Wagner, fist fights, and the making of Roxy Music’s debut album

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It took weeks to record, with an odd choice of producer and no record label involved. But it kick-started an iconic career. The album was 1972’s self-titled debut by Roxy Music, and it contained all the elements that would make them legendary. And for guitarist Phil Manzanera it was a hectic time. “I was only officially confirmed in the band on February 14, 1972, and a month later we were in the studio.” 

Manzanera had auditioned the previous October, but lost out to former Nice man David O’List. But when the band played in front of EG Management in early February ’72, there was a fight between O’List and drummer Paul Thompson. As a result, EG took on the band but insisted on O’List going. 

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