Television, formed in New York City in 1973, is an American rock music band. Although Televison never achieved mainstream commercial success, they are widely understood as key founders of the art punk and post-punk genres.
Television was a part of the early New York punk rock scene, contemporaries of bands like the Patti Smith Group and the Ramones. In contrast to the Ramones's artistic focus on minimalist amateurism, Television's music was much more technically proficient, defined by the dueling guitars of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. In retrospect, Television pointed beyond punk rock to new wave, art rock and post punk.
Guitarist/singer Tom Verlaine, drummer Billy Ficca and bassist/singer Richard Hell first appeared together as the Neon Boys. Hell and Verlaine were childhood friends who had moved to New York together in 1972 with the intention of starting a band. The group lasted from late 1972 to early 1973. A posthumous 7" featuring "That's All I Know (Right Now)" and "Love Comes in Spurts" was released in 1980.
In late 1973, the trio reformed, calling themselves Television. They recruited Richard Lloyd as a secon...
|Background||group or band|
|Origin||New York City, New York State|
|Genre|| Art punk|
New Wave music
|Years active||1973 - 1978, 1992 - 1993, 2001 - present|
|Current members|| Tom Verlaine|
Fred Smith (bassist)
|Past members||Richard Hell|