|21 January 2019|
|Jowe Head & the Teenage Filmstars Scottish Dates|
Jowe Head & the Teenage Filmstars will be playing a set of TV Personalities and Swell Maps covers on two dates in Scotland in February 2019 - Glasgow Stereo on Friday 15th and Edinburgh Wee Red Bar on Saturday 16th.
Bigger flyers can be viewed on the Jowe discussion page on the forum.
Tickets: £10 on the door, from 7 pm.
|5 November 2018|
|A Celebration Of The Genius Of Daniel Treacy|
Happening at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Road, Thursday 8th November 2018. Featuring members of Television Personalities plus special guests.
The bill: EVAN DANDO (The Lemonheads), GINA DAVIDSON (Marine Girls), FAT WHITE FAMILY feat. Pat Lyons, THE DOCTOR (Doctor and the Medics), THE JAZZ BUTCHER, ROLO McGINTY (The Woodentops), ROSE McDOWALL (Strawberry Switchblade), CRE001: THE LEGEND!, THE VESSEL (David Devant and his Spirit Wife).
Plus support: MICKO AND THE MELLOTRONICS.
Also: DJs: ALAN McGEE (Creation Records) and STEVE PROCTOR (Better Days).
Doors: 7:30 pm.
Tickets: £19.25 from https://www.ticketabc.com/events/daniel-treacy/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2196159310620326/
|16 January 2018|
Released by Fire Records on 26th January 2018, 'Beautiful Despair' is a collection of 15 demo tracks recorded by Dan Treacy and Jowe Head in Jowe's London flat in 1990 / 91. The collection features early versions of songs that would be later included on 1992's 'Closer To God' LP, plus several unreleased tracks.
1. Hard Luck Story Number 39
2. Razor Blades & Lemonade
3. How Does It Feel To Be Loved
4. Love Is A Four Letter Word
5. Beautiful Despair
6. If You Fly Too High
7. Have A Nice Day
8. I Get Frightened Too
9. Goodnight Mr Spaceman
10. Honey For The Bears
11. I Don't Want To Live This Life
12. I Like That In A Girl
13. My Very First Nervous Breakdown
14. I Suppose You Think It's Funny
15. This Heart's Not Made Of Stone
Fire Records LP Page: http://www.firerecords.com/etc.
|21 March 2017|
|Diary Of A Young Fan|
Writer JC Brochard has published a memoir based on his diaries from the period 1981 - 84, during which he discovered the music of Television Personalities and saw several live performances at the Living Room in London. The book is available as a free download at the website below, or can be purchased as a hard copy.
|3 March 2017|
I recently asked Jowe Head about his memories of the DJ John Peel and the early days of Swell Maps.
Read about it here: Swell Maps page.
|7 October 2014|
|Happening Right Then!
Paul Groovie is hoping to secure enough funding to publish his book of photographs taken at gigs in London between 1983 and 1985, from the scene associated with the early days of Creation Records. Naturally this includes Television Personalities amongst many others.
More details on the forum page.
Link to crowdfunding site: https://www.indiegogo.com/....
|3 April 2013|
A couple of clips have gone up on Youtube recently that are worth a mention:
Former member Victoria Yeulet has uploaded some footage shot during the making of 'My Dark Places' in 2004. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcHILEq8rCQ.
In addition, here's some footage of Dan in happier times, leading a singalong on a bus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxsOjfr0JfE.
Or watch them here on the TVP site.
|25 June 2012|
|The Yellow Melodies TVP Covers EP|
Spanish group the Yellow Melodies have released an EP of TV Personalities covers. It's available now through the Beautiful Music label - the people behind the ongoing series of TVP tribute albums.
"How I Learned To Love Television Personalities"
1. If I Could Write Poetry
2. Look Back In Anger
3. 14th Floor
4. Happy All The Time
5. Where The Rainbow Ends
The Beautiful Music: http://thebeautifulmusic.com.
The Yellow Melodies: www.yellowmelodies.com.
|16 March 2011|
At the end of February Dan Treacy was moved from hospital into a specialist rehabilitation unit to continue receiving treatment.
A new thread on the message board has been opened to reflect this position and will be updated with further news.
There is now an official Television Personalities Soundcloud page. This will be updated from time to time with out-takes, live tracks and rarities.
|9 December 2011|
'A Day In Heaven' was saddened to learn this week of the passing of Graeme Wilson, following a long illness. Graeme played bass for the group during the tour of Germany in spring 1996, performing the same duty for what was to be the last TVP gig for eight years on their return to London. He later played the bass again for dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh in April 2005. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.
A commemorative get-together is to be held this Sunday in London, for those who knew him. Details can be found on Facebook.
|30 November 2011|
|Latest Update on Dan Treacy
Wonderful news from Daniel's sister, Patricia:
"'DANIEL UPDATE' Fantastic news Daniel is out of ITU and making great progress. Daniel has a way to go yet but at the moment all is going in the right direction. Daniel still has a Trachotomy fitted but I am getting used to lip reading until he has some speech therapy and a change in the Tracky fitting to allow him to have a voice. This is the miracle we have all prayed for. XXXX"
Sunday 27 November 22:21.
