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SMITH LEGENDARY VOICE OF
LIVE _at_ ORANGE STREET MUSIC CLUB CANTERBURY (+LOCAL SUPPORT
June 27th 8.00 PM £5.00 ON THE DOOR OR from VENUE-01227
760801 or CANTERBURY WHOLEFOODS-01227 464623
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TV SMITH – BIOGRAPHY
TV Smith rose to
prominence in the first wave of British punk rock as singer and songwriter for
the Adverts who, after frequent early appearances at the seminal Roxy club in
London in 1977, gained cult success with the Stiff single 'One Chord Wonders.'
This turned to notoriety when their next single, 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes' thrust
them into the upper reaches of the U.K. charts. The album that followed in 1978,
'Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts' charted on its first week of release,
and is considered to be one of the few genuine classics of the era.
Adverts released one further album, “Cast Of Thousands,” before their split in
1979, then TV went on to tour and record with TV Smith's Explorers, who achieved
a minor hit with the single “Tomahawk Cruise,” and Cheap, before re-emerging as
a solo artist in 1992 with the release of the more acoustically-infused 'March
of the Giants.”
The nineties saw TV gigging relentlessly throughout
Europe, as well as releasing a further two solo albums, 1995's 'Immortal Rich' -
which was released in the U.S. on long-time fan Henry Rollins' label - and
1999's 'Generation Y,' as well as co-writing songs with German chart-toppers Die
Toten Hosen. In 2001 Die Toten Hosen performed as TV's backing band to record
'Useless,' an album of re-recordings of classic TV Smith songs.
internet-only acoustic anti-war single “Not In My Name” released by TV at the
outbreak of the Iraq conflict early in 2003 received more than 7,000 downloads.
This was followed by the album 'Not A Bad Day' which reunited the “March Of The
Giants” line up of TV together with Tim Cross and Tim Renwick, with Die Toten
Hosen’s Vom Ritchie on drums.
The latest studio album, “Misinformation
Overload,” was released in 2006 and shows TV returning to his punk roots with a
full electric band, and includes the new definitive electric version of “Not In
My Name,” and other classics such as “Good Times Are Back,” “Ghost Of
Westminster” and “You Saved My Life Then Ruined It,” all loaded with TV’s
trademark perceptive and satirical lyrics, which have established him as one of
the best songwriters to have emerged from the punk movement. The album gained
“This is a bona fide protest album…barbed and
imaginative lyrics carried by carousing tunes and rip roaring punk power
chords…” – Classic Rock
“A stylish sprawl of articulate rage – ALBUM OF
THE MONTH” – Unpeeled
“Impressive…committed passion…FOUR STARS” – Record
“I left it running for the entire duration, my soul filled
with a searing fervour and righteous indignation…it’s fucking great, not tired,
not grey, but old school punk, still informed and smart and impassioned
and full of spunky anthems.” – Plan B
In April 2007, to celebrate the
thirtieth anniversary of The Adverts and his own 51st birthday, TV put together
a band called The Bored Teenagers to play a one-off performance of “Crossing The
Red Sea With The Adverts” at London’s historic 100 Club. The sold-out gig was
such a success that a CD and DVD was released of the concert, and the band went
on to play a selected number of festivals through Europe during the
Altogether over the past year TV has played more than 100 gigs,
performing in the USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Norway,
Finland, the Czech Republic and the UK – including a main stage appearance at
the annual REBELLION punk festival. Recently Wim Wenders personally chose TV’s
song “Expensive Being Poor” for his film “Land Of Plenty,” alongside David
Bowie, Travis and Leonard Cohen.
An new studio album “In The Arms Of My
Enemy” is planned for release in Spring 2008.
Meanwhile, TV continues to
tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences.
“Getting There,” Volume One of his diaries documenting his experiences on the
road, was recently published by Arima, and Volume Two, “How To Feel Human” will
appear in the coming year.
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