Ronan’s Track of the Week (22 May 2017)

Recorded in 1976 for their 1977 debut album ‘Marquee Moon’, my track of the week, played on Monday’s show, is Television’s ‘Elevation’. The album was to become a game-changer and an enormous influence on what would eventually be termed ‘indie’ or ‘alternative’ music (or whatever lazy term you wish to apply). Television themselves transcended all labels. The album introduced a new stripped down guitar sound, and riffs that go in unexpected directions, mainly because of the interplay between front-man Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. Indeed the interplay between all four band members is one of the key ingredients. I could have chosen any track from the album, but for me there’s something sprawling and hypnotic about this one in particular.

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