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Marquee Moon

Television

1977

Marquee Moon

Album Summary

Marquee Moon is the debut album by American rock band Television. It was released on February 8, 1977, by Elektra Records. In the years leading up to the album, Television had become a prominent act on the New York music scene and generated interest from a number of record labels, eventually signing a record deal with Elektra. The group rehearsed extensively in preparation for Marquee Moon before recording it at A & R Recording in September 1976. It was produced by the band's frontman Tom Verlaine and sound engineer Andy Johns. For Marquee Moon, Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd abandoned contemporary punk rock's power chords in favor of rock and jazz-inspired interplay, melodic lines, and counter-melodies. The resulting music is largely hook-driven with complex instrumental parts (particularly on longer tracks such as "Marquee Moon"), while evoking themes of adolescence and transcendence through imagery in urban, pastoral, and nocturnal modes, including references to the geography of Lower Manhattan. Influenced by Bohemian and French poetry, Verlaine's lyrics also feature puns and double entendres intended to give the songs an impressionistic quality in describing his perception of an experience. Marquee Moon was met with widespread acclaim and was hailed by critics as an original musical development in rock music. The critical recognition helped the album achieve unexpected commercial success in the United Kingdom, despite poor sales in the United States. Among the most acclaimed music releases in history, it has consistently featured in professionally curated lists of top albums, including Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (2003), on which it ranked 128th. Marquee Moon also proved to be a foundational record of alternative rock, as Television's innovative post-punk instrumentation for the album strongly influenced the new wave and indie rock movements of the 1980s and rock guitar playing in general.

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3.47

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4892

Genres

  • Rock
  • Post Punk
  • Punk
  • New Wave
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5

No further proof needed of Marquee Moon's mind-altering inventinveness than the fact that a significant number of people seem to think it sounds like the Strokes. Come again?

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5

This album is a world unto itself. I've listened to a lot of music, but there's nothing else quite like this. Such a unique and often bizarre blend of post-punk-infused pop with a hint of psychedelia.

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5

This album is just an inventive, intricate, and idiosyncratic mix of classic-guitar-hero-dad-rock, punk irreverence, and jazz interplay. I knew I was gonna give it this but this Aussie gives it five runs to Bunnings Warehouse out of five.

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Meh. I've never been into Television. I don't think that they are bad or unskilled, but it's never grabbed me. If I want to listen to New York style new wave from the late seventies, it's going to look for something like early Blondie.

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5

New York, CBGB, 70's. If that trio isnt a 5, tell me what is.

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5

Absolutely loved this. A revelation for me and if I get 5 albums like this from the 1001 where I know very little and then get educated then it’s worth listening to alll the shit. I hear so many of my fave bands today in this album, the guitar work is special, the tunes are special, I’m only sad it’s taken 45 years to hit my ears ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5

Marquee Moon is, of course, the cornerstone of the art punk side of post-punk. They gave an energetic boost to the otherwise very dark and dingy sounds of Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Cure, and....oh, huh? Marquee Moon came out before all those bands? Huh. Well, even if they aren't the cornerstone! They put out some quintessential post-punk. Compositionally unique, it sticks with me even after repeated listens. They'll explore cool new bridges or verses and then move on to another, refusing to stick around too long leaving you wanting more. But then you get even more punk-y goodness that you can forgive it.

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3

Title track still bangs but I realized I find the vocalist a bit too shrill for a full album.

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5

The Strokes before the Strokes

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5

A truly classic from the great New York punk rock scene.

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5

I have this on vinyl and is played at least once a month as It's one of my favourite albums. You can hear how it's so influential on many other bands.

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5

A really special record, in my opinion one of the best guitar records ever. Verlaine & Lloyd’s duelling guitars are particularly notable on Friction & Elevation but the epic title track is a thing of wonder. No filler at all here.

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5

All your favorite rock bands fucking love this album.

