The Television Personalities knack for writing amazing pop songs is still in evidence here, but they allow their love of unabashed psychedelia and yes, darkness, to come to the fore. “Scream Quietly” might be a bit dour and gloomy, but it is still an amazingly crafted song and catchy as anything. It rates as one of their best all time songs. “A Day In Heaven” makes use of minimal, repetitive instrumentation, and lots of reverb and combines it all with really sarcastic creepy lyrics about a trendy girl’s aspirations–such as wanting to “do unusual things” and “kiss Charles Manson”, to make one of the most unlikely unsettling songs from the era. Elsewhere, the lead-off track “Adventure Playground” plays up to their Angry Young Man fetish nicely, while “David Hockney’s Diaries” is basically a reprise of “A Day in Heaven.”
But it’s not all anger and seriousness: “Brian’s Magic Car” is pure, fanciful British psychedelia updated for the early 80s, with “Lichtenstein Painting” not being far behind. More and more, this album comes off as their love letter to 60s Pop Art and Psychedelia. The title track is full of a whimsical sorrow that’s not so serious, and “If I Could Write Poetry” is extremely sweet and fey, ending the album on a particularly hopeful note.
The second album by the British band Television Personalities, released in 1982 on Whaam records. This is indeed the original press going nowadays for over 100 euros. Vinyl is close to perfect and the cover has nothing but aging signs (no writing, stickers, creases, ringwear,… no marks at all, just the usual aging/usage signs).EX+/VG+