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"the image has cracked"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Deptford Fun City
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

















As a vocalist, ATV took an unknown radio disc jockey and editor of one of the first punk fanzines, "Sniffin' Glue", started the band in March 1977 with Alex Ferguson on guitar, Micky Smith (and later Tyrone Thomas and then Dennies Burns) on bass, John Towe (and later Chris Bennett) on drums. The singles Love Lies Limp (Sniffing Glue, 1977), Knights of the Future/ Alternatives to Normal Eating (Red Ronnie's Bazar, 1977) and How Much Longer/ You Bastard (Deptford Fun City, november 1977) heralded a new era for British rock music, an era that would soon revel in the modernist sounds of The Clash, The Ruts or Magazine. Ferguson had already left by this time. ATV's songs were melodic and complex, although they still boasted punk's angry "take-no-prisoners" attack. The Image Has Cracked (Deptford Fun City, 1978) is a milestone of that era, as are the singles Life After Life/ Life After Dub (Deptford Fun City, 1978), Life/ Love Lies Limp (Deptford Fun City, 1978) and Action Time Vision/ Another Coke (Deptford Fun City, 1978). But the band was falling apart. Only Perry and the bassist were left on the album Vibing Up the Senile Man (Deptford Fun City, 1979), a much more experimental album at the border between free-jazz and electronica, while the market also received a couple of live albums and a bootleg or two. The last single was The Force Is Blind/ Lost in a Room (Depford Fun City, 1979). ATV split up in 1981 but reunited late 80's decade, with a regular activity until nowadays. Despite ATV is not a militant political band, their lyrics have always showed a certain interest related to political conscious, social issues, against prejudices, etc.
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"the ancient rebels"
Year:  1981
Label:  A&M
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        New Wave







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"punk life"
Year:  1997
Label:  Overground
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock







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"Revolution"
Year:  2001
Label:  Public Domain
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock







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"opposing forces"
Year:  2015
Label:  Public Domain
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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