Friday, 14 August 2015

What we're listening to. Roxy Music 'For your Pleasure'.


Okay, this is not for everyone.....but although it's more electronic, it still has a coolness that's great.

Their second album from 1973 (the band formed in 1971, ended 1982), it was their last with Brian Eno (he of producer fame and recognised as a bit of a genius). Forget more poppy singles later such as 'Avalon' and 'Dance Away', this is the band before they made it.....so it has more of what they wanted to do. 

Ferry wrote the songs and put his then girlfriend on the cover shot. Well you would, wouldn't you.

'Every dream home', 'Editions of you' are terrific but 'Do the Strand' is an absolute gem. 

In one way it was glam and punk/new wave, with Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay doing their costume bit 'bowie-esque' which in itself, created a stir at the time. Ferry's vocals are of course, smooth as silk (an English working class miner's son) but he dominated the band and therefore caused problems (in particular, the departure of Brian Eno).

It does take listening - but like all good albums should and then, it'll be worth it.

You can see them here from The Whistle Test at the time and get a sense of the glam with 'Do the strand' ("there's a new sensation, a fabulous creation...");