Mother of Pearl

Oh mother of pearl, I wouldn’t trade you for another girl

Oh mother of pearl, I wouldn’t trade you for another girl

Oh mother of pearl, I wouldn’t trade you for another girl

This is 70’s art rock at its height. Post-Eno but still weird, Roxy Music delivered a level of challenging sophistication unmatched. Eccentricity is its own enchantment. Before Bryan Ferry hit his (relatively) commercially appealing stride in the 80’s, he was master of a very particular eccentricity. ‘Art rock’ is not a great category, not least because it’s often used to dismiss the difficult alongside the pretentious, but the early Roxy Music defies categorization except as an art project. The idea that image itself is an art was one of the driving forces for Ferry, and he remains second only to David Bowie in terms of being an embodiment of that idea. Self-presentation is theatre is entertainment is identity is art.