Do The Strand

Album: For Your Pleasure (1973)

Songfacts®:

  • This was the opening track from Roxy Music's second album, For Your Pleasure. Frontman Bryan Ferry told The Mail on Sunday June 28, 2009: "I had long been a fan of Cole Porter and other songwriters from his era." He added that this song, "was an attempt to emulate that style of writing, with a lot of cultural references that I found interesting."
  • Brian Eno, who went on to become a very successful and influential producer, played synthesizer in Roxy Music, leaving after the For Your Pleasure album. One of the many groups he inspired was OMD, whose lead singer Andy McCluskey told us, "Apart from loving the first 2 Roxy Music albums, Eno was our hero because he taught how to make interesting music on ordinary instruments. We couldn't afford synths in the early days. He also championed music on cheap instruments. That's all we had."
  • German synthpop band Alphaville covered this on their 2003 album, CrazyShow.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Carol Kaye

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.

Taylor Dayne

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The Devil

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The DevilSong Writing

Just how much did these monsters of rock dabble in the occult?

Graduation Songs

Graduation SongsFact or Fiction

Have you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.