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5

Thank you Television for not letting Brian Eno ruin this album!!! They recorded demos of several of the songs and didn’t like Eno’s production. So the band waited for a better suited recording arrangement. I’ve had this album in my library for a long time, and I’ve gone through spurts of repeated listening. I love the guitar work on this album. The twinkling diddle-liddle-liddle-liddle-luh throughout Marquee Moon (song) is a great hook. And the little, repeated licks that go against the grain in several songs, which I found out are called countermelodies, are exquisite. The bass deserves recognition too, like on Elevation and Prove It for instance where it carries the melody at times. Listening to Marquee Moon (song) more closely now, I find it to be an unappreciated master piece. The repeated premature truncation of the chorus on Elevation is unsettling, but in a way I truly appreciate. Have you ever had a conversation with someone about what era you’d want to go back to for the music? Reading more about Television’s history, 1975 at CBGB in Manhattan is now on my list of potential answers. That year, Television shared a residence at the CBGB with Patti Smith when she had just recorded her album Horses. Oh what a time and place to be!

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4

Fun, jazzy, angular, theatrical. Your favorite band's favorite album. Paved the way for a lot of great music. Favorite tracks: "Friction", "Marquee Moon", "Elevation", "See No Evil"

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4

I actually quite like this album overall. Television is an essential part of that initial, American post-punk exploratory period that birthed bands like Violent Femmes and The Replacements. It's nihilistic and nonsensical at times, sure. But that's just true to its post-punk underpinnings. It also hits with some strong, jazz-rooted drums and more than a few prog-rock-leaning instrumental sections. Is it an amazing album? No. But it's pretty damn good. The title track, Marquee Moon, in particular, is great from both a technical and musical perspective.

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4

Weird songwriting, yet impossibly cool. The lyrics are a masterpiece of tonality. Some of the hooks and melodies are to die for. I have to realise that one of the ways I judge an album is if I want to party with the band. I definitely want to party with Television.

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4

That "Marquee Moon," guitar riff is so damn infectious it has kept me coming back to this album over and over. Come for that riff and stay for a group of punks that can actually play guitar. I feel like their guitar work was well beyond what most of their fast and loud contemporaries were doing. It was also just really catchy to me. I think Verlaine is a fantastic songwriter as well. Interesting imagery and delivery. That being said I feel like a few of the songs on the back half of this album were just not as fleshed out lyrically and more of a showcase of how well these guys could play guitar. For that I've got to give this one a 4.

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4

Wow. What a find. Never listened to them before but after Venus I knew this album was going to be a good one. I don't throw 5 stars around willy nilly, and certainly not for an album I've only heard once, so this is a strong 4.

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4

Another absolute classic which must have been a lightning bolt moment back in '77, perfect marriage of punk sensibilities and aesthetic with the artsy contemporaries like Talking Heads and Roxy Music. 10 minute songs?? Guitar virtuosos?? And from the 70s, but no caped keyboard players or fairytale lyrics in sight?! For me the highlights are all in the first half, in particular Venus and Marquee Moon. The album peaks with that transcendent title track, although the soft and stirring Guiding Light is a highlight from Side 2. A stronger closer would have bumped this to 5* for me but can settle with 4.5* and bottomless admiration.

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4

ой классно! -> ой похуй -> что за группа?

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4

A classic that I came to late, 10 years ago, perhaps. It's a very good album and the guitar interplay between Verlaine and Richard Lloyd is often gorgeous and always engaging. I was tempted to give it an automatic 5 stars for it's reputation and they fact that I mostly think it's brilliant, but...... Tom Verlaine's voice keeps it from reaching the highest score. Now I can usually look past a unflattering vocal performance if the songs transcend the subjectively week vocals and I mostly do, but ultimately I can't quite get to 5. 4 .5 🌟

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4

This is a pretty great record. Television is a complete blindspot for me but seems like they should be in my wheelhouse. The guitar interplay is great. The vocals aren't amazing but they mostly work in the context of the songs. Cool record.

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3

Side 1 is post punk perfection. Side 2..... is really not.

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2

Enjoyable enough but nothing that makes it standout. Suffers from lots of bands coming after that do it slightly more to my taste.

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2

could be worse but also rly doesn't need to exist

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5

One of the greats right here, the guitar is so influential.