Link: Daniel's Facebook page.
|25 November 2011|
|Update on Dan Treacy's condition
Daniel's sister has been posting updates on his Facebook page. The latest update gives cause for cautious optimism:
"Today Daniel managed to open one eye for nearly 10mins on and off. He is aware of people around him and is starting to move his right hand fingers when asked, it takes a lot of effort and he can't always manage it but it is a start we never thought we would see. There are however a lot of other health issues on top of everything else and as I have said before we have been told there is no guarantee as to the long term outcome as the damage he suffered from the blood clot was so serious that it was only the fantastic efforts of the Neuro Surgeons that saved 'Daniels' life . PLEASE keep praying that as each day passes Daniel gets stronger. I have told him of all the love he is being sent every day. GOD BLESS you all for your kind words. Much Love Patricia XXX"
Saturday 19 November 21:18.
Link: Daniel's Facebook page.
There is also a thread on the message board which is kept updated with the latest news.
|12 October 2011|
|Dan Treacy hospitalised
According to a report on the NME website, Dan Treacy is currently critically ill in a London hospital after having treatment to remove a blood clot to his brain.
All here wish him a speedy and full recovery.
|9 October 2011|
|John Peel Day 28 October
Television Personalities are on the bill for a night of live music to celebrate John Peel Day on 28 October. It's happening at Nambucca in London. Confirmed acts to appear are Vic Goddard & Subway Sect (featuring Paul Cook), Viv Albertine (The Slits), TV Personalities and 14 Iced Bears. [view the flyer here]. Tickets are just £8. More details are available on the gigs page.
|5 September 2011|
|New 7" single announced
Television Personalities have announced the forthcoming release of a new 7" single, 'Wonder What It Was?' b/w 'Radiohead Song'. This will be a very limited pressing. For details on how to obtain a copy, contact the band via the official email address on the contact page.
|3 August 2011|
|Titus Andronicus cover - free mp3 download
In the spring of 2009, Television Personalities convened at XL Studios in London to record a cover version of the Titus Andronicus song 'Arms Against Atrophy' for possible release on a split single with the band. This never materialised, but you can now download the track via the download page.
|'Upside Down' film event at the 100 Club
Television Personalities will be appearing at an event at the 100 Club in London on Tuesday 13th September which will begin with a screening of the film 'Upside Down', the story of Creation Records. Following the film will be live performances from Mark Gardener (Ride), Jazz Butcher and then the TV Personalities. Full details of times and ticket prices can be found on the gigs page.
|New Cross Inn gig
As a warm up to the 100 Club event, Television Personalities will be appearing at the New Cross Inn in south London on Saturday 10th September. Details, naturally, can be found on the gigs page.
|9 May 2011|
Television Personalities will be making a short trip to Scotland this week to play shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Details as usual on the gigs page.
|15 April 2011|
|'Upside Down' film event cancelled
The London premiere of 'Upside Down' announced earlier will now not be taking place.
|1 April 2011|
|Live appearance at 'Upside Down' film London premiere
Television Personalities will be making a live appearance at the London premiere of the film 'Upside Down', the story of Creation Records. The event is to take place at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town, London, on Tuesday 26th April.
More details here: http://www.upsidedownthemovie.com.
|21 March 2011|
|'Bridget Riley' with the Mantles
San Franciscan band The Mantles played in London on 12th March. Dan Treacy joined them onstage for a rendition of 'I Remember Bridget Riley'. See video: http://www.youtube.com.
|14 February 2011|
|Athens Gig Date
Television Personalities open up their live account for 2011 with a show in Athens, Greece, on Sunday 20th February at the Tiki bar. Support comes from The Callas. Details on the gigs page.
Television Personalities are billed to play at the 'Strawberry Shortcake 2' all-dayer that is happening at the Klondyke Bowls Club in Levenshulme on Saturday 26 February. This is likely to be an early evening acoustic appearance by Dan and Mike. Details again on the gigs page.
|22 November 2010|
|Titus Andronicus at Scala
Television Personalities will be supporting Titus Andronicus at London's Scala venue on Thursday 25th November. Details on the gigs page.
|17 October 2010|
|Japan in October
Television Personalities have three dates in Japan booked for late October - Tokyo and Osaka. See the the gigs page for further details.
|St Gallen in November
The latest gig to be announced is a trip to Switzerland on 19th November to St Gallen. Details can be found on the gigs page. The night before, the venue are also hosting a 'welcome' party to get everyone in the mood for the show.
|20 August 2010|
|New Hamburg Gig Date
Television Personalities will be appearing at the Silber venue in Hamburg on Saturday 4th September. See the the gigs page for further details, plus new information about the forthcoming trips to Rome and Stockholm.
|28 June 2010|
|New online interview
There's a lengthy interview with Dan Treacy (with Mike Stone & Texas Bob in attendance) conducted by Thomas H Green up on theartsdesk.com website.
|Lounge On The Farm Festival
TVPs are billed to appear at the Lounge On The Farm festival in Canterbury, Kent on the evening of Saturday 10th July. See the gigs page for further details.
|18 May 2010|
|Jowe Head - new album
Jowe Head and the Demi-Monde have a new LP out now on Topplers. It's limited to just 100 copies, so get one quick! See the Jowe news page for details or go direct to the Topplers website to buy now.
|TV Personalities - New London Gig
TV Personalities will be playing at the Lexington, NW1 on Friday 18th June. Quote from the site: 'Dan Treacy and friends will be playing a special show as Dan will wave goodbye to his 40's and turn 50 at midnight. Special guests are the wonderful Le Volume Courbe and Golden Glass (a brand new band featuring Robert Cooksey ex- Sea Urchins). Tickets are a bargain £5.00 in advance, £6.00 on the door. Ticket buy link coming soon.'
