Television Personalities Reissues
Titles: ‘And Don’t The Kids Just Love It’, ‘Mummy Your Not Watching Me‘, ‘They Could’ve Been Bigger Than The Beatles’ and‘The Painted Word’
“Sounds remarkably prescient” Pitchfork
(on ‘And Don’t The Kids Just Love It’)
“A stark, unforgiving look at the despair of a man lost in his own world.” Alan McGee, Creation Records (on ‘The Painted Word’)
“Darker, more psychedelic “Mummy Your (sic) Not Watching Me” is self-effacing in a wash of keyboards and phased guitars.” All Music
With the formidable Daniel Treacy at its core, Television Personalities remain one of new wave’s longest serving and seminal artists with a career spanning over three decades. The indie visionaries directly influenced virtually every major pop uprising of the period including artists as diverse as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Pavement and Creation Records’ Alan McGee.
Ahead of its time, ‘And Don’t The Kids Just Love It’ was Television Personalities’ influential debut album released in 1981 and features ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’. The legendary lo-fi release sees them produce British inspired 60s pop and post-punk that captured the period and ‘sounds remarkably prescient’ (Pitchfork’s Best 100 albums of the 1980s).
Returning with psychedelic dark masterpiece, their transitional second‘Mummy Your Not Watching Me’ was originally released on Dan Treacy’s ‘Whaam!’ label and features ‘If I Could Write Poetry’, ‘Painting By Numbers’ and ‘Magnificent Dreams’.
Their third full length album ‘They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles’ is a collection of singles, outtakes and unreleased tracks which features ‘David Hockney’s Diary’ and ‘The Boy In The Paisley Shirt’ along with renditions of The Creation’s ‘Painter Man’ and ‘Making Time’.
Released in 1984, ‘The Painted Word’ is the fourth studio album. Breaking up two years prior, they returned with this dark and stunning comeback which shares the same name as the Tom Wolfe novel.
In July Fire Records will be reissuing these four Television Personalities titles on 12″ vinyl and CD following the limited-edition release for this year’s Record Store Day.