Phases & Stages

Roxy Music

The Thrill of It All (Virgin)

Visually provocative and overly flamboyant, Roxy Music was made for television. Driven by the creative tension between sound manipulator Brian Eno and womanizer Bryan Ferry, the band resembled a vogue Velvet Underground, all glitter and gold. In fact, Roxy's debut on BBC's Top of the Pops in 1972 with "Virginia Plain" is often cited as the turning point of glam rock. The Thrill of It All, a video anthology archiving the group's decade of decadence, 1972-1982, however, is a complete disaster. Aside from opening couplet "Re-Make/Re-Model" and "Ladytron," capturing the band at its experimental peak, Thrill largely overlooks Eno's impact, a triplet for German television in 1974 notable only for his departure. The broadcasted performances are all synced with backing tracks, forcing emphasis on the band's outlandish outfits and Ferry's oft-disturbing croon ("In Every Dream a Heartache"). Beginning in 1979, disc two marks Roxy's reunion and subsequent transition to Las Vegas-style easy listening, which, save for 1982's four-song set in Frejus, France, is embarrassing. Only entertaining here are promotional clips that trump every rock & roll cliché – the empty club ("Trash"), the studio session ("Same Old Scene"), and serenading a heavenly harpist ("Angel Eyes") – but even then, you're never laughing with the band, only at them.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Roxy Music
Boxing Day
Roxy Music
Complete catalogs trump career overviews

Michael Toland, Dec. 14, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Austin Powell
Aaron Frazer’s MCU of Soul
Aaron Frazer’s MCU of Soul
The Indications’ drummer and soul crooner introduces himself at ACL

Oct. 7, 2021

ACL Interview: Soul Drummer with a Tender Falsetto, Aaron Frazer Pulls Double Duty at the Fest
ACL Interview: Soul Drummer with a Tender Falsetto, Aaron Frazer Pulls Double Duty at the Fest
Dan Auerbach collaborator will drum for Durand Jones & the Indications before taking the mic for a solo set

Oct. 8, 2021


Roxy Music

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle