“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.