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Television Personalities’ Dan Treacy has lived a difficult life and his band has been a casual line-up of like-minded folks who find ways to fit into Treacy’s peculiar puzzle. A Memory Is Better Than Nothing is Treacy’s 2010 release and it could’ve been released about 30 years ago and felt just as magical and out of step with whatever mainstream music happened to be up to. The songs are delightfully accessible, just not very polished. There’s a gentle reverb and an unvarnished acoustic guitar supporting many of these tunes and when a pedal steel does perform back-up on “Walk Towards The Light,” it remains in the background as Treacy’s everyman vocals remind one of a time when bands such as Swell Maps (whose Jowe Head has played on many releases) ruled the indie-scene in the U.K. “She’s My Yoko” is a natural pop song. “Funny He Never Married” is a loose, barely in-key ballad where the amateurism holds a mesmerizing charm. So many cool, odd moments that only a man tending to his own garden oblivious to the outside music world could pull it off.


Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Britain's Television Personalities enjoyed one of the new wave era's longest, most erratic, and most far-reaching careers. Over the course of a musical evolution that led them from wide-eyed shambling pop to the outer reaches of psychedelia and back, they directly influenced virtually every major pop uprising of the period, with artists as diverse as feedback virtuosos the Jesus and Mary Chain, twee pop titans the Pastels, and lo-fi kingpins Pavement readily acknowledging Television Personalities'...
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