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Bryan Ferry — You Can Dance
Album: Olympia
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Released: 2010
Length: 4:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
In a discotheque at dawn
Is when it came to me
I'd been ravin' through the night
Lookin' for some company

It was the Mambo talkin'
It's got a lot to say
Do you come here often?
Do you wanna play?

The hitchhike into Paris
And zigzag by the Seine
The Hollywood moment
I'll never be the same

(You can dance)
There's a world awaiting
Way beyond the sea
How I love to travel
Baby, will you come with me?

(You can dance)
Jump on the table
Slide down the pole
You can wear your sable
And you can bare your soul

Through Reno down to Vegas
The casinos never close
To the movers and the shakers
The Tango never knows

You can dance, you can dance
You can dance, you can dance

To the morning city
That's where I kept my shoe
I need some inspiration
I've got a lot of time to lose

You can dance
From [Incomprehensible]
And then the dolce vita
I find my beauty queen

In England there's a moment
One nation in a groove
Where the music and emotion
Will make you wanna move

(You can dance)
Take me to the river try singing in the rain
(You can dance)
I like the jungle fever, it's got me in the mood again

(You can dance)
Oh Tutti Frutti, Jones Bar Hollywood
(You can dance)
I like Campari soda, I'd can can if I could
(You can dance)

You can dance, you can dance
You can dance, you can dance
You can dance, you can dance
You can dance
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 chinaski wrote:
Brian Ferry. God's gift to women. Yeah, you know it.
 


He gave my mum the raging creeps, just seeing him pop up on telly sent her into physical convulsions of disgust.

So it's not universal. :)
Brian Ferry. God's gift to women. Yeah, you know it.
Thought it was Roxy Music. To me that's Bryan Ferry at his best.
Great album! Listen to "Avonmore" also!
 westslope wrote:

If I start using "feckloads" here in the interior of British Columbia, will folks understand me?   

You are of course correct fred.   In fact, there are these pesky Nordic societies that pride themselves on being egalitarian and cooperative. 

They also blow the 'zero-sum capitalism' USA out of the water on socio-economic achievements.

 

Those pesky Nordic societies have:

1.       Homogenous cultures

2.       Low ethnic diversity

3.       Broad moral basis in Lutheranism

4.       Small population

5.       Low population density

6.       Lots of natural resources

“Zero Sum Capitalism” is a silly slogan

The USA has:

1.       Heterogenous culture

2.       High ethnic diversity

3.       Many divergent sources of moral basis

4.       Large population

5.       High urban concentrations

6.       Fewer natural resources per capita

Only one of those pesky Nordic countries ranks higher than the USA in per capita GDP.

Although it is hard and expensive, I much prefer a highly diverse culture.

 fredriley wrote:

Wrong. There's feckloads of evidence counter to that cynical Hobbesian view of human relations. The current scientific consensus is that human societies operate, by default, on the basis of Mutual Aid, first outlined by the anarchist Peter Kropotkin back in the late 19th Century. MA is seen as a major evolutionary force which has driven human societies and progress. For more a more modern view of Mutual Aid, see works by the renowned anthropologist David Rolfe Graeber.

 
If I start using "feckloads" here in the interior of British Columbia, will folks understand me?   

You are of course correct fred.   In fact, there are these pesky Nordic societies that pride themselves on being egalitarian and cooperative. 

They also blow the 'zero-sum capitalism' USA out of the water on socio-economic achievements.
 1wolfy wrote:
 A rather shallow opinion - in my opinion. To think like an animal is to behave like one.  It is possible for people to achieve more. I'll remain 'deluded'.  LowPhreak wrote:

So would most guys if they had a ton of dough. So would most 20-something gals with great looks try to snag a guy with big bucks. Those men or women would overlook some unpleasant things about the prospective mate too. News at 11.

If Ferry's personal life in that sense is "sleazy", then the whole basis for human relationships is sleazy. It's the way relationships between the two sexes have been since humans began, basically sex/reproduction for money/"security"/being a provider. It's the same in the natural world among other animals. Look around you.

If you imagine your marriage or S.O. arrangement to be much different or didn't at least begin that way, then you're deluding yourself.

