- See No Evil
- Marquee Moon
- Guiding Light
- Prove It
- Torn Curtain
- Little Johnny Jewel, Pts. 1 & 2
- See No Evil (Alternate Version)
- Friction (Alternate Version)
- Marquee Moon (Alternate Version)
- Untitled Instrumental
It's hard to imagine Television emerging from the same CBGBs scene as the Ramones. Television's meticulous guitar-oriented sound and precise songs seem like the antithesis of the punk aesthetic, but the hallowed, hardscrabble dive is where Tom Verlaine assembled and nurtured this four-man crew in the mid '70s. Marquee Moon is unlike every guitar-hero recording that preceded it, and few since have captured its discipline and charm. Introverts alike, Verlaine and fellow axman Richard Lloyd dispense long, clean lines that seem more appropriate to a SoHo art gallery than a Bowery dive and, unlike so many guitar gods, play extremely well within the context of the song. Adding to the mystique are Verlaine's lyrics, oblique and urbane, which draw on the tradition of another New York downtown band, the Velvet Underground. Despite their lasting influence, the band recorded only one more album, Adventure, before breaking up, only to reunite for a brief tour in 1992. More than 20 years later, the glory of Marquee Moon remains undiminished, and is a must for guitar aficionados and New York rock fans alike.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsTelevision Primary Artist
Tom Verlaine Guitar,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Richard Lloyd Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Billy Ficca Drums,Group Member
Fred Smith Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsTom Verlaine Composer,Producer
Richard Lloyd Composer
Andy Johns Producer,Engineer
Alan Licht Liner Notes
Tony Lane Art Direction
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Billy Lobo Back Cover
Bill Ignlot Tape Research
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Marquee Moon based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
A focused, detailed, wonderful rock album with perfectly strange vocals. Highly highly highly recommended. *****
This band was one of the first bands who were involved in punk rock music and one of the most influential bands on the up and coming punk rock bands today. If you like bands like The Strokes and also The Hives you should really look in to this album because it is mostly genius.
It's impossible to do this album any justice by writing a review because it cannot be described in writing. It is the piece of art that was inspired and inspiring because of the guitar work between Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. The lyrics are a simulation of innocence and mystery. The impressive bass work by Fred Smith is made by a mixture of jazz and rock structure with an edge. Billy Ficca's clash of the drum is absolutely superb even though it can end up in a beautiful bliss of a mess it works well considering the album controls you from the first listen. The guitar is what the album is known for obviously and it's good to see that on the expanded edition you get the alternative versions to the finished product because you see the base of some of the better songs. The real why this album deserves to be one of the best of all time is because it shines with heart. The reason it shines with heart is because the band actually made music for the artistic part of it. The album was made to rebel against the corporate music industry. That is why this album is so unique because it is indescribably different. The awe of the album Marqee Moon is only proved because is is influentially significant and a magical buy for anyone.