TV Smith (The Adverts)


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TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and
became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed
regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records
single "One Chord Wonders." Their next release, "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" became a hit record,
leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, “No Time
To Be 21,” also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including
major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978, "Crossing the
Red Sea with the Adverts," is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one
of the twenty best punk albums ever released.
The Adverts released one further album, “Cast Of Thousands,” before their split in 1979. Slammed
by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently on Fire Records to universal acclaim,
and described by Mojo magazine as “the long lost punk album that rivals The Clash’s ‘London
Immediately after the break up, TV formed TV Smith's Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980
with the single “Tomahawk Cruise” and released one album, “Last Words Of The Great Explorer”
a year later. Lack of commercial success led to the band being dropped by their record label and their
subsequent split. TV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as
a solo artist in the early ’90’s. He has gone on to release a succession of critically-acclaimed albums,
including “March Of The Giants” (1992), “Immortal Rich” (1995), “Generation Y” (1999), “Not A
Bad Day” (2003), “Misinformation Overload” (2006), “In The Arms Of My Enemy” (2008), and
“Coming In To Land” (2011). He has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other
bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, who performed as TV’s backing band
on the album “Useless.”
At the request of his fans, in 2013 TV released “The Acoustic Sessions,” an album of solo
performances, recorded live in the studio with renowned producer Jon Caffery. Vive Le
Rock magazine called it “an album that sits alongside the Angry Brigade output of Pete Townsend,
Roger Waters and Lou Reed, but hits you with the wallop of bare knuckle punk.”  Late 2014 saw the
release of a new TV Smith album entitled “I Delete," his sixteenth as a solo artist, which has been
acclaimed by critics and fans alike. 
Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to
tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his
concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the
night. He plays more than 120 gigs a year and has performed all over Europe, as well as the USA,
Japan, Australia, South America, Russia – and even Heligoland.
Not content with playing live, TV has also has written about his on-the-road experiences in five books
of highly popular Tour Diaries, described by “Sandman” and “American Gods” author Neil Gaiman
as, “hilarious, honest and incredibly true.” The fifth and final volume, “Book Of The Year,” contains a
write-up of every one of the 130 gigs TV played in 2013. In Autumn of 2016, TV’s first ever book of
lyrics will be published by Foruli Codex. Exquisitely designed by Cure designer Andy Vella, and
entitled “The Alternative Top 50,” the book comprises fifty of what are arguably TV’s best lyrics. It will
be available as a conventional paperback, as well as an exclusive collectors’ hardback edition which
includes a 10’ vinyl single that TV has recorded with Henry Rollins.

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