Television Personalities ‎– The Painted Word

1972 ‎– IF 16
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1 Stop And Smell The Roses
A2 The Painted Word
A3 A Life Of Her Own
A4 Bright Sunny Smiles
A5 Mentioned In Despatches
A6 A Sense Of Belonging
A7 Say You Won't Cry
B1 Someone To Share My Life With
B2 You'll Have To Scream Louder
B3 Happy All The Time
B4 The Girl Who Had Everything
B5 Paradise Estate
B6 Back To Vietnam


Originally released by Illuminated Records, the Television Personalities’ 1984 album The Painted Word is a near-perfect collection of jangly, riffing guitars, organ chords, freaky tambourines and Velvet Underground-like drumming.
Every song on this dark, hauntingly beautiful masterpiece is a gem in the rough. It’s easy to hear similarities to Swell Maps, The Only Ones and The Modern Lovers in the group’s unique style that draws from both DIY punk and post-punk psychedelia.
Is Dan Treacy one of England’s last great songwriters? With even more Britishness than Ray Davies, this wounded romantic’s lyrics are both detached and resonant. The Painted Word is a stark, heartfelt album made by a vulnerable and damaged genius backed by an amateurish band offering loads of brilliantly adapted pop-art weirdness.
“The Painted Word, alongside Big Star’s Sister Lovers and any one of Nick Drake’s LPs, is one of the best emotionally introspective records I’ve ever heard. Dan Treacy’s songs tear me apart. This is their finest moment. Both the humour and tragedy of the songs are beautiful.” —Alan McGee
“This harrowing and emotionally raw record brings together the band’s strengths in one cohesive work. The band is in top form, with a constant mood of bleak, echoing psychedelia"- Head Heritage

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JAMS 37 Television Personalities The Painted Word(LP, Album) Illuminated Records JAMS 37 UK 1984 Sell This Version
refire cd10 Television Personalities The Painted Word(CD, Album, RM) Fire Records refire cd10 UK 1990 Sell This Version
FIRELP229X Television Personalities The Painted Word(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, B&W) Fire Records FIRELP229X UK 2017 Sell This Version
refire 10 Television Personalities The Painted Word(LP, RE) Fire Records refire 10 UK 1990 Sell This Version
SFIRE029CD Television Personalities The Painted Word(CD, Album, RE) Fire Records SFIRE029CD UK 2002 Sell This Version