POLLed to Kill: The Roxy Music "Manifesto" Poll

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Their most underrated album: Anglo-disco suaveness, with lots of sultry grooves. No one talks about it much.

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Poll Results

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3. "Angel Eyes" (Ferry, Andy Mackay) – 3:32 10
8. "Dance Away" – 3:48 7
1. "Manifesto" (Ferry, Phil Manzanera) – 5:29 2
6. "Ain't That So" – 5:39 2
2. "Trash" (Ferry, Manzanera) – 2:14 1
4. "Still Falls the Rain" (Ferry, Manzanera) – 4:13 1
7. "My Little Girl" (Ferry, Manzanera) – 3:17 1
5. "Stronger Through the Years" – 6:16 0
9. "Cry, Cry, Cry" – 2:55 0


Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 23:56 (twelve years ago) link

ANG-EL EYES

striker, currently playing for Italian Serie A club Milan (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 23:59 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, Angel Eyes all the way.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 7 January 2010 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

One of my fave Roxy songs of all is "Trash 2" - a slowed down and world-wearier version of "Trash" that's on the b-side of the "Trash" single. Always wished that version made it on the album instead.

Voted "Angel Eyes"

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 7 January 2010 00:05 (twelve years ago) link

SPIN ME ROUND! SPIN ME ROUND! PLEASE FIX!! Sorry, I was anxious to see it missing. Thank you for this poll, you are right and it is wrong that no one talks much about this album. OK, I was disappointed and underwhelmed too when this album came out, but it is very interesting, varied, and entertaining. I too like the "Trash 2' b-side and also the alternate 'Manifesto' version on another b-side.

Fruitless and Pansy Free (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:19 (twelve years ago) link

I'm very fond of "Still Falls the Rain," especially this version, Ferry eyeliner and all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6sosLhIcL4

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:24 (twelve years ago) link

Spin Me Round is my pick as well--The bridge is one of my favorite Roxy moments. Also, I love all their albums but this one has a special place...good poll idea!

iago g., Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:38 (twelve years ago) link

First Roxy album I ever bought (since 1979 was when I got into "new wave") and last one I still own. Tempted to go with "Trash," but to be honest I have to stick with "Dance Away," which was the AOR hit despite sounding suspiciously disco. (It's also their second-biggest American chart hit ever, fwiw, after "Love Is The Drug.")

xhuxk, Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:41 (twelve years ago) link

this always rolled off me after the opening track (which i'm voting for) but I really should give it another try.

da croupier, Thursday, 7 January 2010 01:50 (twelve years ago) link

"angel eyes" is great, but i have a big soft spot for "dance away" because i remember seeing it on 'top of the pops' when i was 9 or 10 and thinking it seemed very mysterious. my dad had this album and i was sort of fixated/freaked out by the mannequins.

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:11 (twelve years ago) link

"Dance Away" is kinda perfect, isn't it?

"You're dressed to kill, but guess who's DY-I-I-I-I-N-N-NGGGG."

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:16 (twelve years ago) link

Hey Alfred, are ya intendin' to fix the poll or what?

iago g., Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:21 (twelve years ago) link

OH SHIT. I see what you mean. Unintentional. Sorry, iago!

The only horror here is "Cry Cry Cry," but "My Little Girl" and "Stronger Through the Years" leave me pretty cold too.

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 January 2010 02:33 (twelve years ago) link

OH SHIT. I see what you mean. Unintentional. Sorry, iago!

The only horror here is "Cry Cry Cry," but "My Little Girl" and "Stronger Through the Years" leave me pretty cold too.

― Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, January 7, 2010 2:33 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

No problem. I don't think I can really vote Spin Me Round over Dance or Angel anyway as best song. Agreed on the 3 that leave you cold.

iago g., Thursday, 7 January 2010 08:40 (twelve years ago) link

You can't 'fix' a poll, you'll have to restart it.

