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Action Time Vision: The ATV Anthology

Action Time Vision: The ATV Anthology

by Alternative TV
     
 
Mark Perry (aka Mark P.) was one of the first great theoreticians of the British punk scene; he was the editor and guiding voice behind Sniffin' Glue, the U.K.'s first punk fanzine (whose incendiary prose and purposefully rough finish made it the model literally thousands would follow), and he was among the first punk fans/writers to start putting his ideas

Overview

Mark Perry (aka Mark P.) was one of the first great theoreticians of the British punk scene; he was the editor and guiding voice behind Sniffin' Glue, the U.K.'s first punk fanzine (whose incendiary prose and purposefully rough finish made it the model literally thousands would follow), and he was among the first punk fans/writers to start putting his ideas into action by forming his own band, Alternative TV. But Perry was by no standards a run-of-the-mill punk, and Action Time Vision: The ATV Anthology is the work of a man who wasn't just looking for a riot but wanted to confront the expectations and frameworks of popular culture on any number of levels. Right out of the box, Perry was doing stuff his own way -- the band's first recorded number, "Love Lies Limp," is a slow reggae pastiche about sexual disinterest, and while "You Bastard" and "Life" found the group embracing the loud 'n' fast thing, "How Much Longer" made it clear Perry had already grown tired of the trapping of punk. By the time Alternative TV's first album came out in 1978, Perry and company were covering Frank Zappa and experimenting with prog rock, improvisation, and spoken word material, and the bulk of Action Time Vision finds the group confounding expectations by making their way through any of the side streets of contemporary music that happen to strike their fancy. The majority of this music can charitably be called "challenging" listening (especially since Perry was always more of a ranter than a singer), but Perry's intelligence and willingness to storm the boundaries are present on every cut of this two-disc set, and love it or loathe it, Action Time Vision makes a strong case for Perry's consistently brave vision, whether accompanied by electric guitars, sound effects recordings, or samplers. Complete with detailed liner notes from Perry, Action Time Vision: The ATV Anthology is the definitive portrait of Alternative TV's long, strange career in music, though only the most broad-minded will be able to embrace every track with equal enthusiasm.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2003
Label:
Castle Music Uk
UPC:
5050159173426
catalogNumber:
734

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Love Lies Limp
  2. How Much Longer
  3. You Bastard
  4. Life
  5. Life After Life
  6. Action Time Vision
  7. Another Coke
  8. Good Times
  9. Still Life
  10. Nasty Little Lonely
  11. Splitting in Two
  12. Fellow Sufferer
  13. Release the Natives
  14. The Good Missionary
  15. The Force Is Blind
  16. Lost in Room
  17. The Ancient Rebels
  18. My Hand Is Still Wet
  19. Cold Rain

Disc 2

  1. Victory
  2. You Never Know
  3. Let's Sleep Now
  4. Boy Eats Girl
  5. Dragon Love
  6. Company of Lies
  7. The Big Ugly One
  8. Child Star
  9. Reflections of a Strange Existence
  10. Magic in Full Flight
  11. Punk Life
  12. Apollo
  13. Communication Failure
  14. Just a Memory
  15. Unlikely Star
  16. Stockhausen in Space
  17. In Control
  18. On Your Knees
  19. Total Switch Off

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alternative TV   Primary Artist
Jools Holland   Piano
Dave Morgan   Drums
Chris Bennett   Drums,Vocals
Karl Blake   Guitar
Wally Brill   Organ
Dennis Burns   Synthesizer,Bass,Recorder
Mike Cook   Guitar
Alex Fergusson   Guitar,Vocals
Roddy Frame   Guitar,Vocals
Genesis P-Orridge   Percussion
Dave George   Guitar,Percussion
Ian McKay   Bass,Keyboards
Tyrone Thomas   Bass,Guitar
John Towe   Drums
Kim Turner   Guitar,Piano
Ray Weston   Drums
John Isaac   Drums
Justin Adams   Guitar
Protag   Guitar
Allison Phillips   Drums
Alan Gruner   Keyboards
Mika Mizushima   Vocals
Mick Perry   Synthesizer,Guitar,Violin,Drums,Vocals
Annie Stubbs   Vocals
Rob Ugly   Bass,Trumpet
Suzi Webb   Bass
Luci Bocchino   Guitar
Steve Cannell   Bass

Technical Credits

Alternative TV   Producer
Wally Brill   Producer
Richard Mazda   Producer
Ian McKay   Producer
Grant Showbiz   Producer
Mick Perry   Programming,Producer,Liner Notes
Joe Sinclair   Producer

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