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Number 277

Roxy Music - Roxy Music (Island ILPS 9200)

The misty annals of time have made it unclear as to the circumstances surrounding my first discovering Roxy Music in the early 1970s. It was either hearing Virginia Plain on the radio, seeing the band perform on the Old Grey Whistle Test or as was common back then, hearing tracks over the sound system in my local record shop. Although precisely when and where I first heard the band is unclear, my reaction was very clear indeed. I hadn't heard anything quite like it before and I was suitable impressed, slightly bewildered and utterly transfixed. Buying the LP soon followed and a brief love of the band ensued, only to give up on the band after their excursion into mainstream pop, Bryan Ferry's cocktails and tuxedos and the departure of the band's most enigmatic figure, Brian Eno. These days, whenever I think of Roxy Music, it's the old footage of these five strange looking men performing Ladytron on the Old Grey Whistle Test that always springs to mind.