Mark G, Thursday, 7 January 2010 09:15 (twelve years ago) link

Dance Away for me, although I prefer the disco-fied version on the single to the more sedate album version.

dubmill, Thursday, 7 January 2010 09:59 (twelve years ago) link

I hope and pray, but not too much.

My second and third choices would be the title title and "Spin Me Round".

It's hard for me to hear this album in itself, rather than as a prelude to Avalon.

Euler, Thursday, 7 January 2010 10:04 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OfRZ63gLgI

velko, Thursday, 7 January 2010 10:08 (twelve years ago) link

"Dance Away" rules.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 7 January 2010 13:18 (twelve years ago) link

"Angel Eyes" it is, then.

Mark G, Thursday, 7 January 2010 13:22 (twelve years ago) link

It's hard for me to hear this album in itself, rather than as a prelude to Avalon.

― Euler, Thursday, January 7, 2010 10:04 AM

How is this a prelude to Avalon? Flesh and Blood comes between them, and neither seem to have anything to do with Avalon

iago g., Thursday, 7 January 2010 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

F+B and Avalon have a similar sonic identity; Manifesto doesn't.

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 January 2010 19:20 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, I meant that I hear the band working out the sound that they'd achieve in full on Avalon on Manifesto; obviously on Flesh and Blood they get closer to that sound, but on Manifesto you can hear them exploring toward it, especially in the bass work on the second side.

Euler, Thursday, 7 January 2010 19:23 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 19 January 2010 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

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

System, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Whoa.

Hell is other people. In an ILE film forum. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 02:34 (twelve years ago) link

Good result, one and all.

Radio Birdman Rally (King Boy Pato), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 03:13 (twelve years ago) link

I'm a little disappointed to see Angel Eyes over Dance Away but both are great songs. Spin me Round would've been a nice choice though.

dynamicinterface, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

"Ain't That So" is so relaxed, the ultimate disco-inflected/New Wave-drenched A/C mid tempo single.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 21:47 (one week ago) link

“still falls the rain” would’ve been my pick

brimstead, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 21:47 (one week ago) link

Ferry was playing "Stronger Through the Years" in 2017.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 21:54 (one week ago) link

Listening to all the alternate versions of the songs on singles and b-sides, you can hear how uncertain Ferry was when it came to apportioning the amount of glam, disco, art rock and New Wave (and maybe a little AOR) in the songs. I suppose you could also say that it was prophetic of how different mixes and recordings of the same piece would be created for different audiences. The version of "Dance Away" with the disco beat over the final choruses is the most hopeless act of pandering he's ever done (I think it was the original LP mix).
That said, I like every song on the current "standard" version! I might have chosen between "Still Falls the Rain" and "Ain't That So" (which is probably a better seductive/dance song than anything on Avalon or later).

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 5 August 2022 14:44 (one week ago) link

Considering how much I lived/breathed Siren when it came out I really didn't like this record at the time. By 1979 I was all about the twitchy new wave of Talking Heads, Devo and B-52s, and only "Trash" and maybe "Angel Eyes" satisfied that urge. "Dance Away" sounded to me not too far removed from something like "Baby Come Back" by Player (I now adore both.)

This thread inspired me to listen to the album for the first time in a long time, and it all sounded pretty ace (save maybe "Cry Cry Cry," which is kind of a limp Stax pastiche that might have worked better on a Ferry solo album.) Love the droning opening and closing numbers of side one, great bass playing throughout. And "Spin Me Round" is a lovely way to end the record, if kind of a rewrite of "In Your Mind."

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 5 August 2022 17:30 (one week ago) link

I'd probably give "Cry Cry Cry" a modest nod as Ferry's best "roots" original (unless "End of the Line" counts). "My Little Girl" doesn't have much to distinguish it beyond Manzanera's riff.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 5 August 2022 17:42 (one week ago) link

oh boy we don't agree about Roxy, I see

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 August 2022 18:47 (one week ago) link

"Dance Away" yearns to be "Baby Come Back" but the dissonances work against it: the bass rumblings, Manzanera's guitar peals after each line.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 August 2022 18:48 (one week ago) link


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