See the gigs page for further details.
|10 May 2010|
|New 7" Single - 'Your're My Yoko / The Girl From Nowhere' out now|
Released on 1st May 2010 on coloured vinyl was the new Television Personalities 7" single, 'You're My Yoko'.
Available now from Rocket Girl.
|Forthcoming LP - 'A Memory Is Better Than Nothing' out 1 June 2010.|
The long awaited new LP will be released by Rocket Girl on 1st June. Track listing:
1. A Memory Is Better Than Nothing
2. The Girl In The Hand Me Down Clothes
3. She's My Yoko
4. Walk Towards The Light
5. Funny He Never Married
6. Except For Jennifer
7. People Think That We're Strange
8. My New Tattoo [full length version]
9. If You Don't Want Me
10. Come Back To Bed
11. The Good Anarchist
12. All The Things You Are
13. You Freed My Spirit
Rocket Girl: http://www.rocketgirl.co.uk.
Hip New Yorkers MGMT released their second LP, 'Congratulations' in April 2010. Included on the disc was their tribute to the TVP frontman. Track two on the LP, 'Song For Dan Treacy' is fittingly a whimsical slice of pop psychedelia. Not surprisingly, they have been talking about Dan and his music in press interviews to promote the release of their record. Here's one as an example.
The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk.
|2 March 2010|
|New Single & Record Release Gigs
Forthcoming on Rocket Girl Records will be a new single, 'You're My Yoko' b/w 'Girl From Nowhere'. There will be two single launch gigs, as follows:
March 20th, Half Moon, 10 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London SE24
March 25th, Betsey Trotwood, 56 Farringdon Road, London EC1
See the gigs page for further details.
Also coming out on Rocket Girl will be the TVP's long-awaited new album, to be called 'A Memory Is Better Than Nothing' - release date to be announced soon.
Rocket Girl: http://www.rocketgirl.co.uk.
|8 January 2010|
|Mo'Fo' 10 Festival, Paris
Happy New Year! Television Personalities will be appearing at the Mains d'Oeuvres venue in Paris on 31 January 2010 as part of the Mo'Fo'10 Festival. See the gigs page for further details.
Event webpage: http://www.mainsdoeuvres.org.
|4 December 2009|
|All Tomorrow's Parties
Television Personalities are a late addition to the My Bloody Valentine curated 'Nightmare Before Christmas', taking place this weekend at Butlins camp in Minehead. They are due to play this evening at 21:45 on the Reds Stage. The event has been sold out for a while, so unless you've already got tickets you won't find this information useful.
Festival website: http://www.atpfestival.com.
|5 November 2009|
|Gigs - London and Spain
Television Personalities will be making two live appearances in London in November before heading off to Spain for a couple of dates with the group San Leon. See the gigs page for details.
|12 October 2009|
|London gig - Saturday 17 October
Television Personalities will be playing at the Cross Kings, 126 York Way, London N1 0AX on Saturday 17 October. Stellar support comes from Scrappy Hood, Coporal Machines & The Bombers and Germany's Woog Riots. Doors open at 8pm and it's £5 to get in on the door. Click here for the flyer.
|7 October 2009|
|London gig - tomorrow! Again!
News of another London gig has come in at short notice. Television Personalities will be playing at the Kings Head, Acton High Street, London W3 9NX tomorrow night, Thursday 8th October. See map. Support comes from Beans on Toast, Bear Arms & HardcoreKillFace. Door times are 9pm - 3am and it's just £3 to get in on the door. Click here for the flyer.
|29 September 2009|
|London gig - tomorrow!
Television Personalities will be playing again at Tommy Flynn's in Camden, tomorrow night. Support comes from Black Cat Bones and Turbogiest. It's just £4 to get in, pay on the door.
|14 September 2009|
|German live dates|
Television Personalities will be playing two live dates in Germany in October, in Berlin and Hamburg. More information can be found on the gigs page, or click the flyer on the left. In addition, there are some extra London dates for September / October too.
Ed Ball reissues
The latest reissues from Ed Ball's back catalogue are available now on Artpop, via Cherry Red Records.
The Times - E For Edward / Pure / Et Dieu Crea Le Femme. Click here.
Teenage Filmstars - Rocket Charms / Buy Our Record Support Our Sickness / Bring Back The Cartel. Click here.
Both releases contain 3 albums spread across 2 CDs, plus bonus tracks and extensive liner notes.
