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Our contributor Roger de Hauteville, the one-time King of Sicily, reminded me of Roxy Music the other day. Some called them the triumph of artifice over substance, and some saw in them the precursors of punk and other pop styles. I have no idea why this was called "art rock" and "glam rock," but it was, and it isn't really my cup of meat but it is lively.
This brings back (possibly false) memories of seeing Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople and one other band at Aaron Russo's (r.i.p.) Kinetic Playground in the Chicago in the '70's. Absolutely amazing evening. As were most at that venue. The only reason I say it's possibly false is that I can't find any info about the concert on the web. Some guy's Mott concert list shows a cancelled concert at Russo's place 4-7-73. That would be about the time...
Roxy Music was the first "gig" I ever attending, back in 1979.
I got into all kinds of stuff after that: punk, goth, rockabilly, "new romantic," you name it. Some of Roxy's early stuff is classic - "Love is the Drug" - and even some of their more commercial music remains enjoyable.
Anonymous has a keen eye. That is indeed Brian Eno on the synthesizer. I generally have little use for the term "influential" in most musical references, but Brian Eno might be the most influential musician that no one's ever heard of in the last thirty years.
roger de hauteville
Don't forget that Brian Ferry's son is a master of foxhounds and has been arrested defending hunting!