“More Than This” is the Opening Track from 1982’s Iconic Roxy Music Album, Avalon. It is the first Album I ever owned of Roxy Music, and the first Album I ever listened to all the way through. That said, it was actually a Song from a different Album, “Angel Eyes” off of 1979’s Manifesto, that was my first Roxy Music listen. “More Than This” quickly become one of my Favorites, and it still remains in my Top Roxy Music list.
“More Than This” by Roxy Music
from the Album, Avalon (1982)
“More than This” was released as the first single from Roxy Music’s final album, Avalon, and was the group’s last Top 10 UK hit (peaking at #6). Although it only reached #102 (on Billboard’s Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart) in the United States, it remains one of Roxy Music’s best-known songs in America. (from Wikipedia)
Duran Duran introduced me to Roxy Music. I would spend hours poring over liner notes and interviews, and with each influence or favorite, they mentioned I would go and investigate. Some of my all-time Music Loves came from them. For Roxy Music, it was an introduction via MTV. Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes were guest VJ’s and they played the Video to “Angel Eyes”. I was enamored immediately, both from the sound of the Song, and the Style and feeling the Band gave off, especially Bryan Ferry.
I was a fan from that day forward.
One of my favorite moments with the Song “More Than This” is its use in Sofia Coppola’s Film, Lost In Translation. I love when the character Bob Harris, played brilliantly by Bill Murray, Sings it in a karaoke bar. I love that he admits it’s a tough Song to Sing. And, I love the way he looks at Charlotte, played equally brilliantly by Scarlett Johansson, while he Sings it. All that unspoken feeling and admission that goes on while he Sings it is bittersweet and emotional. I love moments in Film when Music tells part of the Story.
“More Than This” by Bob Harris (Bill Murray)
from the Film, Lost In Translation (2003)
“More Than This” has been one of my Favorite Love Songs since I first heard it. I’ve put it on many a Love Song list and tucked it into Mix Tapes and CD’s meant to confess feelings of Love. I’ve been told though that the Song is actually about infidelity, and not Love. Oh well, its all perception, isn’t it?