Television (the band)

Television, First Avenue NYC 1977

With a sound that incorporated extensive guitar riffs and a slower pace, Television emerged onto the NYC punk scene in late 1973. Formerly known as The Neon Boys, the band featured Tom Verlaine on vocals and lead guitar, Richard Lloyd on rhythm guitar, Billy Vecca on drums, and Richard Hell on bass.

With fluid leads and angular rhythms, Television was not like most punk bands—whose sound was more aggressive and fast. Television paved the way for many post-punk, guitar-based bands that surfaced within the decade and have influenced modern-day bands like The Black Keys and The Strokes.

Here is a youtube video of Television‘s first hit, “Marquee Moon” from their 1977 debut album, Marquee Moon.


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