Friday, PoPTV is in love with classic 70s rock from the UK.
T. Rex – Children of the Revolution
Not as well known now as his rival David Bowie, glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan & T. Rex was hugely influential on the UK punk scene in the late 70s (and also LA hair metal as it turned out – Slash still wears his trademark top hat). Sadly, Bolan died in a car crash in 1977. Children of the Revolution is a song I still remember from my teenage years, it always had an alien, otherworldly quality about it, especially that iconic riff. Truly classic!
Electric Light Orchestra – Showdown
Like Bolan, Jeff Lynne and ELO hailed from Birmingham in England. ELO had the rare distinction of being favorably compared to the Beatles by John Lennon himself. In fact, Lennon was referring to Showdown, though to these ears has always had an uncanny similarity to the classic soul hit, I Heard It Through The Grapevine. “Raining all over the world…”
David Bowie – Starman
The Mainman himself, Bowie is yet another inspirational singer-songwriter-performer that has certainly stood the test of time. Starman remains one of my favorite Bowie sing-a-long hits with a melody line that sounds rather like Over the Rainbow. *Wink* Taken from Bowie’s commercial breakthrough, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, this very TV clip was responsible for many post-punk legends (like Ian McCulloch) becoming musicians. If you love rock music, you’ve gotta love Bowie.
Roxy Music – Remake/Remodel
This awesome opening track of Roxy Music’s eponymous album was a culture shock/awakening for me. Sure, the track seems straight forward rock ‘n’ roll but the well Ferry and company approach it (especially Eno’s synths) was totally arty-farty and avant garde. A special performance from a special band. Bloody essential!