TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers

TV Smith is the former singer and songwriter of The Adverts, one of the original and most innovative and exciting punk bands from the London 1970s punk scene, releasing two incredible and still relevant albums; Crossing The Red Sea With, and Cast Of Thousands before imploding in 1979.

In the short lifespan of The Adverts, the band achieved an impressive history, including record deals with Anchor & the infamous Stiff Records, touring with the Damned and Iggy Pop, recording a Peel Session, playing live on Top Of The Pops and the Old Grey Whistle Test, and not forgetting having several top 40 singles, including the notorious 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes', 'Bored Teenagers' and 'No Time To Be 21.'

After The Adverts imploded, TV continued in TV Smith's Explorers, releasing the single 'Tomahawk Cruise' and the album 'Last Words Of The Great Explorer' until 1983 when TV released his first solo record; 'Channel Five.' Next, TV formed the band Cheap who toured relentlessly from 1986 until 1991. Their album 'R.I.P.... Everything Must Go!' was released posthumously.

Since the early 1990s, TV Smith has toured worldwide (solo and with backing bands), released nine incredible and uncompromising albums, written and released five books of tour diaries, and collaborated regularly with bands such as German punks Die Toten Hosen (who recorded an entire album with him, and whose drummer regularly tours with TV in Germany), and American punk band AMEN, who paid tribute to The Adverts by covering several songs with TV himself in a BBC Radio 1 Session.

In 2012, TV was the subject of an excellent full-length documentary for BBC Four entitled We Who Wait.

Most recently, TV released his first ever lyric book, entitled The Alternative Top 50, featuring an extensive introduction from one of TV's biggest fans; Henry Rollins (Black Flag/Rollins Band), and in 2018, he released his fantastic latest record, 'Land Of The Overdose.' Make sure you pick it up at the merch table!

All the way from Barcelona, TV Smith’s Catalonian band The Bored Teenagers return to Britain to play a few select shows, including this unique gig in Scotland. Although known mainly as a solo artist these days, TV Smith plays a small number of gigs with a full electric band backing him. He first met them when bassist BB Quattro invited him over to Spain in 2003 for a few concerts with his punk-pop band, Suzy & Los Quattro, fronted by their dynamic female vocalist Suzy Chain. Re-named as “The Bored Teenagers,” the band backed up TV on a few songs during the encores, and on a day off during the tour they went into the studio and recorded a single together “What If?/New Church,” which was released in Spain on the “No Future” label.

Self-confessed Adverts fans, the Bored Teenagers went on to learn the entire “Crossing The Red Sea” album and played it in full with TV on his fiftieth birthday at London’s esteemed 100 Club in 2007. This performance was later released on CD by Boss Tuneage records. TV and the band went on to tour the “Red Sea” set in Germany and the UK, and in 2016 wowed the main stage at the Rebellion Festival with a set comprising songs from “Crossing The Red Sea” and the second Adverts album “Cast Of Thousands.” The following day they played a set of TV’s post-Adverts songs on the huge Opera stage to an ecstatic full house. In 2019 TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers played select club tours in the UK and Spain, and in August returned to Rebellion festival to play another two packed out shows on the Empress Ballroom and Opera stages.

This is TV's only full band show in Scotland this year (and first for a long time!), and we at Massive Nights and Bannermans are so excited to welcome TV back to our stage.









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