Recorded during the summer of ’78, this album captured Alternative TV when they were at the forefront of the post-punk English New Wave.
The band were formed by Mark Perry who was editor of punk’s first fanzine, the infamous Sniffin’ Glue (recently compiled into a book by Sanctuary). They quickly rose to become one of the most important punk/new wave bands in Britain during 1977-79. This CD features the band at the height of their creative power and many of their most popular live numbers are included, such as ‘Love Lies Limp’ and ‘Viva La Rock ‘n’ Roll’.
A version of this album was originally released in 1993 as a limited edition CD which quickly sold out. With the discovery of the original tapes by Italian journalist Red Ronnie, Overground and Mark Perry couldn’t resist the opportunity to re-master and re-package the CD, adding extra tracks, re-design the artwork and expand the sleeve notes. It was Ronnie who recorded Alternative TV at the Meanwhile Gardens Free Festival in August 1978.
Three of the tracks – ‘Alternatives’, ‘Fellow Sufferer’ and ‘Graves Of Deluxe Green’ – were released by Ronnie on a 7″ EP on the Nice label, given away free with Red Ronnie’s fanzine, Bazar, in 1980. Alternative TV’s performance at Meanwhile Gardens captures the band during the period of transition between ‘The Image Has Cracked’ and ‘Vibing Up The Senile Man’.
Drummer, Chris Bennett had been sacked a month before the gig and it was the first time the ‘Vibing’ material was played live, although ‘Release The Natives’ and ‘The Good Missionary’ were premiered the previous month on the John Peel show. Here & Now guitarist, Steffie Sharpstrings, helps out on drums for a couple of the songs.
That second CD has now sadly also sold out, but Overground presents the album for download via iTunes or streaming via Spotify.