Camping in France

Television Personalities

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Camping in France Review

by Brian Downing

Proving that not every live tape should be officially released, Camping in France is a virtual aural disaster for the Television Personalities. A certain amount of D.I.Y. sloppiness is a given with the band, but this album has one thinking less of the Byrds, or even the Sex Pistols, and more of the Dead Milkmen, sans the humor. The vocals are so out of tune on the opening "Kings and Country," that even fans may wonder if they're missing the joke. Those still yearning for a glimpse into the group's live sound should get the more charming Chocolat-Art. It was recorded a year earlier, and even though it has a less-varied set list, it restores faith that the group could perform well live, and that maybe Camping in France just caught them on a really bad night.

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