TELEVISION – MARQUEE MOON (1977)
Album Review from AlohaPopRock-AlohaCriticon
Marquee Moon is one of the most important debut albums in the history of rock. The New York group Television, leaded by the songwriter, singer and guitarist Tom Verlaine, who coproduces the album together with Andy Jones, offer a creative work in the lyric and music aspects, the penetrating guitar synergy between Verlaine and Richard Lloyd plus the suggestive, nervous and abrasive of the first one whose transcendence can be proved in later numerous musicians. We can only have to listen to Brett Anderson (Suede) in order to perceive the similarity between them.
We cannot forget the extraordinary rhythmic section composed by the bassist Fred Smith and drummer Billy Ficca who are linked with the imagination and particular identity of the eight superb compositions of the album.
Influenced by bands such as The Velvet Underground and soloist as David Bowie, Television, sited in the legendary punk scene of the CBGB would create a revolutionary approach (maybe unintended) with a vanguardist perspective and elements of jazz, resonance with bizarre and angular electric undulations plus hypnotic and sweeping structures exemplified in themes such as See no Evil, Friction, Venus or the mesmerizing homonymous title.