Which is more classic? This song, the first single from Roxy Music’s final album – 1982’s Avalon – or Bryan Ferry’s leather jacket tux look from the video. Honestly, it’s a coin toss but for our purposes let’s just say it comes up “song” and move on.
This “performance” on German television programme Na sowas! is totally lip-synched to the album version, but they’re so game it’s fascinating to watch. Interestingly, they didn’t seem to ever play it live when touring Avalon, so these mimed television appearances are all there seem to be.
They couldn’t not play it in their 21st century reunion shows, though, so there’s this clip from 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. Note the key change to accommodate Bryan Ferry’s lower vocal range:
Ferry kept it in the set when he performed at Glastonbury in 2014, albeit in a slower, torchier form:
And an abbreviated version was included in their set at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2019:
Now to other interpretations. Blondie included it in a digital album of covers available to those who bought tickets to their 2006 “Road Rage” tour with The New Cars:
And since it’s not possible to discuss this song without including this scene, here you go.
Which invites this postscript via IndieWire in a 2011 interview with Sofia Coppola: