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New York City’s Television shall be remembered for their 1977 guitar-heroic debut, Marquee Moon, which proved to be a defining moment in rock ’n’ roll history. Yet on 1978’s relatively ignored Adventure, the tunes themselves are better constructed, the songwriting’s more concise and evolved, and the harmonies and melodies are more fleshed-out (listen to the vocal and organ parts on the beautiful “Carried Away”). A narcissistic head-turner (“Glory”) and an anthem to indifference (“Ain’t That Nothing”) sport uptempo pop hooks and choruses and are, for many fans, the band’s finest moments. “Foxhole” (“Goodbye arms/So long, head”) stings as much as anything on the grittier debut album, while droning theremin and acid-like guitar give “The Fire” an entirely spooky feel, unlike anything else Television had recorded. The album’s guitar counterpoints (Television’s stock-in-trade) between frontman Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd are as beautifully curlicue here as ever, if not more restrained than on the debut (save for the head-spinning guitar arrangement of “Days”).

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Underappreciated Gem

Television made history with their classic debut "Marquee Moon", so coming up with a sophomore effort must have been a daunting task. In fact, this album was considered a major disappointment when released in '78. However, I would have to disagree. I admit it didn't grab me as immediately as "Marquee Moon" did but over time I came to love it. "Foxhole" is just ridiculously catchy. "Days" and "Glory" are more sedate but both are majestically wonderful and beautiful. Tom Verlaine is an amazingly gifted songwriter and one of the best guitarists to emerge in the 70's in any genre. I think any Television fan who may have missed this the first time round should give it a second chance.

That's it!?

I can't believe there are only 32 likes (at time of writing) on this record! What a masterpiece!


The second studio recording by one of the finest guitar bands in the history of American music. Tom Verlaine is a bold stylist and an incandescent musical force. Of course, it is excellent...although "Adventure" is mostly delicate, dreamy tunes in a wondrously refined environment, there is plenty of restless energy beneath the surface. Gorgeous...and "Days" is better than anything on "Marquee Moon"...


Formed: 1973 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '90s, '00s

Television were one of the most creative bands to emerge from New York's punk scene of the mid-'70s, creating an influential new guitar vocabulary. While guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd liked to jam, they didn't follow the accepted rock structures for improvisation -- they removed the blues while retaining the raw energy of garage rock, adding complex, lyrical solo lines that recalled both jazz and rock. With its angular rhythms and fluid leads, Television's music always went in unconventional...
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