9/26/15

Bastards - The Digital Singles (1988-90)

Someone asked me to re-up the Bastards singles. Hitherto I only posted them individually but as I often do, I compiled all the songs on one fake LP with a personal cover sleeve. Not sure everyone will find it tasty but I felt it this way so I assume it. I added 3 songs featuring on various songs compilations (the 2 Treehouse Scumbait collective singles and the Glitterhouse Endangered Species 6 x 7" box). I improved the sound of the last ones compared to the previously posted one (it was ripped from my own vinyl). Not perfect but better. Except Neighbor, all were non LP tracks so it's a necessary possession for any Bastards and Janitor Joe fan. Happy that this blog can post some dirty music as this one cos' it's really a part of my preference I like to share. Catch it here.


9/25/15

Adolf Satan - s/t LP (2004)



Happy someone asked for re-up this one. Larry Lifeless is really the sort of living legend that few know the existence of but that in the future will surely have a larger following than most of current mainstream awful music celebrities. He's now the frontman in the reformed Kislug but this LP is quite something, I assure everyone visiting this post. Catch it here.

This is one of the most sickened record by one of the most sickened guy of rock 'n' roll (actually sludge but it's the only true rock 'n' roll presently). Larry Lifeless was the singer (vociferator) of UpsideDownCross (as you can see on his sweat) with a certain J Mascis on drums. It was in the beginning of the 90's and this band played one of the most putrid and infectious sludge that can be imagined. They released 2 seminal records and disbanded. About 15 years later, Larry's here again with members of another of the most pestilential band in the world: Anal Cunt. And together, they played something that can be hardly described, and for some, still more hardly listened to. But I like it, very much. I must be sick (actually I am). To understand what all this about, the simpler is to read the song titles ("Here Comes The Cum", "In The Rain With No Cocaine" ou Polio Juice"). A muddy and desolated way to see human condition. I don't share this kind of living, but I feel there's here something that makes art great. Exploring the extremes and coming back with an artistic equivalent. That's what these 4 guys do and only for that they must not be forgotten. Not to say that what they play is exactly songs, but no matter after all. It is to note that Steve Austin (Mr Today Is The Day) helped to mix the "thing". Can't say if the band name must be interpreted as a denonciation or an apology of Hitler, but more probably only as a provocation to hurt all the puritans bulldogs and their bullshit. Enjoy (if you can) this piece of...(choose the word you want).



Adolf Satan's dead now and Larry Lifeless reformed in 2007 the band in which he was in the eighties: Kilslug. It's more than good. They're touring since then and if you're in the US, don't miss them and check their myspace here.


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9/23/15

Patto - Monkey's Bum (1973)


A self-requested re-up. Actually, there was a long time I wanted to improve the sound of this overlooked gem that was refused by Muff Winwood, the then boss of Island. Couldn't reach the standards of an officially released LP but it's much better (for me) than the version (bootlegged) released on various labels to this day, and that I had posted initially. Such a misery nobody has ever released the master of this album. There's surely a reason but I don't know which one. Meanwhile, you can catch this slightly better one here to have a taste of what great album it could have been. I changed the previous cover sleeve I had done (rather ugly) for this much better one. After all, this blog is better and better as I'm getting old. And I forgot to say to fuck off to the shitload that wrote the first comment but this omission is now repaired.

