T.Rex – Beltane Walk1st May 2023 · 1970, 1970s, Glam, Music
Happy Beltane to all the old hippies, from the most famous pop idol to come from my neighbourhood, Stoke Newington.
Gyasi – Baby Blue27th February 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Glam, Music
Is there a Glam revival? If there is – and this would seem to suggest as much – then it’s crept up on me unawares. Rather like that cat Mud sang about. Apparently this video has gone viral, and I can see why: it’s like a pastiche of something from an early 70s Top of the Pops.
As punk was mutating and evolving in 1978, a new band called Japan surfed in on the New Wave. I went to see them at the Music Machine, attracted mainly by their image.
Punk before punk was invented, The New York Dolls made a sensational debut on British television’s Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973 – much to the disgust of host Bob Harris. (more…)
The Heavy Metal Kids – Hangin’ On4th April 2022 · 1970s, 1974, Glam, Music
In the mid-Seventies, away from the pop charts but working hard at the coal face of the live music scene, one of the more entertaining bands on the London circuit was The Heavy Metal Kids. (more…)
Bonnie St. Claire & Unit Gloria – Clap Your Hands9th March 2022 · 1970s, 1973, Glam, Music
Dutch singer Bonnie St. Claire represented the European wing of 1970s Glam but failed even to cross over the Channel – because she sounded like a shit Suzi Quatro.
Hello – New York Groove2nd April 2021 · 1970s, 1975, Glam, Music
Hello were strictly second-division Glam. They had the second – and last – of their hits when they got back together with Russ Ballard of Argent, who had first discovered them when they were a covers band. (more…)
Sweet – Fox On The Run9th March 2021 · 1970s, 1975, Glam, Music
This was the 14th single by The Sweet – or ‘Sweet’ as they had just become – and the first to be written by the band themselves. (more…)
Kenny – Fancy Pants8th March 2021 · 1970s, 1975, Glam, Music
I’d forgotten about Kenny. I kinda wish I hadn’t remembered, though the story behind them is worth telling – especially the fact that Cheggers was nearly their singer. And that Kellogg’s took offence (and legal action) at their signature style of wearing tops with a big ‘K’ for Kenny on the front. (more…)