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T. Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex)

Initially a British folk-rock combo called Tyrannosaurus Rex, T. Rex was the primary force in glam rock, thanks to the creative direction of guitarist/vocalist Marc Bolan (born Marc Feld). Bolan created a deliberately trashy form of rock & roll that was proud of its own disposability. T. Rex's music borrowed the underlying sexuality of early rock & roll, adding dirty, simple grooves and fat distorted guitars, as well as an overarching folky/hippie spirituality that always came through the clearest on ballads. While most of his peers concentrated on making cohesive albums, Bolan kept the idea of a three-minute pop single alive in the early '70s. In Britain, he became a superstar, sparking a period of "T. Rextacy" among the pop audience with a series of Top Ten hits, including four number one singles. Over in America, the group only had one major hit -- the Top Ten "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" -- before disappearing from the charts in 1973. T. Rex's popularity in the U.K. didn't begin to waver until 1975, yet they retained a devoted following until Marc Bolan's death in 1977. Over the next two decades, Bolan emerged as a cult figure and the music of T. Rex has proven quite influential on hard rock, punk, new wave, and alternative rock.

Following a career as a teenage model, Marc Bolan began performing music professionally in 1965, releasing his first single, "The Wizard," on Decca Records. Bolan joined the psychedelic folk-rock combo John's Children in 1967, appearing on three unsuccessful singles before the group disbanded later that year. Following the breakup, he formed the folk duo Tyrannosaurus Rex with percussionist Steve Peregrine Took. The duo landed a record deal with a subsidiary of EMI in February 1968, recording their debut album with producer Tony Visconti. "Debora," the group's first single, peaked at number 34 in May of that year, and their debut album, My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair...But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brow, reached number 15 shortly afterward. The duo released their second album, Prophets, Seers & Sages, the Angels of the Ages, in November of 1968.

By this time, Tyrannosaurus Rex was building a sizable underground following, which helped Bolan's book of poetry, The Warlock of Love, enter the British best-seller charts. In the summer of 1969, the duo released their third album, Unicorn, as well as the single "King of the Rumbling Spires," the first Tyrannosaurus Rex song to feature an electric guitar. Following an unsuccessful American tour that fall, Took left the band and was replaced by Mickey Finn. The new duo's first single did not chart, yet their first album, 1970's A Beard of Stars, reached number 21.

The turning point in Bolan's career came in October of 1970, when he shortened the group's name to T. Rex and released "Ride a White Swan," a fuzz-drenched single driven by a rolling backbeat. "Ride a White Swan" became a major hit in the U.K., climbing all the way to number two. The band's next album, T. Rex, peaked at number 13 and stayed on the charts for six months. Encouraged by the results, Bolan expanded T. Rex to a full band, adding bassist Steve Currie and drummer Bill Legend (born Bill Fifield). The new lineup recorded "Hot Love," which spent six weeks at number one in early 1971. That summer, T. Rex released "Get It On" (retitled "Bang a Gong (Get It On)" in the U.S.), which became their second straight U.K. number one; the single would go on to be their biggest international hit, eventually reaching number ten in the U.S.

By now, "T. Rextacy" was in full swing in England. The band had captured the imaginations of both teenagers and the media with its sequined, heavily made-up appearance. The image of Marc Bolan in a top hat, feather boa, and platform shoes, performing "Get It On" on the BBC became as famous as his music. Electric Warrior, the first album recorded by the full band, was released in the fall of 1971; it was number one for six weeks in Britain and cracked America's Top 40. At the beginning of 1972, T. Rex signed with EMI, setting up a distribution deal for Bolan's own T.Rex Wax Co. record label, and the group's next two singles -- "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru" -- both spent multiple weeks at the top of the charts during early 1972.

