Television were integral to the New York punk scene of the 1970s that centred around the CBGBs club situated in Manhattan’s dingy Lower East Side. Whilst the music was more complex, with longer songs than the punk movement was known for, it is said that front man Tom Verlaine was the person who started wearing safety pins on his clothes, but simply to hold them together, rather than as a fashion statement. Their debut album from 1977, Marquee Moon, is absolutely essential.
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9/10 Evan Customer review, 4th May 2014
Obviously this album requires no review anymore however it's such a pleasure to warble on about this fantastic album and nobody else would like to listen to me going on about how the drums on this album are punchy bits of joy behind the sweet guitar which goes from cutting to blissful within seconds.
Nobody would care if I were to say that the way these tracks can easily rumble on for 10 minutes whilst maintaining an energy and tempo which keeps your attention and wonderment for the track's duration, makes this album a pure joy to listen to again and again. I doubt many would still be listen as I began to talk about how the vocals throughout sound both sneering and inviting. Nor would they care as I said how 'Friction' is a song which combines all of these fantastic elements so well that it surely is up there in the best of the '70s. And the fact that 'Friction' is followed up by 'Marquee Moon' which words just cannot justify, nobody around me would give me the time of day with that one. So I thought I'd write something here instead, just a little reminder of a beautiful album which Norman seems to be selling at a very tempting price indeed.
Who wouldn't want this in their collection? It's worth buying the vinyl for the cover alone. Get this one because then you'd start annoying everyone by talking about it too. And that can only be a good thing right?
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