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There were essentially three versions of Roxy Music. The Eno Years '71-'73, which encompassed the first two records Roxy Music and For Your Pleasure--and featured an experimental, avant garde, glam rock group. The second version was the Sophisticated Rocker period '74-'75 during which the band blossomed musically and they released the incredible 3 album run of Stranded, Country Life and Siren, after which the group broke up to pursue solo ventures. In 1979, the band reformed and lastly (also sadly least) became the dance-pop Roxy Music/what would become solo BRIAN FERRY that would be the most successful version of the band. In their defense, this period did produce the lushly beautiful Avalon, and Manifesto has it's moments. Still, the era pales in comparison to the first 5 albums, IMHO.
From Avalon (and obviously lip-synched) 1982
We'll end on their swell cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy", a song Bryan Ferry makes his own.
While their sound would grow tighter with each release, they still knew how to rock. 1975
Great showcase for guitarist Phil Manzanera's elegant chops. 1979
I'll tell anybody who'll listen, Roxy Music clips from German television are YouTube's greatest gift.
"Pyjamarama" was released as a single only, though there is a fine version available on the live record Viva Roxy Music. 1974
From Country Life 1974
Two from Stranded, the first Post-Eno record, 1974
Great lyrics on both tunes, and it should come as no surprise that David Byrne was a huge fan of the band.
Love the way they gradually turn this dirge into Dixieland worthy of a second line. Brilliant.
Really don't know how to preface this first one. A love song, maybe? Full of hot air? 1973
"That crazy music drives you insane--This way!" 1973
At their most experimental. Old Grey Whistle Test 1972. (Dig those unis.)
Welcome to ROXY MUSIC WEEK where we'll look at one of rock and roll's most underrated, yet influential acts. (Not only are they not in the RnR HoF--they've never even been nominated. lol) We'll start at the top--Top of the Pops 1972. Their debut single.
Top notch usage of this song on The Americans a couple weeks ago. Here's Ferry doing a very different arrangement, which makes sense to me for 30 years later.
love me some oboepop.