Posts Tagged ‘Glam-Rock’

1 T-Rex, Hot Love February 1971

Marc Bolan’s third huge hit in a row, No 1 for four weeks. His Top of the Pops performance showed him going truly imperial, with flying-V guitar, pink trousers, silver jacket and, prompted by his friend and colleague Chelita Secunda, glitter on his cheekbones.

2 David Bowie, Queen Bitch December 1971

“There should be some real unabashed prostitution in this business,” Bowie told Cream magazine in late 1971. He did his best to make it happen with this Velvet Underground tribute, saturated in homosexuality and Manhattan sleaze. Mick Ronson’s guitar slices through everything.

3 Alice Cooper, School’s Out April 1972

From Detroit by way of LA, these hard rockers had been wearing makeup and frocks since 1969, so were well-suited to the glam imperative. School’s Out was a definitive entrant in the teenage rampage stakes and scored hard with the kids, hitting No 1 for three weeks in the summer holidays.

4 Roxy Music, Virginia Plain August 1972

With Bryan Ferry’s ultra-stylised performance and Eno’s other wordly synth shrieks, this one definitely arrived from Planet Mars in the late summer of 1972. Chock-full of pop art and pop culture references, Virginia Plain was nothing less than a manifesto for a new age: “So me and you, just we two, got to search for something new.”

5 Mott The Hoople, All the Young Dudes July 1972

Bowie may have provided the raw material, but Mott gave the definitive performance of this generation-defining song, with its sneering reference to the Beatles and the Stones. The musicians curled and uncurled around Ian Hunter’s snarling voice: “Oh is there concrete all around/ Or is it in my head.”

6 Lou Reed, Vicious November 1972

Another Bowie production, and another career revival. Vicious begins Reed’s second solo album in exactly the way that you would wish, with the poet laureate of Manhattan spitting out the Warhol inspired lyrics – “Vicious: you hit me with a flower” – while Mick Ronson, cutting through everything, embodies the song’s threat.

7 David Bowie, The Jean Genie November 1972

Bowie reached back to his 60s R&B days with this one, based on the old I’m a Man riff but updated with Ronson’s buzzing guitar, burlesque rhythms, gay double entendres – his by-now patented patch. The band did a fantastic Top of the Pops performance, recently rediscovered.

8 Slade, Cum On Feel the Noize February 1973

This was their fourth No 1 in 18 months, which gave guitarist Dave Hill an excuse – as if he needed it – to wear ever more outrageous outfits on Top of the Pops. An anthemic chorus and a lyric that’s a direct invitation “to get wild, wild, wild”.

9 Roxy Music, Editions of You March 1973

“For Your Pleasure” – with model and singer Amanda Lear on the cover – is one of the period’s few coherent albums, and this 120mph rocker is one of its hidden pleasures: a camp-saturated male bonding song, featuring ooohs, sirens, and the immortal line, “boys will be boys will be boyoyoys”.

10 Bonnie St Claire, Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet May 1973

With its stomping tunes and rock’n’roll roots, glam was huge on the continent – blending, as it would, into Europop – and this is a great entrant from Holland, featuring Beach-Boys’ style backing vocals, terrace handclaps, and of course the ever-present Chuck Berry riffs.

11 T-Rex, 20th Century Boy May 1973

It could have been any of the four top-two hits that T-Rex had in 1972 – particularly Metal Guru – but this was the toughest of them all: a furious rocker with a heroic riff that showed, plain for all to see, just how well Bolan understood the nature of pop fame – 20th century toy, I wanna be your boy.

12 Iggy and the Stooges, Search and Destroy June 1973

Iggy wore silver, the Stooges were produced by David Bowie, the record sounded glam – all treble tones and slicing guitar – but Search and Destroy, like its parent album Raw Power, went much further and deeper than hardly anyone wished in 1973. Three years later, it would find its time.

13 New York Dolls, Trash July 1973

Simultaneously ludicrous and tough, sloppy and hard, vicious and tender – just listen to those soaring, girl-group harmonies – Trash was, along with Jet Boy, the Dolls‘ big pop move. It being 1973, of course, there could only have been one question: “Uh, how do you call your lover boy?” In the US, they didn’t answer.

14 The Sweet, The Ballroom Blitz September 1973

The Sweet were on a roll after Blockbuster and this may well be the archetypal glam song: teenage hysteria – check; camp interjections and beyond over the top TV costumes – check; a stomping beat, tough guitar riffs and a fey vocal – check. Unstoppable and still thrilling: the contrived becomes real.

