love is a drug is umm..practically the same as psycho killer
how can you not hear that?
Oh, I know Roxy Music influenced Talking Heads. But the Heads are far more herky-jerky, have less disco influence and more of a punk influence, and don't have lyrics written by Bryan Ferry. Which is a positive. And Psycho Killer is from their first album, and the Heads sound grew a lot from there, adding a lot of funk and world music to the mix and away from their art-punk roots. Look, Brian Eno produced the Talking Heads, so the Roxy link is pretty obvious.
I have no problems saying Roxy Music influenced the Heads. I do have a problem saying Roxy Music influenced the Pixies and all music in the 80s all that heavily. I think Roxy Music heavily influenced 80s "new wave". I have no problem with that. And while U2 isn't a classic New Wave band, they certainly had strong ties to that scene.
But the Pixies? Hardcore explicitly rejected New Wave and its art school pretensions. Black Francis couldn't play an instrument at all at first, and Joey Santiago pretty much tried to squeal out bizarre sounds. Their experimentation with sound was far more rooted in Mission of Burma and the Minutemen than Roxy Music. If you want to go back to the 70s for the bands that came out of hardcore, there is an influence from T. Rex and the power pop of Big Star.
not everyone jerked off to English rock stars. In fact, one of the big movements of 80s American indie was the explicit rejection of anything European or even art school at all.
U2 and the Pixies don't have a lot in common other than they are both rock bands from the 80s that started outside the mainstream, albeit from entirely different places. U2 is European, anthemic, and heavily reliant on the echo pedal. The Edge is sort of a genius with that thing. The Pixies are a post-hardcore American DIY band which relied very little on musicianship at first, and took the softLOUDsoft formula to its extremes.
I like Roxy Music. they are incredibly influential. So influential there's no reason to make up their influence to things they didn't do. Their legacy is secure without claiming the aftermath of American hardcore.