This evening, while searching around the web for rare recordings by one of my all-time favorite bands – Television… in an attempt to ensure that my new son, like his sister, stays forever out of touch with his generation… I stumbled across the fact that Richard Lloyd leaves comments on YouTube. I’m not sure why I find it so fascinating, but I like knowing that Lloyd is out there, correcting people when they make incorrect assumptions as to who’s playing what on various early bootlegs. Anyway, here’s a live recording of the band’s song, Double Exposure, captured at CBGB’s, in 1974. It’s what Arlo finally went to sleep to tonight, as he curled up in my lap.
Speaking of Television and CBGB, I’m reading Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk right now, and it’s absolutely incredible. Here’s a clip:
RICHARD HELL: We used to take the bus down Second Avenue or Third Avenue or something to get to Chinatown to go to our rehearsal loft. Verlaine and Lloyd were apparently walking to a bus stop to go to rehearsal and they spotted CBGB’s. They went in and talked to Hilly Kristal, the owner, and asked him if our idea appealed to him.
RICHARD LLOYD: Hilly was like, “What kind of music do you play?” We said, “Well what does ‘CBGB-OMFUG’ stand for?” He said, “Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers.” So we said, “Oh yeah, we play a little of that, a little rock, a little country, a little blues, a little bluegrass…”
RICHARD HELL: The scene definitely started snowballing. CBGB’s was clearly where things were happening, from the very first time we played there. We were really unique. There was not another rock & roll band in the world with short hair. There was not another rock & roll band with torn clothes. Everybody was still wearing glitter and women’s clothes. We were these notch-thin, homeless hoodlums, playing really powerful, passionate, aggressive music that was also lyrical. I think we were the best band in the world that year. Well, for the first four or five months… I don’t remember wearing the Please Kill Me t-shirt, though I do remember forcing Richard Lloyd to wear it. I was too much of a coward. ..