 
 
My example of animal behavior is only to point out that we too are animals, primates specifically, and to a large extent we function from instinct and hard-wired survival behavior just as lower forms do. It doesn't mean we "think like an animal and behave like one" just in a negative sense (though sometimes we do). That we have intellect to choose to sometimes deviate from those instincts or to achieve more is a different matter.
 fredriley wrote:

Wrong. There's feckloads of evidence counter to that cynical Hobbesian view of human relations. The current scientific consensus is that human societies operate, by default, on the basis of Mutual Aid, first outlined by the anarchist Peter Kropotkin back in the late 19th Century. MA is seen as a major evolutionary force which has driven human societies and progress. For more a more modern view of Mutual Aid, see works by the renowned anthropologist David Rolfe Graeber.

 
You tell 'em Fred.
Graeber is one interesting fellow.
 fredriley wrote:

Wrong. There's feckloads of evidence counter to that cynical Hobbesian view of human relations. The current scientific consensus is that human societies operate, by default, on the basis of Mutual Aid, first outlined by the anarchist Peter Kropotkin back in the late 19th Century. MA is seen as a major evolutionary force which has driven human societies and progress. For more a more modern view of Mutual Aid, see works by the renowned anthropologist David Rolfe Graeber.

 
Yeah "mutual aid"...for societies as a whole, which doesn't say much about the specific male/female relationship except in a vague sense. You can label it "cynical" or "Hobbesian" or whatever you'd like, but I think most adults with any experience in the world know how it works in real life.
Restores faith in my sense of gravity. Was concerned for a moment there.

 
xnavy wrote:

THANKS

xnavy wrote:

 Thank you

mread wrote:

In case anyone else was curious:
 


 fredriley wrote:

Male menopause, more like. There's always been something sleazy and unpleasant about Ferry in my view. I can see him out on the desperate pull trying to bed 20yos. I'll bet he rides a racing motorbike as well....

 

Fred is secretly hoping that Bryan will enter into a Mutual Aid relationship with him and provide him with some pulling pointers...


gif of Bryan Ferry dancing in white tux and black tie 
"Freddy babes, you'll score more with a yacht! Bikes are for amateurs..."
 
 LowPhreak wrote:

So would most guys if they had a ton of dough. So would most 20-something gals with great looks try to snag a guy with big bucks. Those men or women would overlook some unpleasant things about the prospective mate too. News at 11.

If Ferry's personal life in that sense is "sleazy", then the whole basis for human relationships is sleazy. It's the way relationships between the two sexes have been since humans began, basically sex/reproduction for money/"security"/being a provider. It's the same in the natural world among other animals. Look around you.

If you imagine your marriage or S.O. arrangement to be much different or didn't at least begin that way, then you're deluding yourself.

 
Wrong. There's feckloads of evidence counter to that cynical Hobbesian view of human relations. The current scientific consensus is that human societies operate, by default, on the basis of Mutual Aid, first outlined by the anarchist Peter Kropotkin back in the late 19th Century. MA is seen as a major evolutionary force which has driven human societies and progress. For more a more modern view of Mutual Aid, see works by the renowned anthropologist David Rolfe Graeber.
 A rather shallow opinion - in my opinion. To think like an animal is to behave like one.  It is possible for people to achieve more. I'll remain 'deluded'.  LowPhreak wrote:

So would most guys if they had a ton of dough. So would most 20-something gals with great looks try to snag a guy with big bucks. Those men or women would overlook some unpleasant things about the prospective mate too. News at 11.

If Ferry's personal life in that sense is "sleazy", then the whole basis for human relationships is sleazy. It's the way relationships between the two sexes have been since humans began, basically sex/reproduction for money/"security"/being a provider. It's the same in the natural world among other animals. Look around you.

If you imagine your marriage or S.O. arrangement to be much different or didn't at least begin that way, then you're deluding yourself.

 

To me this song reminds me of Rachael Yamagata? {#Stupid}

 THANKS

 

xnavy wrote:

{#Devil_pimp} Thank you

 

mread wrote:

In case anyone else was curious:

 

 


 oldsaxon wrote:

What was it that first attracted you to the millionaire Bryan Ferry?

 
{#Roflol}
 exurbia wrote:

I'm 54 and I reckon I could be just as sleazy as BF if I had his dosh. I ride a racebike to race and an old Triton cafe racer that I bought when I was sixteen, I'd love to be able to pull birds in their 20's. my daughters might frown on it though....

