For our first album in cottagemixtape.com‘s 10-day challenge, I chose Roxy Music’s explosive debut album, Roxy Music (1972). I remember seeing a clip of Roxy Music on television when at the age of 11 and I was captivated but 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, all in attendance. Each member not only had their own distinguishing style, visually but musically as well, and they were each 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: