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:||Warner Bros Uk|
Performance CreditsTelevision Primary Artist
Tom Verlaine Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Richard Lloyd Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Billy Ficca Drums
Fred Smith Bass,Vocals
Fred E. Smith Bass,Vocals
Technical CreditsTom Verlaine Producer,Engineer
Andy Johns Producer,Engineer
Tony Lane Art Direction
Billy Lobo Artwork,Back Cover
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
A focused, detailed, wonderful rock album with perfectly strange vocals. Highly highly highly recommended. *****