Roxy Music - Roxy Music POLL

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Virginia Plain's gonna walk away with this, isn't it?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
If There is Something 13
Virginia Plain 13
Ladytron 9
Re-Make/Re-Model 7
2 HB 6
Sea Breezes 2
The Bob 1
Bitters End 1
Chance Meeting 0
Would You Believe? 0


The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 19:12 (twelve years ago) link

From this list? 2HB.

yeah...there's a lot of good stuff on this album...hearing *2 HB* was the only thing I liked abt Control. But for me it's gotta be Ladytron...first time I ever heard that song, it knocked me on my ass....it had been a while since an album did THAT....

The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 19:15 (twelve years ago) link

"If There Is Something." So many beautiful sections, esp. the part when the band leaves bass, drums, and piano; and "I would walk a thousand miles part," whose mix of bathos and real emotion is Roxy's lasting contribution to rock.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

GROWING POTATOES BY THE SCORE

cutty, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 19:24 (twelve years ago) link

yea if I had two votes, "if there is something" would've gotten the second one...

The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

If there is something is three, three, three songs in one, and one of them is happy and one of them is funny and one of them is gentle and weltschmerzy and yet ladytron.

fuck me

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 20:24 (twelve years ago) link

If There Is Something

Side 1 of this record is one of the alltime greats. Side 2, not so much.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

"The Bob" is pretty boring.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 23 December 2008 20:36 (twelve years ago) link

(i was waiting for someone to say this...)

actually, i found side 2 of this record quietly affecting...good headphone music for walking around yr rain-soaked hometown during cloudy days in autumn..youre right kornrulez second side does pale but not as much as conventional wisdom dictates...

however i think i just started another one of those lopsided polls again...damn i hate when i do that. at least the white light white heat poll will be pretty good...

The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 20:37 (twelve years ago) link

I just listened to Chance Meeting; with all that harsh feedback interwoven it kinda reminds me of Can...

The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

The Bob is great

The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 21:04 (twelve years ago) link

The Cruelty & Envy Stock Exchange (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 23 December 2008 21:04 (twelve years ago) link

fucking "Ladytron"

the hilarious juelz santana quote (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Sunday, 28 December 2008 03:02 (twelve years ago) link

Has a debut album bust out of the gate with 3 better songs than these? I doubt it.

"If There Is Something" wins for me, by an eyelash's width, over "Ladytron" and "Re-Make/Re-Model."

inhibitionist, Sunday, 28 December 2008 03:17 (twelve years ago) link

Going for "If There Is Something". Great synth (oboe?) solo!

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 28 December 2008 03:35 (twelve years ago) link

Whoever worried that VP would take it shamed me into voting RM/RM.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 28 December 2008 03:52 (twelve years ago) link

VP. Sorry, but it's really no contest.

xhuxk, Sunday, 28 December 2008 04:05 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i had to vote for "Virginia Plain" as well.

Bee OK, Sunday, 28 December 2008 04:34 (twelve years ago) link

Hey, I've actually done that song at karaoke!

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Sunday, 28 December 2008 04:53 (twelve years ago) link

The first 5 choices are all grand, and finding a karaoke guy who gets songs like "Virginia Plain" is a true find. Never leave him/her.

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Sunday, 28 December 2008 05:00 (twelve years ago) link

http://pencilgrinder.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/dixon-011.jpg

Zeno, Sunday, 28 December 2008 07:15 (twelve years ago) link

Remake/Remodel

iago g., Sunday, 28 December 2008 08:25 (twelve years ago) link

Part of me really wants to vote for Sea Breezes, part for If There Is Something

ITIS seems to be pulling away a bit so Sea Breezes it is.

baby got bahn (country matters), Sunday, 28 December 2008 08:30 (twelve years ago) link

It bugs me so I'll get it out of my system: "Virginia Plain" was not on the album. It was included when this was rereleased on cd.

willem, Sunday, 28 December 2008 16:38 (twelve years ago) link

It's on my vinyl copy; always has been. (Maybe a US/UK thing?)

xhuxk, Sunday, 28 December 2008 16:44 (twelve years ago) link

I think I like this one better than For Your Pleasure

the hilarious juelz santana quote (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Sunday, 28 December 2008 17:24 (twelve years ago) link

Stranded is the best of all.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 28 December 2008 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

There has maybe never been a band that sounded as great as this band does on this album. Pure chaos and pure harmony. Glory be: Re-Make/Re-Model.

staggerlee, Sunday, 28 December 2008 18:27 (twelve years ago) link

Stranded is the best of all.

supries Mother Of Pearl!

