Television Personalities - The Goodnight Mr Spaceman EP (1993)

How can Dan Treacy write such a text of despair and mental misery such as Goodnight Mr Spaceman and sings it in such a poppy song? It's a complete mistery. Cos' really, the lyrics are really one of the most impressive summary of life (knowing Dan Treacy one) that have been written in Rock history. Crude, direct, without any word artifice, it says exactly what it means. Of course nobody understood it at the times (stupid journalists less than anybody else but they always miss what's good in music since the birth of this silly activity). It's not actually pure TVP and tried a little to surf on the current sound (Primal Scream, Suede, St Etienne and Denim are name-dropped in the song) but not enough to be popular or to be too difficult to listen to today.  Released in May 1993, 7 months after the great Closer To God unsuccessful double album, the song was extracted from it but not the 3 others on the EP (a single version was released with only "If I Was Your Girlfriend" on B-side. The other songs are less interesting. "She Loves It When He Sings Like Elvis" is no far to be unvoluntary parody and The Lost in Space Mix of the title track can be forgotten, it's really shitty (but I admit I don't like at all this style so I'm not a good judge). Enjoy this EP here.

Well they gave me amytriptiline They fed me pseudochlorophine It helped me sleep But I felt so deep And most of the time I wanted to weep The days seemed black just like the night A big long tunnel without lights Where everything's dark then everything's bright Oh, the train's gone past my station Oh bloody hell I wish I'd signed to Creation Singing goodnight Jowe, goodnight Dan Goodnight Mr. Spaceman Well I think I'll die of a broken heart If my record doesn't make the indie charts I'll do anything I'll swallow my pride Commit artistic suicide And I dig St. Etienne, Denim and Suede And naturally I go to the occasional rave But when I was young it was Wizzard and Slade Oh, this record is sponsored by Pepsi I've taken three e's I still can't dance like Bobby Gillespie And maybe... Singing goodnight Jowe, goodnight Dan Goodnight Mr. Spaceman And I like to walk around the town With my trousers halfway down And I often feel like Edvard Munch If my analyst calls I'm out to lunch Singing goodnight Jowe, goodnight Dan Goodnight Mr. Spaceman


Dr John - Remedies (1970)

For an unknown reason this album is no more available anywhere and can be only bought at expensive fares when the previous and the next ones on the same label are easy and cheap to get. It's not even included in the Atco Original Album Series CD. So, songs on this LP can be a little considered as forgotten ones although you can get them by legally paid MP3 in the US, but not in Europe. So, I decided to post this LP from my CD version (good quality). Remedies is the 3rd Dr John LP, and it's a little bit disappointing for who see the cover sleeve and hoped that it would be a new chapter of the voodoo-tainted music of Gris-Gris and Babylon. Actually, the album is separated in two completely different styles. A first one consists in rather lightweight and festive New Orleans music (from "What Goes Around" to "Mardi Gras Day") and a second one, much more in the magical wave of Gris-Gris, and notably the long second side track called "Angola Anthem" which is a sort of mucical mystic experience to do all lights shut and with some strangely smelling candles burning in your room and a young virgin to sacrifize if you want to go as far as possible but don't fool yourself, the song is about the Angolan War of Independance against the Portuguese that will end 4 years after the album release. Not a soft one judging by these lines from John Marcum "The Portuguese vengeance was awesome. The police helped civilian vigilantes organize nightly slaughters in the Luanda slums. The whites hauled Africans from their flimsy one-room huts, shot them and left their bodies in the streets. A Methodist missionary... testified that he personally knew of the deaths of almost three hundred." The song is only about the slavery conditions in Angola but it's good to remind how colonialism was an horror Europeans have been guilty of and how it's finally a good backlash that Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and UK, all colonialists, are facing a crisis that will throw them in misery when they did so much harm in their history. Enjoy this now-a-rarity LP here.


