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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Dan Treacy

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Dan Treacy

A rare interview with cult indie-pop legend

Dan Treacy: 'I'm sick to death of guitars, I'm through with them. I played last week and thought, what's this round my neck?'Charlotte Zoller

It has been said that Dan Treacy (b. 1960) is the TV Personalities in the same way that Mark E Smith is The Fall. Certainly he has been the sole consistent member since they appeared in 1978 with the single "14th Floor" and subsequent cult hit "Part Time Punks". The early Eighties incarnation of the band, which included "Slaughter" Joe Foster and Ed Ball (later of The Times) has a claim to laying down the blueprint for British indie.

Dan veers randomly from charming to spiky, delusional to satirical

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Very nice interview. Couple of points. That gig that Dan refers to in The Strand where he first met Alan. What actually happened was that me and Alan were trying to form a band together at the time, and Alan had decided we ought to play a gig. So we turned up at that Strand show early, with a couple of instruments and announced we were the support band. The TVPs were so amused at our cheek, they let us play. (We met a German backpacker outside, who played tambourine with us: he became a lifelong friend.) I don't remember there being any other bands that night, but it's quite possible there were. Second, Jake Thackray is the name of a great (and now sadly dead) 60s folk singer, well known for his quirky way of singing. Jerry Thackray is the name I usually go by.

My apologies. You are now Jerry again. As, of course, you always were.

nice interview. TVPs were the first gig at mcgee's Living Room,when it was at the Adams Arms in conway street.Fittingly they also played the last gig there when it got shut down due to "overcrowding"(the moment is captured on the "alive in the living room" creation album.). i was at the gilmour gig and can confirm that he wasn't upset about syd's adress being read out-blame his manager for that. and finaly the prison ship Dan ended up in was at Portland not Portsmouth. now here's debbie with the weather.....

Tom, thanks for the link - this is one of the best interviews I have read in long time, and Dan always has some great stories up his sleeve and as usual has some interesting observations. He should be rolling in money with all the great songs he has written, or at least be able to have enough money to live. I have been spreading the word about their great music for years, and will continue till they are bigger then the Beatles or at least bigger then the Velvet Underground.

I recall Alan McGhee's Communication club in Camden in late 1982. I travelled 600 miles on my own as a very young 17 year old to see TVP's play their 'last ever' gig on a dark Sunday night on Halloween, fancy dress optional of course. Support was from Dr and the Medics and Paul Platypus's Twelve Cubic Feet. They were all great and all the nonsense of last ever gig was just that nonsense of course. It was a great gig, a great memory and worth every mile travelled. The Painted Word was the last of the great ones of course and I live in hope still.

Terrific interview which tells me more about Dan Treacy than everything I'd heard in the last quarter of a century put together. Paul – some people cite seeing the Sex Pistols at the 100 Club as their Damascene moment, but for me it was walking into the Living Room club at the Adams Arms in 1984. Before I'd even got to the gig upstairs an indecipherable flame-haired Scotsman who turned out to be Alan McGee had tried to sell me his fanzine and Jerry Thackray couldn't contain his excitement that I'd heard of his ludicrously lo-fi flexi-single. Upstairs it was the Jasmine Minks and the June Brides ripping up a storm, but Dan Treacy was already a bit of an eminence grise in those circles and we always looked forward to TVP sets. Who would have thought it would all end up with Oasis...

really good interview thanks. it even moved me to verse (bit about nico). sad to just learn dan is in ill health. from my limited knowledge of him he seems such an interesting character, and his music of course. anyways, thanks.

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