after the intial burst of anger in 1976 more experimental bands emerged. from late 1977 onwards, Alternative TV were one of a the few. Lead singer singer Mark Perry had already covered the first impact of punk. with the world’s first punk fanzine Sniffing Glue. Come 1977 it was his turn.
The one thing that bothered me about ATV is that they are capable of coming out with alternative classics, which they do. But normally they they ate a little too hit and miss to be described as a really good band, But ATV are still definitely one of the most interesting from their generation.
This live album catches them early when the band were at their most consistent. Although ‘ATV’ is not included here, there are still a few storming songs – the opener ‘My Love Lies Limp’ and ‘Another Coke’ spring to mind as well as the bluesy ‘Nasty Little Lonely’ which all sound healthy and full bloodied live here.
If you’re a fan of early Alternative TV then find this release, even if you are new to them this live album is a fair taster, but you may be better sticking to the first studio album ‘The Image Has Cracked’ and take it from there. 7.7/10