T.D.A.T.W

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The Door And The Window was a short-lived British art punk DIY band, formed by the duo of Nag (2) and Bendle in London, and active from 1979 to '81. Nag and Bendle lacked any musical training or experience, but they nevertheless started by securing a concert gig for T.D.A.T.W., and then booked rehearsal studio to record their debut EP on a simple cassette recorder.

Inspired by Throbbing Gristle, File Under Pop and the 'do-it-yourself' aesthetics of UK punk movement, the duo recorded and self-released Subculture EP on 7" through the newly established NB Records (4) label. The edition of 1000 copies arrived from the pressing plant with white labels in plain sleeves, so Nag and Bendle hand-painted all the covers, and managed to distribute the entire stock.

The follow-up 7" Production Line was released the same year, distributed by Rough Trade. Vinyl with photocopied cover and folded A4 inlay was packaged in a clear plastic sleeve, with 'tracklist' stickers on white labels. Inspired by anarcho-punks Crass, T.D.A.T.W. wrote Do not pay more than 55p on the cover, but the distributor nevertheless managed to sold out the edition of 2000 copies. Production Line charted as a joint Single Of The Week with Ian Dury's Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick in New Musical Express magazine.

The band's popularity quickly grew, and they started regularly performing with The Pop Group, Scritti Politti, Delta 5, Swell Maps, The Raincoats and other prominent UK bands. The Door And The Window joined The Instant Automatons on Weird Noise Tour. They also produced a couple tape releases on NB Records, incl. Permanent Transience (NB 2), available for £1.50, and Music And Movement (NB 9) in 1980. NB Records was responsible for a few releases by T.D.A.T.W's friends and colleagues, such as Wonder Only 85 Pennies, a debut 7" single by The 49 Americans.

Mark Perry left Alternative TV in late 1979, and joined T.D.A.T.W. as the drummer and co-writer. The band had a flexible line-up, with occasional guest members including Fritz Catlin of 23 Skidoo, Dennis Burns (ATV/The Good Missionaries), Grant Showbiz, and 49 Americans' founder Giblet.

In 1980, the band self-released their debut Detailed Twang LP, in stores at the ridiculously low price of £3.00, and again selling out 2000 copies. The album was re-issued by Overground Records as OVER99VPCD (2002) and OVER146LP (2015).

The Door And The Window disbanded in 1981, but managed to reunite on several occasions. In 1983, Nag and Bendle released The Door + The Window ‎play Squeekybop Jugband cassette on Conventional Tapes label, recorded with Dave Morgan, Chris Cornett, and Anthony Clough. A collection of 1983–87 live recordings by T.D.A.T.W. was released on Dr Egg's CD compilation in 2003.
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The Door And The Window - Weird Noise E.P. album art Various The Number One Entertainer Weird Noise E.P. (EP) Fuck Off Records (2) UK 1979 Sell This Version
NB 2 The Door And The Window - Permanent Transience album art The Door And The Window Permanent Transience(Cass, Album) NB Records (4) NB 2 UK 1979 Sell This Version
NB 1 The Door And The Window - Subculture EP album art The Door And The Window Subculture EP(7", EP) NB Records (4) NB 1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
NB 3 The Door And The Window - Production Line album art The Door+The Window* Production Line(7", EP, Ltd) NB Records (4) NB 3 UK 1979 Sell This Version
The Door And The Window - Angst In My Pants album art Various C.C.H. Angst In My Pants (Comp) Deleted Records (2) UK 1980 Sell This Version
The Door And The Window - Detailed Twang album art The Door And The Window Detailed Twang (Album) NB Records (4) UK 1980 Sell This Version
CON 13 The Door And The Window - Mother Of A Punk album art Various Pokerville (as The Door + The Window) and 1 more… Mother Of A Punk(Cass, Comp) Conventional Tapes CON 13 UK 1980 Sell This Version
NB 9 The Door And The Window - Music And Movement album art The Door And The Window Music And Movement(Cass, Album) NB Records (4) NB 9 UK 1980 Sell This Version
W. 000 The Door And The Window - This Is The Weird Sampler! album art Various Wurst Band (as The Door + The Window) This Is The Weird Sampler!(Cass, Comp) Weird Noise Tapes W. 000 UK 1980 Sell This Version
dec 009 The Door And The Window - Deleted Funtime album art Various Habits and 1 more… Deleted Funtime(Cass, Comp, Num, C90) Deleted Records (2) dec 009 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Free 001, M.F.M.14 The Door And The Window - What Happens When We Sing A Song ? album art Various Lust (as T.D.A.T.W.) and 2 more… What Happens When We Sing A Song ?(Cass, Comp, C60) Music For Midgets, Conventional Tapes, Music For Midgets Free 001, M.F.M.14 UK 1981 Sell This Version
It's My (The) Age 4 The Door And The Window - It's My (The) Age 4 album art Various Part Time Punks It's My (The) Age 4(Cass, Comp, C60) Compact Cassette Echo It's My (The) Age 4 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
none The Door And The Window - Plays Squeekybop Jugband album art The Door + The Window* Plays Squeekybop Jugband(Cass, Album) Conventional Tapes none UK 1983 Sell This Version
E.T.C. 003 The Door And The Window - Pent Hetty Gloch album art Hent Petty Glock More Glock (Wedding) and 3 more… Pent Hetty Gloch(Cass, Album, C60) E.T.C. E.T.C. 003 UK 1984 Sell This Version
R-44 The Door And The Window - I Hate The Pop Group album art Various I Hate Sound I Hate The Pop Group(LP, Comp, Unofficial) Vertical Slum Records R-44 US 2000 Sell This Version
none The Door And The Window - Dr. Egg - Live Recordings Of The Door And The Window 1983-1987 album art The Door And The Window Dr. Egg - Live Recordings Of The Door And The Window 1983-1987(CD, Comp) Not On Label none UK 2003 Sell This Version
none The Door And The Window - Dr. Egg - Live Recordings Of The Door And The Window 1983-1987 album art The Door And The Window Dr. Egg - Live Recordings Of The Door And The Window 1983-1987(CD, Comp) Not On Label none UK 2003 Sell This Version
none The Door And The Window - Dr. Egg - Live Recordings Of The Door And The Window 1983-1987 album art The Door And The Window Dr. Egg - Live Recordings Of The Door And The Window 1983-1987(CD, Comp) Not On Label none UK 2003 Sell This Version
02 The Door And The Window - Thrilled By Dearth album art Various Part Time Punks Thrilled By Dearth(CDr, Comp, Ltd, Promo, Unofficial) pop con 02 US 2004 Sell This Version
OVER PROMO VPCD 1 The Door And The Window - Overground Catalogue Sampler 2005 album art Various Detailed Twang Overground Catalogue Sampler 2005(CD, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Overground Records OVER PROMO VPCD 1 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Messthetics #101 The Door And The Window - Messthetics #101 album art Various We're Better Than (as TDATW) and 1 more… Messthetics #101(CD, Album, Comp, Enh) Hyped To Death Messthetics #101 US 2006 Sell This Version
SAVE011 The Door And The Window - Still Going In Offices album art Various Come On Still Going In Offices(LP, Comp, Ltd) Savoury Days SAVE011 UK 2011 Sell This Version
CRCDBOX74 The Door And The Window - Optimism/Reject - UK D-I-Y Punk and Post-Punk 1977-1981 album art Various Subculture Fashion Slaves Optimism/Reject - UK D-I-Y Punk and Post-Punk 1977-1981(4xCD, Comp + Box) Cherry Red CRCDBOX74 UK 2019 Sell This Version

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