Artpop page: http://www.cherryred.co.uk
|28 June 2009|
|Another London gig
Television Personalities will be making a return appearance at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell on 4th July. More information can be found on the gigs page.
|22 June 2009|
Television Personalities will be appearing at the Queen of Hoxton, Hackney, on Tuesday 30th June 2009. See the gigs page for more details.
|1 June 2009|
|New US Single - 'My New Tattoo / Funny He Never Married' out now|
May saw the release of a new Television Personalities 7" single over in the USA. 'My New Tattoo' is distributed by Revolver in the US and available from the band themselves in the UK / Europe, along with the other recent Elefant 7", 'People Think That We Are Strange'. Click for ordering details.
Revolver (US) distribution: http://www.midheaven.com/revolverusa/links.html
|10 May 2009|
Television Personalities have been confirmed for the Benicassim Festival, which happens near Valencia in Spain. They will be appearing on Saturday 18th July, stage time around 10.30 by all accounts. The official webpage is here.
|4 April 2009|
|London gig tonight
Television Personalities will be appearing at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell this evening. More information can be found on the gigs page.
|25 March 2009|
|'People Think That We Are Strange' release date changed|
The new TVP 7" from Elefant will now be released on April 27th - details amended below. This should coincide with the release of a second new 7", "My New Tattoo" / "Funny He Never Married" from the USA. Full details to follow.
|3 March 2009|
|New Single - 'People Think That We Are Strange' in April 2009
April 27th will see the release of a second 7" single through Elefant Records of Madrid. 'People Think That We Are Strange' b/w 'A Glimpse Of My Genius'. Available from all good record shops, as they say, or buy it online on the Elefant Records website. You can also listen to both sides of the single on the Elefant site here (requires Real Audio).
Elefant Records: http://www.elefant.com
|10 February 2009|
|New 7" single soon|
Television Personalities will soon be releasing a new 7" - 'My New Tattoo' b/w 'Funny He Never Married'. It will be limited to 500 copies and is coming out in the USA. Full details to follow.
Television Personalities will be making a trip to Spain in March. See the gigs page for the current details.
|6 January 2009|
|Gig in Camden this Thursday|
Television Personalities will be appearing at Tommy Flynn's in Camden on Thursday 8th January. See the gigs page for details.
|26 December 2008|
|Live dates for January '09|
Shows in London and Paris coming up. See the gigs page for details.
|2 October 2008|
|100 Club tonight|
Television Personalities will be playing at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street, tonight, as a late replacement for BMX Bandits. Support comes from New York-based band The Mood, Pat Fish a.k.a. The Jazz Butcher and a late addition to the bill - Adam Ficek, drummer from Babyshambles, who will open the evening's entertainment, playing an acoustic set featuring songs from his solo project, Roses Kings Castles. Tickets are £7.50 each. See the gigs page for links.
|11 September 2008|
|Live dates in Italy|
Three live dates have been announced for Italy in November. See the gigs page for details.
|'Dorian Gray' video
A fan-created video for 'A Picture of Dorian Gray' has been recently added to YouTube. It's worth a look.
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMbuZSfV41w
|Jowe Head new band & dates
Jowe Head has announced that he has been working with a new backing band, the Demi-Monde. See the Jowe news page for details of this and forthcoming live dates.
|13 August 2008|
|Ed Ball reissues & new songs
The latest batch of reissues from Ed Ball's back catalogue are out now on ArtPop! via Cherry Red Records. See the Ed Ball page for more information. Also, over on Ed's Myspace page you can hear some brand new songs.
|24 July 2008|
|Gigs with MGMT in August announced
Television Personalities will be supporting MGMT for two dates in August, in Norwich and Oxford respectively. See the gigs page for more information.
|9 July 2008|
|Truck Festival warmup gig announced
Television Personalities will be appearing at the London Brixton Windmill on Thursday 17th July, just ahead of their appearance at that weekend's Truck Festival. More information can be found on the gigs page.
|Jowe Head radio session on WFMU
During his trip to the USA in April, Jowe recorded a session for WFMU in New Jersey. This will be broadcast on the 'Cherry Blossom Clinic' show on Saturday 12th July, from 3pm - 6pm (EDT) (8pm - 11pm in the UK). There's a live stream via the internet - see link below.
|The Container Drivers - TVP cover version
The Container Drivers have released their debut single, 'It Must be the Pipes'. The b-side is a cover version of TV Personalities 'You, me and Lou Reed'. The CD single can be purchased for just £1 from Topplers. The a-side can be heard on the group's Myspace page.
|26 June 2008|
|New London Gig
Television Personalities will be appearing at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell this Saturday. More information can be found on the gigs page.
|5 June 2008|
|Angel Racing Food Greek advert
See the Jowe Head news page for details of how an Angel Racing Food song has made it onto Greek national TV!
|9 April 2008|
|Sweden, Manchester, Germany
Television Personalities will be making a trip to Sweden in May, following this with a rare appearance in Manchester. Details have also been announced of German festival appearances for the summer. More information can be found on the gigs page.
|Jowe Head in the USA
Jowe will be in the USA in April. See the Jowe Head news page for full details.
|Ed Ball new single
Ed Ball has released a new single. More details on the Ed Ball page.
|11 March 2008|
|New live dates
Television Personalities will be playing again at the 12 Bar Club in London, on 13th March 2008. More details on the gigs page.
|3 March 2008|
|1980 Peel session to be repeated on BBC 6 Music
The TVPs one and only Peel Session, first broadcast in September 1980, is to be repeated during Marc Riley's 6 Music show this coming Thursday, 6th March. Tune in from 7 - 9:30 pm.
|27 February 2008|
|New live dates
Several live dates for later in the year have been announced, including a couple of festival appearances. Have a look at the gig page for more details.
|Official mailing list
An official mailing list has now been created. Details are here.
|9 February 2008|
|Antifolk Festival Gig 16/02/08
Television Personalities will be closing the second day of the Winter 2008 AntiFolk UK festival at the 12 Bar in London, on Saturday 16th February. Stage time is expected to be around 2 AM. Tickets are £6, or £10 for both days. See flyer for further details.
