Glam Rock · Music

⭐ An Intro to Glam Rock ⭐

If you couldn’t tell from the fact that I refer to myself as Teleglam Sam, glam rock is my favourite genre and era of music. It’s the reason I am the way I am, really. 🤩

 

From Marc Bolan’s glitter tears, to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona, to Freddie Mercury’s Zandra Rhodes-designed satin stage wear (and beyond) glam rock was an extraordinarily liberating and visually decadent era. However, the visuals were merely an extension of the era’s killer music. I’ve compiled a playlist of my favourite and notable tracks of the genre, for those looking to get into the genre or just looking to glam out.

The playlist starts with “Ride a White Swan”, which is considered to be the catalyst of the glam rock era, by none other than the glam God himself. The playlist continues with classics byQueen, Suzi Quatro, Sparks, Brett Smiley, Roxy Music, Jobriath, Slade, Sweet, T. Rex, Wizzard/Roy Wood, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Mud, David Bowie, Elton John, Mott the Hoople, Mick Ronson, The Runaways, Jayne County, Iggy Pop/The Stooges, Alice Cooper, Silverhead, Alvin Stardust, Bay City Rollers, and Brian Eno. Listen to the playlist below, and watch some videos to get your daily dose of glitter.

Sweet – Ballroom Blitz

Queen – Killer Queen

T. Rex – Bang a Gong (Get it On)

Slade – Cum On Feel The Noize

David Bowie – Starman

Suzi Quatro – Can the Can

Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes

List of songs in the playlist:

  • Ride a White Swan – T. Rex
  • All the Way from Memphis – Mott the Hoople
  • The Wild One – Suzi Quatro
  • Lady Stardust – David Bowie
  • This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us – Sparks
  • Hot Love – T. Rex
  • Personality Crisis – New York Dolls
  • Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
  • Mama Weer All Crazee Now – Slade
  • My Fairy King – Queen
  • Spaceball Ricochet – T. Rex
  • See My Baby Jive – Wizzard
  • Blockbuster – Sweet
  • Can the Can – Suzi Quatro
  • Space Oddity – David Bowie
  • Cum on Feel the Noize – Slade
  • Fox on the Run – Sweet
  • Bang a Gong (Get it On) – T. Rex
  • Va Va Va Voom – Brett Smiley
  • Killer Queen – Queen
  • 48 Crash – Suzi Quatro
  • Little Willy – Sweet
  • Life on Mars? – David Bowie
  • Looking for a Kiss – New York Dolls
  • Roll Away the Stone – Mott the Hoople
  • Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
  • Metal Guru – T. Rex
  • Amateur Hour – Sparks
  • Here Come the Warm Jets – Brian Eno
  • Satellite of Love – Lou Reed
  • Father to Son – Queen
  • The Thrill of it All – Roxy Music
  • Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
  • Changes – David Bowie
  • Now I’m Here – Queen
  • Queens of Noise – The Runaways
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue – Mick Ronson
  • The Jean Genie – David Bowie
  • The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke – Queen
  • Tiger Feet – Mud
  • Virginia Plain – Roxy Music
  • Baby’s On Fire – Brian Eno
  • My Coo Ca Choo – Alvin Stardust
  • Rocket Man – Elton John
  • Brighton Rock – Queen
  • Hello New York – Silverhead
  • Falling in Love with Myself Again – Sparks
  • Morning Star Ship – Jobriath
  • Do the Strand – Roxy Music
  • Space Ace – Brett Smiley
  • Son and Daughter – Queen
  • Oh! You Pretty Things – David Bowie
  • The Six Teens – Sweet
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  • Underneath the Light – Silverhead
  • Rock of Ages – Jobriath
  • Street Life – Roxy Music
  • Trash – New York Dolls
  • Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
  • Dyna-Mite – Mud
  • Ball Park Incident – Wizzard
  • Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
  • Seven Seas of Rhye – Queen
  • Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
  • Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
  • Honaloochie Boogie – Mott the Hoople
  • Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
  • Mambo Sun – T. Rex
  • jet Boy – New York Dolls
  • Ballrooms of Mars – T. Rex
  • Crazy – Mud
  • Only After Dark – Mick Ronson
  • Needles in The Camel’s Eye – Brian Eno
  • Teenage Lament ’74 – Alice Cooper
  • Growing Up and I’m Fine – Mick Ronson
  • Star Studded Sham – Hello
  • Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper
  • Love is Like Oxygen – Sweet
  • Space Clown – Jobriath
  • Far Far Away – Slade
  • TTeenage Rampage – Sweet
  • Skeewze Me, Pleeze Me – Slade
  • Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Ian Hunter
  • Wig Wam Bam – Sweet
  • Lonely Planet Boy – New York Dolls
  • For Your Pleasure – Roxy Music
  • Vicious – Lou Reed
  • Shang-a-Lang – Bay City Rollers
  • Sweet Jane – Mott the Hoople
  • Jeepster – T. Rex
  • Coz I Love You – Slade
  • New York Groove – Hello
  • More than Your Mouth Can Hold – Silverhead
  • Telegram Sam – T. Rex
  • School’s Out – Alice Cooper
  • Barbecutie – Sparks
  • Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad) – Wizzard
  • Gimme Danger – Iggy Pop
  • Teenage Revolution – Hello
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy – Alice Cooper
  • Suffragette City – David Bowie
  • Baby Strange – T. Rex
  • I’m Eighteen – Alice Cooper
  • Billy Porter – Mick Ronson
  • Here in Heaven – Sparks
  • Long Legged Lisa – Silverhead
  • Max’s Kansas City – Jayne County (Wayne County & The Electric Chairs)
  • The Golden Age of Rock n’ Roll – Mott the Hoople
  • I’m a Man – Jobriath
  • Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  • Starman – David Bowie
  • Cosmic Dancer – T. Rex
  • Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
  • Children of the Revolution – T. Rex
  • All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople

