LOST IN THE NOISE

January 29 — MARQUEE MOON, Television (1977)

img_1619Listening to Pitchfork’s “Top 200 Songs of the 1970s” is a nice reminder of the decade’s musical diversity. Radio wasn’t as segregated then, meaning you could hear Dolly Parton, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder back-to-back on Top 40 stations. Pitchfork’s list showcases that mix, including several from the underground. While punk was typically cast as snotty and loud, the New York band Television — whose “Marquee Moon” is No. 8 — owes more to free-form jazz and the Allman Brothers, likely influencing the Strokes and others decades later.

 

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