TV Party

“I guess it was punk TV. We were anti-technique, anti-format, anti-establishment, and anti-anti-establishment. We liked to break all the rules of good broadcasting. Sometimes we would sit around and say, “Well, what should we do now?” Sometimes we sat there and did nothing. They say “dead air” is the kiss of death in broadcasting, but we liked it. Sometimes we would sit perfectly still like a tape on pause, but it was live.”

-Glenn O’Brien

TV Party was a late 70’s/early 80’s public access television experiment of sorts. Glenn O’Brien created the show that drew a broad range of characters, from homeless guys on the street to David Bowie, Blondie, Klaus Nomi, and Jean Michel Basquiat. The production was terrible and there was basically no direction, but it was a hit none-the-less because it was essentially the epitome of downtown New York City cool.


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