Robyn Hitchcock & Heavy Friends - Play Abbey Road (Live) (2009)

After Sgt Peppers, Robyn Hitchcock played Abbey Road (the album) once again for MSF (doctors without frontiers) in the Three Kings Pub on the 1st November 2009 (there was a set the previous night). With him you funnd Graham Coxon (yes the ex-Blur man) on guitar and Mark Bedford (yes the Madness man) on bass. The rehearsals had surely not been very long cos' the playing (and most embarrassingly the singing) is sometimes rough and approximate but after all the pleasure is to hear Robyn Hitchcock pay hommage to this page of musical English history (and mine too since this I listened to this LP more than any other else in my life). And the bonus tracks sung after Abbey Road are finally the best, notably "Old Brown Shoe" (and not "show" as wrongly written on the cover sleeve). The sound capture is not professional of course but of good enough quality to be heard with pleasure (pleasure is the word tonight). Thanks to http://halsprogressiverockblog.blogspot.fr to have posted it 2 years ago. I did a cover sleeve for it cos' of course this has never been on any solid form ever. Enjoy it here or there.


Television Personalities - We Will Be Your Gurus 7" (1992)

Let's go on with the EP and single discography of Television Personalities during the Fire years. We are in June 1992, 4 months after the "She's Never Read My Poems" EP, and TVP release 3 new songs on this 7". Again, it's a rather half-surprise, half-deception. Surprise since the eponymous title is under the Indian influence, a sort of Dan Treacy meets Ravi Shankar (or less exotic, Georges Harrison), not usual in TVP repertoire. The song should have been a hit since it's rather catchy but it wasn't. The text is not really first degree and the end "If violence is your guru If money is your guru Let me be your guru" shows how sarcastic Dan Treacy is. Note that the song will feature on the double Closer To God LP in the same version, only longer, and therefore much more impressive. The 2 other companion songs are quite maisntream TVP compared to the A-side. And rather lightweight actually. The album (a masterpiece) will be much better than this 7" would suggest. Enjoy it here.


Robyn Hitchcock - The Goodnight Oslo fake 7" (2011)

Since "Goodnight Oslo" is one of the best song of the first decade of this century and one of the true masterpiece of Robyn Hitchcock (who composed some others but this one is certainly not the least and I hope not the last), since this song is somewhat a contempory version of "Underwater Moonlight", since it did not get the success it would have deserved, since he released a version sung in Norwegian in his last album (and musically different), since I can't stop to listen to this song on and on for the last 2 days don't ask me why I don't know it myself, and since, at last, Norway is celebrating the awful massacre of the Utoya island, I thought it was a good idea to create this fake 7" so that this song had the spot on it once again. The text is rather obscure but who cares, the song is breathtaking and haunting as few others. Enjoy it here and buy the 2010 album of the same name (one of his best) and also Tromsø, Kaptein released last year. PS. The accoustic Norwegian version in the video below is not the one on this fake 7" and on the album.


John Cale - Carribean Sunset (1984)

No, Carribean Sunset is not a bad album, and even if 1984 was not the best period for sound, instrumentation and production (actually it was not far to be the worst in whole rock history), this album overcomes this trash barrier and succeeds in contaminating our today's ears. This due to the conviction of John Cale and the whole energy that emerges from this collection of songs. Lyrics are rather paranoiac, dealing with some obscure plotting forces everywhere in the world (we travel a lot in this album). Claustrophobic too. John Cale is here the visceral singer he was often in his middle age. Never reissued in CD, this vinyl rip is not mine (I don't have the LP) and could have been better but it's good enough to appreciate this album full of weird moments (such as in "Experiment Number 1" where he seems to drive his band in direct on the mike, with lyrics like "She talks too much to know much about anything / Christmas comes, like breakfast, but once a year / She does, seems just tired of living / Like a wall broke around her spell). And "Carribean Sunset" is a great song. A welcome add in your Cale collection. Enjoy it here.


