🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Roxy Music

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Fugazi sneak into the top 25:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And we move on…

roxy-music

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Roxy Music
  • For Your Pleasure
  • Stranded
  • Country Life
  • Siren
  • Manifesto
  • Flesh And Blood
  • Avalon

0 voters

  • Virginia Plain
  • Pyjamarama
  • Do The Strand
  • Street Life
  • The Thrill Of It All
  • All I Want Is You
  • Love Is The Drug
  • Both Ends Burning
  • Trash
  • Dance Away
  • Angel Eyes
  • Over You
  • Oh Yeah
  • Same Old Scene
  • In The Midnight Hour
  • Jealous Guy
  • More Than This
  • Avalon
  • Take A Chance With Me
  • Like A Hurricane

0 voters

both huge tracks. Given 'em a 4

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I would just like to leave this here before anyone else does:

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This performance of Every Dream Home is dead good.

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This is so so good (Roxy are a 4 btw, maybe a 5 haven’t decided yet)

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Not my thing at all.

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I’m related to the drummer.

3

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For Your Pleasure, Country Life, and Avalon are all really good. Don’t really know much else. 4

For Your Pleasure is the one for me, especially for the blow up doll song and this one too.

I always remember seeing the sleeve to Country Life as a youngster in my local Our Price and thinking “crikey”. Quite a thrill. Still is a bit.

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(Aside from the unfortunate impression at the start)

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Always think the first half of Roxy Music is so strong and then get slightly bored by the second half. Suppose this could almost apply to the band as much as the album

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Everything about them suggests they should be rubbish (the name, the look, two different members named Brian) but they’re actually really good. Strong 4.

Don’t care for the couple of big songs of theirs I know but I fucking LOVE this song and especially this performance

Brian Ferry is so creepy and sleazy but his voice is lush

I quite like them I suppose, though can’t really remember the last time I listened to them. Used to hear Virginia Plain a lot when I was a kid and absolutely loved it (still do), to the extent that when I dug in to some of their stuff when I was older nothing really lived up to that.

Another one for the camp of surprisingly like the songs I’ve heard but not explored much

Think they’re surprisingly subversive and a lot more influential than people give them credit. Even Virginia Plain has that slightly discordant sax and weird screeching, seems odd thats as far back as 1972. Going to listen to a couple of albums today as I bet there’s some real hidden gems on there

2 Likes

Not too familiar with them except the first album which is good. Never got the impression their later stuff was worth checking out.

Shocked at people voting Love is the Drug over Virginia Plain tbh.

Roxy are great, one of my favourite bands. The original band is a perfect combination of elements. A fantastic art-rock guitarist in Phil Manzanera, a classically trained musical polymath in Andy MacKay, a forward looking musical theorist and experimentalist in Eno, and Bryan Ferry, who combined an art school background (he studied fine art under Pop Art pioneer Richard Hamilton) with pop and soul leanings. The early records were incredibly original and striking, the perfect blend of experimental weirdness and pure pop.

I do hate the no-nothing orthodoxy that they were nothing without Eno though. He was important but no more important than the other members of the original four. The records they made immediately after he left (Stranded, Country Life and Siren) are all great albums and the move towards a more mainstream sound is more gradual than people sometimes say. The songwriting on those records is superb - Street Life, Song for Europe, Mother of Pearl, The Thrill of it All, Love is the Drug, Both Ends Burning.

They lost their way a bit with Manifesto and Flesh and Blood but Avalon is a stone cold classic, one of those rare absolutely classic, utterly original records which creates a sound. Wonderful songs, brilliantly played and perfectly produced. The sound of so much 80s music, both mainstream and alternative is indebted to it. It’s hard, for instance, to imagine Talk Talk sounding the same without Avalon.

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