'Groovy Black Shades' issue 6 (1983)

'HERE COMES THE SUMMER'
TV PERSONALITIES
The Living Room
London Adam's Arms 4 June 1983
A hot sunny day, just perfect for Communication Blur's 'Here Comes the Summer' gig with Miles Landesman, 12 Cubic Feet, The Legend and the T.V. Personalities. The Adams Arms is a small, cosy pub nestling in the shadow of the Post Office tower, just down the road from Capital Radio. Above the bar is a not-very-big room that is usually a folk club... but tonight it's home to Alan McGee's celebration of Summer. The PA was minimal, the lights were either an anglepoise lamp or a slide show depending on the band. And it was so bloody hot!! But there was a very relaxed atmosphere, so relaxed that the first band, Miles Landesman, were still in the bar when they should've been on 'stage'!! They only played a short set but they were really good and I look forward to seeing them again in the future. Next were 12 Cubic Feet. Now, I'd heard a tape of them and I didn't like it so it would be an understatement to say I was not looking forward to their set. BUT... I really enjoyed it! Maybe it was the drink but I quite liked them! I taped the whole gig and I've played their bit quite a few times since. Some of the songs seemed a bit over long but what the heck... The Legend and his Swingin' Soul Sisters was next. Really they have to be seen to be believed. They hacked their way through various classics from 77 / 78 and even threw in a mutilated version of 'Shipbuilding' to boot!! The Legend has got a single out soon, who dares to even guess what they're going to sound like! "Hello, we're the Television Personalities and welcome to our world." said Dan and after reminding Joe of the chords they went into 'Paradise Express' [sic]. The part of the set that I saw before leaving for the train was a mixture of oldies and newies. Amongst the oldies were slow versions of 'Dorian Gray' and 'Silly Girl', but for me the best one was a newie called 'Back To Vietnam'. I'd love to have it on vinyl. Dan even chucked in a couple of bars from 'I Can See For Miles' for good measure! All in all it was a great night out and it's nice to know that there are still bands like the T.V.P's playing the pubs and clubs of the U.K. Mind you the T.V.P's should be big enough by now to play Wembley.

Paul Groovy
Groovy Black Shades issue 6 Many thanks to Paul for use of the material.

Thanks to Chris Davidson for the loan of this item.

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