Tom Verlaine (album)

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Tom Verlaine
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Studio album by Tom Verlaine
Released 1979
Studio Blue Rock Studio, 29 Greene Street, New York City
Genre Post-punk
Length 36:45
Label Elektra
Producer Tom Verlaine
Tom Verlaine chronology
Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine is the eponymous solo debut studio album by American musician and Television guitarist Tom Verlaine.

Several tracks, including "The Grip of Love", "Breakin' in My Heart" and "Red Leaves" trace their roots to unreleased Television songs. In the case of "Red Leaves", the verses are drawn from "Adventure", the unfinished title track of Television's 1978 album, Adventure. Fred Smith, bassist for Television, also performs on the record. Ricky Wilson, late guitarist of The B-52's, plays guitar on "Breakin' in My Heart". It is the only song Wilson recorded that did not involve other B-52's members.

The album was originally mixed by Verlaine, but this mix was rejected by Elektra Records. Bob Clearmountain subsequently remixed the album, and it was this version that was released by Elektra in 1979. In 2002, a CD reissue by Collectors' Choice Music inadvertently used the earlier, rejected mix for initial pressings fulfilled by mail order;[1] this was subsequently replaced with the approved Clearmountain mix by the time the CD was made available through traditional retail channels.

David Bowie covered "Kingdom Come" the following year on Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 7/10[4]
The Village Voice A−[5]

Tom Verlaine was ranked at number 15 among the top "Albums of the Year" for 1979 by NME.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Verlaine.

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Grip of Love" – 3:58
  2. "Souvenir from a Dream" – 3:47
  3. "Kingdom Come" – 3:42
  4. "Mr. Bingo" – 3:57
  5. "Yonki Time" – 3:54

Side two[edit]

  1. "Flash Lightning" – 3:52
  2. "Red Leaves" – 2:49
  3. "Last Night" – 4:37
  4. "Breakin' in My Heart" – 6:06


  • Michael Ewasko – engineer
  • John Jansen – additional engineering on "Last Night"
  • Johnny Lee – art direction, design
  • Joel Brodsky – front cover photograph


  1. ^ Phil Obbard, [1], ICE Magazine, CD Watchdog column, January 2003
  2. ^ Cleary, David. "Tom Verlaine – Tom Verlaine". AllMusic. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Tom Verlaine". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 848–49. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 8, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 1979. Retrieved November 15, 2016.