Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Retrosonic Podcast Episode 3: TV Smith special

TV Smith live at the Retrosonic HQ - Photo Steve Worrall
TV Smith, the legendary voice of The Adverts and hugely respected solo performer, joins us (Steve from Retro Man Blog, Rock photographer Paul Slattery and Adam from The Jetsonics) in this brand new special edition of the Retrosonic Podcast,  to discuss his influential career and play an exclusive four song acoustic session.

TV takes us on a journey from his early gigs on the edge of Dartmoor with Sleaze to moving up to London with Gaye Advert and playing the Roxy with The Adverts at the very beginning of the Punk Rock explosion. He then brings us right up to date with the release of his latest album "Coming Into Land" and the publication of his excellent "Punk Rock Tour Diaries", "Volume 1: Getting There" and "Volume 2: How To Feel Human", which cover his adventures as a travelling solo performer armed only with a guitar, a suitcase and an emergency sandwich. This special Edition of the Podcast  is soundtracked by a choice of prime Adverts, Explorers, Cheap and solo material and we were also very honoured to be treated to an exclusive and intimate acoustic session of four songs, live in the Retrosonic HQ. 

Photographer Paul Slattery first saw The Adverts at The Nashville in 1977 and here he meets up with TV Smith for the first time in over 30 years. Paul discusses the impact of seeing the band in those early days of the Punk Rock explosion, and chats about his experiences of being caught up right at the front of a rather scary crowd. On the right is one of Paul's great photos of Gaye Advert taken backstage at The Nashville. Paul also talks about the scene in more depth in Part 2 of his story which can be found on the Retrosonic Podcast Soundcloud site HERE

For more information on our TV Smith gig at the Railway Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on June 22nd please click the gig poster on the right or visit the Railway Hotel's web-site. For other tour dates, merchandise and news please check out the excellent TV Smith.com web-site which is a really great resource for fans, including a Forum  and lots of interesting archive material to browse such as interviews and set lists from many gigs.

Many thanks to TV Smith for a thoroughly entertaining and inspiring evening, we really appreciate it. And thanks also to Paul Slattery for contributing the great Gaye Advert at The Nashville Photo.

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