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Shards 1977-1983

by Tv Toy

This long-awaited compilation chronicles '70s rock pioneers TV TOY, the seminal New Jersey prog-punk band who created an inimitable sound not heard before... or since.
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1. Peter The Image
TV TOY
3:25 $0.69
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2. Living Room
TV TOY
4:07 $0.69
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3. String
TV TOY
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4. Factory Work
TV TOY
2:25 $0.69
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5. For What It's Worth
TV TOY
4:23 FREE
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6. Instant This/Instant That
TV TOY
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7. Slow Boat
TV TOY
4:12 $0.69
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8. Shards
TV TOY
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9. Airplane Head
TV TOY
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10. Young Men
TV TOY
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11. Patterns For Living
TV TOY
4:40 $0.69
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12. Weekend
TV TOY
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13. Monopole
TV TOY
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14. Spearhead
TV TOY
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15. Monofunk
TV TOY
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16. Steady Job
TV TOY
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17. Rebound
TV TOY
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18. Boy's Life
TV TOY
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19. Flesh Kingdom
TV TOY
2:44 $0.69
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20. We Don't Have To Lie
TV TOY
4:07 $0.69
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21. How Cruel
TV TOY
2:46 $0.69
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 1974, as CBGB was just preparing to open its doors, there were few places for an original band to play in New York (and virtually none in New Jersey). The Electric Circus had closed. The Filmore East had closed. The Mercer Arts Center collapsed. The original Max's Kansas City had been dark for nearly a year. Meanwhile, a band called TV Toy was taking shape in a basement in Dover, New Jersey -- a decaying town in the state's mini-rust-belt just west of Manhattan.

From the liner notes by Michael Townsend:

Back when it was happening I knew I was witnessing authentic rock and roll with a brainy "prog" edge, an ultra-modern post-suburban attitude. But now what I hear is great musicianship mixed with true passion and commitment. It was, and is, heartbreaking that not enough people ever noticed. Maybe this compilation can change that...

Contemporary press notices:

"Deliberately intense, slightly twisted, thinking-man's rock and roll..."
TROUSER PRESS

"American Euro-Men with a natural affinity for electro-mechanical melodrama..."
NEW MUSIC EXPRESS

"Interesting New Jersey deconstruction..."
MELODY MAKER

"These guys are good and they know what they are doing..."
TRASHLAND

"Clean and inventive..."
OP MAGAZINE

"Streamline, dedicated and professional..."
NY ROCKER

"A trio with a refreshing difference..."
VARIETY

"Somewhere in a newly discovered ionosphere..."
DAILY RECORD

"Great songs. Immaculate production. Nice packaging. Quirky lyrics. What more do you want?..."
THE AQUARIAN

"TV TOY is 'a little bit of all of the above'..."
NY DAILY NEWS

"Sufficiently impressed with TV TOY to do a cover of their cover ('For What it's Worth')..."
STEREOLAB

From THE TV TOY CHANNEL at www.raybrazen.com:

"Starting with their legendary first session at the studios of the world-famous Vanguard Records, touching upon each of the band's four unforgettable singles, and sealing the deal with several highlights from their iconoclastic performances at their live alma mater, the Showplace in Dover, New Jersey, this disc makes a truly convincing argument that this unfairly overlooked band should rightfully be considered legendary. As the
long-awaited release of this disc should surely hope to prove, it's not too late to acknowledge that fact. For here was a band whose sound was truly original, a sound that was of its time yet utterly timeless. Few bands could cite both Be Bop Deluxe and the Ramones as influences; fewer still could successfully marry the energy and musical sensibilities of both bands. TV
Toy excelled in doing that, and a whole lot more."

[note: Hilly Kristal's history of CBGB was a valuable source of information on the NY club scene in 1974: www.cbgb.com/history1.htm ]

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richard bloom

It's a Trip!
This music still sounds as fresh, original and rockin' as when I used to hear it back in the day. Talk about timeless, songs like "Slow Boat," "Instant This/Instant That," and "Patterns for Living" still make me believe in a brave new world where top 40 radio stations are playing and these tunes are all big hits. It's a big fat amazing collection of singles, obscurities and live tracks that show how great and innovative TV Toy were/are. As one who was there, I appreciate having it all come back again. If you like Roxy Music, The Cars, Bowie, Fall Out Boy, etc., check this out!
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richard bloom

It's a Trip
I remember seeing this band back in the day and was really impressed with their innovative, rocking sound. I bought a number of their singles like "Instant This/Instant Than" and "Flesh Kingdom," and they are all here. In addition there are some great live cuts and rarities. It still sounds fresh and original like some of my favorite artists: Bowie, Roxy, The Cars and new bands like The Killers and Fall Out Boy.
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bob gommo

great cd.I've been waiting for this.
great collection.The live performances are just as I was there.Awesome mix,listen to this one loud.
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Bruce Dabney

highly recommended, outstanding combo of 70s angular prog & 80s punk/new wave
For fans of 70’s angular prog such as Wetton/Bruford era King Crimson, but who also have the ears to appreciate later 70s quality punk & New Wave such as Devo, this band will be a rare find.
I discovered them at a showcase nite at CBGBs in NYC in ’76. After sitting thru one crummy punk/new wave band after another, TV Toy started playing and got my immediate attention- these guys were good!
Heavy and progressive but also rocky & accessible, with really well put-together compositions… excellent chops from everybody (I particularly dug the bass player), with the drummer also contributing percussion ‘allsorts’, and the guitarist/vocalist trading off on electric sax.
Over the next few years I saw them a few more times as they evolved into a 4 piece
with their sound taking a bit more of a rockier, less prog turn, but still just as interesting.
I prefer the earlier, trio incarnation with their sparser, more angular sound (the 1st 4 cuts of this version of the band are my favorites), but there’s not a bad cut on this CD. TV Toy deserved widespread recognition, and hopefully this CD will get it for them- I’m glad to see it released.
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mick hale (MOD FUN & CROC SHOP)

I forgot how good this band was!
aiee got an email FWD from the bass player in both my bands thee other day - it was a note from Steve Peer (the drummer in this combo), so aiee had to come cheque out thee tunez since aiee had forgotten the way these TVTOY guys sounded (last i heard them was back in like 1984 !,) must send a big "werd up" to them - these cuts are great and fresh brimming with energy even after all this tyme! kewl cd guys! . . .
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Chris Walton

At Long Last
I've been waiting forever to have high speed internet and I'm finally able to download this. I still have all the 7" vinyl and Trouser Press flexi-discs but this album has a bunch of songs I haven't heard yet so I'm looking forward to it. This was one of my favorite groups in the early '80s ... thanks especially to Mary for turning me on to them. Steve ... write to me if you can somehow. I'm going to have my own Bliss Products store here soon. Hopefully I can send you some download credits.
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David T. Kearns

I was there for the live stuff, sounds even better now.
Time travel is possible! Great live versions from, The Place, in Dover N.J. Studio sounds, from Vangard, are a revelation. Tight and precise. Kudos to all involved.
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Larry

Shards 1977-1983
Well put together CD. The live cuts are the highlights here, just the way it was back at The Showplace, Polania Acres, and the Schoolhouse Pub (Deacons). How about coming back and doing one more show? I'm sure the Stanhope House will take you back.
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Dan Lewis

A step back in time.
Its been a long time since I've heard these guys and it sounds just as good now as it did then, maybe better. TV Toy was a great live act so this CD compilation appeals to me. I've seen them quite a few times back in the day. Thanks for putting this together; well done.
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