Ultimate Playlist: TVAM

Joe Oxley is the one-man electro/psych machine behind TVAM – producing arguably the biggest dance-floor action Wigan has seen since the legendary Casino closed its doors in the 1970s. As BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne observed, “It’s like someone took Spiritualized to the club!!”

Heralding the arrival of a singular talent, the self-produced and home-recorded debut album ‘Psychic Data’ contains ‘These Are Not Your Memories’ and ‘Narcissus’ (both of which enjoyed playlist support at MCR Live) alongside ‘Porsche Majeure’, ‘Gas & Air’ and the title track.

TVAM gigs blur the boundary between art and performance; via a large television sits on an 80’s secondary school-style podium, a VHS video recorder projects long-forgotten Mondo movies alongside vintage footage often sourced from hours spent poring through charity shop shelves. Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, Suicide’s deconstructed rock ’n’ roll and My Bloody Valentine’s infinite noise all becoming touching points in Oxley’s musical output. We asked the rising star to put together 10 tracks which sum up his music.

From The Dandy Warhols to DEVO, check them out below and make up your own mind.


Every Day Should Be A Holiday – The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy‘s melodies always stick in your head. This one is particularly sticky.

Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine

It’s a pop song. The greatest, most layered, dreamy, explosive pop song there is.

Ghost Rider – Suicide

Rock ‘n’ roll never had anything to do with guitars. Suicide were the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band that music ever had.

Big Mess – DEVO

I could’ve picked any song by them, really. This one is so insistent. It won’t take no for an answer.

V1NC3NT COM3 ON DOWN – Brainiac

A criminally overlooked band with more ideas than time to put them down.

Lady Shave – Fad Gadget

The point where body image, personal anxieties, and media align is an obsession of mine. For this tale to be told by Iggy Pop with a drum machine is a bonus.

People Mover (Maximum Velocity Wedway Mix) – Servotron

The ultimate dance record. Separates the nerds from the douchebag.

Kill All Hippies – Primal Scream

‘XTRMNTR’ was the first time I really got into Primal Scream. It felt like they’d found out how to take all the records they loved and force them into the future. I’m also 100% behind that title.

High Pressure Days – Units

Part DEVO, part Talking Heads, cheap as you like and charming as hell.

Revenge of the Black Regent – Add N to (X)

Art is there to enrich us, educate us, enlighten us. It’s also there to take the piss. At the same time. Add N to (X)’ knew how to walk that stupid/serious line, and if they pissed people off in the process, all the better. Here’s an overblown slice of baroque that’ll send shivers down your spine, then slap you in the face for feeling emotion. Take that, stupid human.

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