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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.
The 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.
An 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 critical acclaim:
“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 Collector.
“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 summer.
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.
Latest news, archives, and photos can be found at www.tvsmith.com
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