15 Mud, Dyna-Mite October 1973

Written by the Sweet svengalis, Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, “Dyna-Mite” stays firmly within the ballroom – glam’s central location – during this relentless stomper. Mud yocked it up on Top of the Pops with ludicrous flares and a spot of aceing – the biker’s dance, shoulder to shoulder – and the future Sex Pistols were listening.

16 Suzi Quatro, Devil Gate Drive January 1974

Quatro had gold-plated garage credentials – her first band, the Pleasure Seekers, had recorded What a Way to Die in 1966 – and this, her fourth hit (No 1 for two weeks), mixes rock’n’roll with a hint of the Burundi beat, while continuing the explosive club/ballroom theme of the time with a hint of autobiography.

17 Sparks, This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us April 1974

Sparks were the late great glam flash: tricky, artificial, super-hooky and high-concept, with a hard rocking band and definitive high gloss sleeves. They took a song with the lyric “you hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers” all the way to No 2, and made it seem natural.

18 David Bowie, Rebel Rebel US version May 1974

Bowie’s goodbye to the youth movement he had helped to form – “You’ve got your mother in a whirl, because she’s not sure whether you’re a boy or a girl” – and his last top 10 hit for 18 months. This US mix has dreamy backwards harmonies, extra percussion and phased guitar.

19 Iron, Virgin Rebels Rule June 1974

Almost all the great glam records were hits, but this is one of the best that wasn’t: an abrasive slice of Sweetarama from a Scottish band, who toughened up the teenage-rampage meme while wearing Clockwork Orange-inspired costumes. The singer had a padlock on his crotch with the legend: “No Entry.”

20 Sweet, The Sixteens July 1974

A four-minute mini-opera on the theme of failed youth revolution, and a summer top-10 hit, this shows the renamed group – having lost the definite article – rising to the song’s complex structure with a totally convincing performance. The Sixteens is a classic of teen disillusionment, at the point of glam’s supersession.

Marc Bolan: Marc Bolan At The BBC

Like his contemporary, friend, rival and peer David Bowie, Marc Bolan’s journey from ace face Mod in the London of the Swinging ‘60s to ground-breaking megastar in the early-‘70s was a fascinating one. Having progressed through noise-heavy protro-Psychedelia with his first band John’s Children, Bolan transitioned into a mystical hippy poet with the John Peel-endorsed Tyrannosaurus Rex before shortening the name, going electric and officially kicking off the 1970s (whilst inventing Glam Rock in the process) with his band T.Rex. This box set tells that incredible journey via every surviving BBC Session we could get our hands on. As we know the BBC wiped and lost many sessions and concerts from the late-‘60s and early-‘70s. Via an incredible amount of sleuthing work from within the Bolan community, Bolan At The BBC combines all of the surviving BBC recordings with sessions taken from BBC Transcription Discs, off air recordings made on reel-to-reel tape recorders and, in one or two instances, cassette tapes. Easily the most ambitious and complete collection of BBC recordings so far, it’s a fascinating alternative journey through a megastar’s entire relationship with the nation’s broadcasting institution.

