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Television: The Blow Up (ROIR)

Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 11 December 1982

BACK IN the mid-'70s then-rock journalist Patti Smith penned the following valentine to Tom Verlaine's Television: "Boycott rock and roll on TV – who wants an image of the image? Rock and roll is not Hollywood jive but the rhythm and alchemy of hand to hand combat. Already a new group has begun the attack...They play real live. Dives, clubs anywhere at all. They play undulating rhythm like ocean. They play pissed off psychotic reaction. They play like they got knifed in the alley after the set. They play like they're in space but still can dig the immediate charge and contact of lighting a match."

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