This past Thursday I was super fortunate to have been able to see Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry perform at the Beacon Theater here in NYC. He looked great and sounded amazing! He also did a fun and varied set of songs that ranged from both early and later period Roxy Music, his own solo stuff and covers of Bob Dylan and Neil Young tunes. Ferry is changing up the song list on this tour, so every show is a little bit different, but if you weren’t at the Beacon on October 6, 2011, this is what you missed.
The Main Thing (Roxy Music)
Slave to Love
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
Casanova (Roxy Music)
If There is Something (Roxy Music song)
Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
Boys and Girls
Kiss and Tell
To Turn You On
Like a Hurricane (Neil Young cover)
Tara (Roxy Music)
Bitter Sweet (Roxy Music)
You Can Dance
Reason and Rhyme
Avalon (Roxy Music)
My Only Love (Roxy Music)
Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music)
All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover)
Let’s Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover)
Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
Hold On (I’m Coming)
Heads Up: American fans of the hilarious and twisted BBC/Adult Swim series, The Mighty Boosh – starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt – might want to schedule that long-planned trip to London for sometime between next Monday and the end of the year. That way, you can check out Noel Fielding’s exhibit of his original paintings, starting July 5th at Maison Bertaux patisserie in London. The show is entitled Brian Ferry versus the Jelly Fox, which makes sense when you know that Noel is a huge fan of the former Roxy Music front man (Ferry is referenced in the 2004 Mighty Boosh episode, Hitcher).
According to an interview with Fielding published today in the Guardian UK, the exhibit “will feature a shrine to Ferry, including a large portrait of the Roxy Music singer, as well as a picture of a tree, with Ferry masks hanging off, and another with a headless man on a hill, a Bryan Ferry kite flying high above his neck. The Jelly Fox is part of another convoluted fantasy, a little like The Wizard of Oz, in which three characters go in search of the Jelly Fox.”
I think I will be calling my travel agent shortly!
Noel Fielding’s Bryan Ferry vs The Jelly Fox runs from July 5, 2010 to January 2011 at Maison Bertaux (“London’s oldest and best patisserie”), located at 28 Greek Street, SOHO London, England.
A few months back, I watched the above scene (known as “the Roxy Music scene”) from the totally obscure Daniel Craig film, Flashbacks of a Fool, at my friend Randy’s house, and it made my head explode. I finally got Flashbacks of a Fool in the Netflix and watched it last night. Man, what a cool movie! While the scene above is my favorite part of the film – because, you know, I was that girl – it really is a movie that is just so full of surprises that I ended up enjoying it very much. Plus Daniel Craig gets naked a bunch of times. So do yourself a favor if you do decide to add it to your queue: DO NOT under any circumstances watch the theatrical trailer that’s included on the DVD as part of the “Extras,” because I swear to god it gives away every single surprise and plot twist. And I hate it when they do that.
Roxy Music vocalist Bryan Ferry was born on this day, September 26th, in 1945. Gee whiz, what a great band (Favorite Roxy Music Song: “Street Life”). Bryan also recorded an amazing CD of Bob Dylan covers a couple of years ago, Dylanesque which is highly recommended listening. Happy Birthday, Bryan!
On July 2nd in 1973: Brian Eno, synthesizer player for British art rock band Roxy Music, announced he was leaving the group after disagreements with singer Brian Ferry. For die-hard Roxy fans interested in an analytical peak into the the groups early (pre-first album) creative history, check out the book Re-make/Re-model: Art, Pop, Fashion and the Making of Roxy Music, 1952-1972 by Michael Bracewell available from Amazon.com at this link.
Shouldn’t that guy be covering his tits, or something?
Please compare the cover of Roxy Music’s amazing 1974 album, Country Life, with this promo photo of Hollywood-based electronic Duo, The Valentines, and tell me you don’t see a similarity. While The Valentines get some serious bonus points for visual aesthetics, their music, unfortunately, kind of sucks.