If someone else seems today to be the most visible face of early 1970s Glam Rock, T. Rex was its heart and soul at the time, with singer/songwriter Marc Bolan the embodiment of the Glam ideal, to the point that when a film, Velvet Goldmine was made about the Glam era, it was he whose life formed the basis for the protagonist’s, even where the movie borrows the symbology and music of others.
The only T. Rex song that gets airplay on today’s corporate radio is the pernicious ‘Get It On (Bang a Gong)’ with its flamboyant and blatantly sexual lyrics. This entry is in my opinion a much stronger song, and more typical of T. Rex at its glammy best.
The Glam Rock movement spawned acts like Roxy Music and Sweet, was a formative influence on punk, particularly on Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, and was key to the rise of proto-metal acts like Alice Cooper and KISS – in that sense it is the root of what would eventually become hair metal during the 80s. But one of its more obscure acts was to have a strong influence on the most enduring and eclectic musical artists of the rock era.