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Television Marquee Moon

Television Album Reviews

There were a plethora of musical acts that originated from the CBGBs club in New York in the mid-1970s; The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, and Blondie all went on to achieve acclaim, while all occupying different niches in the punk and new wave spectrum. Television are probably the least well known of the above CBGBs acts, but they’ve received plenty of acclaim, especially for their 1977 debut Marquee Moon.

The pivotal part of Television’s sound is the guitar interplay of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd with their interlocking riffs and impressive solos. The two guitarists have contrasting styles; Verlaine more avant-garde and Lloyd more sweet and melodic. But despite their guitar virtuosity and Verlaine’s impressionistic lyrics, Television are part of the punk era, with its stripped down, DIY aesthetic; Verlaine’ strangled vocals are something of an acquired taste, while the rhythm section sound of drummer Billy Ficca and bassist Fred Smith is dry and uncluttered.

The band only produced two studio albums in their initial tenure – 1978’s Adventure was effectively the weaker half of their live set, and was less well received. The same lineup reunited for 1992’s self-titled album, and have continued intermittently as a live act, although Lloyd hasn’t been involved recently.

Ten Favourite Television Songs

Marquee Moon
Guiding Light
Ain’t that Nothin’
Prove It
1880 Or So
Little Johnny Jewel

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Television Marquee Moon

Marquee Moon – Television

1977, 10/10. Marquee Moon is a masterpiece, an album with an original sound, great songs, and interweaving guitarists.

Television Adventure

Adventure – Television

1978, 7.5/10. The thought of following up the acclaimed Marquee Moon is daunting, and Adventure is a much more modest, relaxed, album.

Television 1992 Album

Television – Television

1992, 6/10. Fourteen years after Adventure, the same Television lineup reunited for a self-titled album.

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