On First Listen
Roxy Music

By: Andrew Iliff

Posted 10/24/2007 - 02:57:06 PM by jmp123:
 This may be the worst, non-RS/Spin/AP music-related writing I have ever read. Could you please explain the following passages: 1. "'Virginia Plain' sounds as slight and revealing as a lost Queen B-side with Freddy’s mother at the mic." 2. "'Re-make/Re-model' feels compelled to reveal the Beatle at the heart of Wagner, and the converse" 3."I do love how '2 H.B.' is so abundantly Eno-esque, like an Edge riff scoring a 1970s dream sequence. Aside from dropping a lot of names in a small space, most of this is quite meaningless and depressing to read. Oh, and your constant evocation of Eno w/r/t the later Roxy Music albums is misguided to say the least: Eno wanted nothing to do with the band once he left. While one certainly could argue that his touches are echoed in the post-FYP albums (it would be impossible not hear it given his seminal role), to suggest that his fingerprints are "all over" an album like Manifesto is dead wrong.
Posted 10/25/2007 - 09:25:39 AM by raskolnikov:
 Iliff is a U2 fan. Does anything more need to be mentioned to invalidate his ability to perceive quality in music? This article misses all good points about Roxy Music and shamefully neglects to mention Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay's names even once, while dropping many irrelevant references to inferior musicians(see jmp123's comment above). Not only that, but Iliff's focus on Ferry and Eno gives one the impression that Roxy was a duo first, and then a Ferry solo act--when little could be further from the truth. Ignorance of a fine band like Roxy Music is not surprising among the writers for this rag, but to be so stunningly ignorant as to fail to recognize the contributions of two really solid players like Mackay and Manzanera to the overall sound of Roxy Music is pretty sad.
Posted 07/28/2008 - 02:28:37 AM by jackson:
 A pretty messy piece of writing, I almost gave up on some of the paragraphs. But interesting to read for someone who was a fully grown human when this stuff emerged. I too am puzzled as to why Eno was continually mentioned in relation to the later albums, he had nothing to do with them and the case for suggesting he was lingering on as some sort of influence "in absentia" is pretty slim. Also agree with the puzzlement over the complete absence of mentions for Manzanera and Thompson especially, who were both among the best of their time and crucial to Roxy's great middle period. From my point of view the only thing you got dead right was settling on Stranded as the best of the albums (although Palm ain't my favourite cut), and I agree with your assessment of the much later efforts, as would most people I think. True, the first couple are patchy but gee I wish there was that much reach and inventiveness in a few more albums today. I was lucky enough to see Roxy Music around about '77 and that show remains in my top five, extraordinary presence, power and beauty.