Like Jack Bruce's Jet Set Jewel (here), this album is one of these great LPs refused by their label, here not by RSO but by Island, a label that benefits from a good reputation but which was able to reject such a great record on the simple basis that progressive was out (but the music here is certainly not progressive, they must had glue in their ears) and because Ollie Halsall quitted the band during the sessions (it's true the guitarist was an important piece of the puzzle but Mike Patto shows here that he was competent enough to take the band in charge, composing all alone 4 songs) and they did not want to release an album without a tour featuring the guitarist that played on it. Many say that this album was rather good with some excellent songs on it. I consider it is great and as a whole, would have been the best thing Patto would have released. On the songs recorded after Ollie Halsall left, Mel Collins played sax and it's a perfect alchemy with Mike Patto voice. Unfortunately, contrary to Jet Set Jewel, no official release with the original studio sound has been done (shame on Island) and all we got is a rather crappy sound, but songs are so good I listen to it quite often actually, one of the rare albums I accept to hear in these conditions. There were 2 unofficial versions, one on Audio Archives and one on Akarma (I included the back cover in the rar file so you can have the song titles) but both are bad either. I decided to do another sleeve since the 2 of these releases are rather arbitrary. I illustrated the title, which is not really about the butt of monkeys but about a chess strategy, the reason why I took this chess game showing I hope, the famous Monkey's Bum disposition (although it's a strategy, so no fixed image can illustrate it). In hommage of this great band, don't hesitate to dl it, hoping someone at Island one day will have the courage to release it in respectful form. "Pick Up The Phone", an unusual Patto song, has a superb Kinks flavour (Preservation era) and would have deserved to be a hit.



9/19/15

Melvins - With Yo' Heart, Not Yo' Hands / Four Letter Woman / Anal Satan 7" (1990)






















Back from a very weak Melvins concert, I re-up this EP from their golden era period. I improved the sound so even if you caught when it was initially posted, you should take it again (I don't earn any money from you dl so it's totally desinterested). Catch it here.

Here's one of 3 rather weird singles released by the band in 1990 (Love Canal/Someday and Your Blessened being the 2 others, soon on this blog in good ripping version) and never re-released, to my knowledge on albums, either compilations, and not even on CD. Weird because released on various lo-fi labels (here Sympathy for the Devil) and often consisting of covers. For this one, here what can be found on wikipedia (when I saw a text was on wikipedia about this single, I began to consider wikipedia was a respectful dictionnary, much better than the traditional paper one in my youth where the Melvins would have even not been included)."With Yo' Heart, Not Yo' Hands is a single by the Melvins from 1990. The title track was a cover of a song by Malfunkshun. Originally Sub Pop was to release the single but would not pay the price the label and the band had both agreed to prior to the recording. The band added an additional track, "Anal Satan", to the B-side where a Jonathan and a Bruce are both denoted as "such a prick" before releasing the single through Sympathy for the Record Industry. There are several different coloured vinyl versions of this 3 track 7". Clear, yellow, red, blue, lavender, pink, grey, solid red swirled and the stock standard black, also two label variations exist where a possibly later pressing uses labels without titles, showing the Sympathy For The Record Industry logo which is pressed on black vinyl. There is also a white sleeve version with standard yellow labels, limited to 30 pressings which was supposedly given out to band members etc". I have always loved this Melvins cover of "With Yo' Heart, Not Yo' Hands" (without having heard the Malfunkshun original one I must say, you can hear it here and it's very good too). It's true it fits perfectly with their style (and they could do it today as well). The 2 songs backside are not uninteresting either, written by the band, even if written is not the perfect word for "Anal Satan" (listen to it and you'll see why). Note that I ripped these ones myself and took them cause they are in much better sound quality restitution than the ones I found on the net.


9/15/15

Family - Live at the Playhouse Theatre (1971)



Happy to re-up this one after request although it's not the best of the band. More details below. Catch it here.

Captured in December 1971, 2 months after the release of their Fearless LP (and during the tour supporting the album, and supported by America, flyer below), the band here is strangely in an inbetween soundland. There's still traces of their Anyway period, but no more the raw and rude approach of songs, and there's not yet the tighter and more compact approach of their future Burlesque period. John Wetton is on the bass and it's a welcome addition. But too often the band weakens its music with the classic impro overindulgence of this era. Released under the name of Family Live on Mystic records in 2000 with a rather ugly cover sleeve (mine is not first class but quite better anyway), this concert recorded by the BBC is an interesting testimony of the band state of mind at this period. Below too, some videos of the band in the second part of 1971.






9/13/15

Television Personalities - Back To Vietnam Live at Thames Poly 1984 fake 7" (1984)



Re-up this fake EP allowing to provide this live song. More about it below. Strangely, the picture of Kim Phuc, the little girl burned on the picture had recently her contemporary equivalent with the little boy Alan, found dead on a Turkish beach last week. Catch it here.

