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Though long associated with the CBGB Punk scene, they were far more ambitious than The Ramones ever were. I mean what is this stuff? Psychedelic Jazz Punk? Whatever it is, it's original. Verlaine croons like he's choking on a 25-cent hot dog at Gray's Papaya off 8th Avenue. And though his poetical leanings can often be obtuse, they're offset by a no nonsense, tough as nails rhythm section.
In terms of guitar playing, this band is armed with 2 guys who don't quite see eye to eye. Richard Lloyd's playing is as precise & solid as Verlaine is moody & improvisational. In other words, they are perfect foils. There's nothing quite like the epic title track. The lyrics seem ripped out of some lost notebook by Rimbaud. Musically, it's a dark, surreal sprial staircase---leading you back to from whence you came. The sonic equivalent of Carol Reed's the 3rd MAN.
In terms of barbed wit & killer hooks, how can you top the likes of "See No Evil", "Friction", "Elevation, & my personal favorite, "Proof It"? All of which makes the balladry of "Guiding Light" seem all the more delicate & fragile.
By far the darkest track is the closer,"Torn Curtain". In anyone else's hands it would come off as pure pretention. But they pull it off. Guess it even proved to be oddly prophetic. After this album, the band pretty much fell apart despite the flawed farewell of their follow up, ADVENTURE.
In terms of today's bands, Television's influence is undeniable.Read more ›
The reissue, on the other hand, has some good parts, some great parts, and some really terrible parts. It's good to have the lyrics now, now I can understand what Tom Verlaine is singing. It's great to have the story in the booklet about the recording, and the pictures inside are great too. The remastering is eye-opening compared to the original 1990 cd pressing, as well. Very clear, well-mixed and separated. Unlike the reviewer who was against the bonus tracks, I think that having 'Little Johnny Jewel' is definitely a plus. There's no reason to complain about having tracks that have been deleted for 25 years and never released ever on cd.Read more ›
Each song is a journey through heaven, hell, and everywhere in between. The dual guitars flow perfectly in each song. "See No Evil" opens the album up with an immediate array of talent. The solo blows me away each time. The way the guitars blend is just amazing. They make everything sound busy while keeping the music clean and easy to listen to. "Venus" has a killer chorus which is really just the guitar. The tone is so beautiful I feel like crying knowing I can't replicate it. "Friction" shows you the childlike humor this band has. Just like "Hard On Love" and "Love Comes In Spurts" which Television used to play when Richard Hell was the bassist, this song has a sexy type humor. After being knocked off your feet by the first three songs, you'll get kicked in the stomach by "Marquee Moon." Verlaine's voice has such a wild ache in it, I'm constantly wondering how this band didn't make it big. "Marquee Moon" shows just how different Verlaine and Lloyd play. The first solo is a conventional rock solo, descending down scales. That would be Lloyd. The second one is a slow build up into a massive climax; Verlaine's masterpiece. The guitar longs for something that is unknown, just like his singing. If you were already knocked out cold by the album, the ending of the song revives you so you can bless your ears with the rest of the CD. "Elevation" would be the first dark song on the album.Read more ›
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The music is exceptional on every level, but be advised; the sound quality of the CD is abysmalPublished 22 days ago by billc
After the second annoying email pestering me to leave feedback, I will. Normally I wouldn't have bothered, but they wouldn't stop asking. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James K. Whaley
Had no idea that these guys were so talented. Every song on this album is wonderful.Published 5 months ago by Richard Ellis
Although the career of Television has been sparse and sporadic over the years since their emergence in the mid-seventies, their debut album, Marquee Moon, still remains a timeless... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
My husband loves this. He mentioned it and I got for Christmas and he listened to it right away.Published 5 months ago by Vicki
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