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5

it was pretty good, 4.5/5

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5

Never thought I'd like a punk album

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5

V. good. Punk sound, good vocals + drums

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5

Opening track was particularly good

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5

Fun album, Marquee Moon is a great tune. Never heard of them

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5

Really, really enjoyed this. Can't believe it came out in 1977, sounded like early Strokes!

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5

Muy buenas rolas

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5

No ragrets. Qué puto discazo.

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5

I knew it was going to be good, and bad on me for not listening to it for this long, but HOT DAMN.

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5

I love Television. Saw them in concert after their reunion album, which is also incredible. This is a classic, 5 stars.

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5

Good one, swift and straight to the heart

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5

This feels like the definition of "proto". Sonically it's roots really resonate far and wide, and in its own right it is surprisingly strong. Plus it fits my flavors in some really strong ways.

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5

One of the finest albums of the period

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5

Narzekalem na punkowatosc punkowatosci na liscie i lista postanowila odpowiedziec czyms epicko punkersko protoplastycznym, bo albumikiem z 77 grupy zwanej television, na ktorej wczesniej nie bylo mi dane sie poznac, ale nadrobilem i urzeklo mnie to co uslyszalem, nie jest jest to wulgarny energiczny punk pelen buntu polaczonego z darciem mordy i napierdalanka po gitarkach, jeden z najbardziej smothowych punko basow jakie chyba kiedykolwiek slyszalem tworza taka linie melodyczna, o jakiej drumujace melodyje nie moga snic, na to jeszcze wpadaja gitarowe solowki na przemian z kounter melodiami, ktorych istnienie dopiero na tej plycie tak odczulem, bo jakos nigdy nie zastanawialem sie nad kounterowymi melodiami i ich zastosowaniu w muzyce popularnej, a ten album robi dobry how to tego wlasnie wykorzystania budowy melodii, tak jak sugeruje okladka banda liczy 4 czlonkow, dosc klasyczne w punkowaniu, ale tym razem wokalista jest takze utalentowanym grajkiem gitarowym i klawiszowym, ktore kreci solowe popisy, czuc takze ze teksty sa pisane ekskluziwnie przez pana Verlaine, chociaz nie jest to konceptowy krazek, to jednak motywy biedaka grajka hamerykanskiego w duzym miescie czuc dosc bardzo, zwlaszcza po retrospekcyjnym charakterze niektorych trakow, no i narkotykach rzecz jasna, co tez oczywiscie nawiazuje do poczatkow szolbiznesu dla czlonkow telewizji, pisalem ze wokalista robi robote podczas solowek, ale glowny gitarowca wcale mu tutaj nie ustepuje i licytuja sie co trak kto bardziej epickiego solowca wystuka, jeden z albumikow sluchany tylko od poczatku do konca, bo tak wciaga, ale na plejaka dodam ponad 10 minutowego epika ktory najlepiej sprzedaje o czym jest ta plyta, czyli tytulowy marquee moon, do tego dochodzi prove it, elevation i venus milowskom, na ktorej dosc ciekawe chorkowanie sie pojawilo, jak teraz pomysle jak influencyjna to musiala byc plyta, mam przed soba tyle wyspiarskich punkerow, ktore podobny konter plej probowaly ogrywac, gadajace glowy i pozostan w swietle, to tez dobry przyklad influencjowania tym wlasnie materialem, mam nadzieje ze reszta dyskografii jest rownie epicka i energia frontowego zawodnika przetrwala

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5

Uno de esos discos especiales que marcan un antes y un después

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5

Brilliant.

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5

A classic - still listen to this fairly regularly.

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5

Strong opening track. Simple, catchy songs. Not overproduced.

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5

Top class

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5

J'aime. The Strokes love it.

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5

great album

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5

the best!!

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5

One of the greatest post-punk albums of all time. 9.4/10 Best Tracks: "See No Evil" "Venus"

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5

Very cool! I like that kind of music a lot and this was just what i love

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5

Great Album. Way ahead of its time. Could say it was made this year and it would fit.

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5

Truly amazing. The music is way ahead of it's time.

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5

Loved it. I’ve not heard about of this album before, so it was a great find

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5

Классное сочетание 2 гитарных партий. Критики также отмечают интересную лирику, жаль не могу ее оценить.