I make no mystery that Television Personalities is one of my fave bands since they released their first single, more than 30 years ago. I sometimes lost my interest for them (more precisely for Dan Treacy, because it's the only permanent member of the band), but never too long actually. The today fake single is a poignant testimony of the band playing live some months after the release of their wonderful The Painted World LP. They play here a fantastic version of the last track of the album, "Back To Vietnam", and on it Television Personalities sound a little like the Fall with emotion (since this is what is the most lacking in the Mark E. Smith's world). It's about war and Dan Treacy treats this theme with the same innocence and authenticity than inter-lovers relations, a candid approach that few else than him can assume without sounding flat. This track is extracted from a double-vinyl LP released in a single-CD version in 1992 and compiling some songs played at this place between September 1984 and July 1985 by bands invited by Leigh Goorney, who was briefly the Social secretary of this place. On the album (entitled Communicate), one can find Mark Perry, Jesus and Mary Chain and even Sonic Youth, but the sound is crappy most of the time and precluded me to post the whole LP here. One of the rare exceptions to this bad sound quality is by chance this long "Back To Vietnam" version (more than 11 min and not 1 less than genius). Since there was no other track by the band, I decided to create a one-song fake 7". I am conscious that the Vietnam pictures I used for the sleeve could be considered as indecent for a rock band, but reading the lyrics below (only parts of it since he changes them a lot on stage), you'll see it's not inappropriate. Moreover, if most of you know the classic one shot in front of the children running, the other one, shot in the back of the children is much less known. This is a modest way to perpetuate the souvenir of this terrible scene and to say once again, in our troubled times, that war is not a choice anymore (as it was during World War II), only a crime. Remember the great band was Television Personalities on stage at this time.


Back To Vietnam. They'll send him back Send him back Send him back Back to Vietnam They're bringing back conscription They're going to give everyone over seventeen a gun And the housewhife in the kitchen All she can think of Is what to give her husband for tea But he won't be back Do we have to go through it all again? It's all the same: Vietnam, Korea First World War, Argentina, Falkland Islands Another war, what is it for? Now he's in a home For Vietnam refugees He's frightened He's in an institution He's in a wheelchair War is the last creative act I thought we might of learned some lesson Richard Nixon on Channel Eleven I heard it first Happy birthday, happy Christmas Guns go bang bang


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

I re-post again cos' the link was not included in the previous one. It's done now. This one was forgotten in the series of official singles and EPs that I compiled then on the Decades fake album. So the omission is corrected. Catch it here.

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 cos' it's not easy to find it now (when will Fire reissued all these EPs?).

 

9/9/15

Television Personalities - The Prettiest Girl In The World 7" EP (1987/1994)





















Last for tonight. Catch it here.

Now, I'm gonna post some missing records of the 1989-1999 era. This one, released in November 1994 on the Dan Treacy label Overground, compiles 4 songs recorded in 1987 and finally should have been released 7 years earlier. Instead it was only a single, said to be released in Germany only (but I found one in France and bought it), and featuring "The Prettiest Girl In The World" (should have been a hit) and "If That's What Love Is" (a wonderful song) on the B-side. "Apples and Oranges" (who can be more legitimous to cover a Syd Barrett song than Dan Treacy and who could do it better than him? Nobody of course) had been issued on a Tribute to Syd Barrett LP, and "Miracles Take Longer" (the weakest of the whole) on an album for the National Campaign For The Homeless. So it was an opportunity to gather on a single record these 4 songs and offer to UK fans an affordable EP. Wrapped in a splendid cover sleeve, it was, and still is, a perfect pop object.





Television Personalities - A Sense Of Belonging / Baby's Turning Blue 7" (reissue 1994)























The 1994 reissue with an unissued B-side. Catch it here.

The reason this single was reissued on the Dan Treacy label in January 1994 (10 months before the reissue of "Prettiest Girl In The World") is not clear since "A Sense of Belonging" had been released in UK on Rough Trade (in 1983, and on FS there) and not only in Germany as "Prettiest Girl". It's true it's one of Treacy's masterpiece, although the title and cover sleeves (of the first single and of this reissue) are misleading, the song being not about battered or abused children but against war (with a desillusioned and bitter opinion about the fact to manifest). This reissued single deserves to be posted because the B-side is different from the first version, with an acoustic demo recorded in 1987. Not a gem but anything by Dan Treacy is of interest for some of us.




