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Roxy Music

Roxy Music are an English art rock band formed in 1971 by Bryan Ferry, who became the group's lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson. The other members are Phil Manzanera (guitar), Andy Mackay (saxophone and oboe) and Paul Thompson (drums and percussion). Former members include Brian Eno (synthesiser and "treatments"),  and Eddie Jobson (synthesiser and violin). Although the band took a break from group activities in 1976 and again in 1983, they reunited for a concert tour in 2001, and have toured together intermittently since that time. Despite a 18-year gap between activity Roxy Music never officially split up and Ferry never ended Roxy Music. Ferry frequently enlisted many Roxy members as session musicians for his solo releases. (Read more at Wikipedia )

Links To Peel

Peel played a session by Roxy Music (with former Nice guitar player Dave O'List instead of Phil Manzanera) before the band actually released an album - after Brian Ferry gave a demo tape to fellow Geordie John Walters [1] - and attended a gig the band played with Genesis in Wimbledon (see Gigography 1971).[1] Roxy apparently also came close to joining Peel's Dandelion label before eventually signing with Island.[2]

Although a fan in their early years, John's interest in the group mellowed (in 1977 he called an early live performance from 1972 somewhat weak). He still seemed to respect them, however, unlike some other acts that he initially championed, and continued to play their music from time to time.

On 11 August 1976 Peel broadcast a Roxy Music retrospective.

In a 2012 video interview with John Peel Archive, Phil Manzanera remembered listening to Peel's radio shows while still at school and unsuccessfully entering the 1971 "Rockortunity Knocks" contest on Top Gear with his pre-Roxy band Quiet Sun - other members also went on to record Peel sessions, with Matching Mole and This Heat. Eventually recorded in 1975, their only album together also featured Eno and was later found among Peel's LPs (see Record Collection: Q).

Sessions

  • Five sessions. Sessions #1, #2 (except Bitters End) & #3 available on Roxy Music Deluxe re-issue, 2018 - The BBC Sessions disc.

1. Recorded: 1972-01-04. First broadcast: 21 January 1972. Repeated: 18 February 1972.

  • Re-Make Re-Model / The BOB (Medley) / Would You Believe? / If There Is Something / Sea Breezes (first broadcasted 18 February 1972)

2. Recorded: 1972-05-23. First broadcast: 23 June 1972. Repeated: 28 July 1972.

  • Bitters End / 2 HB / Chance Meeting / Ladytron

3. Recorded: 1972-07-18. First broadcast: 01 August 1972. Repeated: 22 September 197511 May 1977.

  • Virginia Plain / If There Is Something (first verified broadcast 22 September 1975)

4. Recorded: 1972-11-06. First broadcast: 09 November 1972. Repeated: ?

  • The BOB (Medley) / For Your Pleasure / The Bogus Man Pt. II

5. Recorded: 1973-03-05. First broadcast: 29 March 1973. Repeated: ?

  • Do The Strand / Editions of You / Pyjamarama / In Every Dream Home A Heartache

"The Bogus Man Pt. II" from the fourth session is an early version of "Grey Lagoons", and not an actual second part of the song included on the "For Your Pleasure" album. Ken Garner does not list "Do The Strand" from the fifth session on his The Peel Sessions book, but the track was indeed performed and broadcasted, and recordings of it are available. 

In addition, Phil Manzanera, Eno and Andy McKay all had solo sessions.

Live

  1. The BOB (Medley)
  2. The Bogus Man Pt. II
  3. Sea Breezes
  4. Virginia Plain
  5. Chance Meeting
  6. Re-Make/Re-Model

(Once again, "The Bogus Man Pt. II" is an early version of "Grey Lagoons", and not an actual second part of the song included on the "For Your Pleasure" album)

Other Shows Played

(Please add more information if known)

1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1978
1979
1980
1981
1984
1989
1992
1996
1997
2002
2004
  • 20 October 2004: Virginia Plain (LP - The Best of) Virgin (Siouxsie Sioux)

Top Of The Pops

ROXY MUSIC More Than This - TV Performance TOTP 1982

ROXY MUSIC More Than This - TV Performance TOTP 1982

Cover Versions

(The list below was compiled only from the Cover Versions page of this site. Please add more information if known.)

Artist | Track | First Known Play

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Eno recalled the gig and Peel's role as one of the band's earliest supporters in an interview with Lester Bangs, published online here.