Released in 1984, The Painted Word is Television Personalities' fourth studio album, one which Melody Maker said was "the most wanton and willful cases of self-immolation you're ever likely to hear" and Creation Records' Alan McGee Breaking called "a stark, unforgiving look at the despair of a man lost in his own world." Breaking up two year's prior, the band returned with this stunningly dark comeback which shares the same name as the Tom Wolfe novel. With the formidable Daniel Treacy at its core, Television Personalities remain one of new wave's longest serving and seminal artists with a career spanning over three decades. The indie pop visionaries influenced many people across the industry including Battles, Black Dice, Crystal Stilts, MGMT and Alan McGee.
"There's still no album quite like it." - Exclaim