Thursday, 3 May 2007
TV21 were a short lived Edinburgh band named after an old comic that featured comic strips of Gerry Anderson shows. I’ve always considered their final single, All Join Hands, to be a bit of a lost gem. It seems however that the band don’t agree with me. In an interview from 1991 (which you can read here) singer Norman Rodger describes it merely as OK and blames record company interference, while the interviewer describes it as ghastly. Both seem to agree it was not a fitting swansong especially compared to their previous output. I can’t comment on that because this was the only TV21 song I had heard until I discovered their myspace site today. The songs featured there certainly don’t sound like the same band.
My conclusion is if you hear All Join Hands with no pre-conceptions it’s a fine product of its era. Judge for yourself.
The line-up for this single is:
Neil E Baldwin - bass guitar/backing vocals
David B Hampton - piano/backing vocals
Alistair T Palmer - acoustic guitar/backing vocals
Alasdair J Paterson - drums/percussion/backing vocals
Norman W Rodger - acoustic guitar/lead & backing vocals
Drum machine rhythms - N Rodger/A Palmer/A Paterson
Sequencer - Michael Howlett
The Cannizaro Strings
Charlotte Buchanan – violin
Judith Herbert - Cello
TV21 - All Join Hands(mp3)