Alternative TV

(London, Mar 77 – May 79)
also known as ATV, later known as Good Missionaries

 

 

 

 

 

Official Pre-79 Releases;

Alternative TV

 

Love lies limp 7″ Fexi (Sniffin’ Glue, SG-75 RPS) released Oct 77, free with Sniffin’ Glue Fanzine No. 12
Tracks: Love lies limp

 

 

How much longer 7″ (Deptford Fun City, DFC-002) released Dec 77
Tracks: How much longer, You bastard

 

 

Life after life 7″ (Deptford Fun City, DFC-04) released Mar 78
Tracks: Life after life, Life after dub

 

The Image Is Cracked LP (Deptford Fun City, DLP-01) recorded in part 100 Club, London 7-2-78, released May 78
Tracks: Alternatives, Action Time Vision, Why Don’t You Do Me Right?, Good Times, Still-Life, Viva La Rock n’ Roll, Nasty Little Lonely, Red, Splitting in 2

 

 

Action Time Vision 7″ (Deptford Fun City, DFC-07) *100 Club, London 7-2-78, released Aug 78
Tracks: Action time vision, Another coke*

 

 

Life 7″ (Deptford Fun City, DFC-05) released Nov 78
Tracks: Life, Love lies limp

 

Vibing Up The Senile Man: Part One LP (Deptford Fun City, DLP-03) recorded Oct – Nov 78, released Mar 79
Tracks: Release the Natives, Serpentine Gallery, Poor Association, The Radio Story, Facing Up to the Facts, The Good Missionary, Graves of Deluxe Green, Smile in the Day

 

Live at the Rat Club ’77 LP (Crystal, CLP-01) recorded 14-9-77, released 79
Tracks: Memphis, Love Lies Limp, My Hand Was Still Wet, Sleep In Bed , Life, How Much Longer, Alternatives To NATO / You Bastard, Why Don’t You Do Me Right, Total Switch Off

 

Knights of the Future 7″ (Red Ronnie’s Bazar, Nice-2) recorded Wesbourne Park, London Aug 78, issued with Red Ronnie’s Bazar Magazine No. 4, released 80, Italy
Tracks: Untitled, Knights Of The Future, Alternatives To Normal Eating Habits

 

Various Artists – Punk Collection Vol. 2 LP (RCA, PLWL-1007) released 78, Italy
Tracks: How much longer

Various Artists – English Waves! LP (RCA Victor, PLWL-1009) released 78, Italy
Tracks: Life after life

Alternative TV / Here & Now

What you see….Is what you are LP (Deptford Fun City, DLP-2) recorded summer 78, released 78, *tracks by Here & Now
Tracks: Action Time Lemon, Going Round In Circles, Fellow Sufferer, Splitting In Two, What You See Is What You Are*, Dog In Hell*, Addicted*

 

Other Pre-79 Recordings;

Demo recorded Apr 77 ‘Industrial sessions’ *recorded Rat Club 14-9-77
Tracks: Love Lies Limp, Love Lies Limp (2), “…Fuck Up…”, British Kids, “…Is She Awake Yet?”, Industrial Porridge, Life, Life (2), Life (3), Life (4), Tremble The Dog, “…I Was Hitting Him, Like…”, “…A Lot Of Gaps On This Tape…”, Alternatives To NATO, More Porridge, Guardian, Times And Observer, East Acton Action, Never Saw The Blitzkrieg, Street Fighter, British Kids (2), Love Lies Limp (3), Ten Commandments, Street Fighter (2), Still Life*

Locarno, Portsmouth 16-11-77
Tracks: Still Life, Action Time Vision, Love Lies Limp, Any Way You Want Me, Another Coke, Good Times, Life After Life, Memphis Tennessee

BBC John Peel session 5-12-77
Tracks: Action time vision, Still life, Love lies limp, Life after life

BBC John Peel session Jul 78
Tracks: Going round in circles, Good missionary, Nasty little lonely, Release the natives

Free Tour summer 78 (Various venues?)
Tracks: Love Lies Limp, Going Round In Circles, Nasty Little Lonely, Still Life, Fellow Sufferer, Viva La Rock ‘n’ Roll, Release The Natives, Nasty Little Lonely, Alternatives, Fellow Sufferer, The Good Missionary, Graves Of Deluxe Green, The Radio Story

Stonehenge Free Festival 20-6-78
Tracks: Another Coke, Action time lemon, Going round in circles, Fellow sufferer, Slpitting in two

Southend summer 78
Tracks: Nasty little lonely, Still life, Fellow sufferer, Viva la rock ‘n’ roll

Gardens Free Festival, Wesbourne Park, London Aug 78
Tracks: Release the natives, Nasty little lonely, Alternatives, Fellow sufferer, The good missionary, Graves of deluxe green, The radio story

 

Further Information;

http://web.archive.org/web/20060529205726/http://www.markperry.freeuk.com/index.htm
http://punkygibbon.co.uk/bands/a/alternativetv_interview.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_TV
http://www.punk77.co.uk/groups/alternative_tv_atv.htm

Line ups:

New Beatles
late 76
Mark Perry (voc)
Tyrone Thomas (gtr)
Steve Walsh

Alternative TV #1
Mar – Apr 77
Mark Perry (voc)
Alex Fergusson (gtr)
Genesis P Orridge (drms)

#2
Apr 77
Mark Perry (voc)
Alex Fergusson (gtr)
Micky Smith (bass)

#3
Apr 77 – 77
Mark Perry (voc)
Alex Fergusson (gtr)
Micky Smith (bass)
John Towe (drms)

#4
77 – Nov 77
Mark Perry (voc)
Alex Fergusson (gtr)
John Towe (drms)
Tyrone Thomas (bass)

#5
Nov 77
Mark Perry (voc)
Alex Fergusson (gtr)
Tyrone Thomas (bass)
Chris Bennett (drms)

#6
late 77 – 78
Mark Perry (voc)
Tyrone Thomas (gtr)
Chris Bennett (drms)
Dennis Burns (bass)

#7
78
Mark Perry (voc)
Chris Bennett (drms)
Dennis Burns (bass)
Kim Turner (gtr)

#8
78
Mark Perry (voc)
Chris Bennett (drms)
Dennis Burns (bass)
Mark Lineham (gtr)
Jools Holland (keyb)

#9
78
Mark Perry (voc)
Dennis Burns (bass)
Mark Lineham (gtr)

#10
78
Mark Perry (voc)
Dennis Burns (bass)

#11
79
Mark Perry (voc)
Dennis Burns (bass)
Dave George (gtr)
Anno Graver (voc)

Good Missionaries #1
May 79 –
Mark Perry (voc)
Dennis Burns (bass)
Dave George (gtr)
Henry Badowski (drms)
Gillian Hanna (voc)

Mark Perry later also in Reflections, Lemon Kittens, Door & the Window & solo
Steve Walsh is later in Flowers of Romance, Transmitters, Manicured Noise
Tyrone Thomas also in Convent Nuns
Alex Fergusson is later in Cash Pussies, Psychic TV
Genesis P Orridge is also in Throbbing Gristle
Chris Bennett later in Secret Affair
Dennis Burns later in Lusty Ghosts, Reflections
Kim Turner later in Andy Fraser Band
Mark Lineham later in The Lines
Anno Graver also with Gong, Here & Now
Henry Badowski is ex-Doomed, later solo
Jools Holland is also in Squeeze

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