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Times, The

In 1977, Edward Ball formed Television Personalities with fellow Chelsea schoolmate Dan Treacy. They were a ham-fisted pastiche of a punk band, whose ironic swipes at the scene made them anti-heroes, the archetypal cult band.

Ball soon split from Treacy and followed his vision with The Teenage Filmstars and ultimately The Times, a guise which continued well into the 90’s.

Their debut album, Pop Goes Art, was released in 1982 in tandem with the Television Personalities‘ Mummy, You’re Not Watching Me.

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While the album is more Herman’s Hermits than The Who, it contained a number of indie-pop masterpieces like Biff! Bang! Pow!Miss London and I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape. 

Biff! Bang! Pow! was also the B-side of The Times’ debut single, Red With Purple Flashes – both titles were tributes to 1960’s legends The Creation, whose pop-art antics and freakbeat 45’s captured Ball’s imagination.

This tallied neatly with the ideas behind Whaam! Records, formed by Treacy and manager Clive Solomon with a label/design in the style of Roy Lichtenstein.

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