This list of songs is inspired by a list published by radio station, KEXP, from Seattle in 2010. For the most part, I will faithfully countdown from their list, from Song #500 to Song #1. So, when you see the song title listed as something like: “KEXP: Song #XXX”….it means that I am working off of the official KEXP list. If I post the song title as being: “KTOM: Song #xxx”….it means I have gone rogue and am inserting a song choice from my own personal list of tunes I really like. In either case, you are going to get to hear a great song and learn the story behind it. Finally, I am not a music critic nor a musician. I am a music fan and an armchair storyteller. Enough said! Let’s get on to today’s song.
KEXP: The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History.
Song #332: More Than This by Roxy Music.
Roxy Music formed way back in 1970. The band was fronted by a former ceramics teacher from an all-girls school, Bryan Ferry. There have been various lineups over the years but, for the most part, the following musicians have been part of the Roxy Music family: Brian Eno (keyboards), Graham Simpson (on bass), Phil Manzanera (on lead guitar), Andy MacKay (on saxaphone) and Paul Thompson (drums). Ferry is the lead singer and principal songwriter and, as such, sometimes, what he writes ends up as material for Roxy Music and at other times, it becomes material for his own solo albums. The end result is that there have been a collection of hits with Ferry at the helm, including, “Avalon”, “Love is the Drug”, “Slave to Love”, “Do the Strand”, “Pyjamarama” and today’s song, “More Than This”.
Like many bands, Roxy Music tended to have a trademark “sound”. In their case, that sound was lush and romantic, with Ferry often donning stylish tuxedos and coming off as super suave. Originally, the band formed with the same intentions as many Punk bands did as the 1970s wore on and that was, to step away from, what they perceived, as the “heaviness” and “pretentiousness” of UK music at the time. But, instead of approaching their music from an anarchistic point of view (like The Sex Pistols), Roxy Music affected change by through Art. Image was always an important factor in everything that Roxy Music did so, it was not entirely surprising that Bryan Ferry would end up modelling himself after James Bond more that stripping it all down and ripping things up, as most lunks were doing then.
Neither Roxy Music nor Bryan Ferry (as a solo artist) were big stars in the US. But, they were big stars in Canada, the UK and the rest of Europe and the world. They have sold many millions of albums worldwide, over the course of their career and, in 2019, were inducted into The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The song “More Than This” has been described as one of the most romantic songs of all-time and, as such, it is one of the most-requested “First Dance” songs at weddings since its release over forty years ago. Picture the scene: you are holding your love in your arms, dancing cheek to cheek, while a tuxedo-clad handsome man croons:
“More than this? You know there’s nothing.
More than this? Tell me one thing.
More than this.”
…and you melt into each other’s arms and hearts and your moment is perfect, thanks to Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music. I m not sure if any of you had “More Than This” as your “first dance” but, if you did, let me know in the comments section below. For the record, Keri and I had “Home for a Rest” by “Spirit of the West” as our first dance song…..which is a whole other story for another day. For now, here is “More Than This” by Roxy Music. Enjoy.
The link to the video for the song, “More Than This” by Roxy Music, can be found here. This clip was taken from the movie, “Lost in Translation”.
The link to the official website for Roxy Music can be found here.
Thanks to KEXP for helping to inspire the writing of this post. The link to their official website can be found here.