For my first album in the day-10 challenge, I chose Roxy Music’s debut, Roxy Music (1972). I remember seeing a clip of Roxy Music on television when I was younger (age 11), and I couldn’t comprehend what was unfolding in front of my eyes. It knew it was definitely a band playing, except it was more like ‘The Monster Mash‘ had come to life, with the Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, Zombies and the Crypt Keeper in attendance. Each member not only had their own distinguishing style, visually but musically, as well, and they were all vying for space in this song. Taking their turns, as it were.
Like a 50’s group from another dimension was beaming a transmission to earth, complete with sci-fi sounds and looks (like phasers) set to stun. Which eventually led me to the album from where it came, Roxy Music’s self-titled debut produced by Peter Sinfield.
The album itself is very dynamic moving from high energy performances to moody numbers with great instrumentation throughout, including some outside of the traditional rock sphere (oboes, castanets, mellotrons). Not classic rock in the classic sense but “classic” nonetheless. I included two cuts on the Cottage Country Mix, including “Remake/Remodel” on Cottage Country Vol. 2 and “2 H.B.” on Cottage Country Vol. 7. But also sense of fearlessness is also inspiring.
It was tough not picking Roxy Music’s “Avalon” album or alternatively, Eno’s “Here Come The Warm Jets” on this one.
Songs from “Roxy Music” (1972) appear on Cottage Country Mix: