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(TV) U-2 & Television a Stretch? / We Love You Detroit! / Hifalutin We bster Collegiate Dictonary Says Band Television Delivers the Goods
Keith, you're probably right.
On a number of levels it's true that it might be a bit
of a stretch that Television could appeal to or connect
with U-2 audiences (or bands who are U-2's musical
contemporaries and who also play the huge venues).
Television's music and TV's lyrics----together with a
deliberate lack of the usual banter with the audience
and other show-biz antics such as a lot of jumping
around on stage, derigeur for many young rock
audiences of today-----could be problematical in
getting a good reception to Television from this
particular segment of rock audiences. Although I
must say that I salute and love Television for their
choice of a mostly staid, sober stage presence, which
lets the music itself do the talking and supply the
drama and camaraderie, instead of resorting to the
usual bag of non musical tricks.
(I love that current SW Airlines "Need To Get Away?"
commercial on tv, in which after a thunderous first
song and screaming audience reception, the lead singer
yells out "WE LOVE YOU DETROIT !", followed by
deafening silence interrupted only by the bass player
sadly informing the lead singer that "Detroit" was
Some of us remember several spontaneous
things that happened at the Television Chicago show
back in May not the least of which was the wonderful
audience sing-a-long to "Venus" (and I'm sure that the
other Television concerts this year (and in the past! I
remember plenty of them) have had their spontaneous
and almost magical moments. TV said in a 1979 interview:
"In terms of asking an audience to clap their hands? I'm
not that style [but] I don't design to be a low-key,
over-in-corner act ...."
Television might be considered by some to be
too intellectual, too cerebral, or "too clever"
(for their own good) to be a support act for bands
that play to very large audiences.
(I don't mean that in a snobby way.)
Others might consider Television and Verlaine
pretentious (remember I'm just playing the devil's advocate
here, and setting out possible theories held by a
headliner band or its audience). But then some people
find U-2 pretentious and parts of their music to have an
almost solemn piousness
On the other hand, let's analyze two of the more hifalultin
words frequently thrown around when describing U-2 and
their music: "anthemic" and "pyrotechnical".
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition,
defines "anthemic" as: "of or relating to a song or hymn
of praise of gladness." If that doesn't fit lots of Television's
songs like "Glory" and "1880 Or So" then I'll eat my hat
(and it's a powerful and a real fine hat).
"pyrotechnical": "characterized by a spectacular display
(as of extreme virtuosity)". If that doesn't describe our boys
playing then I don't know what does.
From: Keith Allison [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 5:13 PM
Subject: Re: (TV) TV as later-day Skinny Orson Welles / Just One! - A
Verlaine Rant Dennis Miller Would be Proud of
In message <00B717603414D21187AD00104B94A2DA41A404@EXCHANGE>, Cameron
Pulley <email@example.com> writes
>Television or Tom opening for U2? That's not a bad idea at all. After all,
>Television once went on tour with Peter Gabriel (of all people).
Ah, Peter Gabriel to U2: from the sublime to the ridiculous, I'd say
(though Andy would disagree).
> U2 is not
>so much of a stretch.
Oh, but it is, it is.
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