On this day in music history: February 8, 1977 - “Marquee Moon”, the debut album by Television is released. Produced by Andy Johns and Tom Verlaine, it is recorded at A&R Studios in New York City from Mid - Late 1976. A staple on the New York underground rock scene for several years, the band will be signed to Elektra Records in 1976. For their full length debut release, they will initially plan to record with renowned engineer Rudy Van Gelder (Blue Note, CTI) at his studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. When that doesn’t work out, they will record at producer/engineer Phil Ramone’s A&R Studios in New York with engineer/co-producer Andy Johns (The Rolling Stones, Free). Anchored by Verlaine’s vocals and excellent guitar work throughout, it will become one of the most influential albums to come out of the New York punk scene, paving the way for indie and alternative rock in the 1980’s and beyond. In spite of a loyal cult following for the band and the album, it will not chart in the US but will overseas where it will peak at #28 on the UK album chart.