If I Could Write Poetry
A Tribute to Television Personalities
With the ubiquity of all forms of culture these days, it shouldn’t really be all that surprising that something with seemingly little audience can resonate on a global level, but it still is. Television Personalities — an on again/off again indie pop band with a troubled front man that was founded in the late ’70s — is in some circles credited with kick-starting the shambling, lo-fi and lovesick strains of post-punk that ran through the ’80s British underground. Apparently their influence didn’t stop there as If I Could Write Poetry contains 20 contemporary international bands covering TP’s rich catalog.
If there’s one commonality linking these disparate groups together it’s a staunch adherence to DIY recording ethic. There’s no Pro-Tools sheen or clean mixes, but the roughed-up tape-wrought sounds of a bedroom session. It works beautifully throughout, from Nikki Sudden’s skronky version of the title track, to The Higher Elevators’ loping, heart-wrenching take on “The Engine Driver Song”, to Nick Danger and the DCR’s minimalist Velvets-esque treatment of “Diary of a Young Man.” Nearly every band on here breathes new life into the desperation and frustration of these tracks, providing both a worthy tribute to Dan Treacy’s outfit and a calling card to check out their outstanding original work as well.
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