Television Legend Richard Lloyd Takes His Solos to the Outer Limits on New Album, 'The Countdown'

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“Having a legacy is better than not having one,” says Richard Lloyd, who along with co-guitarist Tom Verlaine, helped turn Television into one of the most influential and respected bands to come out of New York City’s mid-Seventies punk-rock scene. “I never get tired of hearing people say they appreciate what we did way back when. We weren’t a ‘one-hit wonder,’ but we were certainly a ‘wonder.’”

Television’s debut album, 1977’s Marquee Moon, might have failed to light up the U.S. charts (it never even cracked the Billboard 200), but it turned the heads of critics, who hailed the intricate, fluid and improvisational guitar playing by Lloyd and Verlaine as a groundbreaking combination of jazz, blues and garage rock. “I knew we were doing something special on that record,” Lloyd says. “It was simple in terms of production, but it was honest music played with heart. I think that’s what’s made it sort of timeless.”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.