The Rock City archives: 2012

Terrorvision, Rock City Main Hall

  • Friday 26th October 2012
  • Supported by: Romans

Terrorvision were born in 1988 out of the remnants of a glam rock mess called Spoilt Brats, an amalgamation of art school buddies Mark Yates and Leigh Marklew, drumming loon Shutty and long-haired urchin Tony Wright. After three years of gigs and demos they were signed in 1991 to EMI Records on the strength of Pump Action Sunshine, a demo which featured what was to become their first Top-30 hit, My House.

Incessant touring – including support slots with long-time heroes, The Ramones and Motorhead, backed up positive reviews of their debut album Formaldehyde. They broke off the European leg of the Motorhead tour to open the show at Def Leppards’ homecoming Sheffield Don Valley stadium gig in front of 40,000. At the end of 1993 they decamped to New York City to record their second, breakthrough record How to make friends and influence people. The album went on to spawn five top-30 singles during 1994, catapulting the band into the mainstream.

After a fall out with EMI a new deal (with Papillon Records) was done in 2000 and the band released what was to be their last album for ten years in 2001. Good to Go gave them another Top-30 hit, D’ya wanna go faster. Alas, ten years of touring, excesses, abscesses and successes saw the band knock it on the head, bowing out with a sold-out farewell tour.

The joy that is Terrorvision was never far away though, and the boys reunited in 2005, then again in 2007 and every year since to play gigs, hang out and get trashed. In 2009 they celebrated the 15th anniversary of their seminal How to make friends and influence people album with a sold out tour playing the entire album in order and in its entirety!

That nostalgia fest was enough, though, and a decision was made to start writing new material again. Drummer Shutty didn’t make it along for this ride however, and was replaced after 20 glorious years on the throne by Cam Greenwood for the writing and recording of the first new album in ten years, Super Delux.

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