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July 17, 2007

The Long Twilight

The reunited Television performing in 1992. Verlaine's solo, starting at about the 4 minute point, is beautifully clean and undemonstrative -- much stripped down from the old days, when, as Patti Smith once said, his guitar sounded like a thousand bluejays screaming. (Loved that sound too.)

I'd love to be able to put this on autorepeat, to have it playing while I'm writing at the computer.

Posted by smclemee at July 17, 2007 10:14 AM


Damn you! I'm on my third listen and will probably end up listening to this a million more times today. I have to confess that I'd never heard any Television before and it's really good. Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by: John at July 17, 2007 1:16 PM

For a first CD, check out their debut from 1977, "Marquee Moon," the title cut of which is just breathtaking.

Tom Verlaine's solo album "Dreamtime" is great. A pain to track down, but worth the trouble.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at July 17, 2007 1:27 PM

Thanks for the link, Scott! Television's albums still enchant me, but I've never seen Verlaine live. To anyone who enjoyed this performance, may I recommend that you catch Richard Thompson live sometime when he's playing with an electric band. He's more overtly eclectic than Verlaine, but esp. live, he's jaw-droppingly inventive, comparable to no one else. The pentatonicism of folk music is his launching pad, similarly to Verlaine.

Hope that's not too far-fetched...

Posted by: Tony Nassar at July 21, 2007 12:28 PM