- The Times (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Times
Img_capt = The Times, circa 1983. From L to R, John East, Simon Smith and Ed Ball. Photo by Ray Kent
Img_size = 170
Background = group_or_band
Post punk, Indie
Years_active = 1980–present
Label = Whaam! Records
Teenage Filmstars 'O' Level
The Love Corporation
URL = [http://www.myspace.com/thetimeslondon www.myspace.com/thetimeslondon]
Current_members = Ed Ball
John East Dan Treacy Alan McGee Ray Kent Dick Green Paul Damian Paul Heeren Simon Smith Misty Woods
The Times are a British, 1980s-90s, independent band, the brainchild of Ed Ball, co-founder member of the
Television Personalities, Teenage Filmstarsand 'O' Level.
Whaam! Records 1981-1982
After releasing a string of 7" singles variously as O'Level ("We Love Malcolm, 1978), The Television Personalities ("Part-Time Punks, 1978), Teenage Filmstars ("There's A Cloud Over Liverpool", 1979, "I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape", 1980), that culminated with the debut Television Personalities album "And Don't The Kids Just Love It" (1980) on Rough Trade Records, Edward Ball and Daniel Treacy opted for even more artistic control by setting up their own label, WHAAM! Records. [cite web
title =Ed Ball: Interview with the modernist musical alchemist.
publisher =Creation Records
date =August 2005
accessdate =2007-03-29 ] .
At the same time, recorded as a proposed Teenage Filmstars' debut LP. Ball's 1980 collection of songs was completed as "Go! With The Times", from which the first Times single "Red With Purple Flashes" (1981) was released on Whaam! This was followed by "Pop Goes Art!" (1982), released in individually hand-painted sleeves that executed the band's Pop Art visions. The 1990 ARTPOP! vinyl re-issue of this album even featured individually hand-painted picture discs.
ArTpOp! Records 1982-1986
On leaving the Television Personalities, and consequently Whaam!, Ball immediately launched the ARTPOP! label with the Times' second single "I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape!" (September 1982). This was accompanied by humorous tongue in cheek video based on "
The Prisoner" T.V. series that starred Patrick McGoohan. [cite web
authorlink = The Times
title ="The Times - I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape"
accessdate = ] Ball's songwriting took a more serious turn with "This Is London" (1983). Songs like "Goodbye Piccadilly", "If Only", and the title track, match the bleakness and despair of
Joy Division, the cutting sarcasm of The Jam. After the experimental electronics of "Hello Europe" (1984), Ball fulfilled a long-time ambition to stage Joe Orton'sscreenplay for the Beatles"Up Against It" at a West London theatre with Tony Conwayfrom Mood Six. [cite web
title =Edward Ball of the mighty Times and Television Personalities answers our Questions of Doom!
publisher =POPTONES INTERVIEW
accessdate =2007-03-29 ] . This culminated with the Times' fifth album "Up Against It" (1985). Fancying themselves as pirate televisionaries, the Times proceeded by decimating in fiction, within the parameters of songwriting, every symbol of western civilisation with their final ARTPOP! album "Enjoy". [cite web
title =They Could Have Been Bigger Than ElvisA Ten Year History Of The Times, The TV Personalities, The Teenage Filmstars and O Level
publisher =Spiral Scratch #11
date =December 1989
accessdate =2007-03-29 ] .
Creation Records 1988-1999
Given the opportunity by
Alan McGeeto continue recording his skewed visions as The Times, Edward Ball released "Beat Torture" (1988). "E For Edward" (1989) and "Et Dieu Créa La Femme" (1990), recalls his various abilities to humourise fads and trends ("Manchester", "Aurore Boreale"), register sadness and loss ("No Love On Haight Street", "All Your Life") and generally capture the enveloping drug culture that pervaded the label. "Pure" (1991), which contains a 12-minute version of "Blue Monday" in French ("Lundi Bleu"), sees Ball plunging into his own psyche to create an undisciplined record. Cited by some as the most psychedelicrecord of the 90s, it reveals the male aspects of group culture ("From Chelsea Green To Brighton Beach") and female distortions and rants ("Another Star In Heaven"), including a performance by Ball's Mum. "Alternative Commercial Crossover" (1993) suggests He is still susceptible to the psychedelics - his combining of James Joycewith Raggamuffin culture ("Finnegan's Break") is a hit-and-miss affair. The album's strength lies in Ball's melodic and sensitive delivery ("All I Want is You to Care", "Sorry I've Written A Melody") that signposts his destiny as a solo artist. "Sad But True" (1997) and "Pirate Playlist 66" (1999) function as secondary tiers to Edward Ball's solo output.