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5

Que és el disc amb millors guitarres dels 70 és gairebé una obvietat. No només dels 70, em costaria trobar un àlbum amb tants temes on els riffs provoquin tal cascada de sentiments. Però és que a més té les cançons... No n'hi ha cap que sigui simplement bona, totes són radicalment excel.lents

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5

Hadn't heard of this group before, so wasn't sure going in what it would be about. Very much a guitar-first album, and they do an excellent job with that. Very much what the Strokes brought back in the 2000s. Vocalist takes away from it a bit, but added some tunes to the playlist here. Marquee Moon the song is excellent, very catchy jam. Added a few to the playlist off of this one.

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5

This is banging. Perfect post punk. Love the guitar work from start to finish!

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5

The title song is a highlight on one of the best albums ever - what some players manage to express with a guitar is amazing and still sounds as fresh as ever- but the rest of the songs is excellent as well.

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5

9/10

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5

A pop-rock album that I absolutely loved every second of. The instrumental sections of this album are very dynamic and the guitar play goes from garage rockers to experimental. The guitarists complement each other so well and their sound is deeply layered; definitely the highlight of the album. I can understand how some might view the singing and songwriting as subpar or stale, but really its secondary to the music as a whole. I can imagine how ahead of its time this album was at its release, not just for punk rock but rock as a whole. The sequencing of this album is flawless and there is not one bad song on the entire album. Favorite tracks: All; Marquee Moon, Torn Curtain if I had to choose.

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5

Fabulous recording, fun guitar. The occasional touch of melancholy. Awesome vocals, and great harmonies. Also the perfect duration - long enough to leave me fulfilled, without dragging on.

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5

Оч люблю телевижн и тома верлена

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5

The compositional endpoint of the two guitars, bass and drums band playing rock & roll. Every instrument is playing exactly what it needs to, and what they’re playing is all brilliant (especially the drums). This could've just as well have been released 10 or even 20 years later. Hard to believe it would come out of the CBGB's scene

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5

100%. This is a perfect album.

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5

I'd forgotten how amazing this album is. The hypnotic, driving bass with the guitar work pulling it along. If I'm nitpicking, I'm not totally sold on the singing but does convey masses of character and attitude, and the title track is so amazing and titanic that it overshadows the songs coming after it.

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5

Guitar solos galore. Fun.

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5

The more I listen to this album the more I like it. How crazy that this came out in 1977?! I only knew the title track before this, and I genuinely thought it was a modern song. I'm vibing with this _a lot_. I may be feeling generous this week but I do love this album.

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5

Absolute classic. This and their live ROIR tape The Blow-Up were mind blowing. It was too bad that Little Johnny Jewel was difficult to get ahold of until the reissue.

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5

Amazing album front to back, all killer no filler. Truly one of the best albums ever created, not only based on the quality of songs but also the composition of the album itself. Absolutely exceptional album.

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5

Need on vinyl.

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5

It's got it all

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5

"Friction" is one of the horniest songs I've ever heard. "Marquee Moon" pioneering the brain-fuck off-time guitar part solo intro. Also pioneering self-indulgent guitar wankery at the end of the album

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5

One of my favorite albums. Love every track. So simple yet entrancing and melodic. I think a lot of it comes from its jazz-like structure, despite only using rock instruments. This isn't like anything out there. Explores several themes, none of which overstay their welcome, and never tries to be flashy. Atmosphere is wistful and mysterious, sometimes very dark, which works perfectly with Verlaine's haunting vocals and creepy lyrics. This is best exemplified in "Friction," from the beginning tune to the guitar interludes between every line. It amazes me how each track stands out in these remarkable, memorable ways. It helps that there are only 8 tracks, each deserving full attention. The mixing is as best as it could be, you could hear everyone clearly, as subtle as they may be. A bad production job would have likely dulled the contributions of the drums, which I feel play the major role in carrying the power and tempo in this album compared to most. When the drums change, you know we're moving into new territory. The second side doesn't get enough love. Starting with the garage-style wild opener, it feels like the first few tracks are building up the mood to the titular masterpiece, but we abruptly shift to the post-apocalyptic second half. Again, with each track I can pull out 10 things that I obsess over. And yet there's always a commendation about the vocals, guitar solos, lyrics, and drums... no one's being dragged behind in any of them. "Elevation" carries the themes we saw in "Friction" and "Marquee Moon," but "Guiding Light" really mellows the tone for the rest of the album. When people say Marquee Moon is one of the most influential album to the alternative and indie scene, the song I typically thing of is "Prove It;" there's something so standard about that song that really sets the benchmark of how rock music should sound like, simple yet constantly evolving, with dynamic vocals and solos that naturally come in and out of the song's riffs, closing with an extended satisfying ending. Also, it has the abrupt stops, which is one of my favorite things about punk music. Finally, the album closes with the gothic, eery "Torn Curtain." Absolutely love the yearning chorus and the isolating guitar. Best choice to close the experience.

