Beyond this, the music here illustrates precisely how Mark led Alternative TV into wide open terrain sometimes far removed from rock music in its more generally accepted forms.
As both proof of where music could be taken once unshackled from all notions of predictability and, indeed, just how far it could go into those realms usually reserved for the avant-garde, this was about as non-conformist as music could get this side of Mark’s beloved Throbbing Gristle at the time.
Originally recorded live at the Greenwich Theatre and The Lyceum and featuring lineups including Dennis Burns (bass), Dave George (percussion, guitar), Anno Graver (vocals), Henry Badowski (drums, sax), Gillian Hanna (vocals), Steve Jameson (bass) and Sam Dodson (guitar), besides Perry himself (vocals, guitar, sax, violin, keyboards), these sets aimed for the jugular as they confounded, enticed and ultimately gave the audiences far more than they’d anticipated.
Between the music of this period, the earlier more direct attacks and the subsequent sidesteps into clever songwriting or more electronically-driven pieces, Alternative TV have always embraced the idea of going to wherever they intuitively feel like in the given moment. Since this early period, the group has gone through lengthy periods of hibernation and surges of activity that together might not have served them so well in a careerist sense, but at least maintained their roles as artists possessed of integrity. A rare virtue in music.
1. Nasty Little Lonely (Perry/Bennett/Burns)
2. Release the Natives (Perry)
3. The Radio Story / Lost In Room Poem/Fellow Sufferer (Perry/Burns)
4. The Force Is Blind (Perry)
5. The Good Missionary (Perry)
6. Bottom of the World (The Good Missionaries)
7. The Good Missionary Goes for a Walk (The Good Missionaries)
8. The Morning They Took Me Away (The Good Missionaries)
Tracks 1 to 5 – Recorded live at the Greenwich Theatre, 18th March 1979.
Mark Perry – vocals, guitar, sax, violin, keyboards/Dennis Burns – bass guitar/Dave George – percussion/Anno Graver – vocals.
Track 6 – Recorded live at the Lyceum, 25th March 1979.
Mark Perry – vocals, guitar/Dave George – guitar/Sam Dodson – guitar/Steve Jameson – bass guitar.
Tracks 7 & 8 –
Recorded live on the Animal Instincts tour, May 1979.
Mark Perry – vocals, guitar/Dave George – guitar/Gillian Hanna – vocals/Dennis Burns – bass guitar/Henry Badowski – drums, sax.
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