Without You I'm Nothing
: The Believer looks at the memoirs of the wives and girlfriends of rock stars.
"Liquid Sky is one of the most visually ambitious films ever made about fashion, heroin, New Wave clubs, UFO saucers, ordering Chinese food and having them put it on your tab, the Empire State Building, androgyny, neon and tin foil. The 1982 cult classic may be the perfect embodiment of camp. "
The Awl talks to the director of the film about his plans for a sequel.
In October 1974 BBC host Russell Harty had a teenage musician named Brett Smiley on his show
to perform his song 'Space Ace
' and then interview him and his manager Andrew Loog Oldham
. It was a pretty intense 4 minutes.
The public reaction to both him and his music
was similarly negative, and his record, Breathlessly Brett, was never released. It was recently re-issued
, and Smiley is being recognized
as a lost icon of the glam movement. [more inside]
"40 years ago, in millions of living room across the British Isles, a strange alien creature was beamed on to our television screens. With bright red hair and multicolored spacesuit, his unearthly appearance shocked the nation. But for many teenagers who experienced this televisual visitation, he would change their lives forever." Jarvis Cocker narrates the BBC Four documentary, David Bowie -- The Story of Ziggy Stardust
Full episodes of T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan’s 1977 series "Marc" are now available online
. [more inside]
The art house review/criticism series Brows Held High
decided to tackle Nicolas Roeg/David Bowie's 1976 The Man Who Fell To Earth
by reviewing it as a karaoke medley of Bowie's greatest hits.
Hanoi Rocks, Helsinki 1981.
A year when they played 102 gigs, almost all in small dance halls deep in Finland. They were ready, even if their audience wasn't.
For british drummer Razzle, they looked like a band
which he wanted to belong to.
In next few years they caused chaos in Bombay, got spitted upon at Wailing Wall in Jerusalem because of indecent make up and hair, went big in Japan and had good gigs in London
November 1984, they were ready to conquer America. After Mike twisted his ankle on a bottle broken by Andy on stage in Syracuse, a few gigs got cancelled and instead the band accepted invitation from L.A. scene to party with Mötley Crüe. In December 9th, 1984, the party ran out of alcohol, so Vince Neil from Mötley Crüe and the drummer Razzle went to get more. The car crashed, immediatly killing Razzle. He was Dead by Christmas
, and the band broke in May 1985. [more inside]
Maybe you heard the song Living Next Door to Alice
long ago and never gave it another thought. But crappy glam rock band Smokie
is still making the world rock
, they have been milking that song ever since, and are quite popular in a lot of non-English speaking parts of the world
- "We said Smokie first, puppet show second.
The Bolan Tree
Today is the 25th Anniversary of the accident in which folk-singer turned glam pioneer Marc Bolan died. The tree
his car hit - driven by his partner, soul singer/producer Grace Jones
- has been purchased by a fan group [T-Rex Action Group], who have also contributed a bust sculpted by Canadian Jean Robillard
(with Quebec Government Cultural Attaché to Great Britain attending the unveiling today).
You may not think you know his music, but if you've seen Velvet Goldmine
or Billy Elliot
, watched the NBA Playoffs on TNT [using 'Get It On/Bang A Gong'
], or ever wondered where the ubiquitous '20th Century Boy'
[with the definitive power chord + squeal opening burst] comes from, now you know.
Marc inspired devotion in his fans, and respect from the likes of Bowie, the Damned and Billy Idol in his own lifetime - and influenced musicmakers like The Strokes & The Red Hot Chili Peppers [according to this article in The Philidelphia Enquirer
Dandy's in the Underworld, indeed.
A Chronological History of English Glam Rock! (baby)
presents "a biased history of UK glam rock" from 1970 through 1975. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go play my Sweet, T. Rex, and Slade albums REALLY LOUD. Talk amongst yourselves. (Warning
: this site contains a rather bizarre pornographic image)