Television

Formed 1973. Disbanded 1978.
Television

Biography

Television is an American rock band, formed in New York City in 1973 and credited as highly influential and seminal.

Television was part of the 1970s New York rock scene, along with musical acts like the Patti Smith Group, the Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, and Talking Heads. Although they recorded in a raw manner similar to their contemporaries, minimalizing the use of studio techniques, sound effects and atypical instruments, Television's music was technically proficient, defined by guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. The group's debut album, Marquee Moon, is often considered one of the defining releases of the punk era.

Lester Bangs heard in Television's music the influence of Quicksilver Messenger Service, noting a similarity between Verlaine's guitar playing and that of John Cipollina. Tom Verlaine has downplayed the comparison, citing the Ventures as a more apt reference point. In 2004, Robert Christgau pointed to the debt that Television owed to the San Francisco scene of the late 1960s, directly comparing Verlaine's guitar playing to that of Jerry Garcia.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Marquee Moon/Adventure

    Marquee Moon/Adventure 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Let's be unequivocable here. These two albums represent the most important re-releases...