🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 T. Rex

Bolan for soup…

The Levellers possibly do better than expected after a lovely thread:

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today;

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0 voters

Albums made under both band names:

  • My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair… But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows
  • Prophets, Seers & Sages: The Angels Of The Ages
  • Unicorn
  • A Beard Of Stars
  • T. Rex
  • Electric Warrior
  • The Slider
  • Tanx
  • Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow
  • Bolan’s Zip Gun
  • Futuristic Dragon
  • Dandy In The Underworld

0 voters

From the Essential Collection compilation:

  • 20th Century Boy
  • Get It On
  • Telegram Sam
  • Ride A White Swan
  • Jeepster
  • Hot Love
  • Children Of The Revolution
  • Metal Guru
  • I Love To Boogie
  • Debora
  • Groover
  • Truck On (Tyke)
  • Teenage Dream
  • New York City
  • King Of The Rumbling Spires
  • By The Light Of The Magical Moon
  • Summertime Blues
  • Cosmic Dancer
  • Light Of Love
  • Dreamy Lady
  • London Boys
  • Laser Love
  • One Inch Rock
  • Solid Gold Easy Action

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Maybe you had to be there
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3 Likes

They were the first band I was desperate to get into (even though Marc died when I was 6 months old)

My Dad only had one record

and I used to borrow it a lot when I was about 9. T-Rex’s Hot Love was my favourite song on it.

I got that Greatest Hits CD for Chistmas when I was 14 and played it to death. Might have to go and (virtually) play it now on Spotify.

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Always had a soft spot for them even though it’s not like I listen to them lots or have heard that much of their catalogue.

Borrowed a Best of comp from the library when I was about 17 and just kind of rinsed that one Summer. Didn’t really feel the need to explore more. And they are such a great singles band, and I think a lot of those classic singles didn’t actual appear on albums anyway, that I think they are a band where it is really fine and actually great just to enjoy on that level.

Did eventually listen to The Slider and Electric Warrior. EW I love, just a great listen all the way through but The Slider didn’t do anything for me even though I know that is a big favourite for a lot of people.

So a solid 4 I think.

Also think MB is possibly the sexiest British bloke ever.

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two songs

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And one of them ripped off the riff to Cigarettes And Alcohol by Oasis.

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Not for me Clive.

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For a brief, glorious, moment the best band in the world and still arguably the greatest British singles band ever.

Would be a 5 but their golden period was frustratingly short so I’ve gone for a 4.

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Amazing singles band. Electric Warrior is the only album of theirs I ever really listen to but it’s really fucking good, reckon they’re one of those bands where all you really need is a decent best of though. Children Of The Revolution (supposedly about John Lennon) is one of my favourite songs and the only thing I’ve ever sung at karaoke. Also Cosmic Dancer is ridiculously good. 5.

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just pure rock nuggets

Just threw on ‘Metal Guru’ and Monday’s instantly better. That said, not sure if you need much more beyond that and a small handful of singles. They do a very specific, excellent (and, at the time, very new) thing, and the rest is needless repetition.

Don’t know much about Bolan as a character, outside of hearing the fame supposedly went to his head quite quickly.

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Yeah I think it’s in John Peel’s book where he says that once he got famous Bolan didn’t talk to him, but maybe Bolan just knew he was a massive paedo :man_shrugging:

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got quite a soft spot for their hippy nonsense acoustic guitar and bongos stuff when they were Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Unicorn album is good. And Electric Warrior is undeniably great.

Jogged past the Bolan shrine in Barnes the other day, bit odd that someone’s still festooning it with flowers and cards and stuff even now, but a nice side of the road oddity.

Also they invented Devendra Banhart and he’s one of my favourites.

Gone for a big 4

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Ah that Peel thing rings a bell alright. Maybe that’s all that’s in my head and I’m doing him a disservice.

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Going for a solid 3. Forgot just how many bangers they managed before seeing that list and before they went glam they were a proper penoid Tolkein band singing about elves and shit and that I very much vibe with. Bolan was clearly a very cool dude (and not too problematic for the time I don’t think?) so almost gets another point just for that. He had an underrated vocal delivery too, quite clipped and delicate compared to a lot of the gruff pub rocking of the 70s.
Revising I think to a generous 4.

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He was a tax exile, but during the time the top rate was something like 85% so hardly a war crime imo.

Absolutely loved them, but Marc was known to have had loads of underage groupies so it’s a one for me, Clive.

Fucking hell should’ve know. Back to 1

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