TELEVISION Marquee Moon (1977) Adventure (1978) – w/ Bonus Tracks

Marquee Moon (1977)
Adventure (1978)
A Wiry, Unsettling By-Product Of The Television Age Itself

They were always considered the thinking man’s punk band, but they were never punk at all. Television were basically a good old fashion guitar beat group, just like the kind Decca Records famously said (of The Beatles) were “on the way out.” But, Television sounded like a wiry, unsettling by-product of the television age itself, a flickering, jittery, nervous buzz that epitomized a 3am restlessness there was no relief from. Infused with paranoid NYC street cred, these two albums captured a moment in time, pretty much independent of the moment in time they were actually in. But it was over almost before it began. In retrospect, Adventure seems calmer, and less intense, than the debut, as if a year of touring gave the band’s personalities a much needed respite from their bottled up East Side existence. But, Marquee Moon – especially the dual-guitar communication between Richard Lloyd and Tom Verlaine – still crackles with intensity over 35 years later. I actually thought I had already posted these years ago. Guess not. Marquee Moon and Adventure are the 2003 bonus track versions, nicely priced by Amazon sellers, with stellar sound and nifty extras.

See No Evil (3:59)
Venus (3:54)
Friction (4:46)
Marquee Moon (10:47)
Elevation (5:11)
Guiding Light (5:37)
Prove It (5:05)
Torn Curtain (7:10)
Little Johnny Jewel (Parts 1 & 2) (7:09) – (Bonus Track)
See No Evil (4:40) – (Alternate Version)
Friction (4:52) – (Alternate Version)
Marquee Moon (10:55) – (Alternate Version)
Untitled Instrumental (3:22) – (Previously Unissued)

Glory (3:12)
Days (3:14)
Foxhole (4:49)
Careful (3:19)
Carried Away (5:14)
The Fire (5:57)
Ain’t That Nothin’ (4:53)
The Dream’s Dream (6:45)
Adventure (5:38) – (Previously Unissued)
Ain’t That Nothin’ (3:56) – (Remastered Single Version)
Glory (Early Version) (3:39) – (Previously Unissued)
Ain’t That Nothin’ (Run-Through) (9:48) – (Previously Unissued/Hidden Track)


  • Willard
    September 10, 2012 - 10:30 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • September 10, 2012 - 16:30 | Permalink

    Let’s all raise a glass for one of the most underrated bands of the “punk” era — saw them play CBGB’s and as a live band they were truly in their element.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    September 10, 2012 - 17:16 | Permalink

    “Adventure” falls into the category of “Most Disappointing Followup”, along with The Clash’s “Give ‘Em Enough Rope”, and Cheap Trick’s “In Color”.

    • Willard
      September 10, 2012 - 20:16 | Permalink

      I’ll at least still listen to In Color on occasion. Couldn’t make it through Adventure myself for this post.

      • buzzbabyjesus
        September 10, 2012 - 22:12 | Permalink

        I like the ‘Albini’ “In Color”.

    • buzzbabyjesus
      September 10, 2012 - 22:19 | Permalink

      Marky Moon is one of my all time faves, though.

      • Willard
        September 10, 2012 - 22:36 | Permalink

        Be careful, I have editing power here. I could easily change that to Marky Mark.

  • September 10, 2012 - 20:45 | Permalink

    I always liked Marquee Moon, but I wish someone else was the singer.

  • eric b
    September 10, 2012 - 23:09 | Permalink

    Love Marquee Moon—also the live “Blow Up” is pretty good. Never heard “Adventure” before…but now I can give it a spin.

  • September 11, 2012 - 06:04 | Permalink

    Excellent. Personally, I consider “Marquee Moon” nothing less than a masterpiece. As for “Adventure”, suffice it to say that it contains “The Fire”, one of the – to me – most awesome songs ever written and performed. Thank you Willard. Congrats and keep up the amazing work.

  • Ernie
    September 11, 2012 - 07:44 | Permalink

    Marquee Moon is great. I have to listen to “Adventure”. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Ernie
    September 11, 2012 - 08:25 | Permalink

    Ok, the bonus tracks on “Adventure” are better then the album tracks to my ears.

  • Duke!
    September 11, 2012 - 18:46 | Permalink

    My favorite band in a dismal decade – thanks!

  • Doug
    September 11, 2012 - 22:14 | Permalink

    Never understood the near universal dissing of Adventure. If you can listen to Foxhole at volume (in the car is always good) and not feel your pulse quicken just a little… I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. The guitar solo in Glory alone is worth the price of admission. Carried Away for its pure melodic beauty? Ah well, I remain a fan.

  • Willard
    September 11, 2012 - 22:25 | Permalink

    I think it has more to do with the debut being such a solid surprise. Maybe the old sophomore jinx in action… 20 years to make your first album and 6 months to make your second.

  • Sean
    September 12, 2012 - 17:32 | Permalink

    I agree with Willard on the last assessment.. this very often happens when a musician who previously had years to perfect his art is forced to rush out a very fast followup for the record company’s sake. There’s certainly no way Verlaine could have upped the “innovation” factor; the best he could do was make his seconds sound acceptable in quality enough to put his name on and sell. I think Adventure’s a fantastic album, but it suffers in comparison next to an uber-masterwork like its predecessor, like almost any album would. I haven’t heard any of his solo records except Cover, which I think contains even better guitar playing than Marquee Moon. (Yes, he was a questionable singer but the same could be said about Dylan).

  • simonthecat
    September 17, 2012 - 21:31 | Permalink

    The songs on Adventure don’t have the variety and quirkiness of Marquee Moon, but Ain’t That Nothin’ is forever. If you can find the Portland 78 bootleg prepare to be astounded.

  • bob
    September 19, 2012 - 23:22 | Permalink

    i love this band. thanks

  • RTJ
    September 23, 2012 - 18:28 | Permalink

    Marquee Moon was a fave from my college days, when the album was shiny and new and everything was exciting. Thanks for the chance to slap it on the iPod to drown out cubicle noise at work… :-) I never got into the Adventure album but I will have to give it another chance.

  • Anonymous
    November 3, 2013 - 12:19 | Permalink

    Great band. Aside from these two albums, they have a third virtually unknown studio album on Capitol from 1992 that’s actually quite excellent. Has some really good material and playing on it including a really cool track called ‘Mr Lee’ any fan of the group would admire. Worth hunting down if you haven’t heard it.

  • Anonymous
    February 23, 2014 - 01:28 | Permalink

    I’ve got these on vinyl but I’d love to have them digital. Do these need a password?

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