As a soundtrack to Nick’s essay, we’ve got two raw-but-right documents: Laughner’s early 1976 tape of a Television set at CBGB (kindly supplied by Peter’s friend and collaborator Don Harvey), along with a home recording of Peter and Don in Ann Arbor, featuring some of his own distinctive originals (check out the gorgeous rendition of “Amphetamine), plus covers of The Velvet Underground, Richard Hell … and Television, naturally. words / t wilcox
Download: Television – CBGB, January 1976 (zipped folder)
Fire Engine / Prove It / Little Johnny Jewel / Psychotic Reaction / Friction / Guiding Light / Let Me Out / Kingdom Come
Download: Peter Laughner – The Ann Arbor Tape, February 1976 (zipped folder)
Photo: Peter Laughner, Rick Kalister, Scott Krauss (obscured behind Kalister), and Albert Dennis of Cinderella Backstreet at the Viking Saloon, Cleveland 1973. Out of frame: Cynthia Black. Photographer unidentified.