Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and disco-funk pioneer Nile Rodgers are three absolute legends from three distinct musical spheres. They’ve come together for “Driving Me Wild,” a song from Ferry’s new album Avonmore. The song debuted today at NPR, where Ferry offered some further information:
I did the keyboards and Johnny Marr’s playing the guitar. Then you hear Nile Rodgers enter on the chorus. Marcus Miller’s playing the bass. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. I tend to start the thing on piano first. I do the sketch on piano. Normally, at home. Then I bring it to the studio later and then start turning it into something. I give them a free reign normally, because I know how sympathetic they will play. Over the years, you get to form really firm musical bonds with people. And I first worked with some of these guys and boys and girls back in ’83, so we go back quite a long way.
The results probably won’t drive you wild compared to the best work from these three, but it’s a historic convergence nonetheless. Hear “Driving Me Wild” and other songs from Avonmore — including “Soldier Of Fortune,” which also features Marr — and listen to an interview with Ferry at NPR.
Avonmore is out 11/18 on BMG.