Alternative TV - Live At Gardens Free Festival (1978)

Here we find Mark Perry at a turning point. During the summer of 1978, he transforms his punk outfit into a complete experimental one. Between the beginning and the end of the tour, the music will profoundly change (just compare to the Southend show here to verify). Chris Bennett, the drummer, will be sacked (at least this is what is written on the various sources but only him and Mark Perry could say how it happened) and the one taking the kit is only a suppletive and has not much to do since the band will play a rather non rhythmic stuff, primary a vehicle for Mark Perry talking-singing. The set was recorded by an Italian journalist called Red Ronnie and has been remastered for the Live 1978 reissue of 2003 from which this fake LP is taken. A crucial testimony for Mark Perry fans like me, showing how he really throw everything relative to punk culture during this summer. Of course it's not easy listening and some may even find it is absolutely indulgent nonsensic shit. I don't. Enjoy it here.


Television Personalities - How I Learned To Love The Bomb Real Complete EP (1986)

I repost this complete How I Learned To Love The Bomb fake EP, cumulating the original 12" released in January 1986, and the 7" version in November 1986 cause I included only one version of the title track on the previous post when actually, as you'll see in comments, versions of the songs are different. On CD issues (on Yes Darling, But Is It Art? or on The Painted World) I only find the 12" version. So I did a rip from my 7" and so you can listen to each. Personally, and contrary to what I say in the post, I've no fave version. Strangely the 7" is longer (almost 8 min). So enjoy this now complete EP here. PS.An EP consisting on the 4 B-side songs and the 12" version of the title track had been released in 1992 by Overground and actually it was identical to my previous post version. But now you got a bonus here with the different versions of "How I Love...". Below what I wrote in the initial post.

Released during the 5 years gap between the great The Painted World (in 1985) and the very deceiving Privilege (in 1990) LPs, "How I Learned to Love the Bomb" is one of the best TVP songs. Maybe surprised that it was not a hit, it was released twice, 11 months apart. The first release (in January 1986) was a 12" EP with "Now Your Just Being Ridiculous" and "God Snaps His Fingers" on the B-side. The second was a 7" EP released in November, with "Grocer's Daughter" and "Girl Called Charity" on B-side. I think it's a good idea to gather these 5 songs on a single full EP with a (I) Did It Myself sleeve featuring a relevant and disturbing Gottfried Helnwein picture, one of my fave artist of the XXth century. The 4 songs used as B-sides are much more in the old Syd Barrettian TVP way than the A-side. I've a preference for "God Snaps His Fingers" with its Soft Boys riff. At the times, it was really a breath of fresh air to listen to such songs cos' 1986 was a hell of a time for me. Music was infested by awful sound options that would have led me to stop listening to it if things had stayed the same. Few bands could help to maintain some hopes. Television Personalities were, even if some useless ugly keyboards can be heard here and there on this collection. This is important for me to give an hommage here to the few ones who saved my passion for music and made my days better. Enjoy the bomb.

The 1/86 12" EP

The 11/86 7" EP version
How I Learned to Love the Bomb. Well there's no more sleepless nights for me Now it's easier from now on Cos I've realised exactly where I've been going wrong Well I've been lying awake at night Worrying about the Russians But the Russians are my friends Cos we've got a love that will never end Cos now I've learned to love the bomb Now I've learned to love the bomb Well once we had a plan to go to Greenham Common And steal a Polaris missile And we'd put it on the back of a lorry Now I keep it in my bedroom And it's yellow black and grey And I'll polish it every day And I don't care what the neighbours say Cos now I've learned to love the bomb Now I've learned to love the bomb Don't you be so stupid No no no You should like the bomb like you love your mum And if you want to live in a peaceful world There's only one thing to do You've gotta choose Cruise Cos now I've learned to love the bomb Now I've learned to love the bomb Don't you be so stupid No no no What the hell do you take me for? If you going to make bombs you're longing for war Don't you be so stupid Now I've learned to love the bomb The days I've spent on CND campaigns Just walking, just walking in the pouring rain Time and time again How I learned to love the bomb


Kimberley Rew - My Baby Does Her Hairdo Long / Fishing 7" (1981)

For his second single, Kimberley Rew, now out of the Soft Boys, gathered a dream team for all those (I was) who were in the current pop trip: 3 quarters of the db's and Mitch Easter (Mr Let's Active). Strangely the songs are not so sparkling that we could have hoped but it's a fine couple and they are now rather cult, embodying all that was so naive, innocent and celestial in this first years of the eighties (things would soon turn sour). Strangely, he won't try a solo career but would form The Waves (soon to be Katrina & the Waves) with his old drummer mate Alex Cooper, but that's another story. Now, enjoy this second offer here.


