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Television: The Blow Up (ROIR)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 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 ...

Prime Time: Television

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1983

THE RULES OF punk/new-wave music laid down in 1976-77 stated that bands should avoid displays of technical virtuosity, should profess a loathing for rock’s history ...

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Down In The Scuzz With The Heavy Cult Figures

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1975

C.B.G.B. is a toilet. An impossibly scuzzy little club buried somewhere in the sections of the Village that the cab-drivers don't like to drive through. ...

New York: The Sound Of '75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1975

"BEAT ON the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat..." ...

Punk Rock: Its Day Will Come

Report by Wayne Robins, Newsday, January 1976

IF YOU thought Jefferson Airplane was a weird name, let some of these drop off your tongue. Talking Heads. Tuff Darts. Ramones. Planets. Heartbreakers. Shirts. ...

Television: Tom Verlaine

Interview by Alan Betrock, New York Rocker, February 1976

I WAS BORN in Morristown, New Jersey. Actually I was born in the hospital there but I spent the first few years in this lake ...

New York: Plug in to the Nerve-ends of the Naked City

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1976

In downtown Manhattan the rock 'n' roll war rages on as potential crown princes of Punkdom battle for recognition.. NICK KENT interprets the action ...

Television: Symbolist Coffee Break: A Dream Date With T.V.

Interview by Wesley Strick, Gig, September 1976

IF IT CAN boast nothing more, Television bears the distinction of being Manhattan's most written-up, unrecorded band. Given the availability of press hype, you don't ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra/Asylum)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, February 1977

CUT THE crap, junior, he sez and put the hyperbole on ice. ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra K52046) *****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1977

Do Not Adjust Your Set ...

Peter Gabriel: The Palladium, New York

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, March 1977

Gabriel knows what he likes ...

Tom Verlaine: How Pleasant (?) To Know Mr Verlaine

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, March 1977

OPINION: Tom Verlaine is a great songwriter, the next seminal rock charismatic, a genius.OPINION: Tom Verlaine is an egomaniac, a back-stabber, a thankless paranoid. ...

NY Punk

Report by Kris Needs, ZigZag, April 1977

Well, we got through to the second issue despite opposition from the hippies. Anyway, here we are...and it's about time we went Over The Top ...

Television: More Than Just A Boob Tube

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Creem, May 1977

VENUS: The oldest song on Television's Marquee Moon album is about the arms of Venus de Milo. ...

Pimp-Rock?

Comment by Lisa Jane Persky, New York Rocker, June 1977

EVERYTHING happens to us all so quickly these days that even before something is completed, it is dated, labels must be attached for definition and ...

Television/Blondie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, June 1977

Television: I preferred the other channel ...

Television: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 1978

I mean, it can’t be that difficult to come up with 800 words on any gig. A beginning, a middle and an end with a ...

Television: Adventure

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1978

NEW YORK, New York. New albums falling down like rain. La Belle Smith's rock 'n' roll army third wave invasion. Uncle Lou's first street (ha, ...

Television, The Only Ones: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, April 1978

LAST YEAR, Television arrived in Britain under a shower of gilded prose and hyperbole claiming that they were the hottest thing since the invention of ...

Tom Verlaine: In Search of Adventure

Interview by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, May 1978

IT HAS BEEN over a year since Television's debut album, Marquee Moon, and for the band's American fans most of that time has been a ...

Television: Adventure (Elektra)

Review by Dave Schulps, Crawdaddy!, June 1978

TELEVISION USE the energy and the imagery of the Big Apple, cross-pollinating them with a musical vision akin to what was coming out of the ...

Knock, Knock, Knocking: Television's Adventure

Review by Deborah Frost, Boston Phoenix, The, June 1978

HE'S THE KID in the back of every high school classroom - the one you never thought could talk. The one you try to remember ...

T.V. Tube Heart: An interview with Tom Verlaine

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, July 1978

I get the impression that the first album was the album that the record company wanted you to make and the new album is more ...

Television (1974-1978)

Obituary by Alan Betrock, New York Rocker, September 1978

SO TELEVISION has broken up and most people want to know why. ...

Life After TV: An Interview with Richard Lloyd

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, November 1978

TELEVISION were one of my ultra-favourite groups of the past couple of years. The music they made has always seemed to me to combine the ...

Tom Verlaine: Happiness Is A Guitar Called Fender...

Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, October 1979

...And how to make original rock & roll with it in the late '70s is your problem. It's also TOM VERLAINE'S ...

The Bowery Beat: CBGBs and All That

Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, History of Rock, The, 1982

FROM 1970 ONWARDS, the US rock mainstream grew increasingly staid, predictable and unimaginative. On the surface, the American scene appeared to offer nothing but sleepy ...

Tom Verlaine: The Venue, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, June 1982

WE YOUNG Rimbauds came for diamond spears and the licks of an icepick and went away with a few mangy cardboard boxes. I hope that ...

Punk in New York: Blitzkreig Bop

Retrospective and Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, February 1986

"And one fine morning she turns on a New York-station / And doesn't believe what she hears at all / She started dancing to that ...

Television: Socket To Me

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, 1992

Fourteen years after they split, New York's noo-wave punksters Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd have repaired Television. Nick Coleman is electrified by their new album. ...

Television: Return of the Valve Heads

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, New Musical Express, September 1992

HUNCHED AROUND a huge table which dominates the fancily decorated room that their new record company, Capitol, has allocated to them for interviews, the four ...

Television: One Big Happy Family…

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, October 1992

...with child abuse, divorce and incest. Television can't agree why they split up and now they can't work out if they've re-formed. "We're still the ...

Television

Retrospective and Interview by Ira Robbins, MOJO, February 2001

TELEVISION ENDED PRETTY much as they'd begun, with a show at a small Manhattan club. It was July 29, 1978, on a night Television myth ...

Gimme Friction: Television at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2001

ONE MOMENT, more than any other during this one-off London show on Easter Sunday, summed up the nature of the curious rock beast that is ...

Television: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

IT WAS the Sixties that divided London and New York punk: just traces to be kicked over, fathers to be killed, went the official line ...

Television: Lightning Strikes

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

Lightning strikes with Marquee Moon, Television opened the door to post-punk ...

Television: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, June 2002

IT WAS SOMETHING of a coup to recruit Television for David Bowie's Meltdown festival. The glacial new-wavers made rock history with their 1977 debut album, ...

Television

Interview by Fred Mills, Detroit Metro Times, October 2003

"'JAM PUNKS'?!? Uh-oh..." Is the guttural noise coming over the phone line a mock groan or the sound of genuine exasperation? I honestly can't tell, ...

Richard Lloyd: TV Personalities

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, December 2003

RICHARD LLOYD entertains no illusions regarding the estimable legacy he, fellow guitarist Tom Verlaine, drummer Billy Ficca and bassist Fred Smith forged in Television, both ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Expanded); Adventure (Expanded) (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, January 2004

BEFORE THE Sex Pistols there was New York's Lower East Side: trash aesthetes with short hair, kinky vixens in B-movie stilettos. Kids with minor drug ...

see also Richard Hell

see also Richard Lloyd

see also Tom Verlaine

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