My Top 1000 Songs #61: More Than This
It's both an instantly recognizable, wonderfully catchy pop song, and a lushly-produced work of high art. Bryan Ferry's vocals have never sounded more entrancing; and sure, the synth-heavy sound has a very 80s feel, but it avoids the trap of sounding as dated as comparable new wave-adjacent hits of the day. There are any number of songs that have similar high school connotations for me, from the Go-Gos to Flock of Seagulls, yet "More Than This" seems to transcend its origins, an epic timelessness and weight to the track.
Nowadays it's become a little too ubiquitous, seemingly appearing in pretty much every film soundtrack, and is no longer the personal secret it felt like when I was a kid and everyone else was too busy with the Police and Springsteen to notice Roxy Music, but it still feels intimate to me.I've always enjoyed Robyn Hitchcock's stripped-down acoustic take, which removes the 80s vibe of the original and highlights the beauty of the underlying song.