Television Personalities - She's Never Read My Poems EP (1992)

Six months after The Strangely Beautiful EP this one opens 1992 in a strangely weird manner. The A-side and eponymous song is not far from taking its influence in the Happy Mondays (they were at the top of their unexplainable success) and it was quite a disappointment. The other songs are also suspended in the middle of nowhere with a not usual style (except the voice) for TVP. The last one (before a long version of the title track) is a plaintive accoustic ballad sung with a strange crooner voice... not really noteworthy. Lyrics are too quite low profile. Only an interlude in the TVP career but a weak TVP EP will always be more interesting than the best EPs from most of other bands. So enjoy it here cos' it's not easy to find it now (when will Fire reissued all these EPs?).


Television Personalities - The Strangely Beautiful EP (1991)

Released in  the summer of 1991 between Privilege and Closer To God, the LPs they did for Fire record, an intensively creative period for Dan Treacy, here is the first of a series of EP/singles that won't be on albums and not even on compilations, so it's a good news to find them on the web. This Stangely Beautiful EP is in the vein of Privilege,  meaning a less lo-fi sound than previously and a more appropriate songwriting to be accepted by the indie world. "Reaching For The Stars" is particularly impressive and should have been the A-side in my view, with the Waterboys-something in its style. I don't know if these records have sold correctly but what's sure is that it was not enough to assure the financial security of Dan Treacy. Even if in this period, a mega-notorious band, Nirvana, and more precisely his leader, Kurt Cobain, said that Television Personalities was one of his fave band (actually I don't know when he said that so maybe it was later on). All in all, these 4 songs are classic Treacy ones, and even if he would reach other summits in Closer to God, a masterpiece, it's high quality, the Ray Davies of the 1980-2010 era. And strangely, lyrics are rather based on consolation and a positive view of life. It won't last unfortunately. Enjoy it here. And thanks to The Pessimist Club blog where I found these EPs (it seems the blog is closed). The sound quality is superb.


Kimberley Rew - Stomping All Over The World / Nothing's Going To Change In Your Life / Fighting Someone's War 7" (1980)

I'm beginning a Robyn Hitchcock period but strangely, my first post is for another Soft Boy, Kimberley Rew, the second guitarist, and for his first solo single, recorded and released during his Soft Boys days, in which he seems the perfect English version of the great Mitch Easter (Let's Active). On this single, we find this candy and jumping pop song I was so fond of at the times and that I can still appreciate, particularily when I'm down, a sort of antidote to my despair. But this single worths mainly for the fantastic "Fighting Someone's War" on the B-side. Another affair, much darker and rather emotional. Produced by Pat Collier and recorded at Alaska, it has everything Soft Boys lovers appreciate in this era of their heroes. Enjoy this 3-song gem here.


Roy Wood's Wizzo Band - The Stroll/Jubilee 7" (1977)

