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Television, formed in New York City in 1973, is an American rock music band. Although Television never achieved mainstream commercial success, they are widely regarded as one of the key founders of punk rock.

Television was a part of the early New York punk rock scene, contemporaries of bands like the Patti Smith Group and the Ramones. In contrast to the Ramones's focus on minimalist amateurism, Television's music was much more technically proficient, defined by the dueling guitars of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. In retrospect, Television pointed beyond punk rock to new wave, art rock and post punk.



Studio albums

  • Marquee Moon – (USA Elektra 7E-1098 1977; UK Elektra K52046 1977 UK Chart #28)
  • Adventure – (USA Elektra 6E-133 1978; UK Elektra K52072 UK Chart #7)
  • Television – (USA/UK Capitol CDP 0777 7 98396 2 9 1992)

Marquee Moon and Adventure were remastered and reissued by Elektra/Rhino on CD in 2003 with bonus tracks

Live albums


  • The Best of Television & Tom Verlaine – (Phantom Import Distribution 1998)


  • "Little Johnny Jewel, Part One" (3:30) b/w "Little Johnny Jewel, Part Two" (4:00) – 7-inch mono 45rpm (ORK Records 81975 1975)
  • "Marquee Moon Part 1" b/w "Marquee Moon Part 2" – 7" single (UK Elektra K12252 April, 1977 UK Chart #30)
  • "Marquee Moon (Stereo)" b/w "Marquee Moon (Mono)" – 12" single (UK Elektra K12252 April, 1977)
  • "Prove It" b/w "Venus" – (July 1977) UK Chart #25
  • "Prove It" b/w "Venus" – 12" single (UK Elektra K12262 1977 green vinyl)
  • "Foxhole" b/w "Careful" – (April, 1978) UK Chart #36
  • "Foxhole" b/w "Careful" – 12" single (UK Elektra K12287 1977 red vinyl)
  • "Glory" b/w "Ain't That Nothin'" – 7" single (USA Elektra E-45516 July 1978)

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