Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Television to Play Marathon Music Works March 31

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Once upon a time (early 1977, to be exact), a boney quartet on the vanguard of New York’s rock ’n’ roll underground released an album that can only be considered the Appetite for Destruction of post-punk. That band was Television, and that album was Marquee Moon. Of course, if you don’t already know that (and frankly, you should already know that), not only is your name not Lee Renaldo, Thurston Moore, Albert Hammond Jr., Peter Buck or The Edge, but you also probably couldn’t care less to learn that the circa-2014 incarnation of the off-and-on long-reunited band is playing Marathon Music Works on March 31. (Tickets are $25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow, right here.)

The only asterisk to consider here — aside from the fact that these O.G. art punks are well into their 60s — is that key member, guitarist Richard Lloyd, left Television in 2007, going on to do such things as drafting Little Pete from The Adventures of Pete and Pete to play bass in his Jimi Hendrix cover band, which played “Purple Haze” and other popular favorites at a 2009 5 Spot gig. (Though he canceled a June 2012 show in Nashville due to illness.)

So anyway, for a band whose innovative two-guitar attack is built around the interplay between singer-guitarist Tom Verlaine and his co-pilot, guitarist Lloyd, you could argue that Television without the latter is like Tango and Cash without Cash. For an idea of what it’s actually like, check out the video below of the band (including Lloyd replacement, guitarist Jimmy Rip) playing an almost-13-minute-long version of the title track from their seminal masterpiece at recent show in Brooklyn. Then, below that, check out a classic 1978 clip of the band in full force on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

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