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5

Another one of those albums that I listen to over and over. It is a perfect soundtrack to a hwad clearing walk when I need to get lost in my thoughts.

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5

Truly one of the best

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5

This is a great album. Not much more needs to be said, it's simply great.

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5

Great album. Have it on vinyl. Have listened to it a bunch.

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5

Another longtime fav of mine. Lots have be said of this album and it indeed is great. What downt get said as much as how good the guitar playi g is, it's a down right jam album with excellent production.

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5

Mama likey

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5

This era of 70s post rock or glam whatever you wanna call it was the friggin bees knees. This album is an easy fiver.

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5

Tom Verlaine’s lyricism on Marquee Moon, influenced by French and Bohemian poetry, filled to the brim with puns, double entendres, and other clever witticisms, could’ve been enough to establish the record as a classic in itself, but then, the interweaving, lyrical guitar playing of Verlaine and Richard Lloyd could’ve done the same. There are very few records I love as much as this one. It has had an immeasurable impact on the way I think about guitar playing, lyricism, even music itself. High praise, I know, but it’s entirely deserved. Standout Tracks: See No Evil, Venus, Marquee Moon, Prove It, Torn Curtain

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5

Angular and hooky and melodic and oh so influential, this is music for intelligent folk. It’s also the Rosetta Stone for New Wave and indie rock, a source document that would be plundered in the decades that followed. The vocals are pretty mediocre (and not too pleasant to hear), but the vibes, mood and tempo are compelling, as is the lack of studio trickery. The title track is an epic of understatement, how you can go big in rock without being utterly bombastic – it’s a minor miracle that it was recorded in one track. “Elevation” and “Guiding Light” (oh, the lilting outro) are also fantastic, simultaneously entrancing and ear-wormy. It’s amazing how much they could mine from a pretty simple and straightforward approach. One for the ages and rounding up because they have been criminally overlooked and underrated.

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5

Never listened to before, Know the title track, great album.

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5

Bought this in '77 so really know it well, Love Toms work and you can see the influence of Television on the New York Punk scene through later bands like Talking Heads et-al. I Love the Idea that Joey Ramone could have been in the band at one time, wonder what kind of fusion that would have made? Richard Hell was a contemporary who didn't make the cut also, luckily for us as we then got the Voidoids! You can here the influence of The Velvet Underground on this album too. Love "Venus" "Friction" and "Marquee Moon". An influential album rightfully on the list here.

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5

I bought this album in the mid-80's when my local university radio station was clearing their collection when it went off the air. I got this and their second album, Adventure and really didn't get much play on my turntable at the time, but rediscovered these albums in the past 10 years and was blown away by what I've been missing. A post-punk classic, Marquee Moon has been influential to many bands in the 80's, 90's...up until now! The guitar interplay between Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd is incredible and the songs resonate with you every listen. What a great record!

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5

Fucking incredible guitar work. Yet another album that I’d been meaning check out for years that I wish I’d gotten to sooner.

