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Tuesday, March 13

Television: The Richard Hell years

The folks from the great bootleg blog Doom & Gloom From the Tomb recently posted a collection of lost recordings featuring demos, live recordings, and rehearsal tapes from the band's early collaborations with Richard Hell. Here's what they had to say:

"While the sound quality is rough on some of these tapes, the music is essential. This was a very different band than the one that would go on to record Marquee Moon a few years later — raw enough to make that album sound like Steely Dan by comparison. But if the playing is amateur-ish in places, it’s almost always thrillingly amateurish. And Hell definitely brought elements to the table that were lost once he was gone — a satirical, tongue-in-cheek humor, and his, um, unique bass stylings. He might not have been a very good bassist at this point, but he sure is enthusiastic, and that’s half the battle, isn’t it?"
 Check it out (along with other obscure recordings from some of the best artists from the last 50 years of popular music) here!


  1. Wow, thanks for pointing me toward this. Can't ever get enough Television, doubly so for Hellevision.


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