TRACKS
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1 Jagged Time Lapse (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:02:35
2 Interview With John Hewlett (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:00:49
3 The Perfumed Garden Of Gulliver Smith (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:02:43
4 Daddy Rolling Stone (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:02:09
5 Hot Rod Mama (BBC Radio One/ Saturday Club: TX 17/6/1968) 00:03:07
6 Top Gear Jingle (Broadcast 27/10/68 On ‘Top Gear’) 00:00:12
7 Highways (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:01:50
8 Dwarfish Trumpet Blues (With Chat ) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:02:32
9 Scenescof (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:02:18
11 Pictures Of Purple People (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:02:50
12 Hot Rod Mama (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:03:17
13 Knight (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 24/3/68) 00:02:26
14 Frowning Atahuallpa (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 24/3/68) 00:04:35
16 Afghan Woman (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68) 00:02:03
17 Deborah (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68 1) 00:03:16
18 Mustang Ford (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68) 00:03:16
19 Stacey Grove (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:01:51
20 One Inch Rock (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:01:37
21 Salamanda Palaganda (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:02:06
23 Wind Quartets (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 25/8/68) 00:02:53
24 Juniper Suction (Poem) (BBC Radio One – Voice Of Pop : Transmitted 21/9/68) 00:00:31
25 Juniper Suction (With Interview) (BBC Radio One – Voice Of Pop : Transmitted 21/9/68) 00:01:42
26 The Friends (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:01:21
27 Consuela (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:02:29
28 The Seal Of Seasons (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:01:41
29 Evenings Of Damask (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 10/11/68) 00:02:22
30 The Travelling Tragition (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 22/12/68) 00:01:46
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1 Pewter Suitor (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 16/2/69) 00:01:19
2 Interview With Brian Matthew (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:01:32
3 Chariots Of Silk (BBC Live – Top Gear 11/5/69) 00:02:30
4 Once Upon The Seas of Abyssinia (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:02:26
5 Nijinsky Hind (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:02:21
6 The Misty Coast of Albany (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 11/5/69) 00:02:23
7 Iscariot (With Chat) (BBC Radio One – Top Gear : Recorded 5/5/1969) 00:02:01
8 A Star of Youth – Poem With Chat (BBC Radio One – Night Ride: Recorded 11/6/1969) 00:01:04
9 A Ship Of Rhythm – Poem With Chat (BBC Radio One – Night Ride: Recorded 11/6/1969) 00:01:36
10 The Winged Man With Eyes Downcast To The Moon – Poem With Chat (BBC Radio One – Night Ride : Recorded 11/6/1969) 00:00:54
11 Interview With Brian Matthew (BBC Radio One – Top Gear: Recorded 17/11/1969) 00:00:57
12 Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:42
13 Pavilions Of Sun (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:50
14 A Day Laye (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:00
15 By The Light Of A Magical Moon (BBC Live/ Top Gear/ London/ 1969) 00:02:46
16 Wind Cheetah (BBC Live – Top Gear 17/11/69) 00:02:31
17 Hot Rod Mama (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:02:17
18 Deborah (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:03:44
19 Pavilions Of Sun (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:03:36
20 Dove (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:04:27
21 By The Light Of The Magical Moon (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:03:49
22 Elemental Child (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:07:05
23 The Wizard (BBC Radio One/ In Concert/ Recorded Live 1/1/1970 (Complete With Chat)) 00:09:21
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1 Ride A White Swan (BBC Live/ Top Gear/ London, 1970) 00:02:03
2 Jewel (BBC Live/ Top Gear/ London/ 1970) 00:03:32
3 Elemental Child (BBC Live – Top Gear 26/10/70) 00:07:44
4 Sun Eye (BBC Live/ Top Gear, London/ 1970) 00:02:00
5 My Baby’s Like A Cloudform (Bob Harris Show – Broadcast 16/11/70) 00:01:25
6 Funk Music (Bob Harris Show – Broadcast 16/11/70) 00:01:46
7 Summertime Blues (BBC Live – Dave Lee Travis 9/12/70) 00:03:33
8 Jewel (BBC Live – Dave Lee Travis 9/12/70) 00:03:20
9 Hot Love (BBC Live – Dave Lee Travis 9/12/70) 00:03:09
10 Debora (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:05:36
11 Elemental Child (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:09:06
12 Woodland Bop Medley: Woodland Bop/ Consuela / The King Of The Mountain Cometh / Woodland Bop (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:07:33
13 Ride A White Swan (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:03:13
14 Jewel (BBC Radio One – In Concert: Transmitted 20/12/1970 (Complete And Different)) 00:08:01
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1 Woodland Rock (BBC Live – Radio 1 Club 9/3/71) 00:02:27
2 Beltane Walk (BBC Live – Radio 1 Club 9/3/71) 00:02:22
3 Seagull Woman (Backing Track) 00:02:20
4 Hot Love (BBC Live – Radio 1 Club 9/3/71) 00:02:48
5 Interview With Keith Altham (BBC Radio One Interview: Recorded 16/4/1971) 00:03:53
6 Jeepster (BBC Live – 20/07/1971) 00:03:09
7 Get It On (BBC Live – 20/07/1971) 00:04:39
8 Electric Boogie (BBC Live – 20/07/71) 00:01:47
9 Bob Harris Jingle (BBC Live – Bob Harris 1971) 00:00:19
10 Sailors Of The Highway (BBC Live – Bob Harris 3/08/71) 00:02:46
11 Girl (BBC Live – Bob Harris 03/08/71) 00:02:13
12 Cadillac (BBC Live – Bob Harris 3/08/71) 00:03:30
13 Jeepster (BBC Live – Bob Harris 03/08/71) 00:03:30
14 Life’s A Gas (BBC Live – Bob Harris 03/08/71) 00:02:18
15 Christmas Jingle (BBC Live – Bob Harris Dec 1971) 00:00:17
16 Interview with Tony Norman (BBC Radio One Interview: Recorded 4/12/1971) 00:09:41
17 Telegram Sam (BBC Radio One – Peter Powell Show: Broadcast 29/1/1972) 00:02:50
18 Interview With Keith Altham (BBC Radio One Interview: Recorded 5/2/1972) 00:15:39
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1 Metal Guru 00:02:05
2 Interview With Andrew Salkey (BBC Interview: Broadcast 13/5/1972) 00:07:10
3 The Slider (BBC Mix) 00:03:29
4 Mystic Lady (BBC Mix) 00:03:07
5 Rock On (BBC Mix) 00:03:18
6 Main Man (Live, London/ 1972/ BBC Mix) 00:04:14
7 Interview With Johnny Moran (BBC Interview: Broadcast 26/8/1972) 00:14:34
8 Children Of The Revolution 00:02:29
9 Solid Gold Easy Action (BBC Mix) 00:02:06
10 20 th Century Boy 00:03:37
11 Free Angel (BBC Mix) 00:02:12
12 Interview With Nicky Horne (BBC Interview: Broadcast 10/3/1973) 00:07:35
13 Rapids (BBC Mix) 00:02:47
14 Mad Donna (BBC Mix) 00:02:16
15 The Groover (David Hamilton Show – June 1973) 00:03:00
16 Midnight (BBC Mix) 00:03:04
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1 Interview With Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio One Interview: Broadcast 28/6/1973) 00:04:50
2 Blackjack (Big Carrot) (BBC Mix) 00:03:21
3 Truck On (Tyke) (BBC Mix) 00:03:11
4 Sitting Here (BBC Mix) 00:02:19
5 Teenage Dream 00:05:18
6 Interview With Michael Wale (Rockspeak: Broadcast 11/1/1974) 00:12:22
7 Light Of Love (BBC Mix) 00:03:29
8 Explosive Mouth (BBC Mix) 00:02:32
9 Zip Gun Boogie (BBC Mix) 00:03:21
10 Space Boss (BBC Mix) 00:02:56
11 New York City 00:03:31
12 Dreamy Lady (David Hamilton Show: Recorded 23/9/1975) 00:03:09
13 Do You Wanna Dance (Transcription: Recorded 23/9/1975) 00:02:34
14 Interview (Insight: 1975) 00:03:34
15 Interview (Insight: 30/5/1976) 00:05:49
16 I Love To Boogie 00:02:15
17 Celebrate Summer (David Hamilton Show: Recorded 19/8/1977) 00:02:11
10 Child Star (With Interview) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Recorded 30/10/67) 00:03:01
15 Strange Orchestras (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 5/5/68) 00:01:54
22 Eastern Spell (With Chat) (BBC Radio One Top Gear : Transmitted 14/7/68) 00:01:32

