There’s nothing hotter now than 70’s revivalism… If ever there was a record indebted to that same time and place in pop, it’s Marquee Moon from N.Y. band, Television. It was and still after 40 years upon it release is still considered a guitar rock masterpiece. It married artful technicality with the menace and energy of New York’s then-nascent punk scene. It took rock and roll into areas that had not yet been named at the time of its 1977 release. What’s most relevant is the record’s influence. When the band did its early demos with Brian Eno; it was completely out of context to the expressionistic sound that leader, Tom Verlaine was trying to project. Elektra Records agreed to let Verlaine produce the album as long as they’d agree to have Andy Johns as the sound engineer. You’d hear a scragglier band that was intentionally less confident while still claiming to be a punk rock band. From the moment their debut studio album was released punk rock and Television would be inextricably linked forever. Television changed the language of jazz, psych and garage into a mesmerizing journey that was simultaneously raw and hypnotic. From the early days of playing at CBGBs in NYC their aim was to create something simpler, more caustic and the very antithesis of anything beyond three chords .
They were the King Crimson to hard rock’s Led Zeppelin, Funkadelic to soul’s Otis Redding. Rather than deconstructing the guitar to its most brutal like their contemporaries in The Clash and The Ramones. Television delivered a tangled, serpentine guitar spared over eight sprawling songs. Marquee Moon cast a spell on generations of future guitar misfits, many of which, including Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Built to Spill, would rise to prominence during the guitar rock heyday of the ’90’s indie bands. Television delivered a tangled, serpentine guitar spar over eight sprawling songs; and in twice the length album, .One thing you’ll uncover is how “punk” and apocalyptic Television were.. Yet it has become a classic rock masterpiece… From the album’s start”See No Evil” realizes what you are in for. In the 70’s AOR stations were skeptical to play anything that wasn’t Steve Miller or Lynyrd Skynyrd and to play the title track that was 10 minutes and change was unheard of. It was as inspiring as any guitar recordings by Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Pete Townsend.. But somehow through the decades “Marquee Moon” got the respect it deserved. Interestingly the album didn’t have the success in America as it did in England. To this day it appears on many writers “desert island” lists..