Tune in on Wednesday, October 18, at 4:30pm to hear Tiger Lily in conversation with singer/songwriter TV Smith, perhaps best known for his late 1970s English punk band The Adverts. He is currently on tour and performs at the Great American Music Hall on Tuesday, October 17.
TV Smith was the founding member, singer, and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976 and were one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they gained cult success with their Stiff Records single “One Chord Wonders.” Their next release, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” became a hit, leading to radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest in the U.K. The album that followed in early 1978, Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts, is still considered a classic of the era and is often cited as one of the 20 best punk albums ever released. The Adverts released one more album, Cast Of Thousands, before splitting in 1979.
Since the Adverts’ breakup, TV formed TV Smith’s Explorers and then Cheap before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early 1990s and releasing a succession of albums. His latest release, A DFFRNT WRLD, is a collaboration with Doctors Of Madness frontman and founder Richard Strange.