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Southern Evening Echo APRIL 13, 1873 - by Staff Writers
ROXY MUSIC: THE ULTIMATE IN POP
Gibraltar may crumble - it's only made of clay, but while everything does disintegrate, at least we can endure the decadence in luxurious style thanks to Roxy Music.
decadence? It's not my description of their music but that of group member Eno (synthesiser and tapes), a former student at Winchester College of Art.
Before Roxy's concert at the Gaumont Theatre, Southampton, last night, he told me: "You can say our music is wallowing in luxurious decadence. Some people dislike that - they expect you to fall into one musical category like rock and roll.
"I certainly don't expect to go through my musical life driving up and down the M1 living in taty rooms. We plan to do it in style."
This seemed a fitting comment as Eno was sitting in the plush Polygon Hotel at the time.
Later at the concert - a near capacity house - their music possessed a finality which should have been terrifying, but was really inevitable.
Musically, this six-piece defies logic. It transcends, being higher than brilliant.
The best way to describe the music is a mixture of '30s schmaltz, '50s rock and roll and space-age electronics.
Do The Strand must be probably the ultimate anti-dance song, and In Every Dream Home A Heartache is the sort of ballad we might expect Val Doonican to sing in the year 3000.
At one time the flashing blue and white lights on the stage gave the impression you were watching one of garish - yes, even decadent - Hollywood films from the '30s.
Somehow I think Roxy Music may have pushed pop to its ultimate. Perhaps we can go no further.
The group received a better reception than Led Zeppelin and ELP at their Southampton concerts At the end the audience went wild and there were two encores.
If the apocalypse approaches at least rock music can now greet it in style.