So I'm having a few drinks and watching some YouTube, letting the autoplay do its thing. I was listening to some post punk stuff(Joy Division, Siouxie and the Banshees, Killing Joke, etc.) and I shit you not this showed up in the autoplay.
There is a cool story behind that song. As I recall it, Art's roommate at University had a condition that took away his sight and he was going to throw in the towel, but Art convinced him to stay on. He gave him the confidence to deal with his sudden disability. He took him into the city (New York?), made some excuse and left him to find his way back to campus. Of course, he never left him at all. He was in the background the whole time, making sure his friend didn't get into anything too serious. !!! Anyway, he made it back and from that day, that gave him the confidence to negotiate anything. The roommate recounted his experience on the BBC Soul Music series. I cannot find that particular episode. It is a good series, notwithstanding your preferences.
Television often struck me as some guys who just learned how to play guitar scales and really wanted to show you how they went, so they made up some songs to showcase their noodling.
But the song Marquee Moon is a jagged little (or big) nugget of what was, at the time, sincere and genuine differentness. A lot of that kind of differentness was going around in New York City at the time, so respect due, as the kids say.
Because I'm patriotic, here's a story: Jimmy Page once said that if he had found out the portuguese guitar earlier he would have used it in Led Zeppelin records. In a summer of 1987 Jimmy was on vacations in Algarve, he heard the sound of the guitar and he gave around 750 euros for one, they said he looked like a small child with the guitar in his hand, and, because he was Jimmy Page he didn't want the instructions manual to play it, later he called the man who sold it, Rui Ferreira, to get the manual because he didn't even knew how to tune it. Later in 1994 he was asked about the guitar and he replied: "Oh my friend, I couldn't play it".