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. It was recorded after Roxy Music's debut album but is included on later reissues. Brian Ferry recalled to The Sun:
"Just after we released the first album, the record company, Island Records, asked us if we had any other songs which might make a good single. I had this song called Virginia Plain which we quickly recorded and that became our breakthrough single. I remember how amazed we were when we heard it on BBC daytime radio as we were driving our van up the motorway to a gig."
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.
Adam from West Palm Beach, FlQuestion 67 & 68 is another song that applies...
Colin from Elgin, United KingdomOne of a select few songs where the title words are never used in the song until the last line. Others are: up the junction - Squeeze Square one - coldplay
Tricia from Edinburgh, ScotlandSaw Roxy Music in 1973 Edinburgh they were fantastic, Bryan came on at the end in a kilt. The supporting act Leo Sayer, who was a clown and by the antics in Big Brother 2007 still a clown