T. REX – Glam Rock Monument ‘ELECTRIC WARRIOR’ Came Out 50 Years Ago Today

Back in time

24 September 2021

Band: T. REX
Active: 1967-1977
4 studio LPs as Tyrannosaurus Rex
and 12 albums as T. Rex

R.I.P. Marc Bolan
30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977

Anniversary album: ELECTRIC WARRIOR
Released: 24 September 1971 – 50 years ag today
Producer: Tony Visconti (who worked a lot with Bowie
too and several other big-name musicians))
Score: # 1 in the UK

Pitchfork said: “Electric Warrior does contain the immortal “Bang a Gong (Get it On)”, but that’s neither the only nor the best reason to pick it up. What makes this record so enduring is its almost accidental emotional depth: When T.Rex is kicking out the jams, they sound like they’re having the most gleeful, absurd good time ever committed to wax. There’s nothing so glorious in rock and roll as hearing Bolan croon, “Just like a car, you’re pleasing to behold/ I’ll call you Jaguar if I may be so bold,” over his namesake boogie… The most significant aspect of Electric Warrior isn’t its arena rock confidence; it’s that Bolan allows his grinning mask to slip. With the incomparable aid of producer Tony Visconti, Bolan sketches a vast, empty room, where, after the party’s over, he resides alone, wide-eyed and desperate. On ballads like
“Cosmic Dancer”, “Monolith” and “Girl”, he speaks in the same gibberish as elsewhere, but
he’s clearly haunted by what we can’t say.”
Full review here. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: A natural-born rock star. Charisma, looks, clothes,
voice, and most of all tons of classic gems, slow and fast, glamorous and
moody. A genuine electric warrior. Icon 4ever.

Singles: Get It On / Jeepster

– GET IT ON –
(No 1 on the UK Singles Chart)

– JEEPSTER –
(Peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart)

Album in full…

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T.REX: Discography

T.REX – Glam Rock Stomper ‘GET IT ON’ Came Out 50 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

2 July 2021

This day 50 years ago, on 2 July 1971 the late great Marc Bolan‘s
glam rock band T. REX released GET IT ON, one of their 24 Karat
knockout hits.

Bolan revealed later that he took the main riff from Chuck Berry‘s hit
Little Queenie. In the US the track was renamed ‘Bang a Gong (Get It On)
to avoid confusion with a song of the same name by a combo called Chase.

Let’s groove it on…

T.REX: Facebook

No 1 Singles In The UK This Day In 1971 – 1981 – 1991

18 March 2021

Here come three big hits with a No 1 score, respectively this day in 1971 – 1981 – 1991

Band: T. REX
Single: HOT LOVE
B-side: Woodland Rock
Score: No 1 in the UK – 18 March 1971 – 50 years ago today

T. REX: Discography

Band: ROXY MUSIC
Single: JEALOUS GUY
B-side: To Turn You On
Score: No 1 in the UK on 18 March 1981 – 40 years ago today – their only #1 in the UK

ROXY MUSIC: Discography

Band: THE CLASH
Single: SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO
B-side: Straight To Hell
Info: Originally released in 1982, but re-released
in 1991 after Levi’s used the song in a commercial.
Score: No 1 in the UK – 18 March 1991 – 30 years ago today

THE CLASH: Discography

Classic Chartbuster ‘HOT LOVE’ By T. REX Came Out 50 Years Ago Today

12 February 2021

Band: T. REX
Active:
1967-1997
Frontman and glam hero Marc Bolan passed
away on 16th September, only 29. R.I.P.

Single: HOT LOVE
B-side:
Woodland Rock and
King of the Mountain Cometh

Marc Bolan: “There is so little time for us all I need to
be able to say what I want quickly and to as many people
as possible.”

Released: 12 February 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: first #1 hit in the UK

Well she’s my woman of gold
And she’s not very old – a ha ha
Well she’s my woman of gold
And she’s not very old – a ha ha
I don’t mean to be bold, a-but
a-may I hold your hand?

Well she ain’t no witch and I love the way she twitch – a ha ha
Well she ain’t no witch and I love the way she twitch – a ha ha
I’m a labourer of love in my persian gloves – a ha ha…

T. REX: Facebook

The Late Great MARC BOLAN And T. REX Released Their Self-Titled LP 50 Years Ago

18 December 2020

Band: T. REX
Active: 1967-1977

Album: T. REX – fifth LP
Released: 18 December 1970 – 50 years ago
Note: The record’s front cover was unusual, requiring a sideways look
to unfold the cover, or to have the artwork sideways to remove the LP.

AllMusic / Marc Deming said: “If Bolan was reaching for the big time with
T. Rex, he also sounds like he was letting out the rock star that had always lurked
within him, and there isn’t a moment here that doesn’t sound like he’s singing
from his heart and soul.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The psych-folk years of Bolan before becoming
a massive 24-carat glam star.

Marc Bolan: “There is so little time for us all; I need to be able to say what
I want quickly and to as many people as possible
.” He died in a car accident
in 1977, only 29.

Stream album…

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T. REX: All Albums

20th Century Metalboy AL JOURGENSEN Covers T.REX

25 November 2020

AL JOURGENSEN, the disturbed spearhead of Chicago’s veteran metal act
MINISTRY teamed up in 2018 with LA-based Goth rock supergroup BEAUTY
IN CHAOS
for a titanic and back-breaking cover of 1973 glam hit 20TH CENTURY
BOY
by T. REX.

Their take is over the metallic moon. Steamed-up, hot-tempered, and filthy
with Jourgensen‘s horror-ific vox adding a Satanique craziness and heated
harmonica fragments reinforcing the stampede force of this blowout.

Aaaargghhh

I actually picked this ripper as cover of the week in the light of the recent event of MARC
BOLAN
, rightly so, becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His son ROLAN did the acceptance speech in name of his late father…

Rolan himself covered T. Rex‘s 20th Century slam, last year, together with
The Mission‘s frontman Wayne Hussey and also a Beauty In Chaos mix…

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BEAUTY IN CHAOS: Facebook

(photo on top: cover ‘Relapse’ album)

FATHER JOHN MISTY Covers T. REX With Ardent Passion – Listen To ‘MAIN MAN’

4 September 2020

The Marc Bolan tribute LP called ‘AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan
is out today. Several famous artists such as Joan Jett, Kesha, Devendra Banhart, Nick Cave, and Father John Misty honor the glam hero with a cover of one of his timeless songs. The tribute was put together by the legendary producer Hal Willner who sadly passed away
on 7 April from coronavirus.

Marc Bolan will be inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soon.

Father John Misty is also present.
He chose the soulful ballad MAIN MAN.
His cover is ardent and passionate.

Listen here…

The original

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FATHER JOHN MISTY: Facebook