It changed the face of American music and thus music worldwide. It has touched grunge, nu-metal, punk, art-punk, pop, Radiohead and a thousand other genres where white men play guitars. Listen to the radio – Marquee Moon is everywhere.
John Aizlewood, Q Magazine
Television release their debut album on February 8, 1977. The album has been hailed by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time because of its influence on rock. Like Aizlewood says … Marquee Moon is everywhere. And, it’s #130 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
DiVinyls was released on January 29, 1990 in Australia and in the US and contained the band’s most infamous song, “I Touch Myself.”
Christina Amphlett and Mark McEntee wrote the song with the songwriting team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg (who have written songs such as “I’ll Stand by You,” “Like a Virgin,” “Eternal Flame,” “True Colors” and “So Emotional”). Billy Steinberg had “I Touch Myself” in his notebook; he had written the first verse and the chorus lyric. Amphlett liked it immediately. The next day, McEntee, Steinberg, Kelly, and Amphlett got together and wrote the rest.The album was recorded at Jackson Browne‘s Groove Masters Studio in Santa Monica, with backing provided by bassist Randy Jackson, keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers fame and drummer Charley Drayton, who later married Amphlett in 1999. Sadly, Christina passed away in 2013 from complications due to breast cancer.
By the way … the video for “I Touch Myself” was recorded in a nunnery. Of course it was.
Talking Heads release their fourth album. It’s #129 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Library of Congress deemed the album “culturally, historically, or artistically significant”, and selected it for preservation in their National Recording Registry in 2017.