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This article is about the band. For the concept see Television personalities 50x40px This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 50x40px This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Television PersonalitiesOrigin EnglandGenres Post-punk Punk rock New Wave Indie pop Years active 1978 (1978)–presentLabels Domino RecordsAssociated acts 'O' Level The Times Teenage Filmstars Website windlessairmusic. tripod. comMembers Dan Treacy Texas Bob Juarez Mike Stone Past members 'Slaughter Joe' Foster Edward Ball John Bennett Gerard Bennett Mark 'Empire' Sheppard Bernard Fox Dave Musker Mark Flunder Jeffrey Bloom Jowe Head Victoria Yeulet The Television Personalities are an English group with a varying line-up. The only constant member is singer–songwriter Dan Treacy (b. 19 June 1960), who uses the band as a vehicle for his music. The band's first release (January 1978) was the single "14th Floor / Oxford Street W1", while their second, the EP Where's Bill Grundy Now? features one of their best-known songs, "Part Time Punks". The Television Personalities' first album ... And Don't The Kids Just Love It was released in 1981. It set the template for their subsequent career: neo-psychedelia, an obsession with youth culture of the 1960s, a fey, slightly camp lyrical attitude, and the occasional classic pop song. Their second album Mummy Your Not Watching Me [sic sic] demonstrated increased psychedelic influences. Their third album, entitled They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles showed Treacy's sense of humour: the TVPs were never to have any major commercial success in the UK – although their albums sold respectably in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. The first three albums featured Treacy and schoolmate Ed Ball; Ball left the band to found The Times, but rejoined in 2004. The band were offered the support slot on Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's 1984 UK solo dates, but were promptly dropped after reading out former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett's home address. The 1984 album The Painted Word was unexpectedly dark in content, reflecting Treacy's despair at Thatcherite Britain and his personal circumstances. Various line up changes prevented their next album (Privilege) from appearing until 1990. Their subsequent album Closer to God was a combination of fey sixties style pop and darker material, similar in tone to The Painted Word. The album Don't Cry Baby, It's Only a Movie was released in 1998. From 1998 to June 2004 Dan Treacy was incarcerated for shoplifting to feed his drug habit. He spent time aboard HM Prison ship the Weare in Portland Harbour, Dorset, England. He has referred to the Weare as "The Good Ship Lollipop". The experience helped him put his life and career back on track. In February 2006 a new TVPs album My Dark Places was released. Despite their relatively small independent sales the TVPs were very influential on British music in the 1980s, especially the so-called C86 generation and many of the bands on Creation Records. In an article in The Guardian on 24 April 2006, it was implied that Dan Treacy is in some way behind the Arctic Monkeys, although this is based on little more than a perceived similarity between their lyrical style and that of Treacy, and the fact that the lead singer of Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner is mysteriously not credited with their songwriting. It was reported in October, 2011 that Treacy is seriously ill after an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.
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- They Could Have Been Bigger Than the Beatles, 1990
- My Dark Places, 2006
- Prime Time Televison Personalities 1981 - 1992, 1997
- ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It, 1990
- And They All Lived Happily Ever After, 2005
- Privilege, 2002
- Are We Nearly There Yet?, 2007
- The Painted Word, 1984
- Fashion Conscious: The Little Teddy Years, 2002
- I Was a Mod Before You Was a Mod, 1995
- Mummy Your Not Watching Me, 1986
- A Memory Is Better Than Nothing, 2010
- Yes Darling, but Is It Art?, 1995
- Part Time Punks: The Very Best of Television Personalities, 1999
- Don't Cry Baby... It's Only a Movie, 1998
- Chocolat Art, 1993
- Closer to God, 1993
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