Long lost Birmingham garage punks T.V. EYE finally see their debut album released this month.

The teenage quintet formed in 1976 around Moseley Art School, featuring a line-up of Andy Wickett, Dave Kusworth, Eamon Duffy, Paul Adams and Dave Twist.  Inspired, naturally, by the Stooges, they burned brightly but all too briefly, leaving behind a smattering of recorded evidence.

Wickett would go on to briefly front a fledgling Duran Duran, taking with him various songs, including the classic ‘Stevie’s Radio Station’, which would eventually morph into ‘Rio’, becoming a massive hit in the process.

Kusworth would of course hook up with Nikki Sudden in The Jacobites and Duffy would join legendary Second City punks, The Prefects and the first line-up of The Nightingales, while Twist now occupies the drumstool in grease-rock power trio Black Bombers.

The Lost Studio Recordings 1977-1978 includes five studio tracks, plus six from a rehearsal session, preserved for generations by fellow scenester and Duran alumni, Stephen Duffy.

Available as a 300 copy limited edition red vinyl LP on Seventeen Records through Easy Action, it’s available to pre-order here. A CD version is also planned.

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You can read a review of The Lost Studio Recordings 1977-1978 in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock magazine, out now!

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