Archive for the Marc Bolan Category

Glamour Ghouls

Posted in 70's, Batman, bowie, Brian Eno, Comics, glam, halloween, Marc Bolan, rock on October 26, 2008 by planetmondo
I found a load of old scraps and cuttings like this in the loft recently

There’s a gallery of grotesques to choose from when you get to glam related rocky horrors…

Alice Cooper – The New York Dolls ‘Frankenstein’ – Iggy’s ‘Death Trip’ and ‘Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell’ – Suzi Q’s ‘Devil Gate Drive’- Bolan’s ‘Mystic Lady’, ‘Demon Queen’ (or his earlier John’s Children tune ‘‘Desdemona’‘ banned because of it’s “lift up your skirt and fly” line)- Bowie’s ‘Width Of A Circle’, ‘Please Mr Gravedigger’, ‘Beauty And The Beast’ – Roxy’s ‘Bogus Man’ or Eno’s ‘Spirit’s Drifting’ and ‘Everything Merges With The Night’ are just a handful of the Halloween themed hits and howlers available from the spangle age..but I thought these few tunes could do with being reanimated as pre-season of the witch friendly..

David Bowie Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps).

An overlooked, underplayed thumper that gets lost in the shadows of ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and ‘Fashion’

Marc Bolan You Scare Me To Death

Hellraiser – a heavier-hitting side of The Sweet

Blockbuster –

Blockbuster could well have been inspired by the Batman bruiser Blockbuster(DC’s answer to The Hulk)

Which brings us back to Bowie who referenced Batman in Uncle Arthur

“Uncle Arthur still reads comics
Uncle Arthur follows Batman”

And that’s ‘doing the loop’

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Funky Friday – The Groover

Posted in before they were famous, Funky Friday, glam, Marc Bolan, mod, pop-lifting, T.Rex on September 11, 2008 by planetmondo
He ain’t no square, ‘without’ his corkscrew hair either – Marc Bolan joins John’s Children

Marc Bolan is the archetypal UK rock star – a pop pace setter always several stealthy steps and styles ahead of the rest of rock’s runners and riders, including an untimely death 31 years ago – early doors East End proto mod, pre-hippy days Tolkien folksy bloke, gone glam before all other gang bangers and one of the only old wavers inclusive of and included by the new wavers.So, how do you pop, skip and jump from Mod Bolan to Modfather? Like this…

John’s Children – Hot Rod Mama (BBC Session)



Which was covered by Marsha Hunt as…

Hot Rod Poppa

Which was sampled by Paul Weller for…

Always There To Fool You


Which is the instrumental version of…

There’s also a couple of more up to date, but down tempo T Rex pieces on the other side – including an interview with Marc Bolan just before he died.

See You Next Tuesday

Posted in christmas, countdown to christmas, easy listening, Marc Bolan on December 24, 2007 by planetmondo


Well boys and girls, bloggers and bloggettes that’s it from me for 2007,I’m all cozied up for Christmas and am blogging off until the New Year.

A big thank you is due to anyone who’s popped by, posted a comment or taken part in any of the ol’ puffery going on here. So have yourselves a swinging Christmas and rocking new year and I’ll leave you with

A Christmas message from Marc Bolan

This little known nugget from Frank and Bing

We Wish You The Merriest.MP3

And this internet treat – A winner if you’ve got little’uns

NORAD Tracks Santa
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense)have been ‘tracking’ Santa for 50 years, and now live updates are available the web, vi sat nav and Santa cam’s – there’s even a manned hotline you can call for an ETA on Santa’s arrival in your own home town

So over and out and see you in 2008

Funky Friday – Festive Funk and Merry Mixmas

Posted in Bootleg remixes, christmas, countdown to christmas, Funky Friday, Marc Bolan, mini mix on December 21, 2007 by planetmondo


Every Friday is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo and this week is a 3 course Christmas bellyful of groovy goodies. So bloggers and bloggettes tuck in and fill your boots from the mondo menu below – then why not burn off those fatback calories by raising a glass and shaking a leg to my home made Funky minimix packed with tasty treats and seasonal shakers and stompers.

