Roxy Music - Roxy Music (1972)

Roxy Music is the debut album by art rock band Roxy Music, released in June 1972. It was generally well-received by contemporary critics and made #10 in the UK charts.

The opening track, "Re-Make/Re-Model", has been labelled a post-modernist pastiche, featuring solos by each member of the band echoing various touchstones of Western music, including The Beatles' "Day Tripper", Duane Eddy's version of "Peter Gunn" and Wagner’s "Ride of the Valkyries"; the esoteric chorus "CPL 593H" was supposedly the license number of a car, spotted by Bryan Ferry, driven by a beautiful woman. Eno produced some self-styled 'lunacy' when Ferry asked him for a sound "like the moon" for the track "Ladytron". "If There Is Something" was covered by David Bowie's Tin Machine, and was later featured, quite extensively, almost as a central figure, in the British film Flashbacks of a Fool.

A number of songs were thematically linked to movies. "2HB", with its punning title, was Ferry’s tribute to Humphrey Bogart and quoted the line "Here’s looking at you, kid" made famous by the film Casablanca (1942); "Chance Meeting" was inspired by David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945). "The Bob" took its title from Battle of Britain (1968) and included a passage simulating the sound of gunfire.

Discussing the music, Andy Mackay later said "we certainly didn’t invent eclecticism but we did say and prove that rock 'n' roll could accommodate - well, anything really".

Side One
1. "Re-Make/Re-Model" – 5:14+
2. "Ladytron" – 4:26
3. "If There Is Something" – 6:34
4. "Virginia Plain" – 2:58 (not included on the original British release)
5. "2HB" – 4:30+

Side Two
1. "The Bob (Medley)" – 5:48
2. "Chance Meeting" – 3:08+
3. "Would You Believe?" – 3:53
4. "Sea Breezes" – 7:03+
5. "Bitters End" – 2:03