Glam Rock





These are quick shortcut links to artists whose work I have reviewed who may be considered to have released some "glam rock" material at some point in their careers, however tenuously the term may be applied i.e. they had hits in the early 70s and wore make up and platform boots on occasions!

Alice Cooper
David Bowie
David Essex
Elton John
Geordie
Lou Reed
Mott The Hoople
Mud
Roxy Music
Slade
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Suzi Quatro
Sweet
T Rex
The Glitter Band
Wizzard

6 comments:

  1. Some of these I never heard of. Geordie and Mud and Glitter Band I never heard those names before. I bet they were just famous in England or something. Cockney Rebel I know. I love the album Love's a Prima Donna and the song Make Me Smile.

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  2. Yes, glam rock in its platform boots and glitzy clothes commercial form was a peculiarly British phenomenon (yes, I know there were The New York Dolls, but they were far sleazier). In the mid-seventies, groups like Slade, T. Rex, Sweet, Mud, Wizzard etc were huge, singles chart-wise.

    Americans/Canadians (and Europeans too) are often bemused by our now traditional Christmas songs - Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade; I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard, Lonely This Christmas by Mud and so on. Everyone in Britain knows those songs, yet many Americans have never heard them.

    Regarding the groups you mentioned - Brian Johnson, lead singer of Geordie, went on to become the lead singer of the more world-renowned AC/DC; The Glitter Band backed the now-disgraced Gary Glitter (look him up) who was hugely successful in the seventies and Mud were a teddy-boy throwback glam group best known for the huge hit, Tiger Feet, and the silly dance that went with it. YouTube this stuff.

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  3. Sweet is the only one that had a lot of hits in America. Even Slade never had any. T-Rex had just the one big hit with Bang a Gong. And Gary Glitter had Rock and Roll Part 2. David Essex had Rock On. At least these were the only ones I remember from listening to oldies radio growing up. And recently I found out that Suzi Quatro had a hit of 48 Crash. Which I actually never heard till just recently. Even David Bowie didn't have any hits here until after his Glam Rock period. Not until Fame

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  4. That's actually very interesting. Bang A Gong is known to us as Get It On. Strangely, Suzi Quatro, a Detroit girl, was far more successful here. I remember in the early seventies, the music press used to show the US top thirty alongside the UK one and I always thought how dull it was in comparison to our exciting glam dominated one - seemingly full of artists like John Denver, Loggins & Messina, Seals & Crofts and so on.

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  5. I watched Geordie on YouTube and they weren't too bad. I can't believe it was the guy from AC/DC. That is so weird. I also watched Mud doing Tiger feet on a German TV show. It was a pretty good glam rock song. I'm not quite sure what they were after with the guy in the dress and earrings. Was it a David Bowie thing? He didn't seem like a drag queen, it seemed more like a gimmick. Like a half-hearted gimmick that didn't quite work. I enjoyed the phone though. I always liked watching Slade too. The guy with the big platform shoes and the big plaid hat. Cum on Feel the Noize was a big hit in the states later in the 80s when Quiet Riot did it. And somebody once sent me their Christmas song which was pretty good.

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  6. The effeminate one from Mud you saw was Rob Davis (who went on to write I Can't Get You Of My Head for Kylie Minogue and also do some producing). It was seemingly de rigeur for glam bands to have a 'drag' member - the late Steve Priest of Sweet and the singer from Hello are two further examples.

    The singer from Slade was the legendary Noddy Holder who I once saw on a station platform. I also saw Slade guitarist Dave Hill in a Chinese takeaway and, while I'm thinking about it, I saw Paul Weller in Oxford Street once.

    A friend of mine went one better and was drinking in a quiet local, small town pub when in walked Paul Carrack and Van Morrison.

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