Classic Albums: TV Sky by The Young Gods

So it’s been now a week since posting my last Classic Albums write-up and before talking about The Young GodsTV Sky album I just wanna write a little of a recap of these pages of my fave albums. Where Joy Kills Sorrow comp album seem that’s it’s so totally unknown because it’s only got one view yesterday so far but maybe one week is soon to tell. Anyway maybe I think I should now see if I can do a set of my most obscure albums ever? If I’m not doing it yet? That sounds like a great idea really but maybe only to me?

So far the most popular page is Megadeth which was after the drummer died last year and then Pink Floyd which is really is just a mad rant about about how much I dislike the ex-member Roger Waters and what a rip-off that new box set is but I’ll really have to write one maybe about my fave Syd solo album to make up for it. Then Nick Cave‘s one, The Drones‘ one is up there too and Prince is the newest page which is getting a lot of views now. That’s all the who’s you would think to be the most popular but I’ve enjoy writing more about the less popular albums that aren’t view as much. That’s today’s intro about my experience blogging about some of my fave albums, so far.

So now about The Young GodsTV Sky album but sorry about my mad rant at the start. If you did just want to read about them skip to this bit here, OK? How do know that until you read it? Anyway I did really want to now include some other albums and bands/artists from Europe, I’ve done two albums from Germany so far but it’s about time to start on all the other countries in that continent, I’m picking one album from almost all of them in some of the future posts under this title. The mainland away from the small little island is almost never written about in the mainstream press, if it’s not from UK or US it doesn’t even count or something which is a pity and I’m not going to do that here.

So today we have The Young Gods from Switzerland. It’s the first album they sung in English but it was hard to choose between this and Red Water, the last album from the late-80’s which was sung in their native tongue so if you never heard them before after listening to TV Sky please do check out Red Water album next, if you don’t know them yet? TV Sky was the very first album I got my hands on by them back in the 90’s. Yes yet another album from that decade, 1992 was the year again too. Recording did taken place Brussels, Belgium and amazing it’s the fourth album by them after the Kurt Weill tribute the year before and two albums from the 80’s, there have been going since the mid-80’s or even before that. They did take their name from early Swans song/EP you know? They’re filed under electronic in the style of industrial but maybe a bit more experimental too. Did The Young Gods get all the kudos they should have? Maybe not at all, unfortunately but maybe I can shine some light on them in a little way here.

It wasn’t until 96 I did get to see them live which was the Only Heaven tour which was the next album plus I was living in Sydney at the time, unbelievably great gig. I first discovered them after seeing all the video clips on Aussie late night TV show Rage, not the first time I’ll say that here and will not be the last too. The one promo is on this page and also three clips which are taken from or just live footage. I did get all those albums on a trip to the city from my small home town. I’ve be kind-of saying the same things as I have before in older pages but I did try to order an album by them in the little tiny music shop in that town but it was more of a surf shop than music really but after like six months they finally told me the band didn’t have any distributing in Australia so they couldn’t order them at all, off course I found them at 78’s and/or Dada’s in Perth on my next bus trip.

It’s a totally timeless album, listening to it now it could have been recorded yesterday. The three pieces line-up at time was wicked with singer Franz Treichler, drummer Urs Hiestand and keyboard player Al Monod. With only eight track on it but the very last song lasting almost 20 minutes but it does feel that long at all. So the whole length is under 50 minutes. It’s more metal magazines that have seem to championing it more that anyone else over the years like Kerrang!Terrorizer and Hard Rock have included TV Sky album on their lists like “100 Most Important Albums of the Nineties” and/or “The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time” unlike the bigger mainstream publishing.

What else? Who else remember this album and these guys? Do you want to say something? Why not leave your reply below?

TV Sky track listing and times:

1. Our House – 2:50
2. Gasoline Man – 4:20
3. T.V. Sky – 3:47
4. Skinflowers – 5:08
5. Dame Chance – 5:01
6. The Night Dance – 4:17
7. She Rains – 2:49
8. Summer Eyes – 19:54


All my Classic Albums posts are linked below, off course it’s a work in progress:

Tales From The Australian Underground – Volume 1 & 2 by Various Artists

Station To Station by David Bowie

Unplugged In New York by Nirvana

Rust In Peace by Megadeth

Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs by Marty Robbins

Henry’s Dream by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Whatever You Love, You Are by Dirty Three

Gala Mill by The Drones

Black Monk Time by The Monks

Ex Tropical by Lost Animal

Work (Work, Work) by HTRK

In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd

Songs Of Love And Hate by Leonard Cohen

Warm Leatherette by Grace Jones

The White House by The Dead C

Silence Is Sexy by Einstürzende Neubauten

Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica

Kaira by Toumani Diabaté

Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants

Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth by Dan Kelly And The Alpha Males

Aerial by Kate Bush

The Future by Leonard Cohen

Rock For Light by Bad Brains

Last Splash by The Breeders

Sex by The Necks

Emergency Ward by Nina Simone

Paradise by My Disco

Batman by Prince

Sings Christmas Carols by Mark Kozelek

What Are Rock Stars Doing Today by Magic Dirt

Love Of Life by Swans

Big Name, No Blankets by Warumpi Band

Blue Valentine by Tom Waits

In The Pines by The Triffids

Where Joy Kills Sorrow by Various Artists

TV Sky by The Young Gods

So, this was the reason I started this blog. The idea is simply to write post about one of my fave album each that I consider a classic album. Please leave your own comments below about each album because I would love to hear what everyone think and has to say about them? Cheers!


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