Television’s 1992 album Television

Meticulous weaves of guitar,
star-burst power chords
and languid states of grace:
breathtaking understatement.

The spaces they mapped out
are claustrophobic, outbursts
belied by darker obsessions
and free-jamming wanderlust.

Interlocking riffs spiral and spin
into orbit, strange new messages,
telepathic tunes sent directly
from the paranoid music field.

The pleasure of hearing guitars
speak in tongues was mostly
overlooked during their lifetime.
‘The future subsists so eloquently.’



   © Rupert M Loydell

The last line is a quote from Walter Benjamin.
The poem includes material from David Fricke’s review
of Television in Rolling Stone, October 29, 1992.

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3 Responses to LOST KINGDOMS

    1. I’ve clearly been marvelling at this album for an extra 15 years! Marquee Moon was released in 1977. One of the reasons it was a masterpiece.

      Comment by Tom Wiersma on 29 July, 2021 at 10:49 am
    2. Hi Tom, i hate to say it but the poem is about the band’s 1992 album Television, as it says in the subtitle.
      IT put the Marquee Moon album cover with it!
      Thanks for reading anyway.

      Comment by Rupert on 29 July, 2021 at 4:00 pm
    3. Fairy nuff, I didn’t spot that. Another download then… 😉

      Comment by Tom Wiersma on 30 July, 2021 at 5:21 pm

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