Ladytron (song)

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Song by Roxy Music
from the album Roxy Music
Released16 June 1972
RecordedCommand Studios, London 15 March 1972
GenreArt rock, glam rock
LabelE.G. Records
Songwriter(s)Bryan Ferry
Producer(s)Peter Sinfield

"Ladytron" is a song by Bryan Ferry, recorded by his band Roxy Music and appearing on their eponymous debut album. The British electronic band Ladytron took their name from this song.[1]

The song has distinctive instrumentation, including an oboe solo, liberal use of the mellotron's famous "three violins" tape set, and much processing of the other instruments by Brian Eno via his VCS3 synthesizer and tape echo. The sound in the start of the song was created by Brian Eno, after Bryan Ferry asked him to produce something reminiscent of the Lunar Landing.

Lyrically, it presents Ferry as a Casanova-style seducer of women, whilst being simultaneously enraptured by them. Another interpretation is that the Ladytron is a female robot (hence the name), being seduced by Ferry.[2]

The Times has called "Ladytron" one of Roxy Music's "best loved songs."[3]

The haunting oboe melody heard in the intro is reminiscent of a passage in the first movement of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, Op. 26.



  1. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; et al. (2002). All music guide to rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 638. ISBN 978-0-87930-653-3.
  2. ^ Ground and Sky review Archived August 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Sinclair, David (July 24, 2006). "Roxy Music". The Times.