Sadly we bid farewell this week to the genius singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tom Verlaine. He was the founder and driving force behind the groundbreaking band Television who reshaped music as part of the late 70’s NYC scene. This week’s show features some of Verlaine’s music. Hope you’ll enjoy and look up more of his stuff if it wasn’t already on your radar.
This week’s show features music not heard previously on this show, selected from the #PunkandNewWaveClassics tournament on Twitter that can be found on the “Everything 80’s” feed curated by @Oliver_Shergold. Check it out by clicking here!
I had a one-way ticket and a little radio
I turned it on, heard the sound from twenty years ago
Somebody smiled and said, that’s the only way to go
He died at twenty-one, now nobody’s innocent in
Memphis! So where the hell is Memphis?
Once I knew a man in love with money He said it solved his worries and his cares Then one day, I heard him say Something I hear everywhere “Tell me now to find true love and happiness In the present day”
Words in papers, words in books
Words on TV, words for crooks
Words of comfort, words of peace
Words to make the fighting cease
Words to tell you what to do
Words are working hard for you
Eat your words but don’t go hungry
Words have always nearly hung me