Chronological Glam Rock Playlist 1970 – 1975 – Part 1

7-10-12          Chronological Glam Rock Playlist 1970 – 1975 – Part 1 (of 5)

Arlo Guthrie born 1947, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan born 1938

I recently finished the Dave Thompson book “Children of the Revolution – The Glam Rock Story 1970 – 1975” (Cherry Red Books, England, 2010) – it’s a fine book describing in some detail the UK pop music scene during the aforementioned years.

So, naturally – the first thing I do is say to myself:  “How many of these do I have?” – yes, some on original vinyl, some on CD’s – and some I likely won’t be able to find in my vault.  But this is what I am going to try and put together:

THE SWEET – Funny Funny

ALICE COOPER – I’m Eighteen

SLADE – Get Down and Get With It

T. REX – Get It On

BAY CITY ROLLERS – Keep On Dancing

HOTLEGS – Lady Sadie

THE SWEET – Alexander Graham Bell

SLADE – Coz I Love You

SLADE – Look Wot You Dun

T. REX – Telegram Sam

ALICE COOPER – Under My Wheels

ALICE COOPER – Be My Lover

GARY GLITTER – Rock and Roll, Part 2

BAY CITY ROLLERS – We Can Make Music

HOTLEGS – Desperate Dan

ROXY MUSIC – Would You Believe

DAVID BOWIE – Starman

ELTON JOHN – Rocket Man

T. REX – Metal Guru

SLADE – Take Me Back ‘ome

THE SWEET – Little Willy

SUZI QUATRO – Rolling Stone

ALICE COOPER – School’s Out

MOTT THE HOOPLE – All The Young Dudes

SLADE – Mama Weer All Crazee Now

ROXY MUSIC – Virginia Plain

ELTON JOHN – Honky Cat

T. REX – Children of the Revolution

DAVID BOWIE – John, I’m Only Dancing

BAY CITY ROLLERS – Manana

GARY GLITTER – I Didn’t Know I Loved You (‘Till I Saw You Rock & Roll)

10cc – Donna

THE SWEET – Wig Wam Bam

ALICE COOPER – Elected

Part 2 tomorrow!

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4 Responses to Chronological Glam Rock Playlist 1970 – 1975 – Part 1

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    Early Alice Cooper… glam?! Dunno about that. “Honky Cat?!” New one on me. Defining Glam is one of those things that even 40 years later is something that is challenging for me. Glam Rock I think would be best described by a Venn Diagram. There was visual aspect, the sound/production aspect [think Chinnichap], and the retro-rock & roll songwriting aspect [Slade, Gary Glitter] at the very least. Certain artists were at the point where all circles overlapped: The Sweet? Probably! Alice Cooper – not sure.

    Elton John? Well, he was certainly visual but his songwriting and production seemed to be more classical pop/rock in orientation. He didn’t have the “stoopid” rock and roll throwback tendencies that typify Glam to me.

    Similarly, Roxy Music were hellishly visual, and they did quote from primordial rock & roll [esp. the "solos" at the end of "Re-make/Re-model"], but in a post-modernist pastiche fashion that had nothing to do with “Glam Rock,” but instead presaged Post-Punk.

    So I find Glam Rock to be a moving target, hard to define. I have the exact same problem with the New Romantic trend, and living through all of it as it was happening, doesn’t make it any easier to define it 30 years later. Both trends emphasized a visual aspect, and Glam was a huge foundation for New-Ro, but really, don’t all rock trends have a visual accompaniment to match with them?

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Perhaps what the author of this list, Dave Thompson, had in mind was the perception at the time, re; Elton John, Alice Cooper…artists attempting to jump on the bandwagon? Part 2 tomorrow, in this chronological scenario!

    • postpunkmonk says:

      Well, I’d say EJ definitely jumped on the outlandish garb bandwagon! But his sound? No. Cooper was more theatrics/presentation than the way the band dressed. That seems different to me. I wouldn’t call him a Glammy-come-lately at all.

  3. silver price says:

    While makeup and androgyny had featured in rock culture before the 1970s (most notably in the work of Syd Barrett , the Kinks , and the Rolling Stones ), glam rock proper is generally agreed to have first been synthesised by Marc Bolan . With his then two-piece band T.Rex, his song ” Ride a White Swan ” was a UK hit single. “Ride A White Swan” was released in October 1970, but topped the UK charts early in 1971. During the late 1960s Bolan had performed psychedelic-folk music with his two-piece band Tyrannosaurus Rex, with limited commercial success. For the band’s radically reworked ‘T. Rex’ incarnation, Bolan simplified the music, using elements of 1950s and 1960s styles, and loud, distorted guitars. This approach was realized in full on the album Electric Warrior released in 1971. Bolan had also changed his professional image by wearing makeup and glitter, first seen during an appearance on ” Top Of The Pops ” in late 1970. This appearance laid the foundation for early glam rock’s ‘faux gay space alien’ image. Bolan’s ‘futuristic’ stage outfits further distinguished him from his old ‘hippy’ persona, and the combination of loud pop songs with camp visuals appealed greatly to a large younger-teen audience. By 1972 Bolan and T-Rex boasted a fanatical popularity amongst British teenagers not seen since the Beatles .

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