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5

Another album I own on vinyl. This album is fascinating for so many reasons. Television emerged in the same scene that gave rise to the Ramones, Blondie, the Talking Heads, and Suicide, among many others. Television doesn't sound like any of those bands (though to be fair, those bands don't sound anything like each other). This album feels both radical and yet very much of its time. It's absolutely stellar both musically and lyrically. Lots of musical energy to provide some grounding for the poetic lyrics. It's another weight on the scale that has swung (very much to my surprise) to the conclusion that the 70s were the best musical decade. 5/5

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5

Iconic and influential album. Going into the album, my expectations were high, because I knew about the album's reputation, and I was already familiar with the amazing title track. Now, after listening to the album, I can say that the album lived up to my expectations. All the songs have great melodies, and even though some of them are long, they don't feel like they drag on for too long. The only complaints I have is that the vocals and the guitar tone doesn't change much throughout the album, which results in some of the songs blending a bit together for the first couple of listens.

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5

Great album very influencing

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5

I saw Television in Birmingham - supported by a group called Blondie…

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5

Protopunk wonderful essence

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5

some of the most modern rock guitar riffs I've heard so far! The first few tracks had sick lead strums, it is weird to say this sounds like Beach Boys influence? 63'-> 77', maybe that's who TV listened to growing up? Idk Will listen again 10/10

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5

Bien !

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5

Went through a very heavy Television phase in college. It’s the jam!!!

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5

I’ve herd this once before and I liked it so hopefully it will be the same quality… See no evil starts off sounding like it won’t be great but after the chorus comes on the song just radically turns into a banger. Venus is a banger especially the instrumentation on here, class! Friction just has like these small extra sounds that make it really cool and the guitars solo is one of the all time best. The 10 minute long title track is the main reason why this album is great though it’s one of the few long songs that is actually so good that you kinda wanna hear even more than you’re given. The bass line in elevation brings that whole song together making it one of the best. Guiding light is a great slow tune but probably the album’s worst but that’s just because of how great the other songs are still great though. The penultimate track prove it is another great display of this album I can’t really say anything that hasn’t been said in this review before but do know I love it. The drums at the start of the final track torn curtain really set the atmosphere for this amazing flawless closer, one of the best songs ever! Yeah this album is amazing no song is bad and while I’ve given a lot lately this is a definite 5/5.

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5

Masterpiece!

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5

Fantastic album and a new favorite in the rotation

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5

Ahora entiendo porqué les dicen Pre-The Strokes. 9/10

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5

cool

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4

Connor: - great riffs / basslines - distinctive vocal style. unusual, but not unpleasant - liked it a lot more on the second listen

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4

Really hear the Velvet Underground influence here. Sounds like 70s early punk for sure. I enjoyed this throughout. The guitars were really cool and I actually really dug his vocals - very 70s.

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4

liked it . decent songs . even a few happy ones. will listen again

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4

A really, really fucking cool album that feels way ahead of its time. Venus de Milo was a standout track, as was the title "Marquee Moon" which was an epic jam. Really great stuff

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4

Like it

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4

Strokes

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4

Great

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4

Immediately can place as late 70's. For sure I've heard some of this before and have not heard in a long time. It stays interesting and listenable.

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4

wicked guitar solos, fun ad libs, a few boring moments (sorry prove it) but also some great ones (friction!)

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4

Pretty. pretty good

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4

I like their guitar lines a lot. They almost feel like they're inspired by 50's or surf rock sometimes.

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4

Excellent - raw and almost unproduced

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4

Kinda pre grunge feel. Nice clean music but Lou reed esque vocals

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Immediate Strokes precursor. Recognize the album from radio plays but otherwise unfamiliar. It’s got a crunchy groove but not much blues.

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Si me gustó, inesperada sorpresa.

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Love this record.

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Fun riffs and rhythms in friction. But of no idea what the song is talking about

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Really like this album. Lead singer reminds me a little of the lead singer from Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah.

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First heard about these guys from the "No Dogs in Space" podcast. Really great album, and you can hear the proto-punk "attitude" really seeping out in every track. This is almost exactly halfway between rock and punk. The standout track is the lovely 10 minute Marquee Moon. I listened to a few different versions, and they're all transcendent.

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4

This is a fun album.

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Nice

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Quite liked some of the musical ideas, enough that I'll probably go back for another listen. 8

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A weird but unique album; gets lumped in with post-punk a lot but in my mind is pretty distinct from that style. Not 'top of all time' territory, but definitely an album I know I've enjoyed listening to over and over again.

