Fred Smith (Television)

With bass passages borne of rhythm and blues, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and soul influences, bassist Fred Smith anchored one of the most influential ensembles to emerge from the New York City punk movement: Television.


A founding member of Blondie when they were known as Angel and the Snake, Fred’s conventional style was the perfect platform for Tom Verlaine to explore the outer reaches of his angular guitar artistry.


Smith also waxed sides and performed with his former bandleader Verlaine (including Dreamtime which also features Donnie Nossov), The Roches, Willie Nile, The Fleshtones, Richard Lloyd, and Peregrins, to cite a few.  


Fred Smith Sound & Vision with Television


“Marquee Moon”


“The Fire”