Roxy Music

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Introduction

Fundamentally known as a Glam Rock band, but they should be seen as a major influence on all sorts of music. Check out this clip below, but listen closely, there's more going on if you scratch the surface of the track, if you listen carefully you'll be able to hear elements of what went of to form Industrial, Gothic, Punk and even Trance, amongst others.

How could they not be something so much more than they seemed, with people like Brian Eno as one of their members?

Info

They were a British group, billed as "art rock", with a huge Glam Rock following.

They got together in 1971, formed by Bryan Ferry, who went on to be the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, as well as bassist Graham Simpson. Joining Bryan Ferry, the other veteran members were Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion), and other former members include the musical genius Brian Eno (synthesiser and "treatments"), Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin), and John Gustafson (bass).

Even though they took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983, they got back together for a concert tour in 2001, and toured together intermittently between that time and their break-up in 2014.
Roxy Music were a British art rock group formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. Alongside Ferry, the other longtime members were Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion), and other former members include Brian Eno (synthesiser and "treatments"), Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin), and John Gustafson (bass). Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983, they reunited for a concert tour in 2001, and toured together intermittently between that time and their break-up in 2014.

Ferry also regularly grabbed former Roxy Music members, to play as session musicians for his solo releases.

Success

As a band, they achieved something that a lot of bands would dream of, that being the combination of critical, commercial and underground success, all across Europe and Australia, this was during the 1970s and early 1980s, all kicking off with their debut album, Roxy Music (1972).

Influence

The band was highly influential, as leading lights in all things musically experimental, plus the sophisticated side of Glam Rock, as well as a surprisingly huge influence on the early days of UK Punk.

They also, pretty much wrote the rule book for New Wave, and for the Experimental Electronic Dance Music acts of the '80s and '90s.

They were distinguished by their visual and musical sophistication and their preoccupation with style and glamour.

Both Bryan Ferry and co-founding member Brian Eno have also had incredibly influential solo careers, with Eno becoming one of the most significant record producers and collaborators of the 20th century.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Roxy Music No. 98 on its "The Immortals – 100 The Greatest Artists of All Time" list.

They also had their own influences, this included a long list of British artists, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, The Creation, The Move, Traffic, David Bowie, and King Crimson, plus, from American the likes of Little Richard, Elvis Presley and The Velvet Underground.

Albums and a split up

The band's last studio album was 1982's Avalon.

In 2005 they began recording a new studio album, which would have been their ninth, and would have been their first record since 1973 with Brian Eno, who wrote two songs for it and also played keyboards, but Ferry eventually confirmed that material from these sessions would be released as a Ferry solo album, with Eno playing on "a couple of tracks," and that he doesn't think they'll ever record as Roxy Music again. The album ultimately became Ferry's 2010 album Olympia. It was announced on 3 November 2014 that the group had very sadly, officially, split up.

Albums List

1) Roxy Music (1972)

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2) For Your Pleasure (1973)

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3) Stranded (1973)

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4) Country Life (1974)

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5) Siren (1975)

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6) Manifesto (1979)

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7) Flesh and Blood (1980)

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8) Avalon (1982)

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Members name check

Bryan Ferry
Andy Mackay
Paul Thompson
Phil Manzanera
Graham Simpson
Roger Bunn
Dexter Lloyd
Brian Eno
David O'List
Peter Paul
Rik Kenton
Eddie Jobson
John Gustafson
Paul Carrack
Alan Spenner
Gary Tibbs

External Links

Roxy Music Website