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Re: Television as 'Pop' / RE: (TV) Re: Tom as a punk

On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 10:55 AM, Leo Casey <LeoCasey@comcast.net> wrote:

> Here are some interviews in which Tom plays down descriptions of
> Television's songs as
> 'difficult', 'arty',
> 'complicated' ,and dare I say it, 'punk'. .
> More relevant passages marked with asteriks ***.

That's a good collection of quotes.

In some of them he's specifically talking about the "pop song" as a form,
which far and away most recorded Verlaine compositions are, structurally and
sonically (although on the latter count the definition probably varied from
year to year).  The truth is that most songs by the "actual" punk bands of
the era fit that general definition, too (none more so than The Ramones) but
Tom was just being a little more honest about it.
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