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’ Glue—which, 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.