We have jumped upon "Any Old Time Will Do", the A-side of a single with both sides from Mustard (the reason why I don't post it), and failing miserably in the charts although it was a wonderful song, and we find Roy Wood in the summer of 1977 (a punk one remember) trying to reinvent himself, having disbanded his Wizzard after the label refused to release Main Street, and trying to go on under another outfit name, Wizzo. This first shot (the album would be released 1 month later) was a single with both sides not featuring on the album, a nice gift for fans. Unfortunately, neither the style nor the period could allow such a single to be a hit. The style? A mix between Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder (yes, I assure, listen), and the usual horny arrangements borrowing to a lot of diverse and, sometimes difficult to reconcile, genres, from rockabilly to "Loveboat" thru Hawaian music. Not surprising that nobody did understand what was the fuck. Today, it's rather easier to appreciate since this strange collage has been tried by others and we are maybe more receptive to it. Not that it's my fave Wood period (but after all, I realize that I listen to this period quite often, maybe to be sure that I don't like it very much), but it deserves to be respected and not forgotten. I'm sure that at the time he was honestly thinking that he was innovative and contributed to the evolution of music. Not sure it was not evilution actually. Enjoy it here.


Television Personalities - You, Me & Lou Reed EP (1993)

Released in 1993 on Fantastic Plastic then in 1997 on Little Teddy label this 4-song set was recorded in 1987 during their non-LP years and between the "How I Learned To Love The Bomb" EP and the The "Prettiest Girl In The World" single. This EP can find its place among your fave Treacy songs without any problem. With him, you'll find Jowe Head. This post will begin some about obscure singles or EPs that he released over his long, uneven and often sublime career. Our thoughts go to him since he faces awful surgical and medical torments from last October. It will never be said enough as this man gave to music. So many have tried to imitate him and failed miserably. He's the one and the only one. Like Peter Perrett or Mark Perry, he will stay in my heart and mind until my last breath. Enjoy it here or there


Roy Wood - Indiana Rainbow / This Is The Thing 7" (1976)

When this single was released under the Roy Wood's Wizzard name, so that it was difficult to know if it was a new Wizzard or a new solo single, things were going bad for Roy Wood, and it was dubious that this single would change anything. Cos' honestly this is really bad (at least not my cuppa music). Not anymore under the Beach Boys influence, he suddenly seems to compose the soundtrack for the Loveboat TV series (La croisière s'amuse in French) and it could be worse. It was then included on the shelved Main Street album (here) but was surely the worst track on it. But if this single is still interesting, it's for the B-side, a 5'45 long instrumental called "This is the thing" and not easy to find except on the Mustard reissue. Actually on the Exotic Mixture double CD compilation of Wood's singles, it's ruined by scratches, the song being apparently ripped directly from vinyl. Strange. So here it is in a better although not perfect, quality. Enjoy it here.


Alternative TV - Unlikely Star / Stockhausen in Space 7" (1999)

Alternative TV fans (are they but me?) won't find their usual sonor taste in this opportunist single (requested by a Leicester label) since it's more Mark Perry playing with samplers and lo-fi electronics than anything else (he said it could have been a git for Denim in Japan, not impossible), but after all the B-side (experimental bzzing) is rare and that's the important for completists ("Unlikely Star" was the first song on Punk Life). There won't be many more in the near future and the Mark Perry activity will be more and more a retrospective and punk-nostalgic one unfortunately. I would prefer he released this kind of insignifiant songs that old passeist covers of his ancient glory times. Enjoy it here.


Roy Wood - Looking Thru The Eyes Of A Fool / Strider 7" (1975)

In November 1975, nothing seemed to work for Roy Wood since neither the last Wizzard single ("Rattlesnake Roll") or this one would chart. After 8 years of presence in this temple of success (with the Move, ELO, Wizzard or in solo), this was surely a rude awakening for this one-man band. Sad cos' honestly this song had everything to be a hit, once again a pure Beach Boys-like tune with appropriate arrangements, but it seems the audience wanted something else (in November Bowie was in the charts with "Golden Years" and introduced the virus of soul and funk in british rock, it was over for the glam-like market and their idols). Sad too cos' the B-side instrumental ("Strider") is a good one this time. And it makes the interest of this single since the A-side was on Mustard, the album that would be released the next month (and that you can dl here). I did the cover sleeve myself (there has been none) and tried to imitate the look of cover sleeves of this era. Sorry, I mispelled the name of the song which is "Looking" and not "Look". Silly I am. Two late to change it. Enjoy this new Wood here (only on rs now since mf fired me).