The Thrill Of It All - Roxy Music

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Jarvis Cocker celebrates Roxy Music. The Thrill of It All features interviews with key band members, showcases the songs and reflects on the Roxy legacy.

Evolving from the late-60s art-rock movement, Roxy Music epitomized fashion, glamour and innovative music. Through the 70s and 80s, the band released a string of ground-breaking albums, culminating with the 1982 classic Avalon. Programme one begins with the band emerging in 1972, making an instant visual and musical impact. Dressed in bizarre, yet stylish costumes, the group played a defiantly experimental variation of art rock with infectious pop hooks. The creative tension between Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno pulled the band in separate directions but resulted in two ground-breaking albums.

Jarvis Cocker looks at the impact of Eno's 1973 departure, which was followed by the band's first UK No. 1 album - Stranded. Recorded with new Roxy member, Eddie Jobson, it was the first album to feature writing credits for Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay. Following a world tour, the band released a fifth album, Siren, which featured the dance-flavoured Love Is the Drug. The album was another British Top 10 hit, but following its release, the band members began working on solo projects and it was announced in the summer of 1976 that they were breaking up.

Part two will begin in the punk era, as the band regroups in 1978. The Thrill of It All features new interviews with key band members: Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Paul Thompson. Other contributors include producers Chris Thomas and Rhett Davies.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

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Jarvis Cocker celebrates Roxy Music, hears from key band members, showcases the songs and reflects on the Roxy legacy.

Evolving from the late-60s art-rock movement, Roxy Music epitomized fashion, glamour and innovative music. Through the 70s and 80s, the band released a string of ground-breaking albums, culminating with the 1982 classic Avalon. Programme two begins in the punk era, as the band regroups in 1978. Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Thompson added former Ace keyboardist Paul Carrack to the band's line-up and hired Gary Tibbs, formerly of the Vibrators, and ex-Kokomo Alan Spenner as studio bassists.

Their comeback album sounded more dance orientated, with a soul-pop sound that was markedly different from than their earlier records. Manifesto confirmed their British popularity, and single Dance Away charted worldwide. The follow-up, Flesh & Blood, became Roxy Music's second number one album and charted in America, thanks to the infectious single Over You. In the spring of 1981, the band's cover of John Lennon's Jealous Guy, recorded as a tribute to the slain singer, became the group's only British Number 1 single.

Roxy Music returned in the summer of 1982 with Avalon, which marked a new level in the group's production and musical sophistication and became their biggest album worldwide. It's a rich, textured album, with romantic washes of music and Bryan Ferry's vocals sounding elegant and seductive on More Than This, Take a Chance With Me, While My Heart Is Still Beating, and the title track.

After their last tour, Mackay, Manzanera and Ferry all released solo albums and Avalon was to be Roxy Music's studio swansong. But now Roxy Music are back, with a 40th anniversary tour, and it seems an opportune moment to celebrate this influential group. The Thrill of It All features new interviews with key band members: Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Paul Thompson. Other contributors include producers Chris Thomas and Rhett Davies.