Alternative TV – Love Lies Limp

10th June 2022 · 1970s, 1977, Music, Punk

The 12th and final edition of the first punk fanzine, Sniffin’ Glue, came out in August 1977 and included this flexi-disc by Alternative TV.

It received more attention than it might otherwise have done because the front man and singer of ATV was founder/editor Mark Perry.

He was a prominent sight at punk gigs from the earliest of days, and something of a legend in his own right, inspiring many of us to start our own fanzines.

When ATV released this, their debut single, I remember being surprised to find there was nothing ‘punk’ about it in musical terms.

It’s a reggae tune – cod reggae. But none the worse for that, with Perry’s listless, apathetic vocal capturing the mood perfectly.

ATV grew out of Perry’s previous group, The New Beatles, and featured John Towe (ex-Gen X) on drums, Mickey Smith on bass and former Nobodies guitarist Alex Fergusson (no, not him).

I think Smith had left by the time they recorded this, following rehearsals at Throbbing Gristle’s studio by London Fields (Industrial Records), to be replaced by Tyrone Thomas.

Towe would be replaced by Chris Bennett by the time they made their next singles, How Much Longer and Action Time Vision, and debut album The Image Has Cracked.

I’ve got them all, with my flimsy flexi-disc lying limp somewhere.