More than This (Roxy Music song)

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"More Than This"
Single by Roxy Music
from the album Avalon
B-side "India"
Released April 1982 (1982-04) [1]
Format Vinyl record, 45 RPM, 7", Single
Recorded 1981-1982 (1981-1982)
Genre Art rock, New Wave, soft rock[2]
Length 4:30 (album version) 4:10 (7" single version)
Label Polydor/E.G./Atco
Writer(s) Bryan Ferry
Producer(s) Rhett Davies and Roxy Music
Roxy Music singles chronology
"In the Midnight Hour"
(1980)
"More Than This"
(1982)
"Avalon"
(1982)

"More Than This" is a 1982 single by British art rock band Roxy Music. It was released as the first single from their album Avalon, the album is the last studio album since the second demise of Roxy Music in 1983. The song peaked at #6 in the UK. Although it only charted at #102 in the United States, it remains one of their best known singles there. American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs released a successful cover in 1997, a single that hit #25 and outperformed Roxy Music's lone U.S. Top 40 single "Love Is the Drug" (#30, 1976).

It is unusual for a pop song in that Bryan Ferry's lead vocals end at 2:45 minutes, leaving the last 1:45 minutes as a synthesizer-driven instrumental. It has since become regarded as a classic Roxy Music song.

Composition[edit]

Written by Bryan Ferry, the lead singer has stated in interviews that he began writing the songs for Avalon while on the western coast of Ireland, which he believes contributed to the dark melancholy of the album, the lyrics describe a passive protagonist, to whom things happen to, instead of actively non-participating in the world; it’s as if he feels he must live with the fate with which the gods have dealt him.

Promotional film[edit]

The music video to the track opens with a light shining through a cross-shaped opening in a darkened studio. As the lights come up, Bryan Ferry begins singing the song. The video cuts to Ferry sitting in a small movie theatre. He turns toward the camera and sings while film footage of him singing the song appears on the screen behind him. The video then cuts to Roxy Music performing "More Than This" on a sound­stage.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[3] 6
Belgium VRT Top 30[4] 13
Dutch Top 40[4] 24
French Singles Chart[5] 6
German Media Control Singles Chart[4] 24
Irish Singles Chart[6] 6
Italian Singles Chart[7] 21
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[4] 2
Radio Luxemburg Singles[8] 3
Spanish Singles Chart 10
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 17
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 6
UK Singles Chart[9] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Position
Australian Kent Music Report 49
Italian Singles Chart[7] 77

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1997, a cover performed by 10,000 Maniacs with Mary Ramsey singing the lead became a US hit when it reached 25 on the US Hot 100. The video for the cover was filmed at House on the Rock.
  • Jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter and singer Norah Jones covered the song for Hunter's 2001 album Songs from the Analog Playground.
  • Jimmy Gomma, an italodance producer did a cover of the song in 2002[10]
  • During 2004, a compilation called Roxy Remodeled was released with Madison Park's version.
  • Blondie used the 10,000 Maniacs arrangement in their live cover.[citation needed]
  • Electrelane did a live cover of this song, which can be found on their album Singles, B-Sides & Live.
  • Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins recorded a cover of the song that was released as a single in 2009 and appears on her US EP Steer & More.
  • Low Pop Suicide covers the song on the 1997 tribute album Dream Home Heartaches... Remaking-Remodeling Roxy Music.
  • Robyn Hitchcock has covered the song live. A recording can be found on his greatest hits compilation.
  • Contemporary folk artist Lucy Kaplansky covered the song on her 2007 album, Over the Hills.
  • Canadian singer/songwriter Damhnait Doyle covered the song in her 2008 album of cover songs Lights Down Low.
  • Dance songwriter Alex Christensen released a single cover in 2011 under the adopted name Jasper Forks.
  • Emmie's cover of More Than This appears in Dancing Stage EuroMIX, as More Than This '99, as one of the eight Universal songs.
  • Spanish band Peanut Pie covered the song for their only album in 1994.[11]
  • Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs covered the song for their 2013 album Under the Covers, Volume 3.

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh: Canongate Books. p. 931. ISBN 1-84195-860-3. 
  2. ^ Top 10 Soft Rock Songs of the '80s
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Steffen Hung. "Roxy Music - More Than This". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  5. ^ InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste
  6. ^ The Irish Charts - All there is to know
  7. ^ a b Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1982
  8. ^ Ultimate Music Database
  9. ^ "The Official Charts Company - More Than This by Roxy Music Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Discogs". Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Peanute Pie's cover in Lastfm: http://www.last.fm/music/Peanut+Pie/_/More+than+this

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