Monday, February 06, 2006

For Your Pleasure

The name Roxy Music easily reminds of Brian Ferry's "kitch" and boring pop music. But the Roxy have been for a short time, between '72 and '73, one of the most exciting and "unorthodox" musical novelty. Ferry was not the only Brian in the line up, but the mad scientist Eno provided his (no)musical contribution, and there was space also for the inventions of brilliant musicians like Phil Manzanera on guitar and the horn player Andy McKay. The first two albums, Roxy Music and For Your Pleasure, are memorable works on which "decadence" is just a pretext to "Re-make/Re-model" impudently rock 'n' roll music.
There are also some footages to prove it because, thanks God, they played at The Beat Club too. So here they are, for your pleasure: The Roxy Music in 1972!

Added on March 09: I just discovered that the Ladytron video is not from the Beat Club but from the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Roxy Music - Ladytron (1972)
Roxy Music - Virginia Plain (1972)

Password: musicforyoureyes

If you like these clips please leave some more comments, I need feedback. Thanks.

See you next time

Mirco

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

mirco:

thanks for the ladytron video! incredible, fantastic, i never thought i'd see roxy so young. can't wait for the hour to elapse so i can d/l virginia plain.

btw, i spent ten days in roma and firenze last april (between popes). you are lucky to live in such a beautiful country.

grazie!

furu inu

2/07/2006 1:41 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I agree that the early Roxy were an amazing band.
I'm glad also that you liked Italy, it's a marvellous country indeed, so be back as soon as possible, there's a lot more to see...
Is furu inu your real name...? So, which is your country?

2/07/2006 1:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mirco:

I'm from the U.S., but please don't hold that against me. Furu inu is my pen name when writing haiku. (Furu inu means old dog in Japanese.)

My wife and I would like to go back to Italy someday, but the next trip we're planning is sailing around French Polynesia in a cargo/cruise ship, probably sometime next year.

Ciao!

Michael.

2/07/2006 2:27 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I like haiku poems, do you publish them somewhere on the web too?
There's nothing wrong with being american, let's just say I don't like your government in the same way that I don't like mine...
I'd really wish I could travel more, I' ve never been in the USA, as example...the only place I've been outside Europe is South America.

See you soon here, I hope...

Bye

2/07/2006 2:55 AM  
Blogger The Baz said...

The early Roxy were a mindblowing band! "Virginia Plain" came out around the time I was born... its aged better than me! Seriously though, imo its one of the grestest debut singles of all time! The first album is also magnificent and "Ladytron" always blows me away.

My parents were Roxy freaks and bought every single as and when they came out. Even though they altered a lot over the years, as a singles band, they were unsurpassable and Roxy remain a huge part of my life, forever in my blood, so its great to see some Roxy being posted!
Nice one, and all the best,
BAZ (of Liverpool, UK!)

2/07/2006 1:03 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi BAZ, always nice to see yo here. I don't think the Roxy ever received the attention they deserved here in Italy. In the 70's the people were too busy listening to progressive or heavy rock, of folk songwriters, and the Roxy were too "strange". I knew them in the 80's with singles like More Than This or Avalon and I didn't like them, so it took me time to discover they were a great band in the beginning...

All the best

Mirco

2/07/2006 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey. These are indeed awesome clips! I'm familiar with both of these. I also have Do The Strand and Re-Make Re-Model (& some of their 80s stuff without Eno). Do you know of other clips from the Eno era? If so, please post more :) Excellent job on the site, BTW- I particularly enjoyed your Tim Buckley and Bob Dylan posts!

2/07/2006 8:59 PM  
Anonymous DM said...

Thanks so much for the Roxy. You have a great site. We all appreciate your labor and love. -- DM

2/07/2006 11:41 PM  
Blogger Secretly a Terrific Whistler said...

OMG Brian Eno with hair. Lots of it too.

2/08/2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger bayareaman said...

i see where to put in the password, but what is the user name to use so i can download these? thanks! and thanks for all your great work posting videos from the 60s, and 70s!

2/08/2006 8:31 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I don't know which user name you're talking about...first Rapidshare ask you to digit a code, then, after you have dowloaded the video, you have to put the password musicforyoureyes to unzip it...

2/08/2006 9:22 PM  
Anonymous HappyJack said...

Just found your site. You're posting some real gems here; particularly love the Roxy clips!!

2/09/2006 2:31 AM  
Blogger acoustiss said...

Thankyou so much - from sunny Australia.
I was in my last year of High School when my cousin sent me the first Roxy album from London, it came with King Crimson's Lark's Tongues in Aspic. and another album which I do not remember. I think it was by Yes.
Anyway thanks for the video, I am forwarding it to a friend from my school days who is now a composer.
He will love it as much as I do.

2/09/2006 11:05 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Glad to se there are many fans of early Roxy Music.
Jim, I just saw the photo of the beach on your blog...I wish I was in sunny Australia now, to escape from the winter...

Thank you all for the messages.

2/09/2006 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Clayton said...

Great posts. I don't dislike Brian Ferry's solo stuff as much as you do, but I agree that this material, especially the early stuff, is MUCH more interesting. I've been a Manzanera fan for a long time--it's great to see him with those fly-eye glasses and long hair. Thanks!

2/28/2006 4:09 PM  
Blogger Friendlier said...

I saw Roxy Music open for Jethro Tull in 1972! You can imagine the reception they got from an auditorium full of Denver hippies. I've been a mad fan ever since. I'm even looking forward to their new album, coming out in the spring. The first RM album in over 20 years...

3/10/2006 6:13 AM  
Anonymous damon jewel said...

Hi I seem to be having problems with the ladytron download, its as if the file is missing, any help?

4/10/2006 8:28 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

The video is still available. This link leads you to a very small file...open it and you'll know how to download.

4/10/2006 9:19 PM  

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