Happy Birthday to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Roxy Music[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bryan Ferry[/lastfm]!!
And to mark the occasion, Jack FM is making “Love Is the Drug” our Song of the Day.
We’re pretty sure this is the one drug Nancy Reagan would want us to say yes to.
With their carefully crafted look and sound, Roxy Music helped pave the way for many of the glam rock/new wave acts of the ’70s and ’80s.
After losing his job as a ceramics teacher at an all-girls school for having record-listening parties in class, Bryan Ferry formed Roxy Music in London in 1971. A year later, they released their self-titled debut and also scored a Top 5 hit in the U.K. with the non-album single, “Virginia Plain.”
While commercially successful in Europe, Roxy Music, at first, failed to make a splash across the Atlantic. But that all changed in 1974 with the release of their fourth album. Country Life became the band’s first Top 40 album in the States, peaking at #37 on the Billboard 200.
Roxy Music scored their biggest hit in America in 1975 with the single, “Love Is the Drug.” Featured on their Siren album, “Love Is the Drug” landed at #30 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and was the band’s highest-charting song in the U.S.
Following an extensive tour in support of Siren, Roxy Music called it quits in ’76. However, the breakup was short-lived. The band reunited just two years later and released a new album, Manifesto, in 1979. That album produced one of Roxy Music’s most popular songs, the disco-flavored “Dance Away.”
Roxy Music released two more hit albums and scored their only #1 in the U.K. with a remake of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm]’s “Jealous Guy” before Bryan Ferry officially dissolved the band in 1983.
In ’01, the members of Roxy Music reunited once again and hit the road in celebration of their 30th anniversary. Since then, they have continued to tour sporadically.
Earlier this year in an interview with Uncut magazine, Bryan Ferry did not rule out the possibility of new Roxy material, saying he would be interested in doing something “more experimental, perhaps a soundtrack.”
Roxy Music is ranked at #98 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Check out the video for Roxy Music’s cover of “Jealous Guy.” Is it just us, or does Bryan Ferry remind you of Bentley from The Jeffersons?
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