This is basically the greatest hope of any person posting anything anywhere about a famous person on the Internet: That the famous person responds, and says stuff that makes your blog post/YouTube video more awesome. This just happened for a guy who uploaded a “new” Television song to YouTube, when former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd hopped on to YouTube and unleashed an epic comments stream that details his falling out with Tom Verlaine, the band’s interpersonal dynamics, and how bad the new Television songs are. You can read the whole stream here, with some excerpts below:
I quit the band in 2004, after 34 years of? loyalty, which meant that if I had something going on and Television had something happening, I would forgo my own project because I naively thought that it was still a band, with Tom and Fred and Bill. Over a period of 14 years, every year Tom would,talk about recording, and nothing happened except we had about 8 new songs that Tom could stand—With VERY limited lyrics. Finally, I decided that Television was like a bad girlfriend.
So I decided to make my own records and not act like Tom’s shill anymore. The guy has worn out his talent and this meandering piece of rubbish (my own opinion of this spacey waste of talent) proves that Tom? has run out of real fruitful ideas. The song “Frustration”, which the band performed at the Summer-Stage show in 2004 (Which was to be my swan song with the “band”), also shows the lack of any cogent real virile ideas. The best thing he has is “Persia”, which is Phrygian Dominant
When Television started in it’s first incarnation I stood in the middle a la the Beatles, with Richard Hell and Tom Verlaine flanking me, so that? both Richard and Tom sang songs, as did I. As a Band we were both terrible and amazingly exciting, and the few souls that saw our shows at that time went away mesmerized. They used to stand with Jaws open, sometimes not even breathing. I used to measure the show by how little motion there was in the audience. Usually NOBODY MOVED
via Daily Swarm.