Television Personalities - Beautiful Despair

Television Personalities - Beautiful Despair


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Beautiful Despair is a previously unreleased Television Personalities album that has been lovingly restored and remastered by Jowe Head in 2017. 

Recorded in 1990 by Dan Treacy and Jowe Head at Jowe's flat in Glading Terrace, Stoke Newington (shortly before it was demolished), over a number sessions on a portable 4-track cassette-tape machine. 

“Over the course of a few weeks, we had amassed fifteen tracks, some of which ended up being re-recorded with very different arrangements on Closer to God. The intention was to finish and release these tracks at some point, and that time has finally arrived” - Jowe Head 

Of the previously unheard songs, 'I Like That in a Girl' was based on a conversation Daniel Treacy had with Lawrence of the Birmingham band Felt, hence the peculiar accent that Dan uses towards the end! 'Love is a Four-Letter Word' was a song the band would play regularly live; it eventually evolved into 'Love is Better Than War'.  'I Suppose You Think It’s Funny' displays Jowe and Daniel's double-falsetto skills. 'If You Fly Too High' was based on an encounter with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads in Berlin during a memorable gig with them at the Ecstasy Madhouse in December 1989, when the Berlin Wall was being torn down. The band jammed with Evan on stage that night, playing some tunes by Jonathan Richman and Johnny Thunders. The song also mentions Alan McGee, who was a great fan of the TVPs.  


  1. Hard Luck Story Number 39 
  2. Razor Blades and Lemonade 
  3. How Does It Feel To Be Loved 
  4. Love is a Four-Letter Word 
  5. Beautiful Despair 
  6. If You Fly Too High 
  7. Have a Nice Day 
  8. I Get Frightened Too 
  9. Goodnight Mister Spaceman 
  10. Honey For The Bears 
  11. I Don’t Want to Live This Life 
  12. I Like That In a Girl 
  13. My Very First Nervous Breakdown 
  14. I Suppose You Think It’s Funny 
  15. This Heart’s Not Made of Stone 


  • LP contains download coupon 





also available: 
Television Personalities - ...And Don't The Kids Just Love It   LP | CD 
Television Personalities - Mummy Your Not Watching Me   LP | CD 

Television Personalities - They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles   LP 
Television Personalities - Some Kind Of Happening: Singles 1978-1989   2LP+7" 
Television Personalities - Some Kind Of Trip: Singles 1990-1994   2LP | 2CD 
Television Personalities - Some Kind Of Happiness?: Singles 1994-1999   2LP 



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