I do enjoy documentaries, especially music documentaries, and I guess there are more people out there because they keep making them. More Than This isn’t a great expose about Roxy Music, and even the uninitiated won’t learn much (Roxy diehards looking for insight might be bored senseless). But it does capture and present the band as pioneers, successful in an age when so many others tried to be original and failed miserably. The program combines interview clips, partial songs and a career overview that sometimes blazes by touchstone moments (Siren is given about a nanosecond).
Although the running time is short, I did enjoy listening to comments from band members past and present; all show a great sense of pride in their accomplishments, and I came away with a new respect for Brian Eno as a person as well as a musician. Bryan Ferry was appropriately pensive, Phil Manzanera funny, Andy Mackay resolute and Paul Thompson straightforward and blue-collar honest. Additional voices like Siouxsie Sioux, John Taylor and Sex Pistol axeman Steve Jones (‘we wuz awwl Rawk-zee fanz“) echo what we already knew, but testimonials are always fun. (And no, Sioux and Jones did not mention Bill Grundy’s name…)
But it was enjoyable to watch and listen to, and my first reaction was to pull their catalogue off the shelf and wallow in it. And if that’s the emotion that resulted, maybe it’s a pretty decent film after all. It’s certainly reasonably priced and I think well worth a purchase and a spin. God, what a great band.
So for this week’s TGIF I offer you Ten From Roxy Music. Enjoy!
(01) – “Do The Strand” (live in France – w/fireworks!)
(02) – “Avalon”
(03) – “Remake/Remodel” (live at Musikladen)
(04) – “Love Is The Drug”
(05) – “Mother of Pearl” (live in Sweden 1976)
(06) – “Dance Away” (extended Bob Clearmountain mix)
(07) – “Virginia Plain” (live at The Apollo)
(08) – “Both Ends Burning” (eyepatch version!)
(09) – “Oh Yeah”
(10) – “Over You” (original single version)