Roxy Music's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Billboard - 03-28


Even though they never stormed the charts in the U.S. in the same way they did in their native U.K., oddball art rock purveyors Roxy Music were one of the most influential and groundbreaking bands of the '70s, second only to David Bowie in terms of impacting the next decade's explosion of synthpop and new wave. With Bryan Ferry's uncanny vibrato and scintillating keyboards, Andy Mackay's unhinged saxophone, Phil Manzanera's complex guitar tones, John Gustafson's inventive bass lines, Eddie Jobson's invaluable multifarious contributions, Paul Thompson's vigorous drumming, and (for the first two albums) Brian Eno's gonzo synthesizer work, Roxy sounded unlike anything else on the scene. In their first run, they delivered five peerless art rock classics between 1972-75, and upon reforming in 1978 following a brief hiatus, delivered three more albums, including one more stone-cold classic, the mature adult pop of Avalon.