In this edition of The Peer Review, Steve Peer and Peter Cook examine Roxy Music’s opening track “Re-Make, Re-Model”. Roxy Music were an unusual fusion of glam, rockabilly, avant garde and much more. Check the review out:
In 1972, it was indeed common to “trade instrumentals” by taking a break in a song for individual musicians to take a solo break. However this generally did not extend to ambient synthesiser breaks, nor quotes from “March of the Valkyries” on sax! Nor was it common to quote the number plate of a car as a refrain. Roxy Music broke boundaries. Too many for Polydor records ….
They also influenced massively. Brian Eno went on to be an ambient professor and production legend whilst Bryan Ferry became a style icon with Roxy Music and then in his own right.