By Mark Nobes

Roxy Music were formed in 1970 by frontman Bryan Ferry and bassist Graham Simpson. Ferry also took on the role as the band's main songwriter.
The art rock band released eight studio albums and 24 singles between 1972 and 1982, and also a live version of "Love is the Drug" in 1990 and a remix of the song by Faithless in 1996.
The playlist above features just about every British single release by Roxy Music, and some Top Of The Pops performances. 
Bryan Ferry Panini sticker from Smash Hits magazine in 1984
Bryan Ferry 1984 Panini Figurini Smash Hits sticker No.58

Roxy Music Studio Album Discography

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

The front sleeve of Roxy Music's debut studio album


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.

Roxy Music Virginia Plain


This video clip features a raw and live performance by the band, although no info was included as to where this was performed at. Pyjamarama was released on 1st March 1973 to promote Roxy Music's second studio album For Your Pleasure, and it reached #10 in the UK. However, for some bizarre reason, it was not actually included on the album. The song was remixed and re-released in 1977 to help promote the band's greatest hits album.

"STREET LIFE" (1973)

This was the only track to be released as a single from Roxy Music's third album Stranded, reaching #9 in the UK. Stranded was the first album not to feature the legendary synth player Brian Eno. Eno left the band after he became disillusioned with the rock star lifestyle, and also because he had a run-in with Bryan Ferry, apparently.
Stranded was the band's third studio album


Recorded during the summer of 1975, this track was released as the lead single from the band's fifth studio album Siren. The song reached #2 in the UK and is probably best remembered for its influential bassline by John Gustafson. The B-side was entitled Sultanesque.
Siren (1975) - the fifth studio album

"DANCE AWAY" (1979)

Now this has to be my favourite track by Roxy Music. The video clip is from Top Of The Pops and features DJ's Peter Powell and David "Kid" Jensen in the introduction. This was the second single to be lifted from Manifesto, and peaked at No.2 in the UK. The previous single, Trash, only reached #40, so it was a great comeback single for the band.

"ANGEL EYES" (1979)

This single was rather different to the rawer, rockier album version, and was remixed with a disco groove and a more polished production - I much prefer the original album version myself. The song reached #4 in the British charts and was the third and final single to be released from the Manifesto album.
Roxy Music - Angel Eyes
Roxy Music Manifesto

Flesh and blood (1980 Album)

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.

"JEALOUS GUY" (1981)

Released in March 1981 as a tribute to John Lennon, this haunting cover of Jealous Guy was Roxy Music's only British No.1 single.

"AVALON" (1982)

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.

Roxy Music - Avalon album front cover
Avalon sleeve front