Television Personalities

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: post-punk new wave indie indie pop twee british 80s seen live Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A meeting of 60s pastiche and a tongue-in-cheek nod towards punk have characterized Dan Treacy’s Television Personalities over their long, erratic career. Treacy initially teamed up with Edward Ball (23 November 1959, Chelsea, London, England) back in 1977, releasing the privately pressed ‘14th Floor’ the following year. After Ball’s solo single as O Level, the pair issued what was to be seen as a pivotal artefact of the time, the EP Where’s Bill Grundy Now? (1978). BBC disc jockey John Peel latched onto one of the tracks, ‘Part Time Punks’ (a cruel send-up of a rapidly decaying London scene), and this exposure attracted the interest of Rough Trade Records. Ball spent some time working on his solo projects in the early 80s, the Teenage Filmstars and the Times. Treacy, Ball and drummer Mark ‘Empire’ Sheppard recorded the Television Personalities’ debut album, … And Don’t The Kids Just Love It, which...

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