I’ve written about Dan Treacy lots in this blog. My band Go! Service toured with his band the T.V. Personalities around Europe when I was 18 and he released 12″s by my bands Go! Service and Bluetrain on his Dreamworld Records label.
Dan is the main man in the T.V. Personalities, who we had supported on tour around Europe as Go! Service. We realised that you could be in a band and also promote gigs. Dan wrote the sleeve notes to the debut It’s Jo and Dannyalbum, ’Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy’ in 1999 and MGMT wrote ‘Song For Dan Treacy’ about him in 2010.
Dan Treacy was a real inspiration to us. We started The Buzz Club after we had played at Dan’s club, The Room At The Top in Chalk Farm, in North London, on numerous occasions. We decided to start putting bands on ourselves in Surrey and then Hampshire. This gave us some of the knowledge we needed to start the Green Man Festival a few years down the line. Dan was a real maverick. His labels, Whaam! and then Dreamworld were both wonderful. The Mighty Lemon Drops and 1,000 Violins were label-mates and we often played gigs together. Dan’s hand-drawn fliers are now a classic example of indie d.i.y. art.
Anyway. Dan’s not well and a benefit gig is being held for him at the 100 Club on November 8th. I was asked to play but unfortunately can’t make it. The line up is brilliant if you can go, please do – it’s for a very good cause. Evan Dando performing and Alan McGee d.j.ing – not bad!
If I could have performed, this is what I would have sung. Sending much love to Dan. X