ingles & EPs
Red With Purple Flashes
Red With Purple Flashes / Biff! Bang! Pow!
7" Whaam! (WHAAM 002) May 1981
Here Comes The Holidays
Here Comes The Holidays / Three Cheers For The Sun
7" Artpop! (POP 50) June 1982
I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape
I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape / Theme from 'Danger Man'
7" Artpop! (POP 49) September 1982
Boys Brigade / Power Is Forever
7" Artpop! (POP 46) 1984
Blue Fire / Where The Blue Begins
7" Artpop! (POP 45) 1984
Boys About Town EP
David Jones (Is On His Way) / Victim 1960 / Up Against It / Song For Joe Orton
12" Artpop! (POP 43DOZ) 1985
London Boys / (Where To Go) When The Sun Goes Down
7" Unicorn (PHZ 1) 1986
Times TV / Trailer From "Enjoy"
7" Fire Records (BLAZE 16S) 1986
Times TV / Trailer From "Enjoy" / The Polite Force / El Aragua / Pick It Up
12" Fire Records (BLAZE 16T) 1986
Manchester / Love And Truth
7" Creation Records (CRE071) Jan 1990
Manchester / DaDa Won't Buy Me A Bauhaus / Manchester (extended)
12" Creation Records (CRE071T) Jan 1990
Manchester / Manchester (extended) / Ulysses / Shoom!
CD Creation Records (CRESCD71) Jan 1990
The Mods Are Back!
The Times 'Extase' / Biff Bang Pow 'Sleep'
Split 7" Caff Corporation (Caff 13) 1990
Lundi Bleu / Lundi Bleu (Instrumental)
7" Creation Records (CRE114) 1992
Lundi Bleu (Praise The Lord Mix) / Lundi Bleu (The Grid's World Communication Mix) / Lundi Bleu ('Smiling' Remix)
12" Creation Records (CRE114T) 1992
Lundi Bleu (Radio Edit (4:01) / Lundi Bleu (Praise The Lord Mix) / Remix (The Grid) / Lundi Bleu (The Grid's World Communication Mix) / Lundi Bleu ('Smiling' Remix) / Lundi Bleu (Brazilian Vocal Edit) / Lundi Bleu (Japanese Vocal Edit) / Lundi Bleu (German Vocal Edit) / Lundi Bleu (Spanish Vocal Edit)
CD Creation Records (CRESCD114) 1992
Finnegan's BreakFinnegan's Break / Heartbroken Lost In Blue
7" Creation Records (CRE158) 1993
Finnegan's Break [Edit] / Heartbroken Lost In Blue / Soul Tight / Come Alive
12" Creation Records (CRE158T) 1993
CD Creation Records (CRESCD158) 1993
Baby GirlBaby Girl / The Colour Of My Love
7" Creation Records (CRE162) 1993
Baby Girl / The Colour Of My Love / Mash It Up / Primrose 0822
CD Creation Records (CRESCD162) 1993
Ed Ball (musician)
Scenes From Oblivion(soundtrack)
* [http://www.televisionpersonalities.co.uk/edball.htm For more on The Times and Edward Ball ]
* [http://www.myspace.com/thetimeslondon The Times' myspace site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/thetimesupagainstit For more about The Times' Up Against It ]
* [http://www.myspace.com/thetimeseforedward Myspace site dedicated to "E For Edward" ]
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