Heres ATV's Fuck off tape that catalogues the transition from ATV to The Good Missionaries. There's even a nasty sounding riot at the end of the ATV side.The public could turn violent if they don't get what they want you know.In this case they wanted hard hitting punk rock. Instead they got band members playing each others instruments, songs with no chorus, or structure, and no hits!
The elongated silences at the end of each track
make the stunned silence at the end of
Belsen was a Gas, from the pistols last gig,
seem like a nano second.
This is confrontational art at its very best,
and also probably ATV's best album? Scars On Sunday W001 Spring 79/May 79
SIDE ONE 1. Nasty Little Lonely 2. Release the Natives 3. Radio Story/Lost In Room 4. Fellow Sufferer 5. The Force Is Blind 6. Good Missionary/Total Disregard For The Greenwich Theatre SIDE TWO 1. Bottom Of The World 2. The Good Missionary Goes For a Walk 3. The Morning They Took Me Away
Mark Perry : vocals/guitar/keyboards/wind instruments/percussion Dave George : drums/percussion/special effects Dennis Burns : bass guitar Anno Wombat : vocals/wind instruments/percussionSide two is the very first Good Missionary concert in "Bottom Of The World" a jam recorded at the "Gig of the century" in the Lyceum ballroom May 1979. The other two numbers are also largely improvised and were recorded on the "Pop Group" tour summer 1979.
Mark Perry : vocals/guitar/wind instruments Dave George : guitar/vocals/chime bars/effects Dennis Burns : bass guitar Gillian Hanna : vocals/wind instruments/percussion Suze Da Blooz : vocals/wind instruments/percussion Anno Wombat : vocals/wind instruments/percussion Henry Badowski : drums/saxophoneCAUTION!
This is the first in Fuck Off records "Weird Experiments In Noise" collection and is a serious attempt to blow your mind with sound. As you may have noticed the long drawn out 'hypnotic' pieces (otherwise known as the boring bits) are necessary to bring out the sheer power of the noisy bits inherent in this type of music. While every attempt is made to ensure perfect audio reproduction, we must admit we quite enjoy that 'fucked up' sound. The Good Missionaries is a natural progression from Alternative TV. ATV in the beginning were a pretty hard hitting if not intriguing sort of punk group. However as time has passed, various members have joined and left the band until the final line up (recorded on side one) decided that the music had changed so much and lots of people were still coming to the gigs expecting the older line ups, that changing the name would be a good idea. About the time of this penultimate gig the music had got so weird that hardcore heavy punks had taken to throwing bottles at the band, on one occasion Mark was knocked unconscious by one, and during side one the tension in the air is easy to spot, as is the final destruction of the equipment by band and audience alike, after the PA is switched off mid-set. Side two starts with a jam recorded on the first Good Missionaries gig, a tentative affair where the group performed in masks, it was all meant as a bit of a laugh really but the band enjoyed the relief from not having a name to live up to, subsequently the content is less strained. The rest of side two feature two performances on the most recent Pop Group tour featuring the newest line-up. These additions and changes aid Mark in his former capacity as lead instrumentalist by stopping up a lot of gaps he used to have to run around the stage to fill all by himself. And generally I think it will be agreed that these later recordings show the band at their most relaxed and productive to date.
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