Richard is well known to be an interesting person, here are some quotes from an recent interview with T. Ballard Lesemann from the Charlston City Paper, giving some thoughts on Television’s place in music history:
“Television wore torn T-shirts and stuff,” says Lloyd of the band’s early days in Manhattan’s Bowery neighborhood. “To me, we were like runaways who joined the circus. Finding a place like CBGB’s and building it up was like hosting a four-year New Year’s Eve party. We were more or less the house band.
We wanted to be like the Beatles playing in Hamburg.”
“Television was completely different,” remembers Lloyd. “The guitars were like a jigsaw puzzle.”
“Punk rock nowadays is a Ponzi scheme,” scoffs Lloyd. “Half the country under the age of 24 are in bands — and they all think they’ve got a chance. They all have MySpace, my-face, my-ass websites. You really gotta love poverty to be a musician, because your chances of making it are slim. The chances of making it into the pantheon of historical developments in music … you have a better chance of hitting the state lotto.”
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