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4.0 + Amazing guitar work, full of memorable riffs. Love the songs and the New York attitude. “Marquee Moon” in the middle flags the momentum for me.

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I enjoyed that. I'd never heard it before, but could definitely see the influence on bands I like. Really enjoyed the title track.

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7/10 This is pretty good, a lot of it is just plain fun to listen to, lots of catchy riffs. Another album that definitely sounds ahead of it's time. However, the vocals were rough and i really didn't care for the last few songs

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4

Another pleasant surprise!

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4

Some great standout moments, not something I'd listen through often

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Can see how it has influenced others (and been influenced, hints of VU). Loved guitars but voice grated, probably a 7/10 for now but will give it 4 stars as a classic.

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Genoeg te vinden op dit album wat mij kan bekoren. De titeltrack is echt geweldig!

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Tof plaatje, ga ik vaker draaien!

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Really good. Whole album is good, certain tracks are excellent. Listened to loads. And would again.

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Really enjoyable

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I don't watch television anymore. I refuse to pay for the TV licence. I now only watch animals fucking on the dark Web. The BBC coverage of animals humping is a bit shit now. I like watching two animals just really going at it like the clappers. Proper walloping eachother in their holes. A big horse's dick crushing the pussy of a leopard. Marvellous.

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<The Strokes, rich and lush riffs make this a winner.

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Well it turns out I have greatly underestimated Television. An album caught in a time where you can hear the bands they influenced as much as the bands by which they were influenced themselves. So much going on here and the album doesn’t have any weak moments. Added to library and will explore more.

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sounding pretty fresh and angular

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What an excellent and groundbreaking piece of work. This is the blueprint for post-punk right here. Very close to a 5 for me, but just a few songs I didn’t bop with as hard as others. Maybe it would be a 5 on a different day; it’s certainly almost there.

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Pretty good, some interesting guitarplay. Never heard of them before!

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Liked it.

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Really enjoyed this. Reminded me of Paradise

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Already had on my other group. 4/5

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Pretty good. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Decent album. Very Talking Heads-esque. Though after Marquee Moon, I just wanted everyone to be Marquee Moon.

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Classic

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Very good, probably very influential for its time. No songs really jump out but all are good!

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Title song is great as well as some other songs on album. Typical 70's rock(in a good way).

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Liked the guitar tone and bluesy punk

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Fricción y Marquee Moon tremendos temas

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I like this one. I should listen to it more.

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mt bom! adorei

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Enjoyed this

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Cool 70s album. Lots of great bluesy riffs and can see this album being influential for many albums in that era.

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Really great production, really great songs, really great music. Title track will take you out of this world for 10 minutes in the best way.

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I absolutely love the guitar work. Remarkable asymmetric playing from both guitars, creates a groove that I haven’t heard before. The vocals were a bit typical for post-punk, preventing a full 5 stars.

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4

Way, way better than I could have imagined.

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Upbeat, kinda fun

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Bump was kicking at this!

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4

Tolles Album!

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See No Evil is an absolute banger and this album (if you can vibe with Tom Verlaine's unusual voice) has a great energy and rawness that is enjoyable from start to finish.

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Well! I was not expecting that, and was pleasantly surprised. The guitar playing and arrangements are what make this album stand out. I've never heard Television before (I mean, I've heard a television, but I've never heard Television), and I'm now surprised that they aren't more well-known. They broke up after only 2 albums, and maybe this isn't easy to place in a radio format? But other punk rock and post-punk bands of the late 70s have found their way to me somehow. Definitely wish I had heard Television sooner. The guitars that start "See No Evil" immediately piqued my interest, but then Tom Verlaine's vocals just as quickly gave me cause for concern. In the end, Verlaine's singing grew on me a bit, but his voice is the one thing keeping "Marquee Moon" from *****. Ok, so I wrote most this after the title track, the 10+ minute "Marquee Moon." Even at that length, I was with it the whole way. And so naturally, I wrote my review too soon. Then I finished the album, and then listened again. After “Elevation” it never really gets back to those heights. However, those first five tracks are an easy ****. So is the rest bad enough to drag down the star rating? "Guiding Light" and "Prove It" are ok, but "Torn Curtain" almost did it. The more psychedelic sound was not as good, and for some strange reason the vocals kept reminding me of the scene in "Dumb and Dumber" where they are in the car singing "Mock-ing, bird, yeah." I'm torn... (get it?)...

