Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Revisiting Roxy Music

In the spirit of revisiting ELO, I've decided this blog is the perfect place for me to finally begin preaching about the glory of Roxy Music. Not crappy Bryan Ferry as lounge singer/Avalon era Roxy Music. Screw that band. No, I'm talking about Roxy Music when they first started - when it was all about Brin Eno and a crazy group of musicians playing this insane mash-up of Bowie-esque glam and old school rock, all while being Elton John-sized showmen. They were great. Sadly, that version of the band only last one album (their eponymous debut), but man what an album. I highly doubt anyone other then possible Dr. Kittybrains is into this album, but you really should listen to it.

To whet your appetite, here is a brilliant live performance of the opening track. For reasons unknown to me I can't embed the video, so you'll have to settle for clicking on this link. Enjoy:



Quinapalus said...

Whoah. That was pretty damn awesome.

Eric said...

I actually still need their first album. But don't forget the band in between the crazy Ferry vs. Eno first two albums and the lounge band of the last couple albums, and that is the glam-rock band in between. That was convolluted, the point is: Stranded, Country Life, Siren are all awesome and shouldn't be ignored.
I had never seen this video before though-- wow! Esp. the sax solo-- a sax solo has no business looking that badass!

drischord said...

I just saw Jon Brion on Friday night and he offered up a similar rave about Roxy Music. Maybe you're channeling him right now.

I'm going to ignore the above comment about a sax solo having no business looking that badass. While such a statement might apply to Kenny G or the guy in Dave Matthews Band, I would argue saxophone is one of the most badass instruments on the planet. Any instrument that can literally be made to shriek without any amplification, effects, etc. has to be pretty awesome.

Eric said...

D- I would disagree with that argument, but then, I don't like jazz. In rock and pop, a sax solo is almost always bad news. Clarence Clemons' solos for the E Street Band have a cheesy charm to them, but they are far from "cool." And don't use Steely Dan as a counterexample either-- the only thing that makes them cool is their dark, sarcastic lyrics. Otherwise it's nerd city.

dr. kittybrains said...

I like "Avalon".

A lot.

And I'm a huge jazz nut (listening to it now).

That said, that was an amazing clip, and I need to find that first album, stat.