 
So would most guys if they had a ton of dough. So would most 20-something gals with great looks try to snag a guy with big bucks. Those men or women would overlook some unpleasant things about the prospective mate too. News at 11.

If Ferry's personal life in that sense is "sleazy", then the whole basis for human relationships is sleazy. It's the way relationships between the two sexes have been since humans began, basically sex/reproduction for money/"security"/being a provider. It's the same in the natural world among other animals. Look around you.

If you imagine your marriage or S.O. arrangement to be much different or didn't at least begin that way, then you're deluding yourself.
the tune rocks and that's that
 LowPhreak wrote:

I still say so what? Why don't some of you jump on the woman that marries an older man, and for what purpose?

It's no one's business but their own.

 
What was it that first attracted you to the millionaire Bryan Ferry?

{#Devil_pimp} Thank you

 

mread wrote:

In case anyone else was curious:

 


Co-written by Dave Stewart. Bass played by Flea. The lovely guitar is not credited, so it's possibly samples by Robin Rimbaud or Dave Stewart.
 fredriley wrote:

Male menopause, more like. There's always been something sleazy and unpleasant about Ferry in my view. I can see him out on the desperate pull trying to bed 20yos. I'll bet he rides a racing motorbike as well....

 
I'm 54 and I reckon I could be just as sleazy as BF if I had his dosh. I ride a racebike to race and an old Triton cafe racer that I bought when I was sixteen, I'd love to be able to pull birds in their 20's. my daughters might frown on it though....
 fredriley wrote:

Male menopause, more like. There's always been something sleazy and unpleasant about Ferry in my view. I can see him out on the desperate pull trying to bed 20yos. I'll bet he rides a racing motorbike as well....

 
Oh come on Fred, Bryan Ferry has had that "lady killer" power since forever.  Hard not to be jealous....
Uncanny!  A Bryan Ferry song I don't hate! Amazing. Only on RP.
 fredriley wrote:

Male menopause, more like. There's always been something sleazy and unpleasant about Ferry in my view. I can see him out on the desperate pull trying to bed 20yos. I'll bet he rides a racing motorbike as well....

 
With matching leathers.
 LowPhreak wrote:

I still say so what? Why don't some of you jump on the woman that marries an older man, and for what purpose?

It's no one's business but their own.

 
What makes you think I'm criticizing? I'm just updating Afrixluvguy on the matter. 

In case anyone else was curious:
 kcar wrote:

Bryan married his son's ex-girlfriend, who's 37 years younger than he is.
 
I still say so what? Why don't some of you jump on the woman that marries an older man, and for what purpose?

It's no one's business but their own.
Whew, I was beginning to think that I was brain was calcifying and turning me into a total fuddy-duddy. One Beth Orton followed by one David Bowie - I dislike both. Thank heavens I can enjoy B Ferry. Perhaps all is not lost.
 LowPhreak wrote:

Eh, maybe. But it's still had a rep as an old folks car.

 
The Crown Vic has never won many style points, but the cop versions are pretty powerful. 

As for Bryan and fredriley's take on his...sleaze factor? I could do without consistently quavery angst but haven't listened to this song's lyrics closely enough to comment. Spitting Image had a great puppet parody of Bryan (apparently I mentioned that about 4.5 years ago):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG_CbTlzqu8 

Afrixluvguy, Bryan married his son's ex-girlfriend, who's 37 years younger than he is.

https://gawker.com/5875300/bryan-ferry-married-his-sons-ex-girlfriend 
 AlienRelic wrote:

FYI: The Crown Victoria had a 16 valve Ford SOHC Modular V8 engine. I have EASILY gotten one up to 120 mph and was still accelerating when I decided that maybe I should back off a bit. It was the standard police cruiser for many police departments for many years, and for good reason.

 
Eh, maybe. But it's still had a rep as an old folks car.
Yeah Man!
Me likey like, very much!
{#Dancingbanana_2} 
 LowPhreak wrote:
Is there something wrong with dating younger women, Fred, or having a sporty vehicle? Should all men over 35 pull their trousers up to their chests, drive a Crown Victoria, and join the shuffleboard set in Miami? I think not.
 
