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Love Is The Drug (1975) - Roxy Music - All About "Love Is The Drug"

A little about one of the band's most amazing songs...

"Love Is The Drug" (1975): The story of one song...

The British group Roxy Music can reasonably be called one of the most interesting and unique in its work in the history of music of the 20th century ... In the early 70s, these guys released an album of the same name, which was full of bright and bold ideas. The debut single "Virginia Plain" - a kind of crazy cocktail both in terms of lyrics and musically - caused an unprecedented surge of interest among listeners in the work of Roxy Music! It is worth noting that the record was produced by Peter John Sinfield, one of the ideologists of the King Crimson group.

Roxy Music
Roxy Music

But... everything comes to an end, and the success of Roxy Music has come to an end... Today we will talk about the period when the band found itself in a very precarious position. This period can be called a turning point. And its phenomenon is very simple: despite the fact that some members left the group, Roxy Music continued to enjoy its global popularity ...

About Roxy Music…

Roxy Music was founded in 1970 by vocalist-keyboardist Bryan Ferry and bassist Graham Simpson. Later, sound experimenter Brian Eno, as well as virtuosic guitarist Phil Manzanera and saxophonist Andy McKay, added to the line-up.

One of the most interesting bands in the history of rock...
One of the most interesting bands in musical history

Already in the early stages of recording the debut album, it became clear that Bryan Ferry took the lead. This led to an unstable situation within the band… With the release of the album of the same name, one of its founders, Graham Simpson, left the band. And at the end of the work on the third record of Stranded, Brian Eno also leaves ... It would seem that the group's success should rapidly fall ... But it wasn't there! Commercially, Roxy Music is becoming an even stronger and more popular band!

Recording "Love Is The Drug" (1975)

In 1975, the team reached its peak of popularity, and in many ways - thanks to the single "Love Is The Drug" (Love is a drug). By the way: the track took the 2nd line in the national hit parade. The Siren album itself, which this song complemented so exquisitely, went gold.

When recording the record, they managed to keep Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay in the team, who, together with Bryan Ferry, formed the backbone of the group for many years. Bass player John Gustafson also worked on the album. The drummer was Paul Thompson. Siren also featured multi-instrumentalist Eddie Jobson, who in addition to Roxy Music has worked with King Crimson, Curved Air, Yes and many other bands...

The disc itself, and in particular - the aforementioned "Love Is The Drug" - was thoroughly saturated with frankly dance rhythms. Perhaps it was this feature that contributed to its commercial success, who knows ... Speaking of Siren, it is worth highlighting the efforts of Bryan Ferry, who became the author of the hit composition. He did not just write the lyrics for a long time, he came to rehearsal every time with a new version!

Brian Ferry
Brian Ferry

After the success with "Love Is The Drug", Brian began to recruit other members of the band to co-write.

Conclusion…

In conclusion, I would like to add: it would be frankly unfair to attribute the entire Siren album to the category of dance records because of the composition alone... In general, it is rich in interesting harmonies, chic motives and unusually beautiful instrumental parts... However, you yourself can appreciate it !

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