Post-punk neo-psychedelicists TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are having their first four albums reissued this summer.
Formed in 1978 by Dan Treacy, the band caused a stir with the Where's Bill Grundy Now EP and its indie dancefloor classic 'Part Time Punks', but it wasn't until 1981 that they managed a full album. And Don't The Kids Just Love It fused twee mod pop through a DIY post-punk blender and featured the track 'I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives', saddling them to the bubbling psychedelic revival.
Transitional second album Mummy Your Not Watching Me appeared in 1982 on Treacy's own Whaam! label. Arguably an influence on the Medway Sound, it features the single 'Painting By Numbers'.
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’.
After a brief hiatus, Treacy convened a new line-up for 1984's altogether darker The Painted Word. Check out the video for the title track.
Having received a limited edition release for Record Store Day, all four albums will be reissued through Fire Records on 14 July on vinyl, CD and download. They're available to pre-order here.