Tonight re-up is this 4 song-epic fake EP from ATV (you know it's one of my fave band if you are a usual visitor), recorded live in Southend and featuring a stunning version of "Nasty Little Lonely", one of the most singular track of Mark Perry since it has its roots in late british blues à la Free. Moreover I love the cover sleeve I did for it. Enjoy it if you didn't catch it before here.
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This blog is 3 years old now and I feel some old post are becoming forgotten posts. So I decided to update some old posts I think deserve to be reminded to new visitors who would have not imagined to click on the link of the band. Today this fake live EP from Alternative TV recorded during the summer of 1978, just after the release of their masterpiece LP The Image Has Cracked and surely the best live testimony of the band ever released. The 4 songs are played with intensity that I never found again in the band and Mark Perry shows how a great live singer he was. It's heavy, noisy, emotive, it's far above what the punk movement could offer at the time. Don't miss it.
Below what I wrote in the initial post.
Actually, this is not a true EP, but 4 songs played in Southend (UK) during the tour Alternative TV did with Here & Now. Alternative TV has always been my f.... (yes fave) band issued from the punk movement, the only movement I personally participated to as an active element. I talk about the first punk wave, not the punk's-not-dead one some years later. And I talk about the English scene, since in France it was mostly a joke, and the US one only an other way to be rock'n' roll. Mark Perry can be considered as one of the true brain of England punk, not only via his Sniffin' Glue fanzine but via Alternative TV, a band summarizing all the utopia of punk, a way to be creative whatever the ability to play, a movement based on the genius of energy. All this was short-lived and Mark Perry knew that it would turn sour very early, as soon as their first single "How Much Longer" (in fact the second one but no matter), in which he was bitterly ironic on the uniformity of punk codes and uniforms. After releasing what I consider to be the most important punk album (The Image Has Cracked), he toured with Here & Now, a "hippie" band, just to show that he did not want to follow the discriminative views of most of punks in these times (and I must admit I adopted some of these discriminative views myself for some years). Several songs from this tour were recorded and released in a LP called Live 1978 on Overground records, and edited by Steve Albini, who has a certain affection for ATV (the other way to write the name of the band). In this album, the quality of the recording was uneven. The recording of the show played at Southend was far the best of the whole, and I think the 4 songs from this set would have benefited to be edited separately. This is what I do here, with a self-made cover, so don't try to buy it on the web, this is fake. If you like these songs, buy the Live 1978 LP instead. Honestly, the version of "Nasty Little Lonely" that can be heard here, is the best I heard from them. The beginning is not without similarity with Free and then it's Black Sabbath gone punk. Not the archetype of the straight forward punk band as old hippies were trying to convince everybody the movement was. The other great moment is "Still Life", opened by Mark Perry asking what I chose for the title of this virtual EP ("Is there still life in Southend?"). "Viva La Rock'n' Roll" has always been one of the peaks of the ATV achievement, even if this version does not reach the altitude of the studio one. "Fellow Sufferer" is more difficult and anticipate the next musical step of Mark Perry, the Good Missionaries. I talk too much.The best is to let you enjoy it.