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Monday, 11 June 2007

ALTERNATIVE TV - Live 1978


What makes Mark Perry one of the most important figures in 'Punk Rock'? Well right from the start with Sniffin' Glue he embraced the ethos of DIY, i.e don't wait for something to happen.... do it yourself. Regardless of fashion it was all about pushing the boundaries and breaking down barriers. He was critical of The Clash signing to CBS records, the day punk sold out. At the height of it's success Perry folded Sniffin' Glue and got a band together; Alternative TV, this was to be no ordinary 'punk' band rehashing the same three chords these guys experimented with dub and avante garde rhythms and tested their audience with each performance. Ironically they became the last 'punk' band to play the 100 club in April 78, and then in the same year they toured with hardcore hippies; Here and Now, performing at various free festivals and gigs, bridging the gap between flares and bondage trousers. Now that's punk rock. Anyway grab some ATV from 1978 here, it's just a click away: http://www.sendspace.com/file/ax0nkk

2 comments:

farmer glitch said...

ATV Live - very very nice - thanks for that - any chance of knowing where this recording originates - sound quality is cool - I guess the second half of the recording is some outdorr fest - Stonehenge maybe ?

Appreciate your post ..

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Not sure of where it was recorded, have tried to find out but no joy. You're right about second half, dunno if it was Stonehenge though. If I find out more will let you know.