12 Bar: http://www.12barclub.com
|1 January 2008|
|New Single - 'The Good Anarchist' in Jan 2008
This month will see the release of a new 7" single through Elefant Records of Madrid. 'The Good Anarchist' b/w 'She's Always Been There For Me' should be available in good record shops. You can also buy it online on the Elefant Records website. You can also listen to both sides of the single online here.
Elefant Records: http://www.elefant.com
|Two new gigs in London
To coincide with this release, Television Personalities will be making two live appearances in London this month.
Wed 9 Jan - Alan McGee's Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Club.
Notting Hill Arts Club: http://www.nottinghillartsclub.com
Death Disco: http://www.myspace.com/deathdiscolondon
Thu 17 Jan - The Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel, London E1.
Rhythm Factory: http://www.rhythmfactory.co.uk
|11 December 2007|
|Gig with Pete Doherty 16/12/07
The TVPs will be on the bill for Pete Doherty's solo acoustic appearance at the Rhythm Factory in London's East End, on Sunday 16th December. Tickets are £20.
Rhythm Factory: http://www.rhythmfactory.co.uk
|30 September 2007|
|Gig in Greece
The TVPs are reported to be playing in Athens on Saturday 20th October at the Gagarin 205 club.
Gagarin 205: http://www.gagarin205.gr
|12 June 2007|
|O Level / Teenage Filmstars reissue
Reissued on ArtPop! through Cherry Red Records, 'A Day in the Life of Gilbert and George' rounds up Ed Ball's early recordings as O Level and the Teenage Filmstars, 1977 - 1980. Dan Treacy features on a number of tracks. Reissued at the same time is The Times 'Go! With the Times'. Both releases come with previously unreleased material and new sleeve notes from Ed Ball and others.
Cherry Red Records: http://www.cherryred.co.uk
Television Personalities have been booked to appear at the 'Rip it up' festival in Saffle, Sweden, on 7 July 2007. The closest city to the town is probably Gothenburg. Entry to the two-day festival is 25. More details can be found on the festival website.
Rip it up: http://www.facetterad.net
|18 May 2007|
|New gig in London
It's short notice, but Television Personalities will be playing at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London WC2H 8NL on Saturday 19th May. See map. Entry is £6. The TVPs will be the last band on, for Day 2 of the club's AntifolkUK spring festival. Dan reckons that they should be on at 12, and new songs are promised.
12 Bar Club: http://www.12barclub.com
|21 February 2007|
|'My Dark Places' remix EP out now
Released yesterday by Domino Records in the US is a 12" EP of remixes of tracks from 'My Dark Places':
A1. You Kept Me Waiting Too Long (E*Vax [Ratatat] Remix)
A2. My Dark Places (I Will [Battles] Remix)
B1. All The Young Children (Rainbows In Tunnels Mix By Lingling)
B2. She Can Stop Traffic (Black Dice Remix)
Domino Records US page: http://www.dominorecordco.us
'Are We Nearly There Yet?' - out now
Also out this week is the new LP on Overground Records. See below for more details.
|21 January 2007|
A reminder that Television Personalities will be playing at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London E1 on Tuesday 30th January 2007. Support comes from Pocket Promise and the Shebeats. Tickets are still on sale at £10 from We Got Tickets and Ticketweb.
96 Feet East: http://www.93feeteast.co.uk
|9 January 2007|
|New album out in February
Overground Records of the UK will be releasing a new 13 track CD on 19th February 2007. 'Are We Nearly There Yet?' was recorded in the summer of 2005, predating the sessions for the comeback album 'My Dark Places'. Read the press release here. The CD includes covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen and the Killers, plus a reworking of the classic 'If I Could Write Poetry'.
Overground Records: http://www.overgroundrecords.co.uk
|New gig in London
Television Personalities will be playing at the Rex Club in London's Soho (21 Rupert Street, W1V 7FE) on Saturday 20th January. See map. Entry is £7 with the flyer, £10 without. Support comes from Blondelle. See the gigs page for info.
Pretty Petty Thieves: http://www.myspace.com/prettypettythieves
|20 November 2006|
|New gig announced for 2007
Television Personalities will be playing at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London E1 on Tuesday 30th January 2007. Tickets are on sale now at £10 from We Got Tickets and Ticketweb.
96 Feet East: http://www.93feeteast.co.uk
|29 October 2006|
|New gig announced
Television Personalities will be playing a double headline gig with the Jeffrey Lewis Band at the Brixton Windmill, London, on Monday 4th December. Also on the bill are the duo Victoria Yeulet + Benjamin Prosser. Tickets are on sale now at £10 from We Got Tickets.
