Marquee Moon is the debut studio album by American rock band Television. It was released on February 8, 1977, through Elektra Records.

While often considered a seminal work to emerge from the New York punk scene of the mid-to-late 1970s, the album differed from conventional punk in its textured, guitar-based instrumental interplay and extended improvisation. As a result, it is also often cited as important to the development of post-punk in the late 1970s and 1980s. 

Though it was critically acclaimed at the time of its release, the album failed to garner commercial success. Marquee Moon has since been cited by numerous publications as one of the greatest albums of rock music.


According to the liner notes of the 2003 reissue, Television originally wanted to record Marquee Moon with veteran jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder (John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, and most of the classic Blue Note Records catalog) at his legendary Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey recording studio.

The title track was done in one take; drummer Billy Ficca thought that they were rehearsing. The album was dedicated to William Terry Ork, on whose label, Ork Records, the band's first single ("Little Johnny Jewel (Parts 1 & 2)") had been released. The album cover features a portrait of the band taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Track listingEdit

All songs written and composed by Tom Verlaine, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "See No Evil"   3:53
2. "Venus"   3:51
3. "Friction"   4:44
4. "Marquee Moon"   10:40
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Elevation"   5:07
6. "Guiding Light"   Richard Lloyd, Verlaine 5:35
7. "Prove It"   5:02
8. "Torn Curtain"   6:56

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