WELCOME BACK: RICHARD STRANGE & TV SMITH
RICHARD STRANGE and TV SMITH have reunited once again to release ‘Don’t Panic England’ a song for today’s troubled times.
Strange – always driven by social injustice – fronted ‘The Doctors of Madness’ once described by The Guardian as, “the missing link between David Bowie and the Sex Pistols.”
He also went on to work with Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, and Marianne Faithfull, as well as acting in the films Batman, Robin Hood, Gangs of New York, and Harry Potter.
Smith wrote three of the most iconic songs of the punk era, ‘One Chord Wonders,’ ‘Bored Teenagers’ and the hit single ‘Gary Gilmore’s Eyes.’
Their friendship dates back to a chance meeting at a Doctors of Madness gig in 1976 and has endured these past 45 years. Two of the most original lyricists and composers of their generation, overlooked at the time because of their refusal to play the game.
The song was originally written in 1978 with the Doctors of Madness and The Damned’s Dave Vanian and underwent a slight rewrite earlier this year.
Don’t panic England. We shall overcome.
Released today and mixed by Martyn Ware and Tom Gillieron, watch the official video here: