[[caption-width-right:350:Roxy Music's early lineup. Left to right: Music/BrianEno, Andy [=MacKay=], Bryan Ferry, Paul Thompson, and Phil Manzanera.]]
->''There's a band playing, on the radio,\\
With a rhythm of rhyming guitars,\\
They playing for you on the radio,\\
-->"Oh Yeah (On The Radio)"

Roxy Music was a British art rock/GlamRock band in TheSeventies and TheEighties, known mainly for being a significant influence on PunkRock and [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] and being the band where musician and knob-twiddler extraordinaire Music/BrianEno started his professional career. It had the following members:

* Bryan Ferry - vocals, keyboards (197183)
* Phil Manzanera - guitar (197283)
* Andy Mackay - saxophone, oboe (197183)
* Music/BrianEno - synthesizer, "treatments", RecordProducer, backing vocals (197173)
* Paul Thompson - drums (197180)
* Eddie Jobson - synthesizer, violin (197376)
* Graham Simpson - bass (197172)

Roxy Music's early material was definitely art rock, defined by the ironic juxtaposition of nostalgia for the past (manifested in Ferry's lyrical and vocal {{Camp}}iness) and futuristic, avant-garde experimentalism (Eno's "treatments", Manzanera and [=MacKay=]'s predisposition towards atonality) within the context of rock music. This early lineup produced two critically acclaimed albums, ''Roxy Music'' and ''For Your Pleasure''. These albums also introduced two other constant elements throughout the band's career: pop art-influenced "high fashion" album covers depicting scantily-clad models, and a well-defined visual presentation (see above).

However, the creative tension soon degenerated into outright conflict, and Eno left the band in 1973, taking all the jarring weirdness, experimentalism, make-up and freaky glam outfits with him. He was replaced by 19-year old keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson. Roxy Music afterwards slowly but surely evolved into a more straightforward pop/glam rock band but with still some unpredictability, largely defined by [[FaceOfTheBand Ferry]]'s obsession with glamour and suave, ChivalrousPervert persona. The band handled this transition very well at first, increasing their popularity and gaining several hit singles while obtaining further good reviews for ''Stranded'', ''Country Life'' and ''Siren''. The band went on an extended hiatus in 1976 after touring for ''Siren'', with Ferry taking the opportunity to concentrate on his solo albums, while Manzanera rejoined Eno for the ''801 Live'' album.

When Roxy reunited in 1978, Jobson wasn't brought on board and Ferry took up keyboard duties again. The band changed its sound again, stripping any last remnants of their experimental art rock past in favour of super-smooth disco-influenced pop. The resulting albums, ''Manifesto'' and ''Flesh + Blood'', garnered the band negative reviews for the first time in their career and didn't do much on the charts apart from a few hit singles. Thompson himself left the band after ''Flesh'', initially temporarily after a motorcycle accident then permanently, due to his dislike of the band's new musical direction.

Marred by the departures and the critical drubbing they received, Roxy Music regrouped with the aid of additional session players and recorded what would be their last album, ''Avalon''. More carefully recorded than the hit-or-miss ''Manifesto'' and ''Flesh'' and containing lushly-produced lounge-synth-pop soundscapes far removed from their art-rock roots (in fact, probably closer to Music/{{Sade}}'s smooth pop than Eno's weirdness), ''Avalon'' restored the band's good standing with critics and did way better on the charts, spawning a hit single. Having recovered their success, Roxy Music dissolved on a high note.

Ferry returned to his solo career, picking up where he left off with ''Avalon'' and recording more smooth lounge-synth-pop, to great commercial success and reasonable critical acclaim. Manzanera and [=MacKay=] went on to solo careers and formed a short-lived band called The Explorer. Thompson worked as a session drummer.

Roxy Music reformed in 2001, sans Eno, and toured steadily until 2011. They also recorded material for a new album with Eno, but these sessions were reworked into Ferry's 2010 solo album, ''Olympia''. After their 40th anniversary shows in 2011 they went on hiatus; Manzanera has stated that they are unlikely to perform together again.


