Wednesday, October 3, 2012

TV Smith's Cheap: Third Term 7" (1989)



In the late eighties, despite mass indifference, TV Smith (more here), formerly of The Adverts (more HERE), fought on with a bracing electric band he dubbed, Cheap, which featured Mik Helsin on guitar, Andy Bennie on bass and Fuzz Deniz on drums. TV says, “Summer, 1986. Time to form a new band. After The Adverts and the Explorers had both broken up in disarray I´d thought I wouldn´t fall for it again, but hmmm, there was that familiar itch. This time though, it would be JUST FOR FUN. A bunch of mates traveling around the country in a couple of estate cars, all the equipment piled in the back; mobile, compact, above all CHEAP.” TV's razor-sharp writing remains full of treasonous sing-alongs like the anti-Thatcherite anthem, "Third Term", which burns like a fuel factory fire.





The other side of this 1989 single, their sole album, R.I.P. Everything Must Go, only came out after they broke-up, may even best the A-side. "Buried by the Machine" is a song that you can imagine being in a room full of sweaty punters roaring along to, only partly realizing how that ringing melody brings you face-to-interface with your own dehumanization.



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8 comments:

  1. Give us you take on Cheap, right here!
    https://rapidshare.com/files/4018963430/TV%20S%20C%203%20T%2089.rar

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  2. Jeffen

    More Tim Smith is always good.I will be pulling out the Cheap album later today.Cheers.

    Doug

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    1. Yeah that Cheap album is due for a re-issue with bonus tracks!

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  3. Thanks for this. This series gets better and better.
    Doug I listened to the album yesterday - great stuff, no bad tracks and several great ones - Silicon Valley, My String, Newshound and Lord's Prayer being particular favourites. Jeffen is right though - Buried by the Machine is the jewel in the crown. Peel session versions are even better if memory serves me right.
    Only regret is I never saw them play live.

    Thanks again - Ivan

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    1. The Peel Sessions version are in fact ass-kicking as today's post shows!

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  4. of just keep this coming, discovering some gems from tv smith that i haven't heard, only slightly annoyed buried is the same version that appeared on the album, great tune
    Phinky

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    1. Yeah I think the band's recording budget didn't allow for a lot of multiple-takes.

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