Television Personalities - A Sense Of Belonging 7" (1983)



Another late night series of re-up due to requests. Earlier stuff from Television Personalities. In the 80's they were some that saved this ugly musical period (and the current nostalgia won't make me change my mind, 1975-76 and 1982-1988 were among the worst periods for music in the last 50 years. This one is one of their greatest. See below. Catch it here.

During the 80's, Dan Treacy, the mainman from Television Personalities, progressively became a sort of Ray Davies of our times. The Painted World album is one of his most political, sociological and dark project, and one of his best in musical terms (and he did a lot of marvellous ones). From this LP was released the “A Sense of Belonging” single, with a provocative picture of a battered child, although the lyrics of the song doesn’t talk about abused children, but about the sarcasms of some on those who manifest against the war. I always cherished Television Personalities, from their first single in january 1978 (“14th Floor”) until their last magnificent LP, My Dark Places, in February 2006 (the last one released in 2007, Are We Nearly There Yet?, was recorded before, and is rather weak). Since the only persistent member of the band and main composer is Dan Treacy, it’s a way to say I’m a Dan Treacy fan. This single is very heartbreaking for me because, from the cover to the text via the song (and the Dan’s voice), everything is in agreement here with my conception of what is a great depressive sociological song. The B side, “Paradise State”, is still more Ray Davies-like in its lyrics but more Wyatt-like in music, with a description of the sad everyday life of poor people. Honestly, in 1983, Ray Davies was no more able to write such exceptional texts on the simple men and women suffering under the terrible Thatcherian economical dictature. Difficult to finish as usual with enjoy here, but at least, take a trip in desperate Dan's land here. The cover of the Painted World LP is this one.



Under, I publish the lyrics of both songs.

"A Sense of Belonging". Once there was confidence but now there is fear. Once there was laughter but now only tears. Once there were reasons for our optimism. But I hope and I pray in my own naive way that one day we can reach some sort of understanding. Try a little more sharing. Try a little more giving. Might find a sense of belonging. Might find a sense of belonging. And I know you think I'm young and naive because I go on CND marches, well that's my decision. I think that you're the one who's naive and like a fool you accept it. And like a fool you ignore it. Why don't you try and stop it? To try and find a sense of belonging? I know you watch "World In Action" and "Panorama". And to you it's just another soap opera drama, it can't happen here. Have a nice cup of tea and we'll all stay calm. And we'll come to no harm in our nice warm underground shelters. There'll be helter skelter. There'll be babies dying, you'll hear their mothers crying. I've seen the devil smiling, I've seen the devil smiling. Try to find a sense of belonging. A sense of belonging. And you laugh and make jokes about what you will do when the button is pressed and we hear the four minute warning. And if you think it's funny now wait 'till the bomb goes off . You'll all be in fucking hysterics. You'll see babies dying, you'll hear mothers crying. I'm only asking for one thing. Just want a sense of belonging. No more weapons and no more wars. No more violence. What's it all for anyway?

"Paradise Estate". Mrs. Brown wakes up every morning. She takes the milk from her doorstep, puts on a pair of faded carpet slippers, and walks a painful mile to the launderette. Her husband Jack is slowly dying, asbestos poisoning had riddled his insides. He got his pension six years early. When they took away his job, they took away his pride. Mrs. Wilson sets her clock for seven to see the children off to school. She can't afford to give them breakfast. Well not as a rule. Her husband Jack has run away. Gone with the barmaid from the Roses' Crown. Picks up her prescription every Friday. She's heading for her second nervous breakdown. Jennifer Lee is only seventeen. She had a baby when she was still at school. Her parents have disowned her and the social service barely calls. The father was a boy she met at a party. Her sister Debbie's twenty-first. She can't remember his face or his name very well. Anyway he probably doesn't remember her. And every day's the same on paradise estate. Because paradise came one day too late. We all live in little boxes. Boxes made of bricks, boxes for unmarried mothers. Elderly and sick Graffiti on the walls. Tells it all "Gary loves July", National Front slogans, "Jesus is coming", "Kilroy was here". But paradise came one day too late on paradise estate.

