Tag: Roxy Music

  • Roxy Music: Making “Fun” of Fun

    Roxy Music: Making “Fun” of Fun March 3, 1975 “You sound like Gerald Ford,” an acquaintance of mine said recently when I complained that I could not converse with Deep Purple playing in the background. I should tell you immediately that I have a singular inability to distinguish between Canned Heat and Jethro Tull, a […]

  • 1975 Pazz & Jop: It’s Been a Soft Year for Hard Rock

    As per tradition, let me open this discussion with my own personal top 30 for 1975, arrived at with more travail than seems healthy to me. 1. Bob Dylan/The Band: “The Basement Tapes” 24. 2. Neil Young: “Tonight’s the Night” 11. 3. Steely Dan: “Katy Lied” 10. 4. James Talley: “Got No Bread, No Milk, […]

  • Destroyer

    In the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar wrote the group’s most passionate and perturbing songs. His hyper-literate eclectic solo catalogue could warrant graduate studies. But on this year’s Kaput, his Destroyer vamps on the last-call glamour of Roxy Music’s Avalon to create seething drama from New Romantic synth solos and sexy saxophones, and the result is […]

  • Los Amigos Invisibles

    Cool and fiery at once, Venezuela’s Los Amigos Invisibles pack an inferno’s worth of disco combustion into every sweaty dance party. Like Roxy Music, or the house band in a Pedro Almodóvar movie, their slightly chilly veneer only makes the inevitable explosion all the more potent. The Invisibles’ latest album, Commercial, is packed with tunes […]

  • Girl, You Know It’s True

    Clues to the lurking presence of Lansing-Dreiden—theoretical authors of the evening’s art show and late-night concert, though they wouldn’t quite participate in either—were, pointedly, everywhere. At the gallery opening beforehand, tiny white triangle signatures hid alongside elemental penciled-in shapes, just across from a nearby white trapezoid; both were sly references to the geometric figure that […]

  • Steadfast in Style

    “Nobody cares like I do/What can I do?” Bryan Ferry warbles on “Goddess of Love,” from the British singer’s new album, Frantic. A bewitched plaint about Marilyn Monroe, the song first depicts her in familiar terms as glamorous but lonely, then addresses her directly, offering courtly companionship. There’s no reason to believe Ferry’s pledge of […]

  • The Music Choice Artifacts And Inspired Counterfeits

    There’s never been a movie musical quite like Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine. Dense and deliriously volatile, the film’s narrative is a compound of loosely disguised fact, imaginative extrapolation, and wistful wish-fulfillment. The music–arguably the most crucial piece of the elaborate overall puzzle–is comparably bold and giddy, a grab bag of choice artifacts and inspired counterfeits. […]