The Teenage Filmstars was formed in 1979 by former members of the Television Personalities, Edward Ball, Daniel Treacy and Joseph Foster.
Their debut single, (There’s a) Cloud Over Liverpool was championed by Radio 1 DJ John Peel and received much attention more than a year later when American college radio stations mistook it for a tribute to the recently murdered John Lennon.
As The Teenage Filmstars began recording their debut album in November 1980, Ball once again changed the band’s name to The Times. Their single I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape (A tribute to the classic ITC television series The Prisoner) was also later released as a single by The Times.
The Teenage Filmstars reappeared twelve years later with the album Lift Off Mit Der Teenage Filmstars – AK Star (1992) on Creation Records. They followed this up with Rocket Charms (1993), and eventually realised their ambitious psychedelic album concept in 1997 with Ssenkcis Rou Troppus Drocer Ruo Yub (“Buy Our Record Support Our Sickness” backwards).
Vocals, guitar, bass