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Sunday, March 19, 2006

For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music Reunites to Record, Tour

Bryan Ferry has revealed that Roxy Music has been "back in the studio for the first time for over twenty years." All the original members of the art pop/glam rock group -- singer Ferry, saxophonist Andy Mackay, guitarist Phil Manzanera, drummer Paul Thompson, and keyboardist Brian Eno -- have been laboring on a new Roxy album, which is being produced by Rhett Davies and Chris Thomas.

Prior to the studio album's release, there will be a remix album "in which various Djs and producers will be putting their own spin on Roxy and Ferry's back catalogue."

The group will also tour this summer, with a few festival dates in Europe scheduled at this point, and more dates expected to be announced later.

Roxy Music began in 1971, and underwent a number of lineup changes from the start. Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno were considered the group's primary creative forces, but they wanted to take the music in different directions. Ferry was interested in art pop and soul. Eno, who had no music or music theory training, but was extremely creative, wanted to pursue more experimental directions, and was interested in "deconstructing rock". He clashed with Ferry, who would not record his work, and left Roxy Music after a couple of albums.

The group announced a "temporary" break-up in 1976, which lasted two years. Paul Thompson left the group in 1980 due to "musical differences". In 1983, the band split up. Manzanera and Mackay recorded together and pursued solo careers. Paul Thompson worked on a couple of Concrete Blonde albums and with many other artists, including Mackay.

Ferry and Eno have had (very different) successful solo careers, reflective of the contrasting directions they had in mind for Roxy Music. Ferry has frequently lent his elegant vocals to cover albums and songs. He's Eno is immensely inventive and original. He is considered the "father" of ambient music and came up with the term, used to describe music that can be "actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener". It's not a competition, and both men have produced excellent work. If it was a competition, and it was about who was more prolific, Eno would likely walk away with it, particularly as one would have to consider his work as a producer (with Talking Heads, John Cale, U2, et al).

After leaving Roxy Music, Eno has also worked with... Bryan Ferry. While all the Roxy Music members haven't recorded together in many a year, Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno have recorded together much more recently, with the guys writing and performing "I Thought" for Ferry's 2002 album, Frantic. Eno also played keyboards and sang backing vocals on another song on the album, "Goddess of Love". In 2003, when Ferry was asked "whether there will ever be another Roxy Music album", he replied, "I don't think there will be another Roxy album." However, he had only praise for Eno, saying, "He's a great character, Brian." It was nice to work with him again."

Roxy Music Tour Dates:

July 5th and 6th - Vicar Street, Ireland

July 8th - The Werchter Festival, Belgium

July 9th - The Bospop Festival, Weert, Holland

July 21st - Lovely Days Festival in St. Polten, Austria

Roxy Music - Do The Strand (from For Your Pleasure, etc.)

Roxy Music - Avalon (from Avalon, etc.)

Brian Eno - Sky Saw (from Another Green World)

Bryan Ferry - All Tomorrow's Parties (Velvet Underground cover, from Taxi)


Blogger xolondon said...

My faves: old (or middle) school track is "Oh Yeah" and later years is "To Turn You On"

5:52 PM  
Blogger palpable said...

Great post. I didn't check out all your links yet, but I will be coming back to this one. I didn't know Eno came up with "ambient" - so cool.

I do like a lot of Eno, and suspect I will be getting into more over time. Still working on Music For Airports, which I always thought was a great title.

I recently puchased The High Road- which was apprently at their 'apex'. I wanted to see what one of their concerts looked like from back then. Haven't had the time to watch yet, but it's on the long list of things to do.

I always liked Ferry too - it was close for him in 2000 when he was flying to Kenya. You probably already knew that.

Your choice of "Do The Strand" is good. I also like "Mother of Pearl" a lot, and not to be morbid, but I always thought I would want "More Than This" played as my eulogy. It is such a beautiful song.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

I just found out Roxy music was playing the Lovely Days Festival, St Polten, Austria, I'll be there with The Who. Too Cool!

10:08 AM  

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