Tuesday, February 26, 2008

underrated: Marc Bolan & T. Rex

"Children of the Revolution"

Glam rock emerged in the UK in the early 1970s, at the tail end of the psychedelic movement's acid hangover. Marc Bolan, and his band T. Rex, helped set the tone for the glam era with their flamboyant and sexually ambiguous fashion sense combined with a narcotic and hard rocking sound, and overarching lyrical themes of hedonistic desire, which helped pave the way for the disco explosion later in the decade.

Marc Bolan was a rock star's Rock Star, living fast and partying harder. His genius was tragically cut short at 29 years, but his spirit lives on through his music. T. Rex was best known for their 1971 chart-topping hit "Get It On(Bang a Gong)" but their diverse catalog includes many memorable gems that still sound fresh and relevant more than 30 years later. Get acquainted with their style with the video above and streaming track below, and then join us in eagerly awaiting the release of the Metal Guru DVD, a definitive look back on Bolan's career which hits shelves on April 1.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite songs is T-Rex's 'Lifes a Gas'. So amazing.

Nice post-cheers.