Music Monday: Roxy Music Music

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 57/250

Title: Roxy Music
Artist: Roxy Music
Year: 1972
Position: #210
Title: For Your Pleasure
Artist: Roxy Music
Year: 1973
Position: #110

Whenever I hear the name Roxy Music, which is not that often, I always think of the song ‘It Must Have Been Love”  by Roxette. I don’t think I really know that much about music from before the 1980s. That’s okay though, it’s one of the reasons that I included this as part of the bucket list. That, and, it’s good to be able to respond when people in the office start talking about Stevie Wonder being a genius.

The moment I started Roxy Music I was back into my musical mindset of trying to work out where exactly I had heard this music before, by the time I finished the album I settled on it being a strange mix of The Who, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and some of the less batshit (whilst still being slightly batshit) elements of Captain Beefheart.

Why batshit? Well on For Your Pleasure there is a song called ‘In Every Dream Home a Heartache’ which is essentially a love song about a blow up doll with the backing of, what sounds like, a Hammond organ. It’s utterly bizarre, yet strangely atmospheric and compelling.

To be honest, I think that is how I would describe their music in general. Sure, there are songs like ‘Do The Strand’ that feel relatively normal and catchy, but then there is ‘Bitters End’ which are plain strange. All the better though, because it is the swaying on the precipice of the weird where these albums really work. For Your Pleasure is clearly the better album since, unlike Roxy Music, it is able to grab on the first listen and has a greater share of earworms. Both of them are good listens, but I know that I will probably just stick with Roxy Music – The Brian Eno years.

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