The Slider, released in the summer of 1972, shot to number one upon its release, allegedly selling 100,000 copies in four days; the album was also T. Rex's most successful American release, reaching number 17. Appearing in the spring of 1973, Tanx was another Top Five hit for T. Rex; the singles "20th Century Boy" and "The Groover" soon followed it to the upper ranks of the charts. However, those singles would prove to be the band's last two Top Ten hits. In the summer of 1973, rhythm guitarist Jack Green joined the band, as did three backup vocalists, including the American soul singer Gloria Jones; Jones would soon become Bolan's girlfriend. At the beginning of 1974, drummer Bill Legend left the group and was replaced by Davy Lutton, as Jones became the group's keyboardist.

In early 1974, the single "Teenage Dream" was the first record to be released under the name Marc Bolan and T. Rex. The following album, Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, was the last Bolan recorded with Tony Visconti. Throughout the year, T. Rex's popularity rapidly declined -- by the time "Zip Gun Boogie" was released in November, it could only reach number 41. Finn and Green left the group at the end of the year, while keyboardist Dino Dins joined. The decline of T. Rex's popularity was confirmed when 1975's Bolan's Zip Gun failed to chart. Bolan took the rest of the year off, returning in the spring of 1976 with Futuristic Dragon, which peaked at number 50. Released in the summer of 1976, "I Love to Boogie," a disco-flavored three-chord thumper, became Bolan's last Top 20 hit.

Bolan released Dandy in the Underworld in the spring of 1977; it was a modest hit, peaking at number 26. While "The Soul of My Suit" reached number 42 on the charts, T. Rex's next two singles failed to chart. Sensing it was time for a change of direction, Bolan began expanding his horizons in August. In addition to contributing a weekly column for Record Mirror, he hosted his own variety television show, Marc. Featuring guest appearances by artists like David Bowie and Generation X, Marc helped restore Bolan's hip image. Signing with RCA Records, the guitarist formed a new band with bassist Herbie Flowers and drummer Tony Newman, yet he never was able to record with the group. While driving home from a London club with Bolan, Gloria Jones lost control of her car, smashing into a tree. Marc Bolan, riding in the passenger's seat of the car, was killed instantly.

While T. Rex's music was intended to be disposable, it has proven surprisingly influential over the years. Hard rock and heavy metal bands borrowed the group's image, as well as the pounding insistence of their guitars. Punk bands may have discarded the high heels, feather boas, and top hats, yet they adhered to the simple three-chord structures and pop aesthetics that made the band popular. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography


Track List: Best Of The Bbc Recordings

1. Top Gear Jingle (BBC Recording)

2. Beltane Walk (BBC Recording)

3. Life's A Gas (BBC Recording)

4. Jeepster (BBC Recording)

5. Iscariot (BBC Recording)

6. Get It On (BBC Recording)

7. Sun Eye (BBC Recording)

8. By The Light Of The Magical Moon (BBC Recording)

9. Cadillac (BBC Recording)

10. Day Laye (BBC Recording)

11. Jewel (BBC Recording)

12. Hot Love (BBC Recording)

13. Girl (BBC Recording)

14. Elemental Child (BBC Recording)

15. Scenescof (BBC Recording)

16. Summertime Blues (BBC Recording)

17. Debora (BBC Recording)

18. Once Upon The Seas Of Abyssinia (BBC Recording)

19. Chariots Of Silk (BBC Recording)

20. Ride A White Swan (BBC Recording)

21. Electric Boogie (BBC Recording)

22. Untitled (A Ship Of Rhythm) (BBC Recording)

23. Sailors Of The Highway (BBC Recording)

24. Telegram Sam (BBC Recording)


Track List: Work In Progress (Solo: In Private / In The Studio)

