Television – Marquee Moon

Now that my Lebrain Le-Rocks Series is done (and what a great pile of music THAT was!), I figure I may as well just keep hammering away at my finds from our trip to Taranna for our anniversary. Good times!

This one is a 200-word blast of love. Another She Said Boom! find, this copy was $10 and worth every fucking penny. “Put ten bucks in just to get the tank topped off,” indeed!

The Racy Lacy Anniversary Series, Part 11 (CD)

I own an original LP of this one, and it’s an old, trusted friend. Finding this CD with a few bonus tracks, was awesome. A Japanese edition has even more bonus tracks, I’d love to get that, but this one will tide me over…

Funny thing, I thought I’d already written about this album, but apparently not. Hm. So, what can I possibly say about Marquee Moon that hasn’t been said? Not much, surely, except to say I love it unreservedly for the absolute gem that it is.

It’s one of those influential, essential records from that critical 1977 punk/new wave era. Is it completely either genre, though? Not entirely. But who cares? Drop the needle (er, in this case, laser) and it’s a sheer immersive, tasteful experience unlike any other. I love every song unreservedly.

I’m so used to the original playing order on the LP (I know when to flip to side B by rote!) that the bonus tracks are, while fun (I’ve listed them below), it messes with my usual listening experience!

No matter. It’s a friggin’ classic and if you don’t own it, you must. Yes, I am biased, but in this case, I’m not wrong!

Further Reading:
I don’t always do this, but for this album I will. GO READ ALL ABOUT IT NOW!!!

The Track List:
See No Evil
Marquee Moon
Guiding Light
Prove It
Torn Curtain

Bonus Tracks:
Little Johnny Jewel (Parts 1 & 2)
See No Evil (alternate version)
Friction (alternate version)
Marquee Moon (alternate version)
Untitled Instrumental

15 thoughts on “Television – Marquee Moon

  1. J. says:

    One of the very best, this one. Outstanding stuff and a favourite of mine. I don’t have it on vinyl, so the CD needs to do me for the time being. Easy enough to get hold of a reissue, so I’ll be nabbing it at some point.


  2. jhubner73 says:

    Marquee Moon is an absolute classic. I bought it originally on CD and it was the remastered version with the bonus tracks. “Little Johnny Jewel”is essential Television. Really loved their follow up, too. ‘Glory’ may not have been a classic, but it still had some amazing tracks. And Verlaine’s first two solo LPs are pretty damn great, too.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Hooray! Another Television fan! OMG Marquee Moon is just so perfect, eh? Holy crap. I really wanna find the Japanese edition. I think it has 41 tracks, something like that…

      I’ve only ever seen the second one on LP once, but I was without monies to buy it, and when I went back it was gone. 😦

      I’m in Toronto tomorrow. I’ll be on the lookout! And thanks for the tip on the Verlaines…

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      1. jhubner73 says:

        Oh yeah, LOVE Television. I bought an official “bootleg” live album years ago. It was something like ‘The Mixup’ or something like that. Pretty low quality but well worth your time.


        1. keepsmealive says:

          Hooray! Spread the Television love! Wow, I didn’t even know that boot existed. I hardly ever see their stuff, in my travels – I must be travelling in the wrong places! I look on Discogs – was it The Blow Up?

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          1. jhubner73 says:

            The Blow Up. Yes! It’s been a while since I’ve dug it out. I’d love to find a live one that was an RSD release from a couple years ago. Live at a hotel. Listened online. It was amazing.


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