Bryan Ferry answers your questions in An Audience With… in the new issue of Uncut (dated January 2013, out now), tackling topics such as the scrapped Roxy reunion album, his first tours in a van and those missing Antony Price suits… To celebrate this, and his new album of reworked ’30s versions of his own songs, The Jazz Age, here’s a fascinating piece from Uncut’s November 2009 issue (Take 150), on the making of their classic single, “Street Life”. Words: David Cavanagh _____________________“Wish everybody would leave me alone,” were the first words of Roxy Music’s electrifying third single, “Street Life”. It was November 1973, and for Bryan Ferry and his outlandishly attired colleagues, there was zero chance of peace and quiet. Their new album, Stranded, was their second in eight months, while Ferry had complicated matters by starting a solo career, reaching the Top 10 in October with his cover of Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”.But there were problems behind the scenes. Roxy were used to having short-term bassists (five came and went during 1971–’73), but a much more controversial personnel change occurred in July ’73 when Brian Eno, their leopardskin-clad synth operator, quit the band after clashing with… Read full this story
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