Released during August 1972, this debut (non-album) single by the British art/glam rock band peaked at No.4 in the UK. The song was also successful in New Zealand (reached #6) and Germany (#20). The track was penned by lead singer Bryan Ferry and the B-side featured an instrumental entitled The Numberer, which was composed by the band's saxophonist, oboist and founding member Andy Mackay. Virginia Plain was later included on reissues of the band's self-titled debut album.
Released during June 1982, the super smooth title track from Roxy Music's final studio album, Avalon, went on to reach #13 in the British singles chart.
The album was musical perfection, and some fans and critics believe it was too perfect for its own good! It has to be said that although the album sounds exquisite, the band had, perhaps, run out of new ideas and there were no surprises to be found anywhere. It was certainly the right time for Roxy Music to bow out, but they did it in style, even if they had become very predictable.
In a way, this reminds me of Simple Minds Street Fighting Years album. Not because it sounded similar, but because the perfect Trevor Horn production had given the band a very polished sound, but had also taken the fire out of their belly.
The front sleeve of Roxy Music's debut studio album
1972 Roxy Music #10
1973 For Your Pleasure #4
1973 Stranded #1
1974 Country Life #3
1975 Siren #4
1979 Manifesto #7
1980 Flesh And Blood #1
1982 Avalon #1
Highest UK chart positions shown
Flesh And Blood
This was Roxy Music's first chart-topping album of the eighties, and the band's seventh studio album overall. In fact, the album topped the charts twice in the UK, in both June and August for one week and three weeks respectively. The album was recorded after the departure of drummer Paul Thompson. He rejoined the band in 2001 for their reunion.