Roxy Music has always been about style. Formed in 1971 from a bunch of art school dropouts (Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzenera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Eddie Jobson, Brian Eno, et al) they would record 5 great albums back to back. The band looked sharp in space glam gear (later it would be expensive suits) and played a mix of rock, glam, psych, frak-out and pop that would, though not as highly regarded in the US, be in direct competition w/ David Bowie in the early 70’s. For the cover art of their first 5 LPs they chose women, (not band photos) to illustrate their style and their 1940’s mindset. Each had one of the 70’s hottest models on a beautiful gatefold sleeve, (with the band photograph inside). 1974’s Country Life saw a small break from form with 2 nearly nude models posed amongst some pine trees. Most of the copies got through uncensored but the US censored copy is hilarious (just the trees). Some were also delivered as the nude cover w/ an opaque green cellophane outer sleeve. Below are the original covers along w/ a few outtakes. Enjoy the covers then go buy the music. BTW Siren has the big hit “Love Is A Drug”.
Roxy Music – formed by a bunch of British Art School lads in 1972, Roxy Music went on to record 8 lps, heavily influence the glam and later punk scene in Britain, turn Bryan Ferry into an international superstar and Eno into a brilliant ambient musician and one of the most sought after producers in the world. Never really big in the US (except for 1975’s Love is a Drug and 1982’s Avalon) they were huge, huge, everywhere else in the world. Starting off as a super-glam outfit and morphing into a more lounge lizard, sophisticated persona, Roxy still performs today, after many splits and reunions – in a truncated version (Ferry, Mackay & Manzenara). Ferry tours on his solo work and has recently appeared in H & M ads. Eno (real name Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno) records an occaisional LP and collaborates with David Byrne on various projects as well as producing (Bowie, U2, Devo, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, et al.) The later LPs are more lush and easier on the ears. The first 2 w/ Eno are a art school freakout with odd early synth bleeps and psych guitar work by Manzanera, and Ferry’s wobbley croon on top of it all. Highly recommended – check out “For Your Pleasure” or ‘Stranded” as a good starting point to their early career.
Mick Rock (born 1948, London England). Known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” Mick has been a busy man. He’s probably best known for his shots of Bowie (as his official photographer), Lou Reed and Iggy – among hundreds of others. He’s shot the covers of Lou Reed’s Transformer, Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Queen II, Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n Roll as well as the chief photographer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Short Bus. Wait there’s more, he’s directed the videos for Bowies’ John I’m Only Dancing, Gene Jeanie, Space Oddity and Life on Mars. His recent subjects include The Misfits, Snoop Dogg, The YeahYeahYeahs, The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, and on and on, and on and on. He currently lives in NY with his wife and daughter and continues to shoot and show. Check out his site at www.mickrock.com
And the best Mick Rock photo ….. ever
This appeared in NY Times Style with the title “Ballad of a Thin Man……Godfathers of Glam Who can Still Rock a Skinny Suit” I think that pretty much says it all.