Wednesday, February 15, 2006
"Question: You’re in an up and coming band… Having spent the previous three years gigging around the clubs and theatres of the UK and mainla nd Europe, you’re offered the chance to open for one of the world’s biggest bands at the start of their European Tour. After three sell out shows and a warm reception at each, what’s your next move?
Well, if you’re TV21, you split up. Backstage at Edinburgh Playhouse and three nights into the Rolling Stones European Tour, TV21 chose to break up… 24 years ago, in May 1982.
Formed in 1979 and having released a string singles and one album, “A Thin Red Line,” the band had grown frustrated at their inability to break through to the next level and decided to quit while they were ahead. And that was the end of that, until last October, when out of the blue, they agreed to perform as part of the John Peel Day gigs organised around the country to mark the anniversary of the DJ’s death.
Peel had been a huge influence on the band and it seemed entirely appropriate to get together for the event. The gig, at Edinburgh’s Citrus Club, was an unqualified success, if a little rough at the edges, though that was hardly surprising after twenty three years, the introduction of a new drummer and only two rehearsals! Most surprising for the three original band members was simply how much they enjoyed playing again. So, now they’re back – for fun and as long as it stays that way.
Catch them while you can!"
TV21 are: -
Neil Baldwin – bass guitar
Simon McGlynn – drums
Ally Palmer – guitar
Norman Rodger – vocals, guitar
"Sonic Reducer vs Must Destroy - The Final Countdown? Saturday February 18th!
Alan and Ian from Must Destroy obviously know a whole heap about wreck'n'roll, from The Darkness to Guitar Wolf this DJ duo has grappled with the best of 'em, so it'll be a bout to remember at Sonic Reducer on February 18th, when they face-off against yer ever-lovin' tag team of BigKegShandy and TeenSlain. Under the watchful eyes of the 'Reducer massive, and special guest referee Tony 'Birthday Boy' Thewlis (The Scientists/Interstellar Villains/The Scoundrelles/Chris Wilson & His Famous Groovin' Flames), this eight-handed double-dream team will do vinyl battle (to the deaf!) with the finest 45rpm chokehold ammo!
As per, our righteous aural onslaught of rock'n'drool, soul, funk, psych, garage, electronica, mutant country, beat, ska, soundtracks, etc, will be accompanied by the finest visual treats from the Sonic Reducer archive - big beat on the big screen!
We'll also be spinning a vinyl requiem for Boston, Mass. rock'n'roll idol Alan 'Alpo' Paulino of The Real Kids, who passed away recently ...
So gird yer loins, check that jockstrap, polish them spurs, tease yer barnet, and make for the bar ...
See ya there!
Joss & Joe"
Sonic Reducer @ Filthy MacNasty's
68 Amwell Street
Nearest Tube is Angel / King's Cross
Saturday February 18th, 7pm-11.30pm, FREE ENTRY"