 

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The London based band have so far to date released two songs, but with some amazing live shows chantable choruses and handclaps plus the driving rhythms with a touch of punk and glam rock combined, plus they are on a great label Heavenly Recordings.

 

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thestruts-everybodywants

 

The Struts are a band with the flamboyance, the style, and the Strut to make it huge, they just know so well how to write a Rock Song with a tremendous Riff and a vocal refrain that you’ll just remember……….their album “Everybody Wants”  is just full of superb songs each songs stands alone as an anthemic tune with a sound like the Stones, Queen,and  The Faces this is the song that makes Luke Spiller the vocalist, sound like Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant, He certainly is one of the best vocalists Ive seen and heard,  check out the other clips of this wonderful midlands band and definitely catch them live if you can. Luke added his distinctive vocals to the new project from the Tubular bells man Mike Oldfield on his new album recently.

The Struts originate from Derby now signed to EMI big things are happening  after some excellent live shows  they supported the Rolling Stones recently in Paris, their debut album “Everybody Wants” is out now the band really know how to write songs that stick in your mind, the vocalist Luke Spiller has a superb rock voice with echoes of  Freddie Mercury, When I first saw the band they reminded me of the Faces the Stones and Queen so thats a pretty good list,

one of my Favourite not so well known Bolan tracks

The Struts are going places already played a string of festivals where they have been well received, they have great tunes an amazing frontman and a tremendous sound.
they remind me of the Faces at times