Roxy Music, (left to right) Phil Manzanera, Bryan Ferry and Andy Mackay, performing at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. 07/24/01. Photo by Scott Gries / ImageDirect.
Like The Velvet Underground before them, Roxy Music is a band that may not have had much commercial success, but they laid the groundwork for countless bands and artists to follow.
In honor of their induction, here are five things everyone should know about Roxy Music.
They have art school roots
Much of the avant-garde nature of Roxy Music is attributed to the training of many members of the art school. Singer Bryan Ferry, saxophonist / obeyist Andy Mackay and synthesizer / keyboardist Brian Eno each attended art schools in the UK in the 1960s.
Their story involves two unusual magazine advertisements
There are many bands whose history involves an advertisement placed in a newspaper or magazine, and for Roxy Music that involves two. Both ads were placed in Melody maker. One was looking for a “sought-after wonder drummer for a pre-rock band”; the other was for “The Perfect Guitarist for Avant Rock Group”. Drummer Paul Thompson and guitarist Phil Manzanera responded to their respective announcements.
Their influence is monumental
Roxy Music and their penchant for mixing genres and adopting fashion is seen as a massive early influence for many groups that would break out under the New Wave banner. Some of these groups include Talking Heads, The Cars and Duran Duran, of which Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor will present Roxy Music at the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Roxy Music hasn’t played together since 2011
Roxy Music split in 1983 but got back together without Eno in 2001 in honor of the group’s 30th anniversary. They last performed together in 2011 in honor of their 40th anniversary.
Brian Eno hasn’t performed with Roxy Music since their tour ended in support of their second album.
Eno left Roxy Music in 1974 mainly due to various creative differences with Ferry. While he would go on to have a successful solo career and an amazing ride as a producer, Eno hasn’t played with the band since. Fingers crossed there will be a performance in store at the induction ceremony, maybe even with Eno.
Erica Banas is a classic rock / rock news blogger who loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.
Erica Banas is a classic rock / rock news blogger who knows the label well and is extraordinarily kind.