Alternative TV – Action Time Vision: The ATV Anthology

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After instigating punk’s Xerox bible, fanzine mogul Perry decided to “have a go myself” (as he explains in his enlightening liner notes), thus forming ATV. His earliest efforts remain his best, notably the reggae-tinged confession of impotence, “Love Lies Limp” (apparently a chide against the libido of journalist Caroline Coon, the then-girlfriend of The Clash’s Paul Simonon) and 77’s shrewd dismissal of punk bandwagon jumpers “How Much Longer”. This double CD also traces his perseverance thereafter, from dub to jangling ’80s indie. A mixed bag musically, though consistently entertaining in Perry’s lyrical outlook.


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