Prove It

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For the racehorse, see Prove It (horse).
"Prove It"
Single by Television
from the album Marquee Moon
Released July 22, 1977[1]
Format 7"
Recorded A & R Studios, NYC
Genre Art punk
Length 5:05
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Tom Verlaine
Producer(s) Andy Johns, Tom Verlaine
Television singles chronology
"Marquee Moon"
(1977)
"Prove It"
(1977)
"Foxhole"
(1978)

"Prove It" is the second single from American rock band Television's debut album, Marquee Moon, released in 1977. The song's lyrics describe an abstract narrative while using metaphors from detective fiction.[2]

In the United Kingdom, "Prove It" was released as a single on July 22, 1977. The first 15,000 copies were pressed on light green vinyl, and the next 15,000 were in dark green vinyl.[1] The single charted for four weeks and peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart on July 30, 1977.[3]

Background[edit]

Like its preceding single, "Prove It" was a staple of Television's early live shows, often as a set closer.[citation needed] The lyrics, reflecting upon a detective story, echo the movie The Long Goodbye which came out a few years before Marquee Moon.[citation needed]

Although the song has never been covered on record, the riff of "Prove It" was used by X as the basis for their song "Adult Books" on their 1981 album Wild Gift.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NME (London) (July 23): 5. 1977. 
  2. ^ Sherman, Bill (October 14, 2003). "Television - Marquee Moon". Cleveland.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Television". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 

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