episode date - July 11, 2012
We’ve been featuring a number of different classic albums from 1972. Most of the albums we’ve covered to date have been relatively easy to understand in the context of their times, but the two records we feature in this show were anything but easy in their time.
Roxy Music looked like a band that descended from a spaceship, yet had a lead singer who attempted to croon as though it were still 1942. The disparity was disconcerting, and their unique approach to rock and roll made it difficult for most people to understand what they were attempting to do. Perhaps their intentions are STILL unclear, but the music has taken a romantic aura that is thoroughly bizarre, sort of like falling in love with a vacuum cleaner.
At the same time, John Lennon was attempting to reinvent himself as a political figure, and used his marriage to Yoko Ono as a means of confrontation. Their previous albums were absolutely absurd entities, with no content that even resembled music. “Sometime in New York City” was their first album to contain actual songs, but most listeners were put off by the political stridency of the material almost as much as by Yoko’s presence. At this point in time, Yoko was hardly a beloved figure among Beatles fans, and her presence was unwelcome by most Lennon fans. In retrospect, though, there’s quite a lot of interesting material on the record, both by Lennon AND Ono. Oh, what a difference a four decades makes…..
Songs featured include
1) Re-Make/Re-Model – Roxy Music (“Roxy Music”)
2) Ladytron – Roxy Music (“Roxy Music”)
3) If There Is Something – Roxy Music (“Roxy Music”)
4) Virginia Plain – Roxy Music (“Roxy Music”)
5) 2HB – Roxy Music (“Roxy Music”)
6) Attica State – John and Yoko/Plastic Ono Band (“Some Time in NYC”)
7) New York City – John and Yoko/Plastic Ono Band (“Some Time in NYC”)
8) The Luck of the Irish – John and Yoko/Plastic Ono Band (“Some Time in NYC”)
9) John Sinclair – John and Yoko/Plastic Ono Band (“Some Time in NYC”)
10) We’re All Water – John and Yoko/Plastic Ono Band (“Some Time in NYC”)
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