Bryan Ferry is one of the most prolific and popular artists I’ve barely ever listened to. Between his work with the sexy arty pop band Roxy Music and his still active sexy solo career, he’s released more than twenty sexy studio albums over the past forty-plus years (and has a new one, The Jazz Age, coming out very soon). As with so many of the artists I’ve covered on this blog over the years, I’m not sure why I never really listened to his work beyond whatever radio or MTV singles I would have absorbed just by being alive in the 1980s (for instance I’m listening to Boys and Girls right now; “Slave to Love” came on and I had that instant charge of recognition), but now there’s this huge body of work that I don’t even know where to start with (beyond ogling the album covers, of course). Looking back over past KEXP playlists, I probably should have had DJ El Toro school me for this post, or just asked him to write it himself.
But you don’t come here to hear me act like I know what I’m talking about, right? That’s what our KCMU friends from the ’80s are for. Apart from some wit who scrawled “pant pant pant” and “grunt grunt grunt” over the faces of our album-cover lovers, the gang seems to have plenty of intelligent things to say about this record.
“For the most part, this is pretty much ‘Avalon - part II.’ Very classy, well instrumented, and featuring many musicians from David Gilmour to Nile Rodgers (an occasional funk-rock touch) to some ex-Roxy Music-ians, Neil Hubbard & Guy Fletcher, to Mark Knoffler [sic] to Tony Levin. He’s still the most sensual man in rock... sigh... photos by Anthony Price.”
“B.F. is a B.O.F., OK?” [any idea what this means?]
“No, [frowny face]!”
“Ho Hum (Yawn)”
“The king of romance does it again. Let’s face it, this is designed for subliminal seduction.”
“And what’s wrong with that?”
“‘The Chosen One’ brings me new faith in Mr. ‘Weenie’ Ferry.”