In 1977, a friend played me a 12" green vinyl single by a band I'd never heard of. It was 'Prove It'/'Venus' by Television. I taped it (as you did in those days) and discovered that I loved both sides. Before long, I was seeking out this album and played it over and over for days. Television shared a certain attitude with the other fashionable bands of the time, but their music otherwise had little in common with them. This is guitar rock with a lot of solos and no tracks under three minutes. Yet there's still an edge and an energy that sets it apart from the previous generation of rock bands.
There are punky rock songs ('See No Evil' and 'Friction'), dramatic songs ('Torn Curtain' and 'Elevation'), surrealism and wit ('Venus' and 'Prove It'), and a gentle interlude ('Guiding Light'). Then there's the ten-minute, epic title track, which builds layer upon layer and mesmerises you. Guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd share rhythm and lead duties, and their seemingly limitless supply of well-crafted and imaginative solos, combining the smooth and the slightly distorted, are a prominent feature of the album.
'Marquee Moon' is 45 minutes of unique rock music. As Tom Verlaine once observed, there are any number of ways to get from A to B on a guitar.