Friday, January 29, 2016

40 Year Itch : Octoganic angel

T. Rex : Chrome Sitar

  On January 30, 1976 T. Rex released Futuristic Dragon, a return to form after at least a year or two out of the spotlight, with Marc Bolan living in America and Monte Carlo and blowing his riches on cocaine. 

   "I'm more looney than I was before!" Bolan told a radio interviewer. By now T. Rex was Bolan,  his girlfriend, soul singer Gloria Jones, and whatever session musicians he could find.

   The album is unfairly overlooked, especially the A side which has both the electric warrior- like "Jupiter Liar" and "Chrome Sitar". By the time you get to the second side, these three chord wonders and tremelo vocals might wear on you. His UK tour went down very well much to his relief. Bolan admitted onstage he wasn't sure anyone would show up.

Siouxsie Sioux and Bolan

    Bolan was one of the few rockers who welcomed the oncoming punk explosion. He was a fan of the Damned and even invited Generation X to play on his short-lived 1977 TV show Marc.

1 comment:

  1. Don't give up on side 2! It ends with 'Casual Agent', a late period Bolan classic.