Friday, August 04, 2006

The story of Creation (part 9)

Edward Ball had the distinct privilege of working with two individuals who are often regarded as being a tad nutters: Alan McGee and Dan Treacy. Lucky him.

Ball joined Treacy as one of the founding members of the seminal act Television Personalities. The group formed in August of 1977, the same month Elvis died. ("We started the Television Personalities because we'd killed Elvis," Ball joked in this interview. "He'd become fat, redundant, and useless.")

Gigging 'round London with the TVPs brought Ball in touch with McGee, who was kicking off The Living Room club nights and later, Creation Records. During his years associated with the label, Ball recorded with Biff Bang Pow!, toured with The Boo Radleys, and even released his own material.

Hear it for yourself. Download: CRE 239: Edward Ball - "The Mill Hill Self Hate Club," (CD5), 1997.