Richard Lloyd was the rhythm guitarist for New York punk legends Television; he released the solo album Alchemy in 1979 and then dropped out of sight due to drug addiction, returning in 1985 cleaned up and with a new record, Field of Fire. The follow-up, a live album recorded at CBGB's and titled Real Time, appeared in 1987. Along with ex-Voidoids guitarist Robert Quine, Lloyd next helped bring Matthew Sweet to prominence on a series of albums starting with 1991's power pop classic Girlfriend; after the follow-ups Altered Beast and 100% Fun, both guitarists departed.
In addition to teaching, Lloyd returned to his solo career, forming a backing band that included bassist Peter Stuart and drummer Chris Butler. A new studio album, The Cover Doesn't Matter, was released in early 2001. Lloyd revisited his second solo album, Field of Fire, in 2005, completely redoing it, and the results were issued as 2007's Field of Fire on Reaction/Parasol, which included both the original and redone versions of the album. The all-new Radiant Monkey arrived that same year. In 2009 LLoyd completed work on the Jamie Neverts Story, an ambitious collection of Jimi Hendrix covers. ~ Steve Huey