Product Code: SML 1123
Artist: TV21
Origin: Austalasia
Label: Deram (1981)
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Cover: VG+
Record: NM (M-)
Genre: Indie Rock , New Wave , Rock U

A Thin Red Line

Very smart clean vinyl. gloss cover and lyric sheet.

Today on Excavating the 80s we pay tribute to TV21, the massively understated Post-Punk/New Wave band who seemed destined for major success when in 1981 they were made the subject of a rave review in Melody Maker and months later became front cover stars of that very paper… only to announce their split the next week. TV21’s sound epitomized the very essence of Post-Punk with all its integrity and aggression, and with a debut album so strong as A Thin Red Line these guys deserved to be hailed as timeless legends of classic Post-Punk. Instead, their story just fizzled out, and they remain unsung and forgotten by music historians to this day. And a deeper look at their history reveals record company problems to be the root cause of TV21’s untimely demise. Yet their material has aged well and quakes with an in-yer-face aggression and intensity that many of today’s supposed ‘alternative’ acts would kill to master. They are a band that no fan of the Post-Punk movement and its imitators should miss out on. So Excavating the 80s is happily obliged to do its bit to ensure that TV21’s legacy and output will live on, and hopefully- as is the intention with all bands featured in this blog- be introduced to new listeners, among whom may be the Rock stars of the future.

One of the great 'lost' albums. Imagine a combination of the Teardrop Explodes 'Kilimanjaro', Echo & the Bunnymen's 'Crocodiles' and the Chameleons 'Script of the Bridge' and you will have a pretty good idea of what 'A Thin Red Line' sounds like. I had this album back in the eighties and ditched it at some point - but have now managed to find a download of it and it is truly wonderful.

Fans of the aforementioned bands need look no further - you'll love this.