Sunday, 9 March 2014


"marquee moon"
Year:  1977
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Warner Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  8
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        New Wave

Television is a rock band formed in New York City in 1973 and credited as highly influential and seminal for the future punk-rock and new wave sounds.  Television was part of the 70´s New York rock scene, along with musical acts like the Ramones, New York Dolls, Hollywood Brats, Blondie, Richard Hell and Talking Heads. Although they recorded in a raw manner similar to their contemporaries, minimalizing the use of studio techniques, sound effects and atypical instruments, Television's music was technically proficient, defined by guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. The group's debut album, "Marquee Moon", is often considered one of the defining releases of the punk era.  Lester Bangs heard in Television's music the influence of Quicksilver Messenger Service, noting a similarity between Verlaine's guitar playing and that of John Cipollina. Tom Verlaine has downplayed the comparison, citing the Ventures as a more apt reference point. In 2004, Robert Christgau pointed to the debt that Television owed to the San Francisco garage-rock scene of the late 60´s, directly comparing Verlaine's guitar playing to that of Jerry Garcia. This album is simply brilliant.
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