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Television's, "Marquee Moon"
The Misheard Lyrics:
A smoke to a man down at the tracks.
And I asked him how he don't go mad.
He said looking to you.
The Real Lyrics:
I spoke to a man down at the tracks.
And I asked him how he don't go mad.
He said look here junior.
The Story: This song originally lasting at 9 minutes and 58 seconds. However, the CD re-releases have the full 10 minutes and 47 seconds version of the take. Making it the very longest guitar riff instrumental section ever in Rock history that didn't done by many Pop musicians and one of many longest songs received airplay from popular radio stations. It also making this song as the very most influencial record of all time where bands from the next generation who playing various Rock music genres like Grunge, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave, Pop Rock, and other genres were influenced by this song. With its lyrics were about the life of urbanity that at the time were growing, "Marquee Moon" become major changes on the music industry by building a genre in Rock Music. For the lyrical content of this song, Tom Verlaine, the main songwriter of this song and lead singer of this band, originally sing this song with the English second-person pronoun. However, the original lyrics of this song does not wrote that although Tom Verlaine was nearly-perfect to sing "you" at the second verse of this song. About this song: "Marquee Moon" is track #4 on their debut studio album, "Marquee Moon", released on 8 February 1977. Although never reaching the highest position of Billboard's Pop Chart, the album and this song were ultimately received critical acclaim from music critics and success in the UK Chart. The album was reaching #28 on that country's albums chart while this song was reaching #30 on that country's singles chart. There, "Marquee Moon" was released as a single on 1 April 1977. Its first pressing was as a 12-inch single only, limited to 25,000 copies, with this song in stereo on one side and in mono on the other side. Subsequent pressings of the single were as a 7" single, with this song's part one as the A-side and the rest of this song as the B-side. Each of this song's three verses begins with a double-stopped guitar intro before Billy Ficca's drums come in, and after the second chorus Richard Lloyd plays a brief guitar solo. After the third chorus, there is Tom Verlaine's longer solo, based on a Jazz-like mixolydian scale, that lasts for the entire second half of this song. In their performance, sometimes they extending this song to as long as fifteen minutes. "Marquee Moon" was also reaching #381 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. The guitar bridge from this song is quoted by the 1996 song, "You Bowed Down", by English Rock singer Elvis Costello. - Submitted by: Wisnu Aji

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