FYI: The Crown Victoria had a 16 valve Ford SOHC Modular V8 engine. I have EASILY gotten one up to 120 mph and was still accelerating when I decided that maybe I should back off a bit. It was the standard police cruiser for many police departments for many years, and for good reason.
Is there something wrong with dating younger women, Fred, or having a sporty vehicle? Should all men over 35 pull their trousers up to their chests, drive a Crown Victoria, and join the shuffleboard set in Miami? I think not.



 afrixluvguy wrote:

According Pete Tong, before this came out, he was seen hanging around Cocoon in Ibiza a few times. And Ferry was going out with his son's former girl friend soon after this I think. So, second wind? 
 
Male menopause, more like. There's always been something sleazy and unpleasant about Ferry in my view. I can see him out on the desperate pull trying to bed 20yos. I'll bet he rides a racing motorbike as well....
 Imkirok wrote:
Catchy tune.  I've always liked BF and Roxy Music, but reading the lyrics, it seems to me that it is a tale of a middle aged man either 1) pining for his younger partying years or 2) having a mid-life crisis and going out and partying like a 20 year old.

 
According Pete Tong, before this came out, he was seen hanging around Cocoon in Ibiza a few times. And Ferry was going out with his son's former girl friend soon after this I think. So, second wind? 
Catchy tune.  I've always liked BF and Roxy Music, but reading the lyrics, it seems to me that it is a tale of a middle aged man either 1) pining for his younger partying years or 2) having a mid-life crisis and going out and partying like a 20 year old.
Excellent tune - this album was much better than I had anticipated.  Must own if you are BF fan.
Very appropriate somehow, this right after Bowie's Ashes To Ashes. Can't say why though, it's not the lyrics. Maybe sonically. 
Always been a big fan.  Love this song, but haven't listened to the full album...
Love it.  Never disappoints.
Quite like this more every time I crank it...nice surprise and cool comeback for him!
..he's lookin' good on that disc cover..oh wait..
  BumPscraig wrote:
OK, this is the second song off this album RP has played today and all I can picture is Dana Carvey telling me how he's 'back on the horse" and "I'm writing again" after playing "Chopping Broccoli." 
 
Bump{#Lol}
I did have to check the Letterman appearance and thank you it's really great!
That gentleman (Mr. Ferry) is really holding up well 
 Jack_Jefferson wrote:


Either that or trick people that can't read into thinking they are buying the new Taylor Swift CD.
 
Taylor ...who?
 old_shep wrote:
Talking through a reverb is not singing.
 
Singing is not a mandated requirement of rock music. 
At least this is a little more up-tempo than most of that easy-listening, "champagne" music that Ferry's been soaking in since the 1980s.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
Everybody in my hotel room is dancing...                {#Wink}
  Everybody in my bunker is glaring at you... {#Grumpy}
Everybody in my hotel room is dancing...                {#Wink}
 terrapin52 wrote:
Idiots guide to album art:  To make it provocative, turn it upside down.
 

Either that or trick people that can't read into thinking they are buying the new Taylor Swift CD.
It's not so much that he can't sing, it's just not much of a melody. The groove is 100% Avalon-era - we've heard that synth before. The intensity is gorgeous. It's almost like this is a recorded jam session.
 terrapin52 wrote:
Idiots guide to album art:  To make it provocative, turn it upside down.
 
I think it's actually an inside joke

I have mixed feelings about Bryan Ferry but this has a nice groove
Idiots guide to album art:  To make it provocative, turn it upside down.
this could have easily slipped onto Avalon...

the genius of Bryan Ferry...{#Notworthy}
 old_shep wrote:
There is just no way of avoiding it.... Bryan Ferry can't sing.
 

or maybe he can't rap. Avalon was a major seduction album in 1983. He could sing juuuust fiiine then!

Dave_Mack wrote:

He can dance if he wants to.

 Jelani wrote:

Only if he doesn't wear a hat.
 
I LOL'd. :)

 old_shep wrote:
There is just no way of avoiding it.... Bryan Ferry can't sing.
I really like the way he can't sing. 65 and unstoppable!

Kissing my fingertips!
There is just no way of avoiding it.... Bryan Ferry can't sing.
Old song made new....not convinced this works very well for me.
And then, there is Ferry....
Good tune.  I've always been a Bryan Ferry fan - the quintessential techno-crooner. I like the old Roxy days .  This album cover is sort of an homage to the Roxy original, IIRC.  And then there's Eno and Manzanera.  Wow.
Check out his performance on Later with Jools .... like the hypnotic guitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX6z_LFSKp4&feature=related
 Hannio wrote:
I think he's trying to be edgy, but it's just boring.
 
