Love Is The Drug

Album: Siren (1975)
Charted: 2 30
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Songfacts®:

  • This was originally an Andy Mackay instrumental. It became Roxy's highest charting single, only kept off the top by a re-release of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." Roxy would later achieve a #1 in 1981 with a cover of the then recently deceased John Lennon's "Jealous Guy."
  • The song contains one of rock's most famous basslines. It has been played at every Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music tour since its release. >>
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  • Saxophonist Andy Mackay recalled to The Mail on Sunday June 28, 2009: "Bryan (Ferry) used to work endlessly on lyrics and then deliver them as a live take in the studio, like a conjurer pulling rabbits out of a hat. The most thrilling of these was this song." He added: " It's probably been our best-selling single and the most covered."
  • The Siren album cover features the Texan model Jerry Hall, who was to become Ferry's girlfriend. The photo session, which took place in Wales during the Summer of 1975, was the first time that they'd met. Hall' recalled in her autobiography, Tall Tales that the blue body paint she wore to look like a mythical siren would not wash off. According to the model, Ferry took her back to his house to help her remove the paint. Her stay at Ferry's London home marked the start of their relationship. Hall later appeared in several of Ferry's music videos for his solo singles, including "Let's Stick Together" and "The Price of Love."
  • Speaking to Uncut magazine in a 2012 interview, Ferry recalled his songwriting process. "Traditionally, I've always written alone," he said. "Until in Roxy, Andy (Mackay) and Phil (Manzanera) started bringing ideas to the table, and I'd say, 'Oh yeah, I can work with that.' So that's how I started collaborating. But I would write the tune and the words and the title and they would generally provide the basic chord sequence. Then I'd try and do what I could do to turn it into something that was unique. We did some good collaborations, especially with Andy, 'Song Dor Europe' 'Love Is The Drug' stand out."
  • Grace Jones did a cover for her 1980 Warm Leatherette album. Released as a single, it didn't chart, but a remix became a minor hit in the UK, peaking at #35 in 1986.

    Bryan Ferry is a huge fan of the Grace Jones version. "She worked with Sly and Robbie at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, where we recorded some of Avalon," he told The Guardian. "It grooves much better than our version."

Comments: 4

  • Oldpink from Farmland, InJeff from Austin, you and I thought exactly the same thing.
    The singer's voice and the playing style are both exactly as the Clash would have done it.
    Glad to see that I wasn't the only one mistaken on this.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxThis song appears in the movie "Casino" For years, I didn't know who it was. It sounded like a Clash song, but I knew it wasn't them. Anyway, good song
  • Tallmark from Minneapolis, MnGreat, great song by a underrated 70s band.
  • Allie from Pine Knob, MiThis song is awesome!!!
    I don't really know any other Roxy Music songs but the bass on here kicks butt!!!
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