Album of the Day
Television helped turn CBGB into a punk mecca, but when it came time to cut their debut album (released on this day in 1977) the quartet were anything but fast and furious. The late, great Tom Verlaine meticulously mapped out MARQUEE MOON, and when the band entered the studio, they were so well-rehearsed that most songs were recorded in one or two takes. Which isn't to say that the collection is sterile; guitarists Verlaine and Richard Lloyd bring a spirit of exploration that’s akin to the best jazz improvisation, even if the songs themselves - from opener “See No Evil” to “Prove It,” “Friction” and the near 10-minute title track - aren't far from garage rock. Championed as one of the greatest albums of all time by such outlets as Rolling Stone and NME, MARQUEE MOON will shine forever.