1. One Chord Wonders 2. Only One Flavour 3. Expensive Being Poor 4. My String Will Snap 5. Gary Gilmore's Eyes 6. Bored Teenagers 7. Generation Y 8. Immortal Rich 9. Gather Your Things And Go 10. Ready For The Axe To Drop 11. The Day We Caught The Big Fish 12. Runaway Train Driver 13. Lion And The Lamb 14. Lord's Prayer 15. Useless A possibly misleading title is turned on its head when Useless turns out to come very close to living up to its presumptuous billing: 14 TV Smith favorites dating back to the Adverts and forward through his solo career come in for reappraisal, with TV joined across the album by German superstars Die Toten Hosen -- who treat every song with the same respect as they handled their original take on "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" a decade previous. (One new song, "Only One Flavour," completes the collection.) In a way, there are very few surprises on board. From "One Chord Wonders" to "Generation Y" via Cheap's "Ready for the Axe to Drop" (but nothing from the Explorers era -- shame!), Useless does represent what could be termed the best of Smith's vast canon. Likewise, though much of the material here is more familiar from its solo acoustic incarnation, Smith's delivery has always been fiery enough that the roar of electricity is scarcely missed. But the band still fills in around him, to create an album that both celebrates TV's past creations and stands as an entirely new work in its own right. Dave Thompson I DO NOT OWN ANY COPYRIGHT FOR THIS VIDEO, AND HAVE NO INTENTION OF FINANCIALLY BENEFITING FROM SHARING IT.
Music video for "Only One Flavour", the great song penned by former THE ADVERTS frontman, TV Smith. Included on "Useless, The Best Of TV Smith", an album recorded with Die Toten Hosen as backing band.
TV Smith live at On The Rocks, Helsinki Finland September 19, 2018.
TV Smith, the 52 yr old ex-frontman for UK seminal punk band The Adverts. Watch this lone punk and his guitar tell it how it is with more strength & passion than most bands half his age.
Expensive Being Poor - TV Smith And the car is off the road but I never had a car. And I pay more for my food 'cause the supermarket's too far. It's expensive being poor because everything costs more, knocking on a closing door, it's expensive being poor, someone throw me down some crumbs I will eat them off the floor, it's expensive being poor but I look good when I get desperate. And the box is on the fritz, it's a black and white, or was, I tried taking it to bits now the picture's just a grey fuzz. It's expensive being poor because everything costs more someone pick me off the floor, it's expensive being poor, how can I live with what I did when the cinema's six quid? It's expensive being poor but I look good when I get desperate. Let the good times roll Into a bottomless hole with job, friends and future my ideal home furniture, let the trumpets sound as my house falls down. And the dust begins to clear and I'm lying on the ground, and I'm standing on a path in an unknown part of town, and the path leads me away over hills and out of sight, in the blazing sun by day and the hanging moon by night, and I wind up in a place where I never have to count, and I never see the waves as I push my leaking boat out. It's expensive being poor because everything hurts more, knocking on a bolted door It's expensive being poor. Someone throw me down some crumbs I will eat them off the floor, it's expensive being poor, but I look good when I get desperate.
We Who Wait tells the story of punk band the Adverts and the continuing music career of their former frontman TV Smith, one of the most talented, literate and passionate - yet curiously overlooked - songwriters to emerge from London's vibrant '77 new wave scene. Smith formed the Adverts in late '76 with his girlfriend Gaye and press criticism of the band's alleged musical ineptitude was answered by a defiant and iconic debut single, One Chord Wonders. A couple of months later, they secured their first chart hit with the macabre punk classic, Gary Gilmore's Eyes. Gaye's status as reluctant punk icon ensured the band received a lot of press attention and a promising future beckoned. However, after a well-received but underperforming debut LP and a critically-reviled follow-up, the Adverts suffered an acrimonious collapse. Pushed to the margins of the music industry by shifting musical trends and a stubborn refusal to compromise, Smith nonetheless continued a dogged struggle to make a living as a singer and songwriter in the face of critical hostility and industry indifference. After years of bad luck, personal loss and failed bands, Smith's persistence is finally paying dividends. He has carved out a career as a solo artist and troubadour and painstakingly built a new audience through constant touring. To this day, he remains a fiercely inventive songwriter and an electrifying live performer - an enduring embodiment of punk's DIY ethos, passion and power. The film is a testament to one of UK music's great outsiders, featuring a wealth of stills and archive footage and contributions from former band members, collaborators, critics and friends including Smith and Gaye Advert, Brian James, Richard Strange, John Robb, Greil Marcus, Miles, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye and many others
Official Music Promo for “REPLAY” by TV Smith. From the new album “I Delete” (2014) released on TVS (UK) and Drumming Monkey (Germany). Download from http://www.tvsmith.bandcamp.com/album/i-delete Direct sales from http://www.tvsmith.com/shop.shtml CREDITS: Music, lyrics and recording by T.V. Smith. Promo produced, directed and edited by Jamie Palmer. Camera and photography by Colin Elves. ARCHIVE: Psychobiochemistry Demonstration (1959) http://www.creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ In the Suburbs (1957) http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ Our Productive Industry (1955) http://www.creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/ Mandelbrot Set Fractal - emndl 2011-05-19 (May 19, 2011) http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Footage accelerated by 791% Full License: http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode Dinner Party (1945) Teacher Training Introduction to "Reaction Kinetics" (date unknown) http://www.creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/ Private Snafu - Gas (1944) http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ The Story Of The St. Lawrence Seaway Commemorative Stamp (1959) http://www.creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/ Marvels of Motion (date unknown) http://www.creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/ Gould Can 1028: Lawn Dancing (1920) http://www.creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/ Lightning (1950) http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ Betty Boop: She Wronged Him Right (1934) MANY THANKS: The Hope and Anchor in Islington Multi-channel Studios Advantage Pictures Archive.org LINKS: http://www.tvsmith.com http://www.colinelves.com http://www.advantagepictures.com http://www.multichannelstudios.com * * * Feedback, comments, and criticism welcome.
Artist - T.V. Smith Album - Immortal Rich 1995
Taken from the album "escape from the austerity complex", to be released September 2012