For starters

Run DMC- Christmas in Hollis

That snappy horn riff in ‘Hollis’ was lifted from ‘Back Door Santa’ by Clarence Carter.(see below)

The main course

Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa.mp3


Billy May Orchestra – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer(Malibu Remix).mp3


Al Hirt – Nutty Jingle Bells.mp3

CCC – Body Sleighin’.MP3

And from the sweet trolley…

Mondo Mixmas mini mix

Track Listing
Marc Bolan – Christmas Message
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
Keith Mansfield – Snowman Stomp
Jingle Bells – Booker T and the MG’s
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Here Comes Santa Claus
Oscar Peterson – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Stu Hamm – Sleigh Ride
Up With the People – Jingle Bell Beat
Anita Kerr Singers – Jingle bell rock
Soulfoul singers – Santa Claus is coming to town
Soulful Strings – Sleigh Ride
Edwin Starr – Snowflake Boogie
The Rhodes Kids – Winter Wonderland

The Cosmic Dancer and Cilla

Posted in anniversary, bowie, glam, Marc Bolan, music, rock, T.Rex, YOUTUBE on September 17, 2007 by planetmondo


Marc and Cilla

It seems appropriate to bookend this 30th anniversary weekend with another Marc Bolan moment, and only the seventies could bring you a moment like this.

Light Entertainment meets Glam Rock, as Marc Bolan and Cilla Black duet on Cosmic Dancer from the Cilla Show. Unfortunately the old spoilsport who uploaded this video hasn’t allowed embedding so you’ll gave to click on the “Marc and Cilla” link above to view it.

And if you’ve got time why not have a peep at this mini documentary. A six minute summary of Bolan and Glam with contributions from Sandie Shaw, Captain Sensible, Mick Rock, Johnny Marr and Marc Almond

One of the things I’ve noticed over the 3Oth anniversary of his death is how many blogs and bloggers with impeccable record collections, impossibly rare or tastefully trendy downloads haven’t just written about Marc Bolan, but have written enthusically about Marc and his music without irony or Rock Snobbery, as Marc Bolan and T.Rex fans.

Two of the best pieces I’ve come across are below, and both are based around visits to the Memorial site yesterday.

Piley

The Ghost of Electricity

It seems even 30 Years after his death, Marc Bolan is still as cool as ever.

“Me I funk but I don’t care
I ain’t no square with my corkscrew hair ” – Telegram Sam

It Was 30 Years Ago Today Pt. 2 – The Rex Factor

Posted in anniversary, bowie, glam, Marc Bolan, music, rock, T.Rex, YOUTUBE on September 13, 2007 by planetmondo

“Goodbye from all the boys in the band, David (Bowie),everybody,all the cats you know who they are” were his final words on TV.

I won’t blab on about Marc Bolan, there’ll be stacks of facts flying around this anniversary weekend. Instead I’ve picked 2 clips that show why, at just over five feet tall he towers above any of todays pop pretenders.

I’ve also popped a couple of T. Rextra bonus rarities/obscurities at the bottom for download. Slider or Tanx are my recommended Albums if you enjoyed these T.Rex treats and fancy digging deeper.

20th Century Boy – from Beat Club

This is the best version EVER!!!! of 20th Century Boy, where Marc swishes like a star,and struts like champ. Grinding his guitar all the way

Next To You – from The Marc Show

Bowie and Bolan (the Dynamic Duo of Glam) duetting on a some demolition riffery in Marc’s final TV appearance. This is one of only 2 songs that Bowie and Bolan wrote togther. Bolan had to be stood on a box to get in shot with Bowie, but he takes a tumble at the end.

Look out for Herbie (who wrote the bass line for Walk on The Wild Side)Flowers on Bass he also played with Bowie and Lou Reed. Tony Newman on drums, who’ll be on Funky Friday soon. And spot the Raleigh Stryker T Shirt.

T. Rextras – offline at the moment

Get It On
– rocking version, of a work in progress studio run through as Bolan gives directions to the band

Sunken Rags – an .alt version slightly punchier take of Sunken Rags

Raw Ramp – brilliant overlooked B side

Thunderwing – should’ve been a single.