Roxy Music was a highly influential and critically acclaimed British rock band co-founded in 1971 by Bryan Ferry (lead vocals, main songwriter) and Brian Eno (synthesizer). The band's other original members were Roger Bunn (guitar), Dexter Lloyd (drums), Andy Mackay (saxophone, oboe), and bassist Graham Simpson (October 13, 1943 - April 16, 2012), with many personnel changes. Roxy Music started out as an art rock/glam rock band with a more avant-garde sound due in large part to "treatments" and other special instrumental effects provided by Eno. After his departure in 1973, the band gradually incorporated more mainstream styles such as soul, funk, disco, pop/rock, and new wave. By the time Roxy Music had its first hit in the U.S., the lineup consisted of Eddie Jobson (synthesizer, violin), Phil Manzanera (guitar), Paul Thompson (drums, percussion), bassist John Gustafson (August 8, 1942 - September 12, 2014), and original members Ferry and Mackay.
Roxy Music made its debut on the U.S. charts in 1975 with the disco-styled "Love Is The Drug," which became a Top 40 hit and one of the band's signature songs. It was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll." The band later also had minor hits with "Dance Away" (1979), "Over You" (1980), "Oh Yeah (On The Radio)" (1980), and a cover of Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour" (1980). Roxy Music had numerous hits on the U.K. charts from 1972-1996 and topped both the Australian and U.K. charts in 1981 with its cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." The band released 30 albums through 2012, many of which went gold or platinum in the U.K.
Roxy Music had several breakups and reunions over the years before finally disbanding in 2011. In 1983, the band began an extended hiatus and Brian Ferry went on to pursue a highly successful solo career. His hits on the U.S. charts included the self-penned "Kiss And Tell" (1988). After his departure from Roxy Music, Brian Eno went on to become a celebrated and pioneering electronic musician and producer.
- For more information about the history of Roxy Music, visit vivaroxymusic.com.
Listen to an interview from 1974 by radio station CJOM of Windsor, Ontario, Canada of then-future electronic music giant Brian Eno who provides a rare account of his days with Roxy Music, his early career plans, and more (unfortunately, no visuals are available, but the sound quality is pretty good, so don't be put off by the weird blank screen).
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- Love Is The Drug 1975
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