on: March 26, 2015, 04:00:15 PM »
Non Clash fans need not enter.

 Last night I went to Koko in Camden town to see the London premiere of Nick Hall's documentary 'I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run.'
 The event was hosted and introduced by Chris Salewicz (author of 'Redemption Song: The Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer').
 It's a movie based almost entirely around a single anecdote about a car Strummer lost in Madrid in 1985 that he mentioned in an interview in 1997.
 Nick Hall has managed to make a reasonably interesting, if muddled, film that has very little involvement from anyone involved with Joe apart from archive footage, radio interview tapes and a couple of bits with his wife and two members of The Clash Mark II.
 It was more to do with Strummer's relationship with Spain and it's people and, considering it's title and premise, it had a somewhat unsatisfactory pay-off.
 It was o.k. but I won't rush to see it again or be desperate to have it on DVD.

 The best part of last night's event was the live music.

 Before the movie we got The Crunch. They are a band made up of Soren ‘Sulo’ Karlsson from Sweden (Diamond Dogs) on vocals and guitar, Terry Chimes (original Clash drummer), bassist Dave Tregunna (Sham 69 and Lords of the New Church), and Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects) also on guitar. They make a fabulous racket that is quite obviously Clash influenced as evidenced by the 2nd half of their set which was, indeed, covers of Clash songs rehearsed specifically for this event. It was gloriously, unapologetically nostalgic, punk and roll. I loved it. As did the rest of the audience which was made up of Clash fans aged from 16 to, probably, 80.
 The audience also included a veritable 'whose-who' of artists and musicians who have in some way been connected to Strummer.
 This is a link to the video for the first Crunch single (2 years old now) and there's also one album so far with a 2nd on the way.

 After the movie we were treated to an ALL STAR BAND.
 It featured....

 ANTONIO ARIAS (from the Spanish rock band 091)
 RACHID TAHA (from French rock band CARTE DE SEJOUR)
 HENRY PADOVANI (original guitarist from THE POLICE)
 They performed nearly 2 hours of classic Clash and Strummer songs but ended, some thought strangely, with Kramer taking centre stage for an extended and rousing version of
 MC5's 'Looking At You' and ending on a fantastic extended 'Kick Out The Jams'. As Wayne had flown in specifically for the event I suppose it was only fair. Personally I had no problem with it but it might have pleased more if they'd actually ended on one of Joe's songs.

 Throughout the night, between the film and live music we were also treated to a fantastic bunch of reggae and dub DJ sets by DON LETTS.

 All in all, I had a great time.
 But as I said at the start..

 Non Clash fans need not enter.

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