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Sunday, 28 December 2008 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

I prefer "Avalon". But learning to like the early stuff too. Particularly the first two with Eno.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 28 December 2008 20:02 (twelve years ago) link

"If There Is Something".

Freedom, Sunday, 28 December 2008 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

Does the recent remaster of this make it seem less flat and dry?

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 28 December 2008 20:30 (twelve years ago) link

"If There Is Something" DOES contain probably my favourite moment of production ever, when the drums suddenly sound as if they're being played somewhere inside your ear, signalling move from prodigal sax-solo lament to closing victory chant. It's astoundingly subtle and incredibly effective.

baby got bahn (country matters), Sunday, 28 December 2008 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

'If There Is Something' is perhaps the best Roxy track ever. And kornrulez is right, side one is immense, side two is no so much.

zeus, Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:06 (twelve years ago) link

Sea Breezes is probably the most absurdly bathetic descent from dead serious to completely and utterly ludicrous that's ever managed to keep a straight face in the history of music. It's completely transcendent; it explodes the artistic process and yet affirms it. Its balls are bigger than most bands'.

baby got bahn (country matters), Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:11 (twelve years ago) link

Barf

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:14 (twelve years ago) link

I think you're meant to be lulled into a state of placid unlistening neutrality by the first half of Sea Breezes; not that you're bored, just locked into place, not really engaging with the music. Thus when the second half kicks in, austere flute persisting beneath the chaos, it really does genuinely amaze.

baby got bahn (country matters), Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:18 (twelve years ago) link

Virginia Plain to my understanding was not on the original UK pressings, but was added on quickly thereafter as it was a top 10 hit in Britain at the time...something like that, anyways...

seems like voicing my worries abt VP dominating this poll (seems like every album poll I started lately has that one obv standout cut--or else has been completely given ILM's cold shoulder)* have been a sort of negative talisman, scattering would be votes for it onto the three songs before it...I mean VP is a great song, it deserves some votes...

*not true for Slates or White Light/White Heat

I certainly wouldn't call *THAT* a portal to Truth... (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:34 (twelve years ago) link

Does the recent remaster of this make it seem less flat and dry?

oh yes.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:39 (twelve years ago) link

what's her name

Joe, Monday, 29 December 2008 19:46 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 9 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 10 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

"Would You Believe?" = hella underrated.

Freedom, Saturday, 10 January 2009 03:43 (twelve years ago) link

I'm surprised "Chance Meeting" got no votes -- I might have voted for it tonight. I used to own a bootleg from the mid seventies; it's just Ferry on electric piano and Manzanero on various effects boxes. Holy shit.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:10 (twelve years ago) link

^i'm tellin ya as difficult as it is to vote for side 2 of this album is the shiznit...this is easily up there for me in the top 40 greatest albums of them all...

SuggestBan: EdVonBlue (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:13 (twelve years ago) link

(the comma goes between 'for' and 'side', thereby shattering the rule that decrees that clauses shalt not be ended with dangling prepositions and suchwith etc blah)

SuggestBan: EdVonBlue (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:15 (twelve years ago) link

*Manzanera

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:15 (twelve years ago) link

(gotta admit: i'm kinda filled with a warm gooey gladness somebody voted for bitters end...who was it? come forward. that's some challops w/ charm)

SuggestBan: EdVonBlue (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:17 (twelve years ago) link

AHT LAST DA KHRIM-SHAN COHLD CAS-CADE...

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

I think I voted for "Re-Make/Re-Model." For the trademark stuttering Bryan Ferry vocal plus squealing horn and for the part with the song-quoting solos, which I guess they change up when playing live. When I saw them , instead of "Daytripper" the bass player, Zev Katz, played the James Bond Theme. The sax one on the record is "Ride Of The Valkyries," no?

ilx chilton (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 January 2009 04:28 (twelve years ago) link

The Bob is the worst Roxy song ever

Zeno, Saturday, 10 January 2009 05:44 (twelve years ago) link

I pretty much can't listen to any Roxy Music that's not on 'Roxy Music' and 'For Your Pleasure' (or early demos) except for a few singles and radio hits.
I dunno why, but that's just the way it is for me.