Disc 1
Disc 2

Track List: Twopenny Prince

Disc 1

1. Jeepster (Recorded In France)

2. Telegram Sam (Recorded In France)

3. Hot Love (Recorded In France)

4. Cadillac (Recorded In France)

5. Metal Guru (Solo)

6. Truck On (Demo)

7. Buick Mackane (Recorded In Germany)

8. Jewel (Recorded In Germany)

9. Ride A White Swan (Recorded In Germany)

10. Elemental Child (Recorded In France)

11. Summertime Blues (Recorded In France)

12. Life's A Gas (Recorded In Germany)

13. Oh Baby (Dib Cochran & The Earwigs; Marc Bolan Lead Vocal)

14. Get It On (Recorded In USA)

15. Salamada Palaganda (Recorded In France)

16. By The Light Of A Magical Moon (Recorded In Rotterdam)

17. Sun Eye (Solo)

Disc 2

1. One Inch Rock (Takes 1 & 2)

2. One Inch Rock (Takes 3 & 4)

3. The Chidren Of Rarn (Outtake)

4. The Wizard (Take 1)

5. The Wizard (Take 3 & 4)

6. The Wizard (Take 5)

7. The Children Of Rarn (Outro Outtake)

8. Woodland Rock (Unused Version)


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No use in people overdosing.I wish I could help.
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Shi I real care
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My ex from the 90's, whom was 15years older than I and was with for almost ten years was a free Lance photographer for a variety of music mags, And several album covers Lynn ciulla, credits in punk rock album covers can't remember the publisher but anyway told me stories of picking Marc up of the floor of the "ratskellar" band room floor(infamo u s club in Boston ma.), and helping him on stage after overdosing! No secret he was an avid heroine user! Died to young!
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O man love it
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More than just Bang a Gong. Try Hot Love, Telegram Sam, Metal Guru, Mambo Sun, Motivator, Jeepster, The Slider, 20th Century Boy.
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Marc Bolan is such a babe ;)
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Great piece of rock
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Tyrannosauru s rex
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Bang a gone.
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If T. Rex was so dispensible how come me and mine are still listening?
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I'm sorry but I couldn't help but point out that the guy in the bios name was peregrine took, don't know if there are many Tolkien fans on here but I thought that was pretty cool
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21st century boy,send it
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This is the best version of Get It On. Rough, loose and what a groove! Marc made some other great songs that when I hear them now, I can appreciate more. He did make a few too many sub par records that get in the way of his legitimate place in Rock History. Mean while, I'm still thinking...
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I absolutely adore T Rex. Marc Bolan voice was amazing. he was so talented. Everytime I hear this amazing music I want to dance! I am very sad that I will never get to see Marc Bolan in person. he was a genius. rest in peace marc.
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This Group Rock's
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Did you know the Turtles sang backup on Bang a Gong?
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Why don't we hear Jeepster, Planet Queen etc...anymor e
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ok pandora, i'll give you the kinks, and maybe bowie, but the velvet underground? ? the stones?? pleeease!!
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After two songs the concert is over!! Let's be honest... Not a GREAT band, not the BEST I ever heard. Heck not even a band you can LOVE. It's EVERYONE waiting to hear "Bang a Gong" With that said.... HELL OF A SONG!!!!!
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Get it on bang a gong T. Rex rocks
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I love this. British baby!!!
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Who, didn't like T. Rex.
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I think T.Rex was the first group that I loved where I didn't understand the lyrics and it didn't matter.
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Cant help but move to the beat on songs like this.
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I love this
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Still probably the most underrated rock band in history!!! Great stuff. Many songs are Gems.
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Cool song
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Give me another joint
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Sock it to me. Great Song.
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We were sucking weed then
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Great Beat. Grovie Song.
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Love me some T. Rex!!!
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thanks for the advice ryandevore99 . . . .
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Love Marc Bolan❤️
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T. Rex is seriously the best thing ever to grace this world. I have no more to say abut this.
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lucianaschla t t e r
Roar I'm a T. rex
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Rock and animal album! , biblical. BEST INTRO. OF ALL TIME
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Lou. Mark Rock And Animals! The best !! King Kong Godzilla. Don't. Got. S**t. On you, ! My brothers! Huh!
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Def Leppard does an awesome cover of 20th Century Boy.
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When I hear "Cosmic Dancer" I automaticall y think of Billy Elliot.
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Roar I'm a t rex
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yeah...the keyboard player was Elton John on this album.
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Marc Bolan - need I say more!
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Just can't beat that organic sound. Today's so called music is just processed till all emotion and feeling are choked out.
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he suks
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never mention Elton John......wa t c h the video on you tube
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