Marquee Moon is the debut album by American rock band Television. It was released in February 1977 by Elektra Records. After becoming a prominent act on the New York music scene, Television signed to Elektra and enlisted engineer Andy Johns, who produced the album with frontman Tom Verlaine in September 1976 at A & R Recording. For Marquee Moon, Verlaine and fellow guitarist Richard Lloyd eschewed contemporary punk rock's power chords in favor of rock and jazz-inspired interplay, melodic lines, and counter-melodies. Verlaine's lyrics combined urban and pastoral imagery, themes of adolescence, and influences from French poetry.
Marquee Moon was critically acclaimed upon its release and achieved unexpected commercial success in the United Kingdom, but sold poorly in the United States. It has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest albums of the American punk rock movement and a cornerstone of alternative rock. The band's innovative post-punk instrumentation on the album strongly influenced the indie rock and New Wave movements of the 1980s, as well as rock guitarists such as The Edge and Will Sergeant.