Under the Covers
Roxy Music

By: Todd Burns

Posted 04/12/2005 - 12:46:20 PM by hunky_dory:
 Very interesting. What is your take on the 'Avalon' cover? Aside from a couple of live albums, it's the only proper Roxy release that doesn't depict a female form, or even a stylized version of it. Rather, it simply shows a silhouetted figure (ostensibly male), and suggests a journey to Avalon, the female-dominated isle of Arthurian lore. What do you think about this?
Posted 04/12/2005 - 01:45:09 PM by skuter666:
 Busby Berkeley pinup girl? Is no such thing. Busby worked in film, crafting a vision of girls as geometrically multiplied fractal beauty. Pinups were the polar opposite of the imagery Busby is famous for. The Kari-Ann Moller cover is in the Vargas tradition, if not a direct reference to Vargas.
Posted 04/12/2005 - 07:54:14 PM by clem_bastow:
 Were The Cars the only band who managed to get Vargas to design a cover for them, or did he regularly pimp himself out?
Posted 04/12/2005 - 10:58:59 PM by skuter666:
 As far as I can tell, the only other album covers he was commissioned to do were for Bernadette Peters, one in 1980 and one in 1981; both are portraits of Bernadette. There are scans of them on numerous websites.
Posted 04/14/2005 - 08:09:18 AM by BryanNeil:
 Burns, I loved this article. On a side note, you know what maked Brainwashed so great, sound samples. Think about it...
Posted 09/14/2007 - 04:03:23 AM by chon7975:
 Great reviews..... but some minor quibbles : its not a dog but her pet panther (tres decadent ) and the waiting man is her chauffeur in full uniform (Mr Ferry himself in fact which adds to the whole conceit of who is really taking the back seat :the art or the music ?)Stranded really is a playboy desert island fantasy and the shipwrecked Amanda Cole was actually playmate of the year 1974. Ferry commented at the time of the banning of Country Life That the cover was meant to be as innoffensive as the content of the record...the irony of which was lost on the general press as it was on Roxy as a whole