Brixton Windmill: http://www.windmillbrixton.co.uk
|23 October 2006|
|'CD86' - Out now
Released today through Sanctuary Records, 'CD86' presents '48 tracks from the birth of indie pop'. Compiled by TVP fan Bob Stanley of St Etienne, the compilation naturally looks back at the original 'C86' cassette and both commemorates and celebrates the era and its music. Among the 48 tracks is Television Personalities 'Paradise Estate'.
The Times reissues
Out now on Cherry Red Records are reissues of 'I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape' and 'This is London', complete with previously unreleased tracks and new sleeve notes from Ed Ball.
|3 October 2006|
|New gig announced
Dan Treacy (and maybe others TVP-ers) is to appear at Bar Form in Enfield, North London, on Thurday 12th October. Tickets can be bought from promoters Red Griffin Records.
|16 June 2006|
|Paris and Toulouse gigs cancelled
The scheduled appearances in Paris (16th) and Toulouse (17th) have been cancelled due to illness.
|28 March 2006|
|'Someone To Share My Life With' - TVP tribute out now
Described as, 'the alternative tribute to the Television Personalities', and intended as a companion piece to 2005's 'If I Could Write Poetry' compilation, 'Someone To Share My Life With' is out now on limited edition vinyl on the But Is It Art? label. The LP contains another selection of bands covering Dan Treacy originals, plus a couple of alternate takes of tracks that appeared last year on the Beautiful Music's album. Track listing:
1. Girl At The Bus Stop - BMX Bandits 2. This Time There's No Happy Ending - Pacific Radio 3. Look Back in Anger - Summer Factory 4. The Prettiest Girl in the World - Semion 5. If I Could Write Poetry - Nikki Sudden
6. Part Time Punks - Two Angry Men 7. Someone to Share my Life With - Lovejoy 8. 14th Floor - Swell Maps 9. If I Could Write Poetry - The Shambles 10. The Engine Driver Song - The Higher Elevations 11. Geoffrey Ingram - Jonathan Caws-Elwitt
You can buy the album via the record label website.
|'Still Unravished' - June Brides tribute LP out now
Out now on the yesboyicecream label is 'Still Unravished' (cat. YBI01CD), a tribute to June Brides. The album includes Television Personalities version of 'I Fall'.
|'CMJ' website interview
The 'CMJ New Music Monthly' magazine in the US recently conducted a telephone interview with Dan Treacy. You can read an extended version of the interview at the magazine's web page.
CMJ website: http://www.cmj.com/
|3 March 2006|
|'Independent' newspaper interview
The 'Independent' newspaper in the UK today carried an interview with Dan Treacy. It can be read online by following this link.
Independent website: http://www.independent.co.uk
|The Green Man Festival, August 2006
Television Personalities have been confirmed as one of the acts appearing at this year's Green Man festival, to be held over the three days of Friday 18th - Sunday 20th August at the Glanusk Park Estate in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The festival has been organised by 'It's Jo and Danny', whose association with Dan Treacy goes back to the Dreamworld label and 'Room at the Top' days.
Green Man website: http://www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk
It's Jo and Danny: http://www.myspace.com/itsjoanddanny
|1 March 2006|
|'Metro' newspaper interview
'Metro', the free newspaper available in UK cities, today carried an interview with Dan Treacy. It can be read on the Metro website.
Metro website: http://www.metro.co.uk
|Primavera Sound Festival, June 2006
Television Personalities are to play at this year's Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, held on 1 - 3 June.
Primavera website: http://www.primaverasound.com
Primavera Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/primaverasound
|27 February 2006|
|'My Dark Places' - out today
It's been a long wait, but now there's 16 new TVP songs to savour.
Buy it from Domino Records: http://www.dominorecordco.com
Domino's TVP news page: http://www.dominorecordco.com
|11 February 2006|
|7" Sleeve Art
Images taken by Heike Schwitalla which were used on the 'All the Young Children on Crack' 7" can be viewed on Heike's website.
Heike Schwitalla: http://www.dontaskforsunshine.de
|New TVP Cover
The single has barely been out a week, but already those mischievous scamps the NoMen have recorded a cover of 'All the Young Children on Crack'. Download it from the Topplers website.
|6 February 2006|
|'All the Young Children on Crack' - 7" out today
Out today on Domino Records, the long-awaited new single. 'All the Young Children on Crack' b/w 'Any Love is Good Love' is out now on 7" only, available from Domino Records and all good record shops.
Domino Records: http://www.dominorecordco.com
|2 February 2006|
The video to 'All the Young Children on Crack' can currently be downloaded from the Domino Records website.
Domino: Domino Records
|26 January 2006|
|New London gig in Camden
Television Personalities will be returning to the Camden Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Road, on Wednesday 22nd March. Tickets are £7. Support comes from Dustins Barmitzvah. Note the change of date.
|12 January 2006|
|'Dazed & Confused' - TVP feature
The February issue of 'Dazed & Confused' magazine includes a feature on Dan Treacy for their 'Cult VIP' series. Here's an extract:
CULT VIP: DANIEL TREACY
AS SEEN ON SCREEN
The Television Personalities released the first DIY punk single. Daniel Treacy, the brain behind the little known but legendary band, has been received by musical legends and inspired indie label dons alike, but his distaste for fame and success left his whereabouts unknown for over a decade. Until now....
