We’re Excited! New Music From Tee Vee Repairmann 

Original photo by Oisin Darmody / Handmade mixed-media collage by B

Tee Vee Repairmann, Ishka Edmeades, is one of Gimmie’s favourite creatives. Incredibly prolific, you can also find him in Satanic Togas, Set-Top Box, Research Reactor Corp, Gee Tee, Remote Control, Mainframe, 3D & The Holograms, etc. Tee Vee Repairmann is set to release LP What’s On TV? on Total Punk in February. The album is full of some of the best hooks you’ll hear all year—total earworms. Gimmie has a sneak peak of first single ‘Bus Stop’ and found out a little about it from Ishka. There’s a further in-depth conversation in the forthcoming print issue of Gimmie, out soon!

We’re premiering the first single ‘Bus Stop’ off of your up coming new album, What’s On TV?; when did you write the song? What’s it about?

TVR: I wrote and recorded the instrumental around December 2021 along with a couple of the other tracks on the album. The song is basically about waiting around, thinking things over and hoping the bus will come round that corner.

What can you tell us about recording it?

TVR: The album was recorded in my living room on a Tascam 488 I got from Spodee Boy, for the most part the instrumentals came together pretty fast. I can’t really remember too much about the recording of each song, but I do remember it being really hot when doing most of the drum takes.

Sound-wise what influenced the new album?

TVR: I was listening to a lot of late 70’s power pop, 80’s DIY and moody 60’s garage stuff at the time. Bands like Quality Drivel, Funboy 5, early Go-Betweens, The Gizmos and heaps of Garage comps.

Album art by Jennifer May.

Has your songwriting changed much between this LP and your last release?

TVR: I wouldn’t say the process changed too much, I just wanted to make some pop songs. I thought about song structures a bit more and demoed some stuff which I don’t usually do. 

Your album is coming out on Total Punk; what’s one of your favourite releases that Total Punk has put out lately? Why does it rule?

TVR: Total Punk are always releasing great stuff. Alien Nosejob, New Buck Biloxi, Cherry Cheeks all RULE, but the Sick Thoughts album [Heaven Is No Fun] was one of my favourite things to come out last year. The whole thing rocks—all hits. Was great to play with them in the States again, they’re tight as hell at the moment. 

What’s one song that you’ve had on repeat lately?

TVR: ‘People Say’ by The Go-Betweens. I love the lyrics and organ, it’s a perfect pop song. I hope it doesn’t get used in a car insurance ad.

One of your other bands Research Reactor Corp. recently toured the US; did anything that you saw in your travels inspire you creatively?

TVR: Yeh, the whole thing was great. We met some cool people and saw some cool bands. It was a trip going to New York after seeing it in so many movies and pictures. 

What are you focusing on musically next?

TVR: Finishing off a couple of things at the moment, the new RRC LP is gonna be out on Under The Gun this year. A few Togas releases coming too, a 7” on Sweet Time and a split 12” with Gee Tee on Goodbye Boozy. 

What are you looking forward to most in 2023?

TVR: Gee Tee and Satanic Togas are going to Europe in July and Tee Vee and 1-800-Mikey are gonna head back to the States at the end of the year. 

Tee Vee Repairmann’s What’s On TV? is out February 10 co-released by Total Punk Records (US) and Computer Human Records (Australia).

Set-Top Box’s Tee Vee Repairmann: “I twiddle the knobs that need to be twiddled”

Handmade collage by B.

Beyond their weirdo-punk music little is known about Sydney’s Set-Top Box so we got in contact with parent company Warttmann Inc to find out more and received a reply from Intern and Head Janitor, Ishka. He took our request up the chain of command and came back to us to let us know that the company’s attorneys could set up a Q&A with Set-Top Box’s Head of Operations Mr Tee Vee Repairmann, on the condition that we were not to ask about the touchy subject of his Cuban business ventures back in 2004.

Tell us about your role as Head of Operations behind Set-Top Box?

TEE VEE: Set-Top Box is a boardroom recording project. I twiddle the knobs that need to be twiddled

What’s a typical day look like for you?

TV: Nutri-grain. 9 to 5 at Warttmann Inc. Lab. Followed by a 6pm séance with Joe Meek and Buddy Holly.

What’s the toughest part of being in charge?

TV: Finding the remote.

How did you start on your path to what you’re doing now?

TV: Do you believe in destiny? Because I don’t.

Why do you get up in the morning, and how do you keep yourself at peak performance to lead Set-Top Box?

TV: The answer to both is Coffee.

Tell us about an accomplishment that’s shaped your career.

TV: The Biggest Loser 2005.

How do you measure success?

TV: Material possessions, net worth. How many off shore properties do you have?

Behind every successful person there’s usually a story of struggle and rising to the challenge; what’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced?

TV: Finding the remote. I’m still looking!

TV Guide Test LP is a compilation of your earlier products; what do you value when creating products? What’s your process?

TV: Cas-Set 1 was recorded on my lunch break at Warttmann Inc. Cas-Set 2 was recorded at the Futuretech Lab. Both on borrowed equipment. There is no really process, just a lot of mucking around and experimenting. Most of the first “casset” was made up on the spot while recording and was me figuring out how to record stuff on cassette. The second was more or less the same.

Can you recommend a record that has had an influence on your career? How did it influence you?

TV: Back when I was a young repairboyy, I interned at Goliath studios. King O.P.P showed me Back From The Grave and Killed By Death Vol 1 and that set me on the path to the dumpster.

What makes your brand unique?

TV: Nothing. Why strive for uniqueness? Be the same, but a bit different. Like Pepsi to Coke. Communism to Democracy. Consumers want something safe.

How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge?

TV: Cybornetic implants.

How important is the commitment to client satisfaction, and how do you make sure your customers will become raving fans of your company?

TV: We have no commitment to our clients. They’re nothing but numbers in our bank account.

What do you hope to accomplish in this next year?

TV: Second floor bathroom renovation at my Kuta beach house. I want a bidet!

For other entrepreneurs seeking to build a business as successful as yours, what advice can you give them when times get tough?

TV: Give up, it’s not worth it, you are wasting your life!

Who are the company’s closest allies?


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

TV: Ice Fishing.

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