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Boy oh boy what a surprise. I really enjoyed this album. I hear in this band threads of inspiration that pop up in other bands. Marquee Moon’s rhythmic guitar instantly reminded me of Interpol (Obstacle 1 in Turn on the Bright Lights). They are a wonderful mix of their contemporaries and a glimpse into the indie future. It’s really the melodic lines of the guitar that kept me hooked. I’ll definitely be listening to this one more and more.

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норм

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Meisterwerk. Mutter und Vater solcher Rotzlöffel wie Parquet Courts und Strokes. Alles vorweg genommen was guten Indie später ausmachen sollte: ein spezieller Groove, Tempi-Wechsel, Variation, keine Scheu vor instrumentalen Passagen und über all dem: die Schnodderigkeit der Unangepassten. Titelstück erinnert stark an stärkste Zeiten von Destroyer. Saftige 4.3

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Never listened to this before. Liked it.

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ja deze voelde ik toch weer hoor

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Added!

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4

Light album, a couple of songs were interesting

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somehow i liked it

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Good listening. The singing got less grating but still noticeable even after two listens.

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Really liked this and can see it will have influenced a lot of more recent bands. Reminded me of the libertines a bit.

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I REMEMBER

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Good rock album - pay attention to the lyrics!

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Shit slaps

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probably a 3.5 actually. pretty cool though!

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Yea really ..5 with mojitos

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Låter väldigt bra men fick inget större heureka-moment.

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Idgi

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Pretty good rock, I like.

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Hadnt heard of them before, enjoyable, would add to my playlists

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nice album, a bit alternative post punk but it stands out because of the instrumentals

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Never heard of Television before but I quite like this one. It's a bit Talking Heads with some excellent bass guitar. I'll give this one a few more listens for sure.

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Ma to te pitam, posjedujem vinyl, znači ovo je teška četvorka, odličan ritam na albumu. Vokal, ma ugl znam se vratit ovom albumu dost često. Marquee Moon pjesma mi je malo malo u rotaciji iako traje 10min, nea veze. Odličan post/art punk, također mi je 77' u glazbi jako draga, a ovaj album je u definitivnoj top petici te godine. Ako ne i u top 3 iza Animalsa od Floyda i Low od Bowiea. P. S. Ko ne voli Marquee Moon stvar ima malog pišu i male sise i nije mi prijatelj onda. Ahha. Check mate.

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Ovo je stvarno bilo dobro. Svaka pjesma paše savršeno i imaju neki svoj unikatni zvuk.

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Standouts - Venus; Marquee Moon; Elevation Nice classic rock sounds Good guitar solos

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this album felt like freedom and play and joy

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Great

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Another band that had passed me by; another post-punk/rock band - that at times absolutely blew me away (loved the title track) - has a real 1970's authentic hiss & rawness. Not great - certainly not all the way through but a great discovery

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An absolutely brilliant album by a band I've never heard of! The first couple of tracks were nothing special, but the album kicks off the moment the Friction guitar riff starts, and never lets off from there.

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Loved this. Melodic pre-Pavement spiky punky guitar rock. Fantastic

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It's been a while since I had fun with a television. And it's been a while since I heard a great guitar driven rock, let alone a good punk album. A pleasant surprise.

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Nice one

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venus very nice rest is basic

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I had never heard of Television, but right from the first track, I liked it. There's a familiarity to it that I can't quite place. They do sound ahead of their time. I hear a new wave sound emerging, which I don't associate so much with the late 70s.

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Torn Curtain Marquee Moon Venus

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Cool, enjoyed this

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Sounds exactly like what I would expect a 70s rock album to be. It might have been a fresh album back then, but as a younger listener I don't see anything too special about it.

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Very cool older album. Haven't listened to before. Will add to the rotation. Reminded me of talking heads

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Pretty much a flawless L.P. Billy Ficca doesn't get enough credit for being a great drummer.

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It's good.

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