"I didn't know who they were but everyone around me said 'Nirvana, big band' so I thought right, I'll take the piss. When I came off stage, Kurt came up and shook my hand." Daniel Treacy.
READ MORE IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF DAZED & CONFUSED, ON SALE NOW
Dazed & Confused: http://www.confused.co.uk
|9 January 2006|
|'Uncut' magazine - interview and CD
The February 2006 issue of 'Uncut' magazine in the UK features an interview with Dan Treacy. The cover-mounted CD includes 'May You Dream the Sweetest Dreams' from the forthcoming 'My Dark Places' album. Out now!
|Forthcoming 'Love Music Hate Racism' appearance
Dan Treacy and Ed Ball will be making an appearance at a Love Music Hate Racism event to be held on Sunday 26th February at London's Bush Hall. More details to follow.
|20 December 2005|
|New London gig in Camden, Boxing Day
Television Personalities are due to appear at the Barfly in Camden on Monday 26th December, with Dustins Bar Mitzvah and Jamie T. It's just £5 to get in.
|11 December 2005|
|'My Dark Places' - new studio LP details announced
Domino Records have announced the forthcoming release of the eagerly-awaited new studio LP from Television Personalities. 'My Dark Places' will be released on 27th February 2006, preceded by a 7" single, 'All The Young Children On Smack, All The Young Children On Crack' on the 6th February.
Domino Records: http://www.dominorecordco.com
Domino's TVP page: http://www.dominorecordco.com
Archive news page with info: http://www.dominorecordco.com
|Dan Treacy to DJ again at London club night
Dan Treacy will be making a return visit to 'How Does it Feel' to play some records, on Friday 16th December at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PP. The club runs from 10pm - 3am, and Dan will be spinning the discs from 11.00 to 12.30. Admission is four pounds for members, six pounds for non-members (membership is free - apply via the website).
|30 November 2005|
|Swedish TV documentary|
Over the summer, Dan Treacy and Ed Ball were interviewed by a Swedish television crew for the programme 'This is Our Music'. The show was aired in Sweden on 14th November, but can be watched online via the link below. Click the link 'Här kan du se programmen'. The show is 25 minutes long (English with Swedish subtitles).
This is Our Music: http://svt.se/
|4 September 2005|
|New London gig in Kilburn|
Television Personalities will play at the Luminaire, 311 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR on Tuesday 11th October. Doors open at 8pm. Support comes from the Pipettes and the Red Kites. Tickets are £6 in advance, or £8 if available on the door.
Advance tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com
|Pop Revolution 05 Festival, Aarhus, Denmark [Cancelled]|
Television Personalities have cancelled their scheduled appearance at the Pop Revolution 05 Festival in Aarhus.
Festival website: http://www.poprevolution.dk
|Ed Ball update|
See the Ed Ball page for details of a new career retrospective CD, 'Here's to Old England' (Artpop / Cherry Red). There's also a link there to a fascinating new interview that Ed has given relating to this release.
|30 August 2005|
|'And They All Lived Happily Ever After' - new TVP compilation LP out now
Released on August 29th by Damaged Goods, 'And They All Lived Happily Ever After' is a collection of previously unreleased live and archive material. Click here for track listing.
Dan Treacy writes, "I like to think of this as our odds and sods - sods and mods more like.". The CD booklet contains a great montage of photographs by Alison Wonderland.
You can buy the CD through the Damaged Goods website.
|14 July 2005|
|New studio recording for download
Here's another taster for the forthcoming LP, courtesy of Dan Treacy. 'May U Dream the Sweetest Dreams' is the title, and it's... well, hear it for yourself. The link can also be found on the download page.
Right-click on the link and 'Save Target As': mayudreamthesweetestdreams.mp3
|12 July 2005|
|Brighton gig announced|
Television Personalities will be appearing at the Hanbury Ballroom, Kemptown, Brighton, on Saturday 6th August. This is an early show, with doors opening at 5pm and the event finishing by 9:30. Tickets are £5, available from Rounder Records in Brighton. Support comes from Shrag.
Venue address: 83 St Georges Road, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1EF. See map.
Click on flyer to view full-sized image.
|New album 'finished'|
According to Dan Treacy, work on the next Television Personalities album has now been completed. Discussions with a record label continue.
|29 June 2005|
|London gig at the 100 Club|
Television Personalities will play at the 100 Club on London's Oxford Street on Tuesday 2nd August. Support comes from the excellent Sportique, plus Mathew Sawyer & the Ghosts. Tickets are £8 in advance. A small number of tickets will be available on the door at £10.