❤ⓛⓞⓥⓔ❤ (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 10 January 2009 05:59 (twelve years ago) link

thats ok, it's like that for me as well.
the reason os called Brian Eno btw

Zeno, Saturday, 10 January 2009 06:01 (twelve years ago) link

anyone else hear musical similarities between the middle section of "If There Is Something":
"I would do anything for you/I would climb mountains/I would swim all the oceans blue/I would walk a thousand miles/Reveal my secrets/More than enough for me to share/I would put roses round our door/Sit in the garden/Growing potatoes by the score"
and the part of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" that goes:
"Different colours, different shades/Overreached, mistakes were made/I took the blame/Directionless so plain to see/A loaded gun won't set you free/So you say/We'll share a drink and step outside/An angry voice and one who cried/We'll give you everything and more/The strain's too much, can't take much more/I've walked on water, run through fire/Can't seem to feel it anymore"

Paul, Saturday, 24 January 2009 03:28 (twelve years ago) link

^^^Yes, Paul. Good call.

inhibitionist, Saturday, 24 January 2009 22:29 (twelve years ago) link

i would have voted for "if there is something" had i known this poll existed. every time i hear ferry singing on that one i am amazed that he didn't drown in his own tears.

alex in mainhattan, Saturday, 24 January 2009 22:46 (twelve years ago) link

the middle section of "If There Is Something":
I would do anything for you/I would climb mountains

possibly my favorite Roxy moment ever

WavyNDaLazDayz (surfboard dudes get wiped out, totally), Saturday, 24 January 2009 23:25 (twelve years ago) link

"Would You Believe?" = hella underrated.

Agreed -- it's my favourite thing on side 2, probably. The 50s-space-glam-raveup part is outrageous... I remember the first time I heard it being taken aback. Ferry outcamps even Ferry.

Not sure what I would've voted for -- probably "Remake" (for Phil Manzanera if nothing else) but I'm glad "2HB" got some votes also -- the instrumental break (with the layering of horns, submerged in delay/echo effects) might be the 20 or 30 most sublime seconds in their catalog. But shit, yeah, "If There is Something," too... and the castanets in "Ladytron"...

sw00ds, Sunday, 25 January 2009 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

Still more goth than everyone on this poll, sorry.

Druidy Witchy (Bimble Is Still More Goth Than You), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

Just saw that Johnny Gustafson died a few days ago. He played bass on "Stranded," "Country Life" and "Siren," to me the best three Roxy albums and also featuring some of the best bass playing. That's him on "Love is the Drug." RIP.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:16 (six years ago) link

Sad, just heard about that. Always struck me as odd that he was never a full member of Roxy, considering how much he contributed.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:23 (six years ago) link

This is kind of the ultimate Side 1 > Side 2 album, isn't it?

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:39 (six years ago) link

But...Sea Breezes

imago, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:45 (six years ago) link

For some reason I thought this was the general thread, not the first album thread.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:08 (six years ago) link

RIP.

Colossal Propellerhead (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:17 (six years ago) link

RIP.

Ferry is doing the top 4 from the poll on his current US tour

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:44 (six years ago) link

I was impressed he took a moment to note Gustafson's contributions last night.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:35 (six years ago) link

Where did he play, Josh? How was he?

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:31 (six years ago) link

Chicago maybe?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:39 (six years ago) link

He actually was interviewed here at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Nothing revelatory, save perhaps an emphasis on Eric Bowman's cover photography, and that Manolo Blahnik is loitering in the background of the "Another Time, Another Place" shot; Bowman is also in drag in the "Hard Rain" video, and drag and blackface (!) playing piano here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYUpq2dTnnY

Ferry plays a special gala show here for the opening of the "Bowie Is" exhibit Saturday night, and plays a proper concert Sunday. I'll be at that one and will report back.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:43 (six years ago) link

That seems very cool to me that BF is playing at the opening of the Bowie show.