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9/8/15

Television Personalities - Not Like Everybody Else EP (1994)






















And last for tonight. I think most of the 90's have been re-uped. Catch this last one here.

Although there was no album, the creative rate of Dan Treacy was not low between 1992 (Closer To God LP) and 1995 (I Was A Mod LP). You see that there were 3 EPs, and this one is the 4th but an unusual one cos' consisting in covers, and released not on "Fire Blaze" or "Overground" (the latter being the Treacy label) but on a German label called "Little Teddy". There will be others from this label in the further months and I we'll post them here (not that they are so difficult to find since they were reissued on CD in the compilation entitled Fashion Conscious). So, here a strange collection of covers. If we are not surprised to find the "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" from Ray Davies era Kinks, the 3 other songs are less natural (Joe Meek, Lee Hazelwood and Lennon) but in TVP hands (the band is now Dan Treacy, Jowe Head and Jeffrey Bloom), of course these songs become theirs. Iit's not totally true of "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" since I think this bad Elton John/John Lennon song will never fit in anybody's repertoire. Finally, this second-order EP is a little smiling light in this descent to hell that were these nineties years.






Television Personalities - When I Grow Up I Want To Be / The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming 7" (1999)






















Second re-up for tonight. Catch it here.

Although released in 1999, this single features songs recorded in 1994 (an apparent very prolific period for Dan Treacy, allowing his various labels to maintain artificially TVP name in the press). But nothing to be ashamed of since they deserved to be released, much old TVP style than much of the songs he did in the nineties. This would be the last (fakely new) recording trace by Dan Treacy until his comeback in 2006. Hope he's a little better each day even if I got no way to know it. Not a day without a thought for him.





Television Personalities - Seasons in the Sun EP (1997)





















Another series of Television Personalities re-ups. Of less known material, released here and there for diverse destinies. Of course when I re-post Dan Treacy's songs, it's always a sign I drown in them once again (about once every 2 year I think) and that I'm psychically not to my top form. But that's not your problem and you're right. Catch this here and below some details about it.

Sometimes said to be released in 1996, other times in 1997, I can't say since I had no more interest in the band during the nineties. It's a shame I know but I won't lie. Actually, no matter since all these covers and several releases during the end of the nineties were in fact sessions recorded between 1994 and 1995, a much more prolific and creative one for Dan Treacy. Maybe it was to capitalize on the band using these old songs or keeping the name alive I don't know, but it's sure this one is not an immortal one. Based on the cover of the Brel adaptation of "Le Moribond" by "our" Jacques Brel with edulcolorated lyrics by American singer-poet Rod McKuen (and later a worldwide hit in 1974 for Terry Jack with still more edulcolorated lyrics), it is not a good vehicle for the singular Treacy sensibility. The musical atmosphere is quite cosmic and psychedelic but nothing to make any impact in 1996 (or 97). Then there's "Bike" from Syd Barrett, more appropriate but not a must. The best cover is without a doubt the Raincoats one. Since I want to be more or less exhaustive, I add this one to the series but it's true Treacy fans always prefer listen to his own compositions than to covers. PS. I created the cover sleeve since it was a picture disc.




9/5/15

Third World War - 1st album (1971)





















Strange I had forgotten to re-up the first LP of this great band when I re-uped the second one. Nice a visitor requested it so here it is. If you want to know the ancestrals of Sleaford Mods, here they are. Not musically, but sure on a sociological and even lyrical plan. Catch it here.

