And so the big strapping lad from a Durham pit village wears some eyeliner and the rest is history. Mr. Ferry always seemed quite comfortable in his glam. More so than say Mick Ronson, I always imagined him telling Bowie, in his Humberside accent, I’ll wear the eyeliner, David, but I draw the line at lipstick, northern men and glam, eh.
I still think Re-Make/Re-Model is one the best opening tracks of any album, with big bald Bry’s synth from the moon. Then, bam, Ladytron, the best track 2 of any album.
Aside; Don’t want to turn into a meta-bore but the blog is proving difficult to write over the holiday period, maybe, as Charles Dickens would have said, I made too merry last night.
I hated this record when I was 15. To me it sounded like a once great band that had gotten old and tired. However, now I am on the wrong side of 40, this album makes total sense, and in many ways became my favourite Roxy album as I got older. I have since spoken to others who think the same. Maybe the album should come with one of those advisory stickers on it, ‘Will not be understood by 30 years and under’
Ferry seemed to be pursuing the idea of a perfect sound, an experiment that he continued right through his solo work, I think Avalon was the first draft of that experiment. Take a Chance with Me (not Abba) and The Space Between us are two of the best on the album. Perfect rainy day music.