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This was based on lead singer Bryan Ferry's 1964 painting of the same title (he was an art student at the time). It features a huge packet of Virginia Slims cigarettes with a picture of Andy Warhol superstar Baby Jane Holzer on the front, standing in the middle of a plain.
The guitar solo by Phil Manzanera was totally improvised at the recording of this song. He later claimed he played the first thing that came into his head.
This was Roxy Music's first hit in the UK. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3)
Ferry recalled to The Mail on Sunday June 28, 2009: "We had just released the first Roxy Music album and our record company, Island, seemed as surprised as we were by its instant success. But there was no obvious single, so they asked me if I had any other songs knocking about. I did have an unfinished song called 'Virginia Plain', which we quickly recorded. I vividly remember our roadie driving up and down outside the studio as we tried to record the sound of his motorbike."
Like "Up the Junction
" by Squeeze and "Square One" by Coldplay, this is one of only a few songs where the title is never mentioned in the song except in the last line. (thanks, Colin - Elgin, United Kingdom)
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.