I was sure to have posted the 1st album by the great Avery/Stamp tandem that provided their working fighting songs under the name of Third World War, but a visitor told me that actually no. So here it is. A seminal album, one of those that ignoring makes you an ignorant. You can forget almost 90% of the production of 1970 (even if it was one of the greatest year for rock, the one with the sound I prefer actually) rather than passing-by this precious proletarian rock bomb that is more crucial for music of the further decade than all the glam, prog, jazz-rock, kraut, west-coast and folk stuffs together. And the miracle is that it's one of these albums (with the second one of course posted here) that can be listened today as freshly as at the times, since lyrics and music are as relevant to today capitalist shit that it was in 1970. Less well-produced than the second one, with more rudimentary songs, there's however the Rolling Stones horn section on it (Jim Price and Bobby Keyes) and also Tony Ashton, so nothing amateurish second-hand record. It's not garage, it's not pub-rock, it's marxist-rock. Take it, spread it, and honor to these working class heroes wherever they are. Enjoy it. And sing along "Let's free the working class / We're tired of licking the Government's arse". And don't forget silly journalists like Roy Hollingworth (Melody Maker) were so unable to know the difference between their arse and a hole in the ground that they shit on the album when it was released. Just listen to "Stardom Road" and tell me if Joe Cocker (Terry Stamp often sounds vocally like him) has done such a moving song in his life?











9/2/15

Television Personalities - The Goodnight Mr Spaceman EP (1993)




















One of the most dl post since the start of this blog. Don't know why. So now it's available again. Catch Mr Spaceman here if you can. And goodnight.

How can Dan Treacy write such a text of despair and mental misery such as "Goodnight Mr Spaceman" and sing 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). .


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




Television Personalities - Do You Think If You Were Beautiful You'd Be Happy? EP (1995)




















The ninth TVP re-up. No I don't think that if I was beautiful I'd be happy. It can help anyway. Catch it here.

Yes, you will say I'm blinded by my love for Dan Treacy to consider this EP is again a great one, but I give a shit. Recorded at the London Toe Rag studios, as much TVP sessions during this decade, it was released by Vinyl Japan, the japanese-owned London-based label that released a lot of fine stuff in the nineties, one year after the superb Far Away And Lost In Joy EP (here). The atmosphere is bleaker and bleaker, the bitterness has never been highest in Dan's spirit, and he begins to claim his hate for those who mock him. It's true that many had lost any interest in TVP during this period of high creativity (remember, noise, doom and rap were in their formative years and each month there was a novative way to play them, and there were some new pop sensations too in GB). The lo-fi depressive songs the band played certainly wouldn't fit with the rage, heavyness and energy galore. But, which of these so-novative records can provide such an emotion than this EP today? Not much actually. Although 1995 seemed one more year toward hell for Dan Treacy, it will give him the chance to give a follow-up to Closer to God some months later. The picture on the sleeve is a portrait of painter Sexton Ming, maybe the painter Dan Treacy talks about in "He Used To Paint In Colour" but I'm not really sure. Everything on this EP here. Lyrics of all TVP songs there.

Television Personalities - The Strangely Beautiful EP (1991)

Eighth one. Most of them are on the Decade of singles Vol 1 I compiled previously (see here) but now you can get them separately with their visuals. And some were not on the compilation. Catch this one here.

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. And thanks to The Pessimist Club blog where I found these EPs (it seems the blog is closed). The sound quality is superb.

Television Personalities - Time Goes Slowly When You're Drowning / Meanwhile In A Luxury Dockland Home 7" (1995)






















Seventh re-up for tonight. Catch it here.

Second recording for the German label Little Teddy, one year after the Not Like Everybody Else EP, it is not an EP but a single, and does not consist in covers but in 2 originals. Yes, I know my point of view (listen?) is not objective, but once again I think this is a great single. Here, Dan Treacy is not so much in an introspective mood (contrary to what may suggest the title of the A-side), and succeeds in recreating the Television Personalities of the 1984-86 era. On "Time Goes Slowly When You're Drowning", the music seems to float between floor and space and takes us with "her" over more than 6 min. On " Meanwhile In A Luxury Dockland Home", Dan Treacy uses for one of the first time in his life (maybe the first but don't write insulting comments, I'm not sure), the Bo Diddley riff, but in a psychedelic pop context. In other word, this boy, even in the terrible state of mind he was in this terrible years, was still one of the most creative of the nineties. Too bad I had my head (and ears) elsewhere. Now I find I was a real dumb asshole.