Marquee Moon is the debut album by American rock band Television. It was released on February 8, 1977, by Elektra Records. The album is considered one of the greatest albums of all time by many music critics. The first single, “Frictions,” was released the same year.
About Marquee Moon in brief
Marquee Moon is the debut album by American rock band Television. It was released on February 8, 1977, by Elektra Records. By the mid-1970s, Television had become a leading act in the New York music scene. Marquee Moon was met with widespread acclaim and was hailed by critics as an original musical development in rock music. It has consistently featured in professionally curated lists of top albums, including Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is also 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. The critical recognition helped the album achieve unexpected commercial success in the United Kingdom, despite poor sales in the U.S. The album is considered one of the greatest albums of all time by many music critics, including David Browne of The New York Times and The Rolling Stones’ Bob Dylan. The band recorded the album in September 1976 at A & R Recording in New York City. The group rehearsed for four to six hours a day and seven days a week for the recording of the album’s two older songs, “Guiding Light” and “Torn Curtain” The band rejected most of the material they had written over the course of three years, which they recorded in the studio. Once they were finished, they recorded two new songs, one of which they called “Venus” and the other “Prove It” The album was produced by the band’s frontman Tom Verlaine and sound engineer Andy Johns based on Johns’ work for the Rolling Stone’s 1973 album Goats Head Soup.
The song “Friction” was written by Verlain and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd, and was recorded with help from drummer Billy Ficca and bassist Fred Smith. The songs were written over a period of three months in the early 1970s, and the band recorded them in the summer of 1976. The record was released in February 1977, and has been hailed as a landmark in the history of rock music and alternative music. The first single, “Frictions,” was released the same year. The second, “Venu”, was released a few weeks later, and is a cover of a song by The Police. The music video was directed by Robert De Niro, who also directed the music video for the film The Godfather: Part II, which was released later that year. In the UK, the album was released as a double CD with a bonus track, “The Man Who Loves You”, which was recorded in December 1975. The video was shot in the same studio as the first two songs on the album, but was not released in the US until the next year, when the band decided to release it as a single. The single was released to coincide with the release of the second album, which had already been released in Europe and Australia. The third and fourth songs were recorded in June and July 1976.