We at Dirty Water wouldn't normally take the word of Noel Gallagher to be worthy of particular note but when he said that "Ed Ball is the second best songwriter in Britain today" he can be forgiven for at least being almost right. Back in 1978, Ed Ball and Dan Treacy formed the TV Personalities. From "Part-time Punks" to "I know where Syd Barrett Lives", the TVPs provided the humour to the mod (revival) onslaught.
Fast forward a couple of years and we get The Times. Dan and Ed started up Whaam! Records and the result was "Red With Purple Flashes" and the "Pop Goes Art!'" album. Comin' on sparks like Biff! Bang! Pow! Next stop "Artpop!", "I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape" and the classic "This Is London" LP. Mutual young soul rebel and best friend Alan McGee says "come aboard Creation for the ride of your life!"
Currently a film-maker, inspired by the work of the French auteurs, Ed Ball worships at the altar of Fellini's "8 1/2", and has just completed his first movie a clip of which can be seen in the video of Avenues & Alleyways by Rinaldi Sings" which he scripted & edited.
Starting this year, the entire Times back catalogue will be re-issued on the newly-revived ArTpOp! Records starting with a compilation "A for Artpop!" which is being launched with a special gig at Dirty Water.