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Bryan Ferry: Can't Stop the Roxy

The founder of Roxy Music — Bill Murray’s karaoke choice, by the way — has a new solo album called ”Avonmore,” an enduring love for dance music, and considerable insight into Nile Rodgers’ favorite hobbies

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The first Roxy Music album came out in 1972, and your 2012 release was a jazz album. Now you’ve made a pop record in 2014 — what’s the deal?
It’s what I do. I feel there’s still songs I want to write, and people I want to work with, and sounds I want to make. I don’t feel I’ve completed my task.

Superproducer Nile Rodgers, who co-wrote Daft Punk’s ”Get Lucky,” plays on Avonmore. How did you two meet?
What a character! I first met Nile when I was working in New York in 1983 on an album called Boys and Girls. He’s a fantastic musician and a great intellect. He’s very curious. You’ll often find him talking about his stamp collection or something. He’s a master of the unexpected.

You’ve been connected to dance music for most of your career. What do you think about the current wave?
James Brown doesn’t age. Neither does Sister Sledge. There’s some really good dance music about, though some of it I find a bit boring. It’s a bit too monotonous for me, and it takes too much time to develop. I end up just waiting around going, ”Hmm. Is the bass gonna come in?” But it can be very exciting.

You’ve always had tremendous style. How much of your ’70s wardrobe do you still have?
I have an archive at my studio with old photographs and films, and there’s a few things that were designed by [legendary clothier] Antony Price, who is my great friend. He’d kill me if I threw them away, so I’ve still got some of the old suits.

One of your most iconic songs is Roxy Music’s ”More Than This,” which got a second life when Bill Murray sang it in Lost in Translation. Why do you think that song still resonates?
It’s had a life of its own. It’s great when a song does that; I’m always very grateful. For some reason, there’s something in the combination of the melody and the lyric that works for people.