An Australian audience will see a premiere in October, when the television performs Moon marquee, their first classic from 1977, in full at a festival in Melbourne. Meanwhile, 16-song frontman Tom Verlaine and the December 2007 band are awaiting vocals and mixing, though a release date has yet to be scheduled.
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“It could happen before we all die, I don’t know,” TV drummer Billy Ficca said. Rolling stone unreleased tracks, recorded for a week in New York. “It’s kind of lying there.”
By then, those hoping to see the first television shows in the United States in six years – in San Francisco, Athens and Austin in November – can expect to hear “a whole bag of new songs” in addition to the songs. selections from the band’s three albums, says Jimmy Rip, who replaced guitarist Richard Lloyd in 2007. For now, Moon marquee will be played in its entirety only at the Release the Bats festival in Melbourne on October 26. London-based festival promoter All Tomorrow’s Parties approached Verlaine with the idea earlier this year.
“I never thought Tom would do it,” Rip said. Rolling stone in a phone interview from Buenos Aires, where he lives and performs with another band, Jimmy Rip and the Trip. “But every time you try to predict Tom, you are wrong. And he said yes. Verlaine was not available for comment.
A few dates this fall include stops in New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and the UK. the original band released their last album over 20 years ago. They booked the week between Christmas and New Years at the now defunct Stratosphere Sound in Chelsea.
“As soon as I found out who it was, I was like, ‘Undo everything, we’re doing this,'” said Geoff Sanoff, who designed the sessions, noting that Verlaine favored low power amplifiers. “It sounded amazing. It was so clean and so neat. As soon as you set them up to play, they sounded just like TV.
Yet Rip says he can’t compare the new songs – which many Verlaine has given the working title of “Wingnut” – to anything. Moon marquee, Adventure Where Television. “Tom is pretty adamant about making a real effort to do something new every time,” he says. “It doesn’t make for super-fast work, but it’s certainly an admirable goal.”
Starting in 1974, Television honed its number for two years in New York at places like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City before recording. Moon marquee. Richard Hell, who along with Verlaine and Ficca formed the pre-TV group the Neon Boys, left television before his recording contract and went on to found the Heartbreakers and the Voidoids. Lloyd and bassist Fred Smith cemented television programming and released their masterpiece in February 1977.
Although it never sold well in the United States, the record spent 13 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, based on the success of “Prove It” and the title track. “Marquee Moon” is a kind of anti-song, 10 minutes of disciplined mess, devoid of melody and chorus and full of dueling guitar solos from Verlaine and Lloyd. The band only recorded it once.
“I wanted to do another take,” said Ficca. “My bass drum wasn’t anchored, it was sliding away from me, so I was chasing it with my right foot. But I guess it was good and everything. Everything worked.