I disagree, I've heard this 3 times lately and it intrigues me more each time. I'm giving it an 8.

 Dave_Mack wrote:

He can dance if he wants to.
 
Only if he doesn't wear a hat.
 run4more wrote:
Bryan Ferry on Letterman. What a showman... and if you don't like Bryan the dancers aren't bad either.
 
Bryan who?  I was diggin' the dancers!

I think he's trying to be edgy, but it's just boring.
 AMH wrote:
I'm confused.  Can he dance?
 
He can dance if he wants to.

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Sure reminds me of True To Life from Avalon....not a bad thing {#Music}
 
Original is much better. Why Bryan had to repeat the same riff?

this is pretty cool
Bryan Ferry on Letterman. What a showman... and if you don't like Bryan the dancers aren't bad either.
Perfect song!
This video came on in a bar I was in the other night. I had the hardest time convincing people that it was new Bryan Ferry...I enjoy anything he sings, even a grocery list...
Personally, I think this song sucks. I think that because I can't help comparing it to True To Life, which is where he got a lot of the music for this song from. It was his song (along with Roxy Music's), but Jesus, Bryan, be original. What's the point exactly of 'writing' and recording a 'new' song if a very large portion of it is simply a recording of something that you did twenty-nine years ago? Extremely disappointing. I expected better.


Talking through a reverb is not singing.
This is one of the best songs in a long time. Also a great video to go with it.
It's funny reading the complaints about it being played too much. When I first got the album last fall that's exactly what I did, at the risk of burning out on it. I've since put my collection of Roxy Music albums in heavy rotation. Hoping the new Roxy Music tour makes it to the U.S. 

Too much Byran Ferry! No mas! Por favor!
{#Frustrated}
Time to pull this new nugget out of heavy rotation. kthnxbai
Dear Bryan,

You've been away too long. Nice to have you back.


Decent BF.
SURPRISINGLY FRESH!!!

GOOD, BRIAN!
I'm really liking the new Bryan Ferry music.  This song in particular just compels me to drift into an exotic location and soak up the atmosphere with my eyes closed.  Lovely imagery, and the music itself is really exceptional, too.  8, with potential.... {#Meditate}{#Sunny}
Good song but this has been played a lot lately.  There are so many good Bryan Ferry(or Roxy Music) songs to choose from though.  Please put this aside for a while and play another of his songs.

 peter_james_bond wrote:
Sure reminds me of True To Life from Avalon....not a bad thing {#Music}
 
That opening synth riff made me turn around thinking ' True to Life' but just a tad different.

I'm confused.  Can he dance?
Who could blame him for attempting to reproduce an almost 30-year classic, Roxy Music's Avalon, a great album.  You go BF!  I loved it - 9
 scraig wrote:

The dude is 65 and attempting some sort of a weak comeback with mediocre material.
 
Who cares about his age? Open your mind and enjoy life and good music.
When singing he always moves about like he's having a seizure...
 scraig wrote:

The dude is 65 and attempting some sort of a weak comeback with mediocre material.
 
That's BS. The song (and CD) is pretty good.
Give a dog a bone already

 wenatchee wrote:
 . . . almost had a Robert Plant sound to it.
 
Yes, it most certainly does. {#Think}

 paulmack wrote:


What?
 
The dude is 65 and attempting some sort of a weak comeback with mediocre material.
Sure reminds me of True To Life from Avalon....not a bad thing {#Music}
 wenatchee wrote:
 . . . almost had a Robert Plant sound to it.
 


 scraig wrote:
OK, this is the second song off this album RP has played today and all I can picture is Dana Carvey telling me how he's 'back on the horse" and "I'm writing again" after playing "Chopping Broccoli." 
 

What?
 . . . almost had a Robert Plant sound to it.
OK, this is the second song off this album RP has played today and all I can picture is Dana Carvey telling me how he's 'back on the horse" and "I'm writing again" after playing "Chopping Broccoli." 
He's back with a Great album! {#Music}
B.Ferry=one of the best singers in pop music!
Amazing that Bryan Ferry has made his shtick last this long...but I still like his voice. 

Anyone remember "Spitting Image" and its parody of Bryan?