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American rock and roll band of the 1970s, who were an integral part of the new wave movement. They were among several significant bands performing regularly in New York City at the end of that decade. Their records are noted for sometime poet Tom Verlaine's abstract lyrics and the interplay between the guitars of Verlaine and Lloyd. The band initially made only two studio albums before an acrimonious split, but they were stylistically influential and their complicated music flew in the face of the prevailing mood for punk rock. They briefly reformed for a self-titled third album in the early 1990s.


  • Tom Verlaine
  • Richard Lloyd
  • Fred Smith
  • Billy Ficca
  • Richard Hell (who left to form The Voidoids)


  • Marquee Moon (highly acclaimed)
  • Adventure (highly acclaimed as well)
  • Glory (seen by some as a disappointment)