Marquee Moon is the 1977 debut album by American rock band Television.
By 1974, the band had become a prominent act on the New York music scene
and generated interest from a number of record labels. They rehearsed
extensively in preparation for the album and, upon signing to Elektra
Records, recorded most of the songs in single takes. Television's
frontman Tom Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd eschewed
contemporary punk rock's power chords in favor of rock and jazz-inspired
interplay, melodic lines, and counter-melodies. Verlaine's lyrics for
the album combined urban and pastoral imagery, references to lower
Manhattan, themes of adolescence, and influences from French poetry.
Marquee Moon was critically acclaimed upon its release and achieved
unexpected commercial success in the UK, but sold poorly in the United
States. It has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest
albums of the American punk rock movement and a cornerstone of
alternative rock. The band's innovative post-punk instrumentation on the
album strongly influenced the indie rock and new wave movements of the
1980s, as well as rock guitarists such as John Frusciante, Will
Sergeant, and The Edge.
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I feel very much like Dirac: the idea of a personal God is
foreign to me. But we ought to remember that religion uses language in
quite a different way from science. The language of religion is more
closely related to the language of poetry than to the language of
science. True, we are inclined to think that science deals with
information about objective facts, and poetry with subjective feelings.
Hence we conclude that if religion does indeed deal with objective
truths, it ought to adopt the same criteria of truth as science. But I
myself find the division of the world into an objective and a subjective
side much too arbitrary. The fact that religions through the ages have
spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no
other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer. But that does
not mean that it is not a genuine reality. And splitting this reality
into an objective and a subjective side won't get us very far.
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