Robert Forster: Venus by Television is the most perfect song of all time
The former Go-Betweens frontman recounts how, as a teenager, he fell under the spell of Television’s album Marquee Moon
- In this new Guardian Australia series, musicians share their favourite songs, what makes them perfect and how they shaped their lives
How could the perfect song be anything else?
I was 19 years old, living in suburban Brisbane, writing my first half-decent songs, when Television released their debut album, Marquee Moon. I had been following the band for two years through the music press, buying their first single, Little Johnny Jewel. Expectations were high, but nothing prepared me for the splendour and clout of the group’s debut album, released in February 1977.