As labours of love go, you don’t get any more tenderly puttogether a tribute than these albums, the initial efforts in a planned 10-volume bow at the feet of Television Personalities. The gorgeous folly of bringing together so many different artists covering Dan Treacy’s songs is matched only by the passionate grace of the approach.
Volume one has many highlights, such as Nikki Sudden’s poignant and heartfelt take on the title track. What becomes evident is that these songs and sentiments transcend genres. The Mandervilles’ 60s-hefty take on Where’s Bill Grundy Now pushes all the right buttons, while Someone To Share My Life With both opens and closes volume one, the cover at the end being by Biff Bang Pow, an act boasting the talents of one Alan McGee on vocals and acoustic guitar.
Volume two is, essentially, more of the same crackpot marvel; the na