80s new wave mania: "More Than This" Roxy Music (1982)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
November 30, 2017 8:57am CST
Roxy Music is one of the slickest and more important bands of the new wave era cited as influential to glam, punk, alternative, synthpop and electronic rock. The UK band was founded in 1971 by the always dapper dressed great vocalist Bryan Ferry and bassist Graham Simpson. Their first incarnation lasted until 1976 when Ferry decided to pursue a solo career. The 1978-83 Roxy Music was the peak of the glory. The final studio album “Avalon” features their best known songs “Love is the Drug,” “More Than This” and the title track. Written by Ferry, “More Than This” is sad and melancholy with vocals dominating the first half and synthasizers the second. The song only reached Billboard #102 but a big hit in the UK at #4. 10,000 Maniacs did a cover in 1997 and Bill Murray performed it in “Lost in Translation.” After the second breakup, Ferry resumed his solo career notably with the hit single “Kiss and Tell” in 1988. Roxy Music reunited from 2001 to 2011.
Originally shown on Top Of The Pops back in 1982 (I remember it well).
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