Love is the Drug – Roxy Music – 1975

Roxy+Music+-+Love+Is+The+Drug1975, and near the top of the UK charts is Love is the Drug by England’s best known art rock band, Roxy Music.

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  • Formed in 1971, by Bryan Ferry, who became the group’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter, and bassist Graham Simpson, Roxy Music went on to be ranked at #98 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The Immortals – The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • Other well-known band members have included: Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, Brian Eno, John Gustafson, and Paul Carrack.
  • In November 1970, Bryan Ferry was fired from his job teaching ceramics because he was caught holding impromptu record listening session. He decided to form a band and advertised for a keyboard player to collaborate with him and bass player Graham Simpson. Other band members joined Roxy Music as a result of those newspaper ads.
  • Earlier in 1970, Bryan had auditioned to fill the role of lead singer for the band, King Crimson. While his voice impressed the King Crimson band members, they felt it wasn’t the right sound for their band.
  • Artists to cite Roxy Music as an influence include: Madness, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cars, Grace Jones, Kate Bush, Adam Ant, The Human League, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode, Annie Lennox, and Morrissey.

writing the song

Saxophonist Andy Mackay recalled to The Mail on Sunday June 28, 2009,

Bryan (Ferry) used to work endlessly on lyrics and then deliver them as a live take in the studio, like a conjurer pulling rabbits out of a hat. The most thrilling of these was this song.

Speaking to Uncut magazine in a 2012 interview, Ferry recalled his songwriting process,

Traditionally, I’ve always written alone.  Then, in Roxy, Andy (Mackay) and Phil (Manzanera) started bringing ideas to the table, and I’d say, ‘Oh yeah, I can work with that.’ So that’s how I started collaborating. But I would write the tune and the words and the title and they would generally provide the basic chord sequence. Then I’d try and do what I could do to turn it into something that was unique. We did some good collaborations, especially with Andy, ‘Song Dor Europe’ ‘Love Is The Drug’ stand out.

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  • Love Is the Drug was released in September 1975 and is taken from Roxy Music’s fifth studio album, Siren.
  • Love is the Drug peaked at #2 on the UK charts and #30 on the American singles charts; that makes it the band’s highest-charting single in the US. In the UK it was surpassed by the 1981 cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy.
  • Love is the Drug was kept from the UK #1 spot by a re-release of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.
  • Love is the Drug is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s, 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
  • The song began as an instrumental written by Andy MacKay. Bryan added the lyrics.
  • Grace Jones released the song as a single in 1980 but it wasn’t until 1981 that it achieved minor chart success.
  • Love is the Drug lyrics.

love is the drug – roxy music – 1975 – video

love is the drug – grace jones version – video

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4 Responses to Love is the Drug – Roxy Music – 1975

  1. Marie says:

    I’m surprised it only made it to #30 in the US, it was hugely popular for a long, long time. What a unique and downright delicious song – absolutely deserving of the praise it has received.

  2. […] If you want to read more about Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry, fellow blogger Greg K. over at seventies music has a great, detailed post and the original version of this song.  Here’s almost seven […]

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