to prominence in the first wave of British punk rock as singer
and songwriter for the Adverts who,
after frequent early appearances at the seminal Roxy club in
London in 1977 ,
gained cult success with the Stiff single " One
Chord Wonders ."
This turned to notoriety when their next single, " Gary
Gilmore's Eyes "
thrust them into the upper reaches of the U.K. charts. The album
that followed in 1978 ,
the Red Sea with the Adverts "
charted on its first week of release, and is generally
considered to be one of the few genuine classics of the
The nineties saw T.V. gigging relentlessly throughout Europe, as
well as releasing a further two solo albums, 1995 's "Immortal
which was released in the U.S. on long-time fan Henry
- and 1999 's "Generation
Y," as well
as co-writing songs with German chart-toppers Die
Toten Hosen .
In 2001 the
Toten Hosen performed as TV's backing band to record "Useless," an
album of re-recordings of classic T.V.Smith songs which has gone
on to become his biggest selling album in Europe since "Crossing
The Red Sea." An
internet only anti-war single “Not
In My Name” released
by T.V. early in 2003 through
his website received more than 7,000 downloads........
Latest news, archives, photos and T.V.'s tour diaries can be
found at www.tvsmith.com
TV Smith at
What If? The
bandwagon starts rolling before you even reach your teens, role
models for a restless world and the fuel to fill your dreams
Where will you go, when you take your first step on your own?
Where will you walk? What if they led the way and no-one
They lead you out onto the catwalk like a dog upon a leash,
they fix your feet upon the party line but there are places it
What if you woke up one morning and weren't under the
influence? What if you won back your independence?
Some routes will take you down the backroads some will take
you down the main strip, or you could head off through the
undergrowth where the civilised image slips.
© TV Smith