Advance tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com
|13 June 2005|
|Dan Treacy at Subway Sect gig|
Dan Treacy made an impromptu live appearance at the Subway Sect gig at the Polar Bear club in London's Soho on Friday 10th June. He joined the Sect on stage and attempted a few Television Personalities numbers.
|10 June 2005|
|'If I Could Write Poetry' - TVP tribute LP out now
Several years in the making, 'If I Could Write Poetry: A Tribute to Television Personalities' has now been released by Canada's Beautiful Music. Track listing:
1. Someone to Share my Life With - Lovejoy 2. If I Could Write Poetry (Texas Mix) - Nikki Sudden 3. The Engine Driver Song - The Higher Elevations 4. La Grande Illusion - The Baskervilles 5. World of Pauline Lewis - The Thames 6. And Then Suddenly - The Bartlebees 7. Where's Bill Grundy Now? - The Mandervilles 8. 14th Floor (Slight Return) - Armitage Shanks 9. The Girl Who Had Everything - Sixtynine & the Continuous People 10. A Good & Faithful Servant - Miniskirt 11. Sad Mona Lisa - The Paisley Shirts 12. Salvador Dali's Garden Party - Spiggott v Zane 13. A Picture of Dorian Gray - The Container Drivers 14. TV Personalities - Woog Riots 15. Part Time Punks - No Men 16. Stop & Smell the Roses - Darrell Whitbeck 17. Diary of a Young Man - Nick Danger & the DCR 18. The Dream Inspires - The Happy Couple 19. In a Perfumed Garden - The Void 20. Someone to Share my Life With - Biff Bang Pow
Early copies come with a bonus 10 track CD of live / demo tracks by the contributors and others. It's a great package that demonstrates the depth of quality of songwriting through the TVP back catalogue. You can buy the CD through the Beautiful Music website. Volume 2 shouldn't be too far behind.
|26 May 2005|
|Barcelona Primavera Festival|
Sadly, illness affecting one of the members of Television Personalities has meant that the planned appearance at the Primavera festival on Saturday 28th May will not now go ahead.
|6 May 2005|
|German tour cancelled|
The tour of Germany scheduled for 12th - 16th May has sadly been cancelled due to illness.
|3 May 2005|
|Stockholm gig cancelled|
The Stockholm gig scheduled for Thursday 5th May has been cancelled. A message from Dan on www.popaganda.se reads: "i am really really sorry but for personal reasons we cant do the show. i am very upset about this but we just cant make it... these things happen... we will come to stockholm [sometime]......with all respect danielx"
|25 April 2005|
|Hamburg: After show party
There will be an after show party at the Meanie Bar on Spielbudenplatz. A couple of TVP members are rumoured to be spinning some records too. Admission is free. See flyers here.
|17 April 2005|
|Gig in Stockholm
Television Personalities will be playing a gig in Stockholm on 5 May, at the Södra Teatern. See the gigs page.
|2 April 2005|
|Extra German tour date added
Television Personalities will now be playing at Studio 672 in Cologne on Monday 16th May.
|23 March 2005|
|German tour dates announced
A short tour of Germany for May 2005 has been announced. See the gigs page for more details. View tour poster.
|14 March 2005|
|The Legend! TVP covers 7" released
Unpopular Records have now released 'The Legend! sings the songs of Daniel Treacy'. The 7", limited to 500 copies, comprises live renditions of 'If I Could Write Poetry' and 'A Sense of Belonging', recorded at the Albert in Brighton on 15 October 2003. The Legend! is, of course, better known as music journalist and Plan B magazine editor Everett True.
Unpopular Records website page: http://www.unpopular-records.com
|2 March 2005|
|Triptych festival details confirmed
It has been confirmed on the festival's website that Television Personalities will be appearing as follows:
Saturday 30th April. The Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
Sunday 1st May. St Brides, Edinburgh.
Triptych Festival website page: http://www.triptych05.com
|25 February 2005|
|Another new song for download
Dan Treacy has kindly provided an mp3 of another new song to be made available on this site. 'My Dark Places' is the title, and it's rather good.
Right-click on the link and 'Save Target As': mydarkplaces.mp3
|16 February 2005|
|Barcelona festival appearance announced
Television Personalities will be appearing at Barcelona's Primavera Festival this year. The festival is a three day event, to be held on 26 / 27 / 28 May. The TVPs will be appearing on the last day of the festival, Saturday 28th.
Primavera Festival website: http://www.primaverasound.com
|'I Was A Mod Before You Was A Mod' reissue
Overground Records will be reissuing this 1995 Television Personalities album on 7th March. The reissue features new artwork by Alison Wonderland and sleeve notes by Ed Ball. Read the press release.
Overground Records website: http://www.overgroundrecords.co.uk
|TVP tribute album update
The Beautiful Music's TVP tribute album (volume 1) should be out in March / April according to the label. The track listing for the first volume can be found on the label's website, along with a preliminary listing for the second volume.
The Beautiful Music website: http://www.thebeautifulmusic.com
|6 February 2005|
|New song for download
Dan Treacy has sent in an mp3 of 'I Hope He's Everything You Wanted Me To Be', one of the newly-recorded TVP songs, to make it available for download on the site. Happy to oblige!
Right-click on the link and 'Save Target As': ihopeheseverythingyouwantedmetobe.mp3
|Scottish gigs at the Triptych
Television Personalities will reportedly be appearing at the Triptych music festival in Scotland in March / April. The full schedule of the festival is to be revealed on 1st March, but it has been suggested that the TVPs will be appearing at the St. Brides Theatre in Edinburgh (30 April) and The Tron Theatre in Glasgow (1st May).
Triptych Festival website: http://www.triptych05.com