[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

(TV) Ink Blot magazine.com

                          A warning: the sleeve to Marquee Moon lists not
                          only songwriting and instrumental credits, it lists
                          guitar solo credits. Blues riffing duels with stately
                          arpeggios, Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd bend
                          notes beyond recognition, and songs stretch well
                          beyond the five-minute mark.                           But Marquee Moon is not music for guitar shop
                          clerks. Punk rockers, maybe. Poets, probably.
                          People who appreciate melody piled on melody,
                          and songs crammed full of an album's worth of
                          ideas - definitely. Verlaine and Television were
                          originals in 1977, and Marquee Moon still sounds
                          special today. You can hear them defining punk
                          and new wave: "I get your point/You're so sharp"
                          from "See No Evil" pretty much invented the new
                          wave lyric, and the occasional afterbeat guitars
                          and and high hat shuffles show them
                          experimenting with reggae before The Clash
                          brought it to the punk masses. Meanwhile, the
                          guitars spiral into a different atmosphere
                          altogether.                           Verlaine and Lloyd push at the edges of
                          "Friction," "Marquee Moon" and "Guiding Light,"
                          stuffing them full of melodic invention but never
                          cutting the tethers that keep them grounded in
                          simple, classic rock 'n' roll. Excited but focused,
                          this may be the best guitar playing ever put to a
                          rock record, and it makes a special set of songs
                          into a magical, must-have album.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
To post: Mail tv@obbard.com
To unsubscribe: Mail majordomo@obbard.com with message "unsubscribe tv"