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Our Music Year No. 299: Television, ‘Marquee Moon’

By From page A7 | October 26, 2013

Artist: Television
Title: “Marquee Moon”
Year: 1977
Format: Spotify
Grade: A+

The best albums are timeless, not perpetually locked into the time and space in which they were made, but living in an anachronistic world where they can run forward in time as well.

So while Television’s 1977 debut album “Marquee Moon” turned 35 last year, it doesn’t sound dated, which owes both to its generation-spanning quality as well as the resurgence in the past decade of its garage style of rock ‘n’ roll.

The title track is the standout in a platter of eight indelible tracks, playing Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd against each other in less of a duel than an aural compliment session, seeing who can make the other sound better.

They’re garage rock songs, but they’re punk songs, too, as the stunning catchy “See No Evil” or “Elevation” show. (The Cardigans’ “Lovefool” owes royalties for “Elevation,” right? Wow.) This is not simply a driving, three-chord punk madhouse, but instead takes punk’s barebones ethos and lets a pack of ’70s hipsters play with it.

There isn’t a bad moment in “Marquee Moon.” Verlaine sings with conviction, the guitars are a joy to hear and it all strikes a perfect balance between experimental and grounded.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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