This Day in Glam Rock. Bryan Ferry
Happy birthday Bryan Ferry, turning 71 today.
Bryan Ferry was born September 26, 1945 in Washington, Couy Durham, England. OFF#ROCK celebrate Bryan with the Top 5 Roxy Music songs.
Over you (from ‘Flesh Blood’, 1980)
Legend has it that Bryan Ferry and guitarist Phil Manzanera cooked up the music for ‘Over You’ in just five minutes at Manzanera’s home studio.
More Than This (from ‘Avalon’, 1982)
It’s surprising to learn that ‘More Than This’ hit only No. 106 on the chart, given that it’s the most widely known Roxy Music song in the U.S. and was the single that helped ‘Avalon’ become the band’s only stateside platinum album. Bryan Ferry deserves much of the credit for ‘More Than This’; he wrote it, played those keyboards that bend and float between each other and seems to sing it in slow motion with that sad, romantic voice of his
‘Virginia Plain’ Single (1972)
Roxy Music’s debut album became a success without a single, but that didn’t stop the band’s record label from wanting one anyway. Two months after the LP’s release, Roxy put out ‘Virginia Plain,’ a wordy composition Bryan Ferry wrote with an art-school painting of his in mind.
Love Is the Drug (from ‘Siren’, 1975)
The rhythm is amazing, but every contribution to this Andy Mackay (music) / Bryan Ferry (words) composition is stellar — from Phil Manzanera’s razorblade R&B riffing to Ferry’s leering,
Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers even admitted to copping Roxy’s sound for ‘Good Times.’
Do the Strand (from ‘For Your Pleasure’, 1973)
Bryan Ferry’s intoxicating cocktail of highbrow lyrical references is a steady-rocking tune about a fake dance craze. It’s ridiculous and pretentious … or at least it would have been, coming from any other band. But with Roxy Music, lyrics about ‘Guernica’ and Louis XVI are completely in line with an extended freak-out of sax, axe and synths. Roxy Music never sounded more vital, dangerous or original. It’s no wonder that ‘Do the Strand’ became a de facto anthem for the group, played at virtually every show since 1973.