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Monday, 10 February 2014

I Remember How The Darkness Doubled

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic albums and album covers of it's generation.
Marquee Moon was Television's debut album released in 1977 slap bang in the middle of the punk revolution.
At the time of one and two cord, two to three minute records, the title track weighs in at a mighty 10 minutes 40 seconds about the same length of one of those pompous prog rock tracks favoured by Jim McLean's rabbit!
I've yet to come across anyone into punk who doesn't like this record. I suspect I may just have set myself up for a fall with that statement.
Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd have an element of musical ability that most bands at the time could only dream about.
I bought this in Echo in Byres Road, Glasgow along with Definitely Maybe by Oasis after an afternoon's drinking session - only one of these two is a classic which has stood the test of time and they are not from Manchester!
Relentless - but in a good way.

Television - Marquee Moon


  1. you really need to put your listening ears on re. prog. Today's record is, though, splendid. Splendid.

  2. Television belongs right along with the rest of the punk and new wave bands which broke conventions, sneered at the radio stations and created their own musical revolution in the mid to late 1970's NYC. Verlaine, Lloyd and Hell felt no need to follow any formula and made new ones as the went along. They played side by side with bands as diverse as Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Bruce Springsteen, Ramones and The Dictators. Television was punk, just not a punk easily categorized.