* ''Roxy Music'' (1972)
* ''Music/ForYourPleasure'' (1973)
* ''Stranded'' (1973)
* ''Country Life'' (1974)
* ''Siren'' (1975)
* ''Manifesto'' (1979)
* ''Flesh + Blood'' (1980)
* ''Avalon'' (1982)
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Stranded'' is derived from a line at the end of the first track, "Street Life."
* AlohaHawaii: "Hula Kula," the BSide to "Street Life." Arguably a case of ShownTheirWork as Phil Manzanera spent part of his childhood in Hawai'i.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Bryan would do anything for his lady. That means he would climb mountains, swim across oceans, walk a thousand miles, expose his deepest secrets, and sit in the garden growing potatoes by the score.
* BawdySong + IntercourseWithYou = A lot of their songs, and Ferry's chief preoccupations.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: The first U.S. pressing of ''Country Life'' was packaged in black shrink wrap to cover up the two topless women on the cover. It did inspire Creator/{{Hipgnosis}} to package Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/WishYouWereHere'' in the same way a year later. The cover was eventually changed to a forest (which was originally meant to be on the back cover).
* {{Camp}}: They knowingly embraced this.
* CampStraight: Bryan Ferry.
** Though Ferry intentionally styled himself like a 1940s romantic crooner with an eccentric side, with more than a bit of James Bond influence, as evidenced by the cover of his solo album "Another Time, Another Place".
* CanonImmigrant: Bryan Ferry's "Let's Stick Together" compilation was created for the US market, as the label demanded an album off the back of his "Let's Stick Together" single and declined to release his "The Price Of Love" EP. He combined the two releases with the previous year's "You Go To My Head" single, some UK B-Side recordings of Roxy Music tracks and a then unreleased version of "Casanova", in order to create an 11 track album. Whilst initially intended as a US only release, "Let's Stick Together" became hugely popular on import to the point where Island released it in the UK, and it has featured in all the reissue series since. Part of the reason is that it was the first Ferry release after Roxy Music announced their split.
* ContemptibleCover: All of them, except Avalon. Special mention goes to ''Country Life'', which features two German female fans of the band in semi-transparent lingerie standing in a forest.
** Maybe not contemptible, but Ferry's then-RealLife girlfriend Jerry Hall provides FanService as a butt-nekkid mermaid on the ''Siren'' cover.
* CostumePorn
* TheDandy: Ferry, again.
* EchoingAcoustics: "2HB", via tape delay.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "In Every Dream Home a Heartache", which is an unnerving song to begin with.
* GreatestHits: Many.
* HoYay: Ferry deliberately invoked this on his solo recording of "It's My Party", where he left the lyrics the same as they were when sang by a female - ie his boyfriend Johnny. He said he left this in on purpose to appeal to the band's gay fanbase.
* IconicOutfit: Ferry's suits, Eno's outlandish costumes, Phil Manzanera's sunglasses.
* JekyllAndHyde: "Still Falls the Rain"
* LadykillerInLove: Ferry often adopted this pose in his lyrics.
* LargeHam: Bryan Ferry. On every song, but especially "Do The Strand".
* LoveIsADrug: "Love is the Drug"
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Stranded'', ''Manifesto'', ''Avalon''.
** 'For Your Pleasure' was a notable example as well. The tracks on the band's self-titled debut often had long introductions, which some people had criticised. The band took note of this and started the album with a jolt - 'Do The Strand' starts immediately on Ferry's first line.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Note that the bass guitarist is not pictured above. In this case it's because Bryan Ferry's friend Graham Simpson quit the band around the time they signed to a label, and bass pretty much became a revolving door from then on.
* RecursiveReality: They're playing "Oh Yeah" on the radio...
* SharpDressedMan: Just look at Bryan Ferry in the page image.
* SongStyleShift: In reverse for "Mother of Pearl."
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "Trash", Roxy's attempt at capturing a punk/new wave audience, as well as Ferry's solo track "Sign Of The Times" and his version of "Shame Shame Shame" a few years before.
* TitledAfterTheSong: The band Music/{{Ladytron}} are named after the song on Roxy Music's first album.