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:55 (six years ago) link

Oh yeah, thanks for your response! I've heard he is rather a cold interview, unsurprisingly

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:26 (six years ago) link

This one is kinda entertaining:

http://pitchfork.com/features/5-10-15-20/9076-bryan-ferry/

The debonair 67-year-old former Roxy Music frontman on the music of his life: Charlie Parker, Otis Redding, Arcade Fire, Billie Holiday, Dylan, and more.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:32 (six years ago) link

Oh snap, almost forgot, he did say he finished his new album last week! It's called "Avonmore." Out in November. Apparently Nile Rodgers and Johnny Marr on guitar, again, but there are usually a million guys on guitar. As he joked last night, it's funny to call them solo records, because they typically feature 50 different musicians.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 September 2014 00:38 (six years ago) link

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/tributes-merseyside-musician-john-gustafson-7800684

x-post re Gustafson, Roxy bassist for a bit

curmudgeon, Friday, 19 September 2014 16:29 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Phil sez Roxy Music more or less officially broken up, at least inasmuch as any band on hiatus is "broken up" until it tours or records:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/roxy-music-break-up-20141103

Sounds pretty much over, though.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 7 November 2014 14:28 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

listening to this album for the first time ever

welltris (crüt), Friday, 15 January 2016 17:40 (five years ago) link

It's pretty good, you heard it here first.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 January 2016 18:01 (five years ago) link

Aye, listen to yer man, Josh, it's no' half bad.

Narayan Superman (Tom D.), Friday, 15 January 2016 18:04 (five years ago) link

whoa thats crazy crut. what do you think?

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 15 January 2016 18:11 (five years ago) link

it's great! crazy to think it was 1972. a lot of it sounds more like 1977. i guess the reasons for that are self-explanatory.

welltris (crüt), Friday, 15 January 2016 18:20 (five years ago) link

Because the band traveled back from the future to entertain us.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 15 January 2016 20:01 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

I tried searching, but I've no idea what the leading Roxy Music thread is. And the following video is probably ten times on here already, too. But god damn I just saw this OGWT video for the first time tomorrow and whoa... What a performance. Absolutely mesmerizing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G56DaSAeZfM

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 13 November 2017 18:08 (three years ago) link

that seems to be the album audio.

new noise, Monday, 13 November 2017 18:28 (three years ago) link

... but the performance! Ferry's stare! Deadpan delivery! His quiff! Eno's I'm-outta-here-real-soon coolness!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 13 November 2017 18:32 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I'd never seen this performance!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZQu8q8xnfE

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 20:59 (two years ago) link

Yeah, it's maximum tense trebly coke Roxy at their peak.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:01 (two years ago) link

I always thought the line in "Love is the Drug" was "I say coke, she says yes."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:07 (two years ago) link

Ooh, I haven't seen this either, first couple minutes look amazing!

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:10 (two years ago) link

Ferry's eyebrows in this are terrifying.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:10 (two years ago) link

I wonder if this was the tour where Wire supported them and which was such a horrible depressing experience for Wire it, indirectly, led to the dissolution of the band.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:16 (two years ago) link

Never heard of such a tour, interesting

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:24 (two years ago) link

ferry’s got serious mr spock brows in this, wow

I was listening to "Manifesto" yesterday, and man, the bassist is killing it. Reminded me a lot of the playing on "Lexicon of Love," but I don't recognize the name of this guy or that guy (even though this guy did eventually record with a post-"Lexicon" version of ABC).

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:14 (two years ago) link

It isn't Gary Tibbs?

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:21 (two years ago) link

Alan Spenner. Played on some early Joe Cocker records and with Spooky Tooth, among many others. Died really young.

confusementalism (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:22 (two years ago) link

I think he was an old UK session lag who played with absolutely everyone.

Orpheus Knutt (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:24 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

This is obviously a joke, but everyone in the comments seems to be taking it seriously for some reason.
Anyway, made me laugh.

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— Chris Frantz (@ChrisFrantzTTC) April 1, 2021

Bastard Lakes (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 2 April 2021 11:23 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

That was definitely one of my favorite Tiny Desk concerts.

enochroot, Friday, 11 June 2021 02:19 (one month ago) link

Looool!

AP Chemirocha (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 June 2021 02:23 (one month ago) link


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