Television appeared at the same time and place as American punk rock — in the mid-Seventies at CBGB — but unlike their Velvet Underground-inspired brethren Television's trademark chiming guitars and jammy tendencies evoked such psychedelic-era bands as the Grateful Dead. Television had a devout following in New York City and a major effect on British post-punk rock as well as American indie rock, but its albums were virtually ignored by the mass market at the time of their release.

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