Sunday, February 26, 2012
Weekend Punk Pick: Television
It's a good bet I'd probably never been able to get Neurosis, Isis or other long, drawn out bands if I hadn't found Television and "Marquee Moon" first. Before stumbling on them my freshman year in college, I thought anything more than 2:30 was an outrageously long epic. But then I found these art punks and the 10 minutes of sheer beauty that was the title track of their 1977 debut album. Marquee Moon is a mash of tricky word play ("I fell into the arms of Venus DeMilo") delivered in Tom Verlaine's wry, distant drone crossed with slantwise music that promiscuously swirled punk with art rock in a way that didn't sound retarded like Talking Heads.