When Roxy Music first appeared in the early 70s, they were the consummate art-rock combo.
Coming into rock ‘n’ roll with the heavy modern art influences of Richard Hamilton and John Cage, Roxy Music (Bryan Ferry – vocals/keyboards, Brian Eno – synths, Andy Mackay – woodwinds, Phil Manzanera – guitars, Paul Thompson – drums and Graham Simpson – bass) delivered a unique retro-futurist perspective to rock, that was highly influential to the bands that followed a decade later.
Built around the image and personality of leader Bryan Ferry, the Roxy Music lineup would chop and change in the years following, with only Mackay and Manzanera the constants.
After a short hiatus, Roxy Music would re-emerge in 1978 to ignite the post-punk music scene in the UK, with an emphasis on cool funk and smooth pop, which brought them commercial success and some measure of critical revulsion.
We cover both periods in this ‘best of’ video list. Enjoy!
OH YEAH (1980)
LOVE IS THE DRUG (1975)
MORE THAN THIS (1982)
OUT OF THE BLUE (1974)
… still there’s more …