CD The Image Has Cracked [Limited] (CD 1214949),
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The Image Has Cracked [Limited]

  • 1. Alternatives
    2. Action Time Vision
    3. Why Don't You Do Me Right
    4. Good Times
    5. Still Life
    6. Viva La Rock 'n' Roll
    7. Nasty Little Lonely
    8. Red
    9. Splitting In Two
    10. Love Lies Limp - (Bonus Track)
    11. Life - (Bonus Track)
    12. How Much Longer - (Bonus Track)
    13. You Bastard - (Bonus Track)
    14. Another Coke - (Bonus Track)
    15. Life After Life - (Bonus Track)
    16. Life After Dub - (Bonus Track)
    17. Force Is Blind, The - (Bonus Track)
    18. Lost In A Room - (Bonus Track)
    19. How Much Longer - (alternate take, Bonus Track)
    20. You Bastard - (alternate take, Bonus Track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDPUNK 24

  • Credits
    EngineerNigel Gray

    Includes eleven bonus tracks.
    Personnel: Jools Holland (piano, Moog synthesizer); Kim Turner (piano).
    Recording information: 100 Club (07/02/1978); Surrey Sound Studios (07/02/1978).
    Even though Mark Perry was the man behind Sniffin' Glue, one of the very first U.K. punk fanzines, he was the leader of what could be considered one of the first post-punk bands, Alternative TV. Their 1978 debut album, IMAGE HAS CRACKED, is a half-studio/half-live recording that finds Perry and company already moving beyond the standard punk template. While many of the tunes, most notably the signature song "Action Time Vision," are pretty solidly in the classic bash-'em-out punk mode, a number of tracks stretch out in different directions, indicating a predilection for avant-noise and even a fascination with garage psychedelia (both of which would be explored further on the next album, VIBING UP THE SENILE MAN). The reissue appends a wealth of bonus cuts, which make it clear that a pronounced reggae influence was part of Alternative TV's sonic universe as well.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.76) - Ranked #28 in Mojo's "Top 50 Punk Albums" - "...ATV mixed self-deprecation with DIY spirit..."
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