We’re dipping into the Far Out vault to look back at a seminal band in their game-changing prime as we revisit Roxy Music’s stunning performance on BBC’s ‘Full House’ back in 1972.
In 1972, there was no band as forward-facing as Roxy Music. Led by Bryan Ferry with a virtuoso band that included the mercurial electronic pioneer Brian Eno among other gifted musicians, the group single-handedly laid out the blueprint for pop music of the future.
When thinking of the explosion of glam rock that sprung up in the early 1970s, it’s easy to think of David Bowie and Marc Bolan as the champions of the genre. But, when Bolan’s creativity dried up and Bowie was all out of ideas for Ziggy Stardust, which band did they turn to? Roxy Music.
In Bryan Ferry, the band had a truly enigmatic singer. Exuding dynamism with every movement, Ferry’s vocal was allowed to saunter across the airwaves after being so roundly covered by his marksman band. With Eno providing the electronic “mood enhancers” in various guises, it allowed Phil Manzanera’s idiosyncratic guitar to slide out whenever needed—Roxy Music were a force to be reckoned with.
That did somewhat change when, in 1973, Eno left the group to pursue his own meandering experimental musical direction. But the group pushed on and have enjoyed a long and varied career. During 1972 though, there was simply nobody hotter than Roxy Music.
A host of performances from the time showcase their aliens-landing-from-outer-space mystique and how their glitter and tiger print was an antidote to the machismo of classic rock. This notion of the band being aliens was even further enhanced by Brian Eno’s techniques and skill with digital music. Below, we’re taking a look back at Roxy Music at their effervescent, returned-from-the-future-to-save-music best.
Arriving at the BBC studios on November 25th, 1972, the band perform a stomping three-song set of ‘Re-make/Re-model’, ‘Ladytron’, and ‘Grey Lagoons’ for the broadcaster’s show Full House. The latter of which formed part of the band’s then-upcoming album For Your Pleasure, quite possibly the band’s crowning studio achievement.
Put together and it’s one of the finest distillation of Roxy Music’s game-changing influence you’re ever likely to see.