post-punk gems v. 15 — Alternative TV

So, it’s (post-) punk gems’ time again, and I’ve got Alternative TV in my sights this time ’round. Alternative TV was the musical project of Mark Perry, the publisher of the seminal fanzine Sniffin’ Gluewhich, of course, was inspired by a tune sung by Perry’s muse, Joey Ramone.

(Yes, posted punk-like without permission.)

Here’s Alternative TV with one of their more melodic tunes, “A.T.V.,” which came out on Deptford Fun City Records, back on May 5, 1978.

So, 35 years ago this week, Alternative TV played the last punk show at the 100 Club, which hosted the landmark “Punk Festival” of September 1976, among other great nights in punk history. The festival’s first night included, in order, performances by Subway Sect, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols, and that night especially  inspired Caroline Coon to offer the following audacious coda in her book  1988: New Wave Punk Rock Explosion (1977): “Whatever happens now, the force of punk rock will be felt in society at least until 1988.” Or at least until the Metropolitan Museum celebration of punk couture finishes its run next August.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art   PUNK  Chaos to Couture



Author: stealingalltransmissions

CA ex-pat loving life in Northeast Ohio. Like most of you, I write stuff.

2 thoughts on “post-punk gems v. 15 — Alternative TV”

  1. I’ve a photo of LA’s The Screamers (whose lead singer was very involved in the early NY punk scene, close pals of Joey and Dee Dee, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein and others) in the Met Punk Chaos to Couture catalog, financed by high fashion. Hmm …

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