January 9th, 2015
Eight minutes of magnificently over-the-top glam rock and roll brilliance. Just when you think it’s climaxed Marc finds another level.
Apparently the reason this was called “Bang A Gong” in the US was because there was already a song called “Get It On” in the charts by some group called Chase. I’d never heard of them before either.
September 17th, 2014
Sparks are known for their hyper, outré style but my favourite record of theirs might be this beautiful, stately ballad which actually sounds quite heartfelt by their standards.
Download: Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth – Sparks (mp3)
I was going to add it’s a perfect candidate for a cover version but discovered that several people have already done one.
Photo: Lady Bridget Poulett as ‘Arethusa’ by Madame Yevonde, 1935
May 7th, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, Alvin Stardust as Discobolus.
Download: Red Dress – Alvin Stardust (mp3)
April 18th, 2014
Don’t think I need to say that I prefer Bryan’s version of this song to Bob Dylan’s. Not only didn’t he have both Phil Manzanera and Chris Spedding playing on his, I bet Dylan never wore leather trousers while singing it either.
February 25th, 2014
This David Essex classic owes an awful lot to Bowie’s “Rock and Roll Suicide” but it does have more interesting production, especially that heartbeat/piano intro. Which makes me wonder what Ziggy Stardust would have sounded like produced by Jeff Wayne.
Download: Stardust – David Essex (mp3)
Photo: Dude (1972) by Mick Rock
November 28th, 2013
It’s Thanksgiving here today so I thought I’d start the weekend early with this marvelous clip. Another one to come tomorrow.
Notice there aren’t any girls trying to jump on Ron Mael. I think one does near the end but she probably just felt bad that his brother was getting all the Teenybopper action.
September 27th, 2013
How do you choose between two clips as great as these?