MARQUEE MOON - LIVE!
Yes! I’m sure someone, somewhere has done this before. But I haven’t! So here you go, Marquee Moon performed live onstage by Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Billy Ficca and Fred Smith, 1976-77. Most of the album’s eight songs became standard inclusions in Television’s sets, with the exception of “Torn Curtain” (which they rarely played after the album was released) and “Guiding Light” (which was only played a handful of times). I think this live companion runs a bit shorter than the album itself, mainly because I didn’t select the most epic rendition of the title track (it clocks in just under 10 minutes). Don’t worry, though, dudes, it’s still totally epic. The Kiss of Death! The Embrace of Life! Marquee Moon - LIVE!
Musically there are few things that excite me more than the Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd’s clean and precise dual guitar sound. Television’s Marquee Moon is one of my favorite records of all time and this is a great live performance of it.
Television gets called punk rock because they came up around the same time as a number of punk acts (who also didn’t fit neatly into that designation but that’s another story) and they don’t fit neatly in any other genre but that description doesn’t do them justice but labels don’t really matter when the music is this good.