Duran Duran to induct Roxy Music into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame


Taylor appeared on Jonesy’s Jukeboxwhere he said Roxy Music would be inducted by “someone we care about,” to which host Steve Jones, the former Sex Pistols guitarist who hosts the show, replied, “Someone I look, I think. I’m so jealous.”

The ceremony will take place on March 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

“I think Simon and I are going to do it, which is amazing,” Taylor continued, and talked about seeing the Roxy Music video for “Virginia Plain” in 1972. “I remember seeing them at the television, and they were like nothing we had ever seen before, were they?”

Taylor called the band “breathtaking” and noted “they almost came from outer space”, noting how similar Brian Eno’s keyboards were to Joe Meek’s pioneering sound on hit ‘Telstar’. 1962 instrumental that Meek produced for the Tornados.

Watch John Taylor on “Jonesy’s Jukebox”

Duran Duran’s stylish synth-rock image owes a huge debt to Roxy Music. Taylor helped pay for it in the mid-90s by producing a tribute album titled Dream Home Heartaches: Remake/Remodel Roxy Music. Taylor covered “Just Another High”, which featured drumming by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

Taylor also spoke about the influence of Roxy Music’s third album, Failed, had on him in an episode of the Records in My Life video series. He said the rhythm section of John Gustafson and Paul Thompson had always been an inspiration to him and Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor (who is unrelated to John Taylor or Queen drummer, who s also called Roger Taylor).

Watch John Taylor talk about Roxy Music on Records in My Life

“It’s a very exotic record,” he said. “Bryan Ferry’s writing hints at a lot of places any suburban boy could want to go. There’s a song called ‘Amazona’. … There’s ‘Song for Europe’, which is the song he sang, you know, half of it is in French and you go, ‘Wow. This guy is really sophisticated.'”

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