Classics and some curiosities in the history of music.
"Love Is the Drug" is a 1975 single from English rock band Roxy Music's fifth studio album Siren.BackgroundThe song was the lead single taken from the album Siren. A number two hit in the United Kingdom, it also gave the group its first substantial exposure in the United States, reaching number 30 in early 1976 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and doing even better on progressive rock radio. Its B-side in most countries was "Sultanesque", a non-LP instrumental track written by Ferry, which is now available on The Thrill of It All boxset.The song started as an Andy Mackay instrumental, but then gained lyrics from Bryan Ferry; Ferry said the song came to him while he was walking and kicking the leaves in London's Hyde Park.The bassline by John Gustafson became influential. In the DVD, More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music, Nile Rodgers of Chic states that the song was a big influence as the bass timing is almost identical to the one in Chic's song, "Good Times".The song remains Roxy Music's highest-charting single in the US, while in the UK it was topped only by their 1981 version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Its bassline was included in the 2005 Stylus Magazine list of the "Top 50 Basslines of All Time" at number 26.Siren is the fifth album by the English rock band Roxy Music, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music).The album was ranked number 371 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Cover artThe cover features bandmember Bryan Ferry's then-girlfriend, model Jerry Hall, on rocks near South Stack, Anglesey. Graham Hughes, working during August 1975, took the cover photo directly below the central span of the bridge on a south-side slope. He worked from sketches produced by Antony Price, with photography featuring Hall striking various poses. The idea for the location was Bryan Ferry's, after he saw a TV documentary about lava flows and rock formations in Anglesey, in which South Stack was heavily featured.
Aint no big thingTo wait for the bell to ringAint no big thingThe toll of the bellAggravated - spare for daysI troll downtown the red light placeJump up bubble up - what's in storeLove is the drug and I need to scoreShowing out, showing out, hit and runBoy meets girl as beat goes onStitched up tight, can't break freeLove is the drug, got a hook on meOh oh catch that buzzLove is the drug Im thinking ofOh oh can't you seeLove is the drug for meLate that night I park my carStake my place in the singles barFace to face, toe to toeHeart to heart as we hit the floorLumber up, limbo downThe locked embrace, the stumble roundI say go, she say yesDim the lights, you can guess the restOh oh catch that buzzLove is the drug Im thinking ofOh oh can't you seeLove is the drug, got a hook in meOh oh catch that buzzLove is the drug Im thinking ofOh oh can't you seeLove is the drug for me