Finally seeing TV after 24 years!
Shortly after arriving at Lincoln I had the very great pleasure of meeting
our hero, TV Smith! I was recovering after spending the last hour and a half
stuck just outside Lincoln Central Station (thanks Railtrack!), but this wait
does not compare with finally seeing TV perform in the flesh 24 years after
discovering The Adverts.
I was not surprised to converse with a clearly articulate and intelligent person
(a quick glance at any song or two tells you this) but also as charming and
witty an entertainer as any - sorry if this doesnt sound very 'Punk' -
but it's true!
We were shortly joined by Tj and Alan (see earlier postings) amongst others
and discussed various topics whilst sharing a few beers: excellent company and
a great night - thanks lads and I'm sure we'll meet again!
To the main event - If you haven't seen TV perform his 'newer' material or
are a little unsure of how the older material would come over in a solo, acoustic
setting, then don't miss a chance to check TV out! ALL the enthusiasm, energy
and quality song writing (that comes from having TV's powers of observation
and interpretation of life and the world situation) come rushing to meet your
ears when he starts to play!
It was great to catch TV on what was the last leg of the British tour. Tjs
posting says he played 34 songs - these covered all aspects of his career from
The Adverts to his latest composition 'Swimming In The Flood'. These spanned
over two hours of quality performance linked by anecdotes, topical commentary
and responses to requests from us fans.
DO NOT MISS THIS MAN - SPREAD THE WORD. TV may rejoice in his sarcastic self-expressed
statement of a lack of popular musical acclaim - "One hit record in 25
years - I thank you!" but we know better. There may well be no place for
TV's music in mainstream (i.e. manufactured) music these days, but we who know
his music treasure him. More power to you TV - keep on writing and performing:
WE NEED YOU!
Hope to see again in less than 24 years!