ALTERNATIVE TV – “Action Time Vision” / “Another Coke” (Deptford Fun City Records DFC07) August 1978
Alternative TV “Action Time Vision” – “We’re aiming to go in another direction,” claimed Sniffin’ Glue editor Mark Perry in March 1977, as he announced that he was about to take his own infamous punk advice and form a band.
Experimental, ramshackle and just occasionally anthemic, Alternative TV dismantled punk orthodoxy to such an extent that the movement’s first cheerleader often enraged his own audience.
‘Action Time Vision’, ATV’s third and most successful single, placated them all. “It was probably the best song I wrote with Alex Ferguson (their original guitarist), says Perry, “and it sounded so positive and direct that, even now, people think it’s a mod 45.”
This punk land-mark has been covered by Billy Childish (twice), Sham 69 and Menace – and re-covered by Perry and ATV. (Mojo)