 

Marc Bolan · Music · Poetry

Marc Bolan’s The Warlock of Love 🔮

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I recently scored a copy of Marc Bolan’s coveted book of poetry The Warlock of Love, which was originally published by Lupus Music in 1969. The timing is incredible as the book just celebrated its 50th anniversary on the 15th of this month! It was published one year prior to Tyrannosaurus Rex’s re-branding as the glam rock outfit known as T. Rex. In 1969, Tyrannosaurus Rex were an acoustic psychedelic folk band, but they would quickly take the world by storm with the release of their single “Ride a White Swan” the following year. The track reached #2 in the charts, and is widely considered to be the catalyst of the glam rock era. “Trextasy” and “Bolanmania” were just some of the terms used by the press to describe the fame that Marc would experience for the next few years…but more on that in a future post!

I was ecstatic to finally get the chance to add this to my collection, as this book is relatively difficult to come by. Besides a limited 1992 reprint commissioned by the Tyrannosaurus Rex Appreciation Society, this book has been out of print since its original release! Copies of the book often come up for sale for exorbitant prices, and copies in good condition are exceedingly difficult to come by.

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I had been looking for a copy of this book ever since I heard of its existence. As a fan of Bolan’s exceptional lyricism, I knew I had to get my hands on his poetry book. Fittingly, I came across this book in the most exceptional of ways. I was recently chatting with someone on Instagram about T. Rex and he showed me some posts from someone selling T. Rex items on Facebook, and one of these was the book! He was nice enough to put me in contact with her and it finally made its way into my collection! I just love the way music brings people together in the strangest of ways.

Anyway, I recently asked my followers on Instagram if they’d like me to share some poems from The Warlock of Love. I finally got around to reading it (I set aside a whole night for this, as it was truly an experience!) and thought I would share some of my favourites, as unfortunately these poems are not widely available. Marc Bolan was a unique soul who accomplished so much in his limited time on Earth, and I feel that more people should enjoy his poetry, which is why I’ll be sharing some of his poems. Hopefully this book gets its long-awaited repress soon!

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Remember to always keep a little Marc in your heart. xx

The photo below is the last poem in the book. The last lines are particularly incredible and are fitting for Marc’s career.

And now where once stood solid water
stood the reptile king,
Tyrannosaurus Rex, reborn and bopping.

…a true glimpse of what was to come for Marc in the 70s.

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Note: All poems by Marc Bolan (Mark Feld). First published by Lupus Music in 1969.