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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

TV SMITH'S CHEAP - Live In Uxbridge 1990



I found this on my hard drive t‘other day, forgot I had it, dunno where I got it from, might have been from MrMagoos sadly defunct Running Riot in 2000 whatever blogspot. It was originally one long MP3, but I’ve separated the tracks. The photo I used came from someone over at the mighty fine TV Smith Forum, their name however escapes me, I’ve just messed about with the colour of it, and added some lettering. Right then now that’s all done with, lets get on with the rest of it. After The Adverts and The Explorers both split up TV Smiths next venture was gonna be done….“Just For Fun! A few mates travelling around the country in a couple of estate cars, with all the equipment piled in the back: mobile compact, above all CHEAP.” After five years of no one noticing them Cheap called it a day
Ironically their only album RIP Everything Must Go was released after the band had broken up and TV had released his March Of The Giants album. Anyway now it’s time to take a trip back to Dec 1990 when Cheap played in Uxbridge, dunno where in Uxbridge this recording is from, but a mighty fine one it is, amongst others you get their brilliant Margaret Thatcher baiting single Third Term, and it’s b-side Buried By The Machine, there’s also a track that maybe familiar to lovers of The Lords of The New Church, The Lords Prayer. Here’s a bit of useless Rock’n’Roll trivia for yer….What connects TV Smith to Bruce Springsteen? Well….When The Lords Of The New Church recorded The Lords Prayer, a TV Smith track, that I believe, or though I maybe wrong he wrote for the band, it was produced by Little Steven, Guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Anyway here’s a blast of vintage TV Smith; Rough, Raw and Ready. It’s No Time to be 21, 31, 41, or 51.

10 comments:

jeffen said...

Woah.

I didn't know there were any decent live tapes of Cheap.

Great work, Nuzz!

Leigh said...

The show is from Uxbridge Football Club, and I've got the master tape somewhere; I was (and indeed occasionally still am) the guitarist in The Price who also played that evening and I give the soundman a cassette to record our show - somewhat excellently he recorded Cheap as well! We played with them quite a few times and they were a great band - incidentally the photo looks like The Bull and Gate in Kentish Town, and we played with them there as well... these days I play acoustic guitar with T.V. at some of his solo shows, and he's still as great as ever as his latest album 'Coming In To Land' demonstrates. Thanks for posting this show - Cheap were almost totally ignored at the time and are still regarded by many as a 'lost' part of T.V.'s career, but they still sound pretty good to me...

Frederick said...
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Lord Pork Pie said...

Thanks for the great work Nuzz and Leigh!

Now them how the hell does this comment thing work...

Lord Pork Pie said...

Oh, iff onlie i kud spel write!

Rockula said...

Fantastic find. Well done for putting this out there, Nuzz.

Leigh said...

I just checked - gig date was 22nd December 1990

Doug said...

Thanks.Looking forward to this.

Longy said...

Thanks for this one Nuzz. I'm looking forward to it too :)

Anonymous said...

Cheers Nuzxz yet another gem!

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