13 February 2010

Saturday Night Rock-n-Roll Oldies... Roxy Music- 1972

Roxy Music were an English art rock group formed in 1971 by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitars), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesizer and "treatments"), and Eno's replacement Eddie Jobson (synthesizer and violin).
The band attained huge popular and critical success in the UK and Europe during the 1970s and early 1980s, beginning with their Top 10 debut album, Roxy Music, of 1972. Roxy Music was a significant influence on early English punk music later, as well as providing a model for many New Wave acts and the experimental electronic groups of the early 1980s. The band's most well-known hit in the States would be "Love is the Drug".

Bryan Ferry and co-founding member Eno have of course also had influential solo careers, the latter becoming one of the most significant record producers and collaborators of the late 20th century, with credits including albums by David Bowie, Devo, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay.
Their debut single "Virginia Plain" scored #4 in the British charts. The band's eclectic visual image, captured in their debut performance on the BBC's Top of the Pops (video below) in designer stage-costumes, became a cornerstone for the 1970s "glam" trend in the UK...

Roxy Music: Virginia Plain- 1972

Make me a deal and make it straight
All signed and sealed, I´ll take it

To Robert E. Lee I´ll show it
I hope and pray he don´t blow it ´cause
We´ve been around a long time just try try try tryin´ to
Make the big time...

Take me on a roller coaster
Take me for an airplane ride
Take me for a six days wonder but don´t you
Don´t you throw my pride aside besides

What´s real and make believe
Baby Jane´s in Acapulco We are flyin´ down to Rio

Throw me a line I´m sinking fast
Clutching at straws can´t make it
Havana sound we´re trying hard edge the hipster jiving
Last picture shows down the drive-in

You´re so sheer you´re so chic
Teenage rebel of the week

Flavours of the mountain steamline
Midnight blue casino floors
Dance the cha-cha through till sunrise
Open up exclusive doors oh wow!

Just like flamingos look the same
So me and you, just we two got to search for something new

Far beyond the pale horizon
Some place near the desert strand
Where my Studebaker takes me
That´s where I´ll make my stand but wait

Can´t you see that Holzer mane?
What´s her name- Virginia Plain

Previous Rock-n-Roll Oldies Features:

Humble Pie